FCS Football Preview Part 2 – QBs to Know

North Dakota State University quarterback Easton Stick David Samson / The Forum

FCS football does not get as much love or attention as FBS and likely never will. But they deserve it. Many of these kids actually have FBS experience, but due to the numbers game at their respective positions, opt to transfer to a level slightly lower, where they can play right away.

There are many exciting QBs in FCS entering 2018. But these are 10 names to know, for one reason or another. Some of them are the best, some of them are recognizable names that have transferred.

In addition to these 10 QBs, take a look at 10 FCS coaches to know. 

Easton Stick, North Dakota State
Stick helped lead the Bisons to a Nationa Championship in 2017, after losing in 2016. Stick replaced Carson Wentz, who went 4-0 in championship games. Stick threw for 27 TD and ran for 12 more last year. He may have a chance to climb up draft boards next spring, similar to Wentz.

Devlin Hodges, Samford
Hodges has 10,301 career passing yards, putting him on track to possibly pass Steve McNair’s all-time FCS record of 14,496. That’s one storyline to follow for Stamford in 2018. The other is seeing if Hodges and others can help guide them back to the playoffs.

Gage Gubrud, Eastern Washington
Gubrud helped lead EWU to a big upset over Washington State in 2016, but of course that team was coached by now-Cal coach Beau Baldwin and Gubrud had Rams WR Cooper Kupp to throw to. He enters 2018 with 74 career TDs and 27 INTs. They have a 9/15 rematch against Washington State.

Taryn Christion, South Dakota State
Christion has thrown for 71 TDs and run for another 18. He’s also caught one TD. His exciting career will end at the conclusion of this season, one that SDSU hopes is a long playoff run.

Tom Flacco, Towson
You know that last name…younger brother of Elite Joe transferred from Rutgers. The younger Flacco began his carer at Western Michigan, than transferred to Rutgers as a walk on and now finds himself at Towson, with a chance to start in 2018. Joe Flacco took a similar route (with one less transfer) going from Pittsburgh to Delaware, an in conference rival of Towson. Towson plays Wake Forest week 2, so assuming Flacco does indeed start, he will find himself in a big spot.

Darius Wade, Delaware
Wade saw playing time through 4 years at Boston College, but was never considered the undisputed starter. Now, he should be entering his senior season.

Caylin Newton, Howard
Newton helped orchestrate a monumental upset over UNLV week 1 in 2017. While a win over UNLV doesn’t sound that exciting, the Rebels entered the game 45.5 point underdogs…and won. It was the largest Vegas upset in history. Newton, now a sophomore, will look to continue his positive progression. He had 25 total TDs last year (12 rush). Howard plays two MAC teams to open their season. It’s unlikely they top Ohio week 1, but look at for the Kent State game week 2, a chance to pull an upset.

Vincent Testaverde, Albany
Vincent is the son of Vinnie Testsverde, who began his career at Miami. But after seeing himself buried on the depth chart with no clear path to play teams, he took his talents north, to Albany. Albany opens against Pitt, a chance to showcase his skills for all the FBS teams that passed on him. Speaking of Pitt…

Ben DiNucci James Madison
That’s where Ben DiNucci transferred to James Madison from. He was a highly touted prospect coming out of high school but never really got a chance to show case his skills. At James Madison, a team who last their starter to graduation and a consistent powerhouse at the FCS level, he should be able to thrive.

Zerrick Cooper, Jacksonville St
Cooper transfers to JSU from Clemson, where he was a 4 star recruit in 2016,  and was ranked the #7 dual threat in the country, according to 247 Sports. Of course, Clemson has a crowded QB room with returning starter Kelly Bryant and exciting freshman Trevor Lawrence, paving the way for Cooper’s exit. JSU actually played the lone FCS game during week 0 this past Saturday and he completed 24-38 passes for 320 yards and 2 TDs, 1 INT. He was largely ineffective running the ball, as was the whole team. JSU’s season will be as good as Cooper can play.

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