The ink is hardly even dry from the 2013 college football season, and the 2014 campaign is already in full swing for many. Since the debate on the head coaching position for the Nebraska Cornhuskers has been resolved, the next most important topic of discussion on the team is the quarterback. How does their QB situation in 2014 compare to those of their competitors?
The Big Ten will have many quarterbacks with experience returning next year, but not all programs have a clear-cut starter at this point. The Ohio State Buckeyes and head coach Urban Meyer were pleasantly surprised when their quarterback Braxton Miller decided to return for the 2014 football season. Miller will undoubtedly be looking to lead his team to a national championship and perhaps pick up a Heisman trophy along the way.
For the Buckeyes, the challenge will be replacing their talented backup quarterback Kenny Guiton, who may be the first Big Ten quarterback selected in this year’s draft.
Like the Buckeyes, the Purdue Boilermakers will most likely be set on quarterback Danny Etling, and the Indiana Hoosiers will likely be set with Nate Sudfeld returning. The Penn State Nittany Lions may be replacing their head coach Bill O’Brien with James Franklin, but their quarterback will most certainly be Christian Hackenberg, who had a standout freshman campaign in 2013.
The Cornhuskers did lose their star quarterback Taylor Martinez in 2013 to an injury and as a result, freshman Tommy Armstrong took the majority of the snaps. However, was supported by senior backup Ron Kellogg III. Kellogg will be gone in 2014, but the job is not clearly his at this point.
This offseason will be a very competitive one for the heir to Martinez’s job. Armstrong will be competing with Johnny Stanton and incoming freshman Zack Darlington for the role. This competition seems to be an even three-way race in the early stages.