College football is filled with great quarterbacks. Bryce Young at Alabama, Caleb Williams at USC, and C.J. Stroud at Ohio State headline the group. On the flip side, there are great teams that have been suffering from mediocre quarterback play and need a change. These are four young quarterbacks that should be the starting quarterback for their respective program by the end of the season.
J.J. McCarthy, Michigan
Jim Harbaugh must have heard I was writing this article. On Sunday, it was announced that backup quarterback J.J. McCarthy would be the starter going forward. Michigan fans have been demanding that McCarthy get the nod for a while now, and their demands have been met. In his first start, McCarthy completed 11-of-12 passes for 229 yards and three touchdowns against Hawaii. He is not only a talented passer, though. He has 66 yards and a touchdown on four carries to open the season. He is a great athlete that gives Michigan a much higher ceiling going forward and puts them in a tremendous position to win a National Championship.
Highest-graded Power Five QBs in red zone drives through Week 2:
🥇JJ McCarthy, Michigan: 93.2
🥈Drake Maye, UNC: 92.0
🥉Max Duggan, TCU: 90.7pic.twitter.com/tAnAd9zutV
— PFF College (@PFF_College) September 13, 2022
Cade Klubnik, Clemson
The DJ Uiagalelei experiment hasn’t worked out. Clemson needs to make a change at the quarterback position. Cade Klubnik, the top quarterback recruit in the 2022 class, should be the starter by the end of the season. Clemson’s defense is elite. Clemson’s offense has been bad. They will not win a National Championship with the current state of their offense. They need to change it up, and having a guy like Cade Klubnik on the bench as your offense sputters is unacceptable.
🎥 Here's a look at Cade Klubnik's first experience at quarterback. pic.twitter.com/yUD22pU7lp
— Clemson Sports (@ClemsonSports) September 6, 2022
Drew Allar, Penn State
Drew Allar is a massive human being. At 6’5, 242 pounds, he is a freakish athlete. Penn State starter Sean Clifford has not been bad this season. He has been pretty good through two games. However, he doesn’t have the physical tools to compete with the elite of the elite at the quarterback position. Drew Allar does, and I expect him to take the reins of the starting quarterback job by the end of the season. Penn State has the team to compete in the Big Ten East with Allar at quarterback.
Welcome to Happy Valley, Drew Allar🤩🎯 pic.twitter.com/KKKda9FwxQ
— Onward State (@OnwardState) September 10, 2022
Conner Weigman, Texas A&M
Weigman is the third member of the 2022 class on this list. Unlike Klubnik and Allar, Weigman hasn’t seen the field yet at Texas A&M. Coming off a loss to Appalachian State, Texas A&M’s offense has been putrid to start this season. They have already benched Haynes King in favor of LSU transfer Max Johnson. If that doesn’t fix things, Weigman needs to be put into the game to see if they can salvage this season.