Unit Analysis: Quarterbacks

Posted: August 11, 2014 in Football

The quarterback position was a rotating mess last year. The year started with Matt Floyd as the starter, but he was benched for good after the opening season loss to McNeese State. After that, Bobby Eveld, Steven Bench, and eventually Mike White all spent time under center throughout the year. Who is the starter entering 2014? Let’s see who is returning this year and who could win the job this fall.

To begin, let’s take a look at the 2013 roster and the stats:

Steven Bench – 6’2″ 208 lbs. – Sophomore – 26 for 64 (40.6%), 392 yards, 2 touchdowns, 3 interceptions; 24 carries for -30 yards

Bobby Eveld – 6’5″ 217 lbs. – Senior – 38 for 96, 455 yards, 2 touchdowns, 2 interceptions; 29 carries for -17 yards

Tommy Eveld – 6’5″ 189 lbs. – Redshirt freshman – No Stats

Matt Floyd – 6’1″ 202 lbs. – Redshirt sophomore – 9 for 20, 72 yards, 2 interceptions

Mike White – 6’4″ 186 lbs. – Freshman – 93 for 175 (53.1%), 1083 yards, 3 touchdowns, 9 interceptions; 14 carries for -43 yards

Matt Floyd won the starting job coming out of the fall, but he was quickly benched after a disastrous start to the year in the loss to McNeese State. Bobby Eveld then became the start, but was later injured for the rest of the year. Steven Bench was spotty playing time due to injury and Mike White became the starter for the rest of the year with 6 games left.

Here is who left after the end of the season:

Bobby Eveld – Graduated

Matt Floyd – Transferred out

So entering the 2014 season, here is the returning roster for the year:

Steven Bench – 6’2″ 220 lbs. – Junior

Kyle Clise – 6’2″ 223 lbs. – Junior

Tommy Eveld – 6’5″ 194 lbs. – Sophomore (reported he was moving at wide receiver after the spring. He tore his ACL and is likely out for the fall)

Mike White – 6’4″ 200 lbs. – Sophomore

Evan Wilson – 6’2″ 195 lbs. – Redshirt freshman

Incoming recruit for 2014:

Quinton Flowers – 6′ 205 lbs. – 3-star recruit

So let’s be honest here. Kyle Clise, Evan Wilson, and Tommy Eveld are not real options at the moment for the starting quarterback job. They all have size and can sling it, but the real battle comes down to Steven Bench and Mike White. Bench battled injuries last year, but showed he could move in the pocket and get the ball down the field at times. Bench was limited by his knowledge of the playbook, but should have a much stronger grasp of that entering the fall. Mike White showed flashes during his freshman year, but struggled and made the normal mistakes as a young quarterback would make. During the spring, Bench played well but White struggled a bit, making for an interesting battle heading into the fall. Both White and Bench will be battling the entire fall, but do not sleep on Quinton Flowers. Flowers is very similar (at least to me) to BJ Daniels. An athletic quarterback with a strong arm and the ability to move in the pocket. He may not be a starter right away, but he could quickly move up the depth chart and become a number 3 on the depth chart coming out of the fall.

Projected 2014 depth chart:

Mike White/Steven Bench/Quinton Flowers

Overall grade: C+. The grade is right in the middle simply due to the fact we are still not sure who the starter will and what that player will do moving forward. The quarterback play should be a lot better no matter who wins the job coming out of the fall. It will be very interesting to see how the arms develop in the fall and how the offense continues to get better moving forward.

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