Episode Description

In this college football podcast episode, Ty and Dan take a look at college football’s best returning QBs and try to sort out their own rankings, at least in response to ESPN’s offseason QB rankings. Highlighted by Georgia’s Carson Beck, Oregon’s Dillon Gabriel, Texas’s Quinn Ewers, Alabama’s Jalen Milroe, and Ohio State’s Will Howard, they talk about how scared opposing fans should be if these QBs were about to start a potential game winning drive, and the players/coaches influencing their play this coming fall. Plus, a look at college football’s adoption of a two-minute warning, radios in helmets, and more.

(UPBEAT MUSIC)

– WELCOME TO THE SOLID VERBAL.

– THE SOLID VERBAL.

– COME AFTER ME!

I’M A MAN, I’M 40!

– I’VE HEARD SO MANY PLAYERS SAY,

“WELL, I WANNA BE HAPPY.”

YOU WANNA BE HAPPY FOR A DAY?

EAT A STEAK.

– IT’S THAT WOO WOO!

– AND NOW, DAN AND TY.

(UPBEAT MUSIC)

– WELCOME BACK TO THE SOLID VERBAL, BOYS AND GIRLS.

MY NAME IS TY, HILDENBRANDT,

THAT FINE GENTLEMAN OVER THERE.

THE ONE, THE ONLY, STILL THE INCOMPARABLE,

NOW BACK IN THE HEART OF THE MIDWEST, CHICAGO, ILLINOIS,

DAN RUBENSTEIN, SIR.

WELCOME BACK TO THE PODCAST.

HOW GOES IT?

– IT GOES WELL.

AND MAYBE IT TOOK A TRIP TO NEW YORK TO MEET WITH YOU,

TO SORT OF PLOT OUT OUR OFF SEASON AND IN SEASON

AND START THOSE DISCUSSIONS,

‘CAUSE IT’S NEVER TOO EARLY TO REALIZE THAT

WE’RE SORT OF BIG TEN COAST TO COAST.

I REPRESENT THE WESTERN-MOST BIG TEN SCHOOL, RIGHT?

IN EUGENE, OREGON.

– AND I SORT OF REPRESENT THE EASTERN FLANK.

NOT FULLY BECAUSE RUTGERS-

– IT’S NOT THE FARTHEST.

YEAH, YEAH, YEAH.

– BUT I’M CLOSE TO IT, YEAH.

– YEAH, I THINK BOTH RUTGERS AND MAYBE MARYLAND EKES OUT,

I THINK, STATE COLLEGE IN TERMS OF HOW FAR EAST,

THE EASTERN-MOST BIG TEN SCHOOLS ARE.

AND THEN I LIVE IN CHICAGO,

WHICH IS THE HOME BASE OF THE BIG TEN.

AND SO I WANNA TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO SAY,

WE’RE NOT JUST A BIG TEN SHOW.

(LAUGHING)

WE’RE GOING NATIONAL WITH TODAY’S CONCEPT

AS WE GO NATIONAL EVERY WEEK.

BUT IT’S WEIRD TO THINK ABOUT THE FACT THAT

WE ARE SORT OF ENCOMPASSING A CONFERENCE

NOW THAT THE UNIVERSITY OF OREGON,

AS STRANGE AS IT SOUNDS, IS A BIG TEN SCHOOL.

A BIG TEN POWER, TY.

– A BIG TEN POWER, YEAH.

AND WE’RE GONNA TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THAT

ON TODAY’S EPISODE.

ESPN DROPPED A LIST OF ITS TOP,

PER ITS EXPERTS, QUOTE UNQUOTE,

A LIST OF ITS TOP 10 QUARTERBACKS

GOING INTO THE 2024 SEASON.

AND I SAW THIS, I HAVE SOME THOUGHTS ON IT.

AND I BROUGHT IT TO YOU.

I SAID, I FEEL LIKE I NEED TO GET THIS OUT OF MY SYSTEM.

LET’S TALK A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT IT.

SO WE’RE GONNA GO THROUGH THE LIST.

WE, OF COURSE, HAVE A FUN CONCEPT FOR IT

THAT WE WILL UNVEIL HERE SHORTLY.

THERE WAS ALSO SOME NEWS IN THE WORLD OF COLLEGE FOOTBALL

THAT I THINK WE OWE IT TO THE VERBALLERHOOD

TO AT LEAST GO THROUGH.

WE DON’T HAVE TO SPEND TOO MUCH TIME ON IT,

BUT IT IS NOTABLE IN OUR LITTLE CORNER OF THE UNIVERSE

THAT COLLEGE FOOTBALL IS CONSIDERING PUTTING RADIOS

AND HELMETS AND A TWO-MINUTE WARNING

AND IPADS ON THE SIDE.

WE’LL GET INTO THAT HERE IN JUST A FEW MINUTES.

IF YOU’RE JUST JOINING US HERE,

IF YOU’RE NEW TO THE PODCAST,

WE BROADCAST TWO TIMES PER WEEK ALL THROUGHOUT THE OFF SEASON,

AT LEAST ON THE PUBLIC FEED.

THERE’S AN ADDITIONAL BONUS EPISODE,

WHICH YOU CAN GO OUT AND FIND AT VERBALLERS.COM

OR PATREON, V-E-R-B-A-L-L-E-R-S.COM,

IF YOU ARE EVER SO INCLINED TO CHECK THAT OUT.

IN THE MEANTIME, HIT SUBSCRIBE, HIT FOLLOW,

WHEREVER IT IS YOU’RE LISTENING TO US NOW, WATCHING US NOW.

IT WOULD, OF COURSE, BE APPRECIATED.

THAT HELPS US DO WHAT WE DO, HELP SUPPORT THE SHOWDOWN.

– I HAVE NOTHING TO ADD THERE.

I DON’T KNOW IF YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT

HELMET COMMUNICATIONS OR TWO-MINUTE WARNINGS.

– I DO, I DO.

LET’S DO IT.

(DRAMATIC MUSIC)

IT’S NOT BREAKING.

I’M GOING TO SAVE MY VOICE HERE IF THAT’S OKAY.

– BOOP, BOOP.

– BUT THE BIG BIT OF NEWS AMID AN OFF SEASON

THAT SEEMINGLY HAS AN UNLIMITED SUPPLY OF BREAKING NEWS,

WE’VE GOT A FEW PROPOSED RULE CHANGES.

THE MOST, I THINK, PRACTICAL OF WHICH

IS RADIOS AND QUARTERBACK HELMETS.

– YEAH.

– THIS HAS LONG BEEN, LONG BEEN,

ONE OF THOSE THINGS WHERE THE NFL DOES ONE THING

AND COLLEGE DOES ANOTHER.

THERE ARE A FEW OF THOSE STILL IN PLAY,

BUT ALL IT TOOK WAS CONNOR STALIONS.

– YEAH.

– ALL IT TOOK WAS CONNOR STALIONS TO SCARE THE BEJESUS

OUT OF THE NCAA.

THE WAY THIS IS GOING TO WORK,

VERY SIMILAR TO THE WAY IT WORKS IN THE NFL.

THERE WILL BE ONE PLAYER ON OFFENSE ONLY

WHO’S GOT THE GREEN DOT ON THE BACK OF HIS HELMET.

IT WILL BE THE QUARTERBACK.

– YEAH.

– AND COACHES CAN RADIO IN PLAYS,

RADIO IN WHATEVER COMES TO THAT PLAYER

UP UNTIL ABOUT 15 SECONDS LEFT ON THE PLAY CLOCK,

AT WHICH POINT IT WILL CUT OFF.

SO FOR A GOOD LONG TIME, THIS WAS A LOGISTICAL THING.

IT WAS A LOGISTICAL THING.

THERE WAS A MONEY ISSUE AT PLAY.

OBVIOUSLY IT COSTS A LITTLE BIT MORE

TO GET THOSE HELMETS OUT ONTO THE FIELD,

BUT GIVEN THE STATE OF PLAY,

AND I THINK, I DID A TIKTOK VIDEO ON THIS ACTUALLY.

– UH-OH.

– I DID, YEAH, LISTEN, I’M COOL.

I THINK AMONG ALL OF THE REASONS

WHY THEY SHOULD HAVE DONE THIS FOR THE LAST 30 YEARS

WHEN THE NFL WAS DOING IT,

NOW THE FACT THAT WE’VE GOT CONOR STALLIONS IN OUR WORLD,

AND NOW SUDDENLY WE’VE GOT THESE RADIOS AND HELMETS,

THAT IS NOT A COINCIDENCE, DAN.

– RIGHT.

– LONG OVERDUE, THEY SHOULD HAVE DONE THIS A LONG TIME AGO,

BUT THE FACT THAT I THINK WE HAD AN IMPETUS,

A REASON TO DO IT NOW, HAS HELPED USHER THIS ERA IN.

SO JOIN ME IN WELCOMING THE GREEN DOT ERA

TO COLLEGE FOOTBALL.

ANY THOUGHTS ON THIS?

ANY HOT TAKES ON GREEN DOTS?

– YEAH, WELL, NO, I MEAN,

THE CONVERSATION CERTAINLY BECAME A LOT LOUDER

BECAUSE OF MICHIGAN AND ALLEGATIONS SURROUNDING

ADVANCED SCOUTING AND SIGN STEALING, WHATEVER,

AND SO THE RESPONSE WAS SORT OF THAT

COACHES LOBBIED AGAINST IT

BECAUSE THEY ENJOYED THE GAMESMANSHIP

OF TRYING TO DECODE AND BREAK THE CODES, WHATEVER,

OF OTHER TEAMS AND THE SIGNS THAT THEY HAD

OR HADN’T CHANGED BEFORE THAT BIG GAME, WHATEVER.

LOOK, YOU’RE ADDING RESPONSIBILITY TO QUARTERBACKS

AND/OR DEFENSIVE PLAYERS, YOU KNOW,

AND THERE’S A LOT OF TEMPO IN THE SPORT,

PERHAPS MORE SO THAN THE NFL, DEPENDING ON WHO YOU PLAY,

AND SO THAT’S AN ADDED LAYER OF CHALLENGE.

AND HOPEFULLY THIS ISN’T THE END OF CODE BREAKING

OR DECODING BECAUSE AS SERIOUS AS PEOPLE TAKE NFL FOOTBALL,

AS SERIOUSLY AS THAT SPORT, THAT LEVEL IS TAKEN,

I DON’T BELIEVE PERSONALLY THAT IT’S TAKEN AS SERIOUSLY

AS WINNING COLLEGE FOOTBALL GAMES,

WHICH HOPEFULLY, FINGERS AND TOES CROSSED,

LEADS TO ACTUAL STOLEN AV SIGNALS IN RADIO COMMS

AND GOING TO, YOU KNOW, A SHADY COUNTRY OR TWO

IN SEARCH OF TECHNOLOGY AND THAT WE ARE GOING TO HAVE,

YOU KNOW, NEWSPAPERS OR MEDIA OUTLETS

FINDING FOREIGN RECEIPTS OF A BOOSTER

WHO HAPPENED TO GO SOMEWHERE TO PICK UP TECHNOLOGY

THAT IS FROWNED UPON ON THE OPEN MARKET IN AMERICA

IN ORDER TO STEAL, I DON’T KNOW,

MICHIGAN STATE’S RADIO SIGNAL.

THAT’S THE NEXT STEP, AND I’M SURE IT’S BEEN ATTEMPTED

IN THE NFL, PROBABLY BY THE NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS,

IF I KNOW MY NFL HISTORY LIKE I THINK I DO,

BUT THAT’S THE NEXT STEP THAT I WELCOME WITH OPEN ARMS.

– YEAH, SOMEONE FIND SOME PROPRIETARY ZERO-DAY TECHNOLOGY

TO EXPLOIT THE SYSTEM.

– OR TO SCRAMBLE, RIGHT? – OR TO SCRAMBLE.

– TO USE, WHAT DID THEY USE ON “WHALE WARS,”

THE HIGH-PITCHED FREQUENCIES?

THAT’S WHAT I WANT.

IT’S NOT THAT THEY STOLE,

IT’S THAT THEY POINTED A VERY SUBTLE SOMETHING

AT THE BOSTON COLLEGE BOOTH THAT SCRAMBLED THE SIGNAL,

RIGHT, THAT YOU ALWAYS SEE THAT

IN THOSE APOCALYPTIC MOVIES,

THAT THERE’S SOME SORT OF ELECTROMAGNETIC PULSE

THAT’S USING IT LIKE DOWN HELICOPTERS.

– ALWAYS.

– THAT’S THE STEP THAT I’M MOST INTERESTED

AS WE HEAD TO RADIO COMMS, TY.

DO I UNDERSTAND THIS TECHNOLOGY IN THE SLIGHTEST?

I DO NOT.

WHY AM I REFERENCING THIS?

GREAT QUESTION, I’M NOT SURE.

BUT THAT’S THE NEXT STEP THAT I WANT TO SEE,

THE SORT OF HIDDEN DARK WAR INVOLVED

IN RADIO COMMUNICATIONS IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL.

– AND BY THE WAY, I’M NOT THROWING SHADE

AT CONNOR STALIONS.

I’M ACTUALLY KIND OF GLAD THAT–

– IT’S A WORTHWHILE CONVERSATION.

WHY DOES COLLEGE FOOTBALL NOT HAVE RADIO WORK?

– YEAH, I MEAN, IT’S BEEN A LONG TIME COMING.

AND IF WHATEVER HE WAS PURPORTED TO HAVE DONE

HELPED USHER THIS IN, YEAH, I THANK HIM.

I SALUTE HIM.

THIS HAS BEEN LONG OVERDUE.

WE NEEDED THIS.

SO THAT’S ONE THING I THINK COLLEGE FOOTBALL NEEDED.

ONE THING COLLEGE FOOTBALL,

WE COULD DEBATE AS TO WHETHER OR NOT COLLEGE FOOTBALL

ACTUALLY NEEDS IS A TWO MINUTE WARNING.

– RIGHT.

– A TWO MINUTE WARNING.

AGAIN, THESE RULES ARE NOT FORMALLY IN PLACE.

THEY WILL VOTE ON THEM ON APRIL THE 18TH.

QUOTE, “THE TWO MINUTE TIMEOUT WILL ALLOW

ALL END OF HALF AND END OF GAME TIMING RULES

TO BE SIMPLIFIED AND SYNC UP WITH THIS TIMEOUT,”

SAID STEVE SHAW, SECRETARY RULES EDITOR

IN THE NCAA’S ANNOUNCEMENT.

“THIS WILL ALSO HELP BROADCAST PARTNERS

TO AVOID BACK-TO-BACK MEDIA TIMEOUTS.”

DAN, DO YOU THINK THIS REALLY MEANS FEWER COMMERCIALS?

– NO, I DON’T GET THE SENSE THAT IT DOES.

I DON’T GET THE SENSE THAT THE COMPETITION COMMITTEE

IS ACTING INDEPENDENTLY OF THOSE WHO ARE ISSUING

WEEKLY OR BIWEEKLY CHECKS.

AND SO AS MORE MONEY COMES INTO THE SPORT VIA TELEVISION,

ADDING A BUILT-IN TIMEOUT INTO THE SPORT,

UNLESS IT’S LIKE, “HEY EVERYBODY,

GRAB 25 SECONDS WORTH OF WATER,” RIGHT?

– RIGHT.

– UNLESS IT’S THAT ACROSS THE BOARD,

WHICH YOU DIDN’T OUTLINE IN THE WAY THAT YOU DESCRIBED

WHAT WAS PROPOSED.

– I’M THINKING THERE ARE GONNA BE COMMERCIALS, TY.

I’M THINKING WE’RE GONNA MAGICALLY,

EVEN IF IT’S JUST A COMMERCIAL,

EVEN IF IT’S LIKE ONE OF THOSE SOCCER

OR NASCAR SPLIT SCREENS, LIKE WE STILL SEE THE FIELD

AND WE STILL SEE THE COACHES HUDDLING UP,

BUT ALSO THERE’S A MASTERCARD COMMERCIAL

ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE SCREEN.

– RIGHT.

– SOMEHOW, SOME WAY, WE’RE GONNA SQUEEZE IN

AN ADVERTISEMENT FOR CREST OR DR. PEPPER OR NCIS SHEBOYGAN.

SOMETHING IS GOING TO BE SQUEEZED IN

VIA THIS TWO MINUTE WARNING AND WHO WINS?

NOT YOU, NOT ME, NOT OUR BUDDIES WATCHING THE GAMES,

BUT THE GOOD PEOPLE AT YUM! BRANDS.

– I JUST DON’T BUY IT.

– YEAH. – I DON’T KNOW.

I’M SURE THERE IS SOME VALUE TO IT.

I’M SURE THE COMPETITION COMMITTEE,

I’M SURE YOU USE THE NFL AS SOMETHING OF A GO-BUY

TO FIGURE OUT WHETHER OR NOT THIS WAS DOABLE,

BUT I AM NOT BUYING THE WHOLE,

IT’S GOING TO AVOID BACK-TO-BACK TIMEOUTS THING

BECAUSE EVERYTHING WE HAVE SEEN IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL

OVER THE LAST FIVE YEARS AT THIS POINT, MAYBE LONGER,

WHAT HAS ANY OF THAT DONE TO PROMOTE FEWER COMMERCIALS?

REMEMBER GOING INTO THIS YEAR WITH THE CLOCK RULES,

THE RUNNING CLOCK, WE’RE GONNA SPEED THIS THING UP

AND IN REALITY, I DON’T KNOW IF IT REALLY MEANT

THAT THE GAMES FELT SHORTER.

I THINK IT FELT SHORTER INITIALLY.

– I THINK AT FIRST, YEAH, IT WAS A DIFFERENT RHYTHM, YEAH.

– IF YOU WERE BETTING LIKE FIRST HALF LINES,

LIKE I WAS AT THE START OF THE YEAR

BECAUSE THE GAMES ARE GONNA MOVE QUICKER

AND I THINK IT HAD A DIFFERENT FEEL INITIALLY,

BUT IN THE END, THERE WEREN’T FEWER COMMERCIALS.

THERE JUST WEREN’T.

AND SO ANYTIME WE’VE GOT ONE OF THESE ANNOUNCEMENTS

THAT COMES OUT SAYING, HEY, IT MIGHT MEAN FEWER COMMERCIALS,

I JUST DON’T BUY IT, THAT’S BS TO ME.

THAT’S TOTAL BS.

AND I DON’T THINK THEY NEED A TWO MINUTE WARNING.

I DO START GETTING THE ICK FACTOR A LITTLE BIT.

I TALKED ABOUT IT WHEN WE BRIEFLY MENTIONED

THE PLAYOFF EXPANSION OR THE CONVERSATION

ABOUT EXPANDING TO 14, THAT KINDA CREEPED ME OUT.

ANYTIME THIS GAME STARTS GETTING A LITTLE BIT CLOSER

TO THE NFL VERSION OF FOOTBALL, THAT, I DON’T KNOW.

– EVEN IF IT IS TRUE, RIGHT, THAT THE TWO MINUTE WARNING

HELPS TO AVOID BACK-TO-BACK TV OR MEDIA TIMEOUTS,

WHATEVER IT’S CALLED, THERE’S ALWAYS GONNA BE

A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF INVENTORY OF COMMERCIALS

THAT IS SOLD OR PRE-PROGRAMMED INTO A GAME.

SO IF WE’RE GONNA SAY IT’S GONNA AVOID BACK-TO-BACK HERE,

WHICH WITH THE OLD, THE CLASSIC EXAMPLE IS LIKE,

CBS COMES BACK FROM A TOUCHDOWN COMMERCIAL BREAK

OR SOMETHING, A POST-TOUCHDOWN COMMERCIAL BREAK,

KICKOFF, TOUCHBACK, ANOTHER.

(IMITATES FANFARE)

LIKE, THAT’S IT, THAT’S WHAT WE GOT?

THAT WAS THE MEATY SEGMENT WE GOT?

LIKE TENNESSEE KICKING THE BALL OUT OF THE END ZONE?

– THE BLIMP SHOT PANNING THE STADIUM

AS THEY’RE PLAYING THE CBS MUSIC?

– RIGHT, SO WHAT’S GONNA HAPPEN IS, YES,

IT MIGHT AVOID THAT, BUT ALSO, ON THE FIRST ONE,

WE GET TWO OR THREE MORE TACKED ON IN THERE, RIGHT?

TWO OR THREE MORE COMMERCIALS, RIGHT?

SO IT’S JUST, THEY’RE GONNA FIND ROOM,

THEY’RE GONNA SQUEEZE IT IN SOMEWHERE,

AND THAT’S THE EXPERIENCE OF TURNING THE SPORT

OVER TO CBS, NBC, FOX, AND ESPN.

– WHEN I POSTED THIS OUT THERE,

I DON’T THINK ANYBODY RESPONDED HAPPILY

TO THE TWO-MINUTE WARNING.

– OF COURSE NOT.

– EVERYBODY SAW IT FOR WHAT IT WAS.

– BY THE WAY, ON THAT NOTE,

AD-FREE SOLID VERBAL EPISODES, VERBALLERS.COM!

(LAUGHING)

– SHAMELESS PLUG.

– YEAH, YEAH.

– THE OTHER PROPOSALS HERE, AND AGAIN,

THESE LOOK LIKE THEY’RE GONNA GO INTO EFFECT

ON APRIL THE 18TH, TEAMS CAN USE 18 TABLETS

BETWEEN THE COACHING BOOTH, SIDELINE, AND LOCKER ROOM

FOR THE PURPOSE OF VIEWING IN-GAME VIDEO ONLY.

OKAY, THAT WORKS.

– GOOD BY ME.

– WARNINGS FOR UNIFORMS VIOLATIONS,

FOLLOWED BY A TIMEOUT BEING CHARGED

UPON SUBSEQUENT OFFENSES FROM ANY MEMBER OF THAT TEAM.

VIOLATING TEAMS THAT ARE OUT OF TIMEOUTS

WOULD BE ASSESSED A FIVE-YARD PENALTY.

OKAY.

– COOL.

– AND ALSO IMPLEMENTATION OF A 15-YARD

HORSE COLLAR TACKLE PENALTY WITHIN THE TACKLE BOX.

– OKAY.

– ALL RIGHT.

I GUESS IF YOU’RE GONNA CALL THE HORSE COLLAR,

CALL THE HORSE COLLAR, RIGHT?

– FINE BY ME.

I MEAN, THE ONLY THING WITH HORSE COLLAR IS,

YOU KNOW, IT CAN BE BANG, BANG,

AND THERE CAN BE INTENTIONAL OR UNINTENTIONAL,

AND, YOU KNOW, THE REFEREES, BY AND LARGE,

I THINK, ARE DOING THEIR BEST, AND SO HOPE IT WORKS OUT.

– HOPE IT WORKS OUT.

THEY STILL NEED TO PUT THE CHIP IN THE BALL FOR ME.

CAN WE PLEASE JUST DO THAT?

I KNOW IT MIGHT ONLY HAVE LIMITED PRACTICAL APPLICATION.

JUST DO IT FOR ME, PLEASE.

– FOR TY.

– JUST DO IT FOR ME.

– SEE WHAT WE CAN COME UP WITH.

SOMEBODY CAN COME UP WITH A PRACTICAL WAY

TO USE THAT INFORMATION, BUT PUT THE CHIP IN THE BALL.

– I THINK, LOOK, WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT, LIKE,

THE VERY SPECIFICS OF THESE COMPETITIVE MOMENTS

WHERE, WHETHER IT’S, YOU KNOW, THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN

A SPOT WITH A CHIP IN THE BALL OR NOT A CHIP IN THE BALL,

WHETHER IT’S A HORSE COLLAR TACKLE, YOU KNOW,

SETTING A TEAM BACK 15 YARDS,

THESE ARE NOT INDIVIDUAL PENALTIES THAT WILL DECIDE A GAME.

GAMES ARE DECIDED OVER THE COURSE OF DOZENS

AND DOZENS OF PLAYS.

I THINK EVERYBODY’S TRYING TO DO THEIR BEST

TO MAKE THE GAME ITS MOST ENTERTAINING.

AND SO HOPEFULLY THESE ARE NOT ISSUES

ONCE THE SEASON BEGINS.

– DAN, SHOULD WE MOVE ON TO THE CLUB?

(UPBEAT MUSIC)

– YEAH, I DON’T KNOW EXACTLY WHAT WE’RE DOING HERE, TY.

BUT I KNOW THAT AS SOON AS YOU USED THE WORD CLUB,

I WAS LIKE, ALL RIGHT, I CAN FIND SOMETHING

TO HELP ILLUSTRATE.

SO THIS IS NOT, BY THE WAY.

OH MAN, THERE IT IS, THERE IT IS.

THIS IS NOT, I SAW OUR FRIEND BILL CONNELLY,

WHO WE ACTUALLY ATE WITH IN NEW YORK.

– WE DID, WE SAW BILL, IT WAS GREAT.

– HE ISSUED A, LIKE THE 80 BEST QUARTERBACKS

SINCE OF LIKE THE 2000S, RIGHT?

– RIGHT.

– AND THAT GENERATED A BUNCH OF CONTROVERSY

WITH PEOPLE YELLING LIKE, MATT LEINART,

IT’S BETTER THAN MARCUS MARIOTA,

WHO’S NOT AS GOOD AS BAKER MAYFIELD,

WHO’S MAYBE BETTER THAN CAM NEWTON,

DEFINITELY NOT AS GOOD AS VINCE YOUNG.

I LIKE THAT KIND OF ARGUMENT, THAT IS FOR ME.

BUT THIS IS, LET’S WALK THROUGH THIS.

SO THERE’S AN ESPN LIST OF THE TOP 10

RETURNING QUARTERBACKS.

– YES, IT’S ONE OF THOSE DEALS WHERE THEY JUST LABEL IT

AS FROM ESPN.COM.

– AND THEN INDIVIDUAL WRITERS WRITE

INDIVIDUAL BREAKDOWNS OF SPECIFIC GUYS.

– SOMETHING LIKE THAT, YEAH.

SO THERE ARE A BUNCH OF NAMES ON THIS,

NOBODY’S HIDING BEHIND THAT ESPN.COM LABEL.

– SCHLEBA WROTE SOME OF THEM, YEAH.

– YOU GOT SCHLABACH IN THERE, YOU’VE GOT,

YOU KNOW, WHO ELSE, TOM VANHAAREN.

I MEAN, THERE’S A WHOLE HOST OF NAMES HERE

THAT YOU’RE USED TO READING OVER.

ADAM RITTENBERG, GUYS THAT YOU’RE USED TO READING

OVER ON ESPN.COM.

AND THE ARTICLE IS TITLED,

“RANKING THE TOP 10 COLLEGE FOOTBALL QUARTERBACKS IN 2024.”

AND SO THE REASON YOU PLAY THE CLUB MUSIC

IS I THINK WE FASHION OURSELVES AS BOUNCERS HERE

AS PART OF THIS CONVERSATION, RIGHT?

WE’RE GONNA DECIDE ULTIMATELY,

WHICH OF THESE NAMES ARE WE ADMITTING

INTO THE SOLID VERBAL QUARTERBACK CLUB

AND WHICH ARE WE STOPPING AT THE GATE.

– AND MAYBE LIKE A VIP ROOM?

– A VIP ROOM, YEAH.

I MEAN, MAYBE WE’RE MONITORING FOR THE VIP.

– SURE.

– HOPEFULLY YOU HAVE SOME SORT OF CHEESY VELVET JACKET

THAT YOU CAN WEAR.

– WELL, THAT’D BE NICE.

AND WELL, LOOK, HOW ARE YOU JUDGED ALSO

BY GETTING INTO A CLUB?

I SAY AS SOMEBODY WHO DOES NOT ATTEND CLUBS

AND HAS NOT ATTENDED CLUBS

AND PROBABLY WOULD NOT BE ADMITTED INTO THOSE CLUBS.

YOU’RE JUDGED BASED ON IF YOU LOOK THE PART,

IF YOU’VE BEEN THERE BEFORE AND YOU’RE LIKE,

OH YEAH, THIS GUY IS AN ADDITIVE MEMBER OF SO-AND-SO CLUB.

ALSO, IT HELPS DEPENDING ON THE COMPANY YOU KEEP.

INTERPRET THAT HOWEVER YOU’D LIKE,

BUT THAT’S ESPECIALLY APPROPRIATE WITH QUARTERBACKS

THAT SOMETIMES THIS QUARTERBACK

ISN’T NECESSARILY AN OBVIOUS,

YES, YOU HAVE TO OPEN UP THE ROPES FOR HIM,

BUT DEPENDING, LIKE YOU LOOK AT THE RECEIVERS,

YOU LOOK AT THE OFFENSIVE LINE,

YOU LOOK AT THE POSITION OR THE DEFENSE,

THE POSITION THAT HIS OWN DEFENSE WILL PUT HIM IN.

AND I BELIEVE, SPOILER,

I THINK CARSON BECK IS ON TOP OF THIS LIST.

HE IS ONE OF THOSE QUARTERBACKS

WHO IS CERTAINLY GOING TO BE ADVANTAGED

BY THE DEFENSE ON HIS OWN TEAM

AND HOW ADVANTAGED PLAYING QUARTERBACK FOR GEORGIA CAN BE

WITH WHAT THE GEORGIA DEFENSE

HAS BEEN THESE PAST FEW YEARS.

SO I THINK ALL OF THOSE ARE REASONABLE.

AND SO, YEAH, MAYBE WE HAVE SOME QUARTERBACKS COMING OF AGE.

MAYBE WE HAVE SOME QUARTERBACKS DROPPING A FEW POUNDS

AND LOOKING SLEEK AND LOOKING LIKE

THEY SHOULD BE IN THIS CLUB, GROWING UP, LOOKING THE PART.

SO YEAH, WE’RE GOING TO BE BOUNCERS OF THE QUARTERBACK CLUB,

WHETHER IT’S TOP 10 OR WHETHER OR NOT WE JUST,

WE FEEL LIKE THEY ARE PRIME EXAMPLES

OF WHO SHOULD BE BEHIND THE VELVET ROPE.

– SO THE WAY THAT THEY CONDUCTED THEIR POLLING

AND PUT THIS LIST TOGETHER, IT SAYS,

(UPBEAT MUSIC)

THANK YOU, DAN.

– ANYTIME I CAN.

– ESPN POLLED ITS COLLEGE FOOTBALL REPORTERS

ASKING THEM TO RANK THEIR TOP 10 QUARTERBACKS

ENTERING THE 24TH SEASON.

POINTS WERE ASSIGNED BASED ON THEIR VOTES.

SO 10 POINTS FOR FIRST PLACE, NINE POINTS FOR SECOND PLACE,

ALL THE WAY DOWN TO ONE FOR 10TH PLACE,

MUCH THE WAY WE DO OUR VERBALLER TOP 20,

OR TOP 12 POLL, EXCUSE ME.

– RIGHT.

– OUT AT VERBALLERS.COM, ANOTHER SHAMELESS PLUG.

YOU’RE RIGHT.

CARSON BECK WAS NUMBER ONE ON THIS LIST.

AND I THINK HE DESERVES TO BE ON THIS LIST.

WE CAN GO THROUGH THE OTHERS.

BUT THE BIG THING THAT JUMPED OUT AT ME, HONESTLY,

THIS IS KIND OF A CRAPPY LIST.

– IS IT?

– IT’S KIND OF A CRAPPY LIST COMPARED TO,

COMPARED TO THE 23 SEASON,

COMPARED TO THE SEASON WE JUST HAD,

THE 10 NAMES ON THIS LIST,

I CAME AWAY FEELING VERY UNDERWHELMED BY THIS LIST.

THERE’S NO QUARTERBACK ON HERE,

NO GROUP OF, LET’S SAY, FOUR OR FIVE QUARTERBACKS ON HERE

THAT I FEEL LIKE I’D BE AFRAID TO PLAY.

– OKAY.

– I FEEL LIKE IT’S REALLY WIDE OPEN IN A WAY THAT,

REMEMBER GOING INTO THE SEASON LAST YEAR,

JUST THE SEC SEASON, WE SAID,

WOW, THIS IS GONNA BE INTERESTING

BECAUSE THERE ARE A LOT OF NAMES ON THIS LIST

THAT DON’T NECESSARILY PUT THE FEAR OF GOD INTO YOU.

– RIGHT.

– I LOOK AT THIS LIST, THIS TOP 10 LIST,

AND CERTAINLY THERE ARE GOOD NAMES.

CAM WARD IS ON THIS LIST, IS AN INTERESTING NAME.

CAM RISING, ANOTHER NAME THAT YOU CAN UNDERSTAND

WHY HE’S ON A LIST LIKE THIS.

BUT I’M LOOKING AT THIS AND I’M THINKING TO MYSELF,

THERE AREN’T A WHOLE LOT OF NAMES ON HERE

THAT PUT THAT FEAR OF GOD BACK INTO ME.

– WELL, HERE’S THE THING TOO, WITH THE LIST LIKE THIS,

LIKE IT’S RETURNING KNOWN QUANTITIES.

IT’S VERY LIGHT ON G5.

I THINK THERE’S A COUPLE OF G5 AND ALSO RECEIVING VOTES.

AND GUESS WHAT?

THERE ARE A LOT OF QUARTERBACKS PLAYING IN THE AMERICAN

IN THE SUNBELT, WHATEVER,

WHO ARE GONNA BE LIGHTING UP LESS THAN STELLAR DEFENSES

THAT WILL ABSOLUTELY DESERVE TO HAVE THEIR NAME

ON THIS LIST.

DO YOU KNOW WHO THE NUMBER, YOU OBVIOUSLY DON’T.

NOT BECAUSE OF YOU,

BUT BECAUSE IT’S JUST A VERY SPECIFIC STAT.

THE THIRD MOST EFFICIENT VIA QUARTERBACK RATING,

SECOND MOST EFFICIENT QUARTERBACK

VIA YARDS PER ATTEMPT IN NOVEMBER.

SO FINISHING THE SEASON STRONG.

IT WAS A G5 QUARTERBACK WHO I BELIEVE IS RETURNING,

PRESTON STONE, SMU.

GOT HURT NEAR THE END OF THE YEAR,

OBVIOUSLY KIND OF AFFECTED THINGS FOR THE MUSTANGS.

BUT LIKE THAT SOMEBODY BASED ON HEAD COACH,

BASED ON THE OFFENSE, BASED ON DEVELOPMENT OF RECEIVERS,

THAT YOU’RE LIKE,

HE COULD HAVE A CRAZY PRODUCTIVE 2024,

NOWHERE TO BE FOUND ON THIS LIST.

SO THIS IS A PRETTY FLUID LIST RIGHT NOW.

– IT’S A FLUID LIST AND IT’S ALSO MARCH.

– IT’S MARCH.

SO YOU KNOW WHAT?

– I DON’T BEGRUDGE ANYBODY. – WE’RE HEADING INTO

SPRING FOOTBALL, RIGHT?

SO YOU HAVE, OKAY, SO CARSON BECK AS AN EXAMPLE, RIGHT?

LOSES HIS OBVIOUS BEST TWO DUDES

IN LADD MCCONKIE AND BROCK BOWERS.

SO THIS IS KIND OF A NEW ERA FOR GEORGIA FOOTBALL’S OFFENSE.

LOSE KEY PLAYERS ON THE OFFENSIVE LINE,

BUT ADD IN NEW INTRIGUING GUYS, RIGHT?

IT’S BENJAMIN YUROSEK FROM STANFORD,

COLBIE YOUNG FROM MIAMI.

THERE’S A RECEIVER IN THERE,

I THINK LONDON HUMPHRIES FROM VANDERBILT, RIGHT?

SO IT’S JUST LIKE, DO YOU BELIEVE,

MAYBE THIS IS OUR QUESTION, TY.

DO YOU BELIEVE IN THE MARCH CARSON BECK VIBES

AS CAPITAL E ELITE OR A CAPITAL V VIP?

IS CARSON BECK VIP?

– YEAH, HE’S DEFINITELY VIP, MAN.

– OKAY.

– HE’S DEFINITELY VIP.

I MEAN, I THINK JUST GIVEN THE NATURE

OF THE ROSTER AROUND HIM,

HARD TO KEEP HIM FROM GOING INTO THE VIP HERE.

– I AGREE, I AGREE.

HERE’S THE INTERESTING THING ABOUT CARSON BECK THOUGH.

– I THINK HE’S REALLY GOOD.

I KNOW HE’S REALLY GOOD.

– IS THERE A DEFINING CHARACTERISTIC OF CARSON BECK?

LIKE IF SOMEBODY ASKED YOU TO DEFINE,

LIKE WHAT KIND OF QUARTERBACK IS CARSON BECK?

YOU’RE JUST LIKE, I DON’T KNOW, HE’S REALLY GOOD.

HE’S ACCURATE, BUT LIKE HE’S NOT HUGE PHYSICALLY,

GOOD SIZE, HE’S NOT A BIG RUNNER.

HE’S NOT BOMBING IT DOWN THE FIELD.

THE SYSTEM ITSELF ISN’T CRAZY UNIQUE.

SO HE JUST SORT OF EXISTS AS REALLY GOOD,

WHICH I GUESS IS KIND OF THE BEST WAY TO EXIST.

– WELL, I TAKE ISSUE WITH HE’S NOT HUGE PHYSICALLY.

HE’S 6’4, 220.

– YEAH, SPEAK FOR YOURSELF.

A LOT OF US ARE, TY.

– HE’S 6’4, 220.

HE’S VERY ACCURATE.

HE COMPLETED THAT.

– HE’S GOT GOOD SIZE.

YEAH, BUT I’M SAYING HE’S NOT JOE MILTON

IN TERMS OF LIKE A GIANT DUDE OR CAM NEWTON, RIGHT?

HE’S NOT GONNA OVERWHELM YOU AS HAVING UNIQUE SIZE.

HE JUST HAS PROTOTYPICAL SIZE.

– HE HAS PROTOTYPICAL KIND OF POCKET PASSER SIZE,

COMPLETED ABOUT 72, 73% OF HIS PASSES LAST YEAR,

22 TOUCHDOWNS, SIX INTERCEPTIONS.

SO HE’S BEEN PRETTY THRIFTY WITH THE FOOTBALL.

IT DOES HELP TO HAVE THAT CAST AROUND HIM.

TO YOUR POINT, BROCK BOWERS, LADD MCCONKIE.

LADD MCCONKIE, BY THE WAY,

I DON’T KNOW IF YOU SAW HIS COMBINE, BUT JUST–

– WHAT, WHAT, A 4.4, 4.3?

– I MEAN, HE LOOKS LEGIT AT THE COMBINE.

FOR ALL THE JOKES THAT WE MADE ABOUT LADD MCCONKIE,

THIS IS YOUR GUY AT GEORGIA?

HE’S GONNA GET PICKED

AND BE A SLOT RECEIVER SOMEWHERE IN THE LEAGUE.

– I WATCHED HIM ABSOLUTELY SHRED OREGON.

AND FROM THAT MOMENT ON, I SAID,

“WOULD LOVE TO HAVE A LADD MCCONKIE ON THE ROSTER.

WOULD LOVE TO HAVE THAT.”

– ME, ME A COP ON THAT ONE.

CARSON BECK BELONGS IN THIS CLUB.

YOU DON’T NECESSARILY NEED TO HAVE

THAT DEFINING CHARACTERISTIC.

I THINK IN ORDER TO BE PART OF THIS CLUB,

ESPECIALLY IN 2024, YOU KNOW,

HE’S GONNA STILL HAVE AN INCREDIBLE CAST

OF CHARACTERS AROUND HIM.

HE’S ONLY GOING TO GET BETTER.

WHAT I THINK WE BOTH WOULD LIKE TO SEE MORE OF

FROM CARSON BECK IS HIM BEING GIVEN THE KEYS

TO THE OFFENSE A LITTLE BIT MORE.

‘CAUSE THEY RAN IT A LOT LAST SEASON.

THEY DIDN’T NEED TO RELY ON CARSON BECK’S ARM.

AND THERE WERE MOMENTS LAST SEASON WHEN THEY DID,

AND HE WAS VERY, VERY GOOD IN THAT MOMENT.

SO I THINK HE’S NUMBER ONE ON THIS LIST.

WE’RE, WE’RE LET, CAN YOU PLAY THE MUSIC?

WE’RE GONNA LET HIM THROUGH.

OBVIOUSLY HE GOES THROUGH.

THANK YOU.

– YEAH, OF COURSE.

– CARSON BECK GOES THROUGH.

– HERE’S THE THING ABOUT CARSON BECK THOUGH.

AND WE TALKED ABOUT THIS HEADING INTO THE SEASON,

AND IT’S SORT OF SEEMED TRUE OF GEORGIA DURING THE SEASON.

YOU LOOK AT THE DEFENSES PLAYED.

YOU CAN GO THROUGH THEM ONE BY ONE.

AUBURN’S WAS FEISTY, HAD A GOOD GAME AGAINST AUBURN.

GOOD, MAYBE NOT.

YEAH, HE HAD A GOOD GAME.

MIZZOU, GOOD GAME.

BAMA, TO GET INTO THE PLAYOFF, A PLAY-IN GAME FOR GEORGIA

BECAUSE OF THE, THE, THE ROAD THAT THEY WERE,

THEY WERE ON, THAT THEY NEEDED TO WIN THAT GAME.

DIDN’T HAVE AN INCREDIBLE GAME.

AGAINST ALABAMA.

SO I THINK THAT’S THE LIKE, WE HAVE TO SEE THIS, RIGHT?

WHEN THEY, WHEN THERE ARE LIMITED OPPORTUNITIES

TO SHOW OUT AGAINST A STRONG NFL FILLED DEFENSE,

WHAT DO YOU DO?

CARSON BECK, GOOD, PRETTY GOOD,

BUT DIDN’T TAKE OVER THAT GAME.

– OKAY.

– AND THEY WERE BEAT UP ALONG THE OFFENSIVE LINE.

THERE ARE OBVIOUSLY ISSUES.

MIMS LEFT EARLY ON IN THAT GAME,

BUT HIS STARTING RIGHT TACKLE.

BUT THAT’S THE ONLY THING, IT’S JUST LIKE, OKAY,

THE, THE BRIGHTEST OF LIGHTS.

WHAT DOES CARSON BECK LOOK LIKE?

– HERE ARE THE OTHER NAMES ON THIS TOP 10 LIST.

AND I WANT YOU AS THE BOUNCER TO STOP ME

IF I RATTLE OFF A NAME THAT DOES NOT BELONG.

– OKAY, VIPS.

– NUMBER TWO, DILLON GABRIEL, OREGON.

– BELONGS.

AND I THINK A LOT OF THAT IS THE COMPANY

THAT HE’S IN LINE WITH TO GET INTO THE CLUB

BECAUSE OREGON LOOKS TO BE PRETTY STACKED ON OFFENSE

AND THE DEFENSE WILL DO HIM,

WILL PUT HIM IN A LOT OF GOOD POSITIONS.

BUT YEAH, GIVEN HIS EXPERIENCE, GIVEN HIS CEILING,

WHICH IS PRETTY HIGH,

EVEN THOUGH HIS OWN PHYSICAL CEILING IS PRETTY LOW,

THAT HE IS, YOU KNOW, PROBABLY 5’10”.

YEAH, HE BELONGS IN THE VIP,

ESPECIALLY COMPARED AGAINST THIS CLASS.

YEAH.

– I WOULD VOTE HIM NUMBER ONE.

– NUMBER ONE QUARTERBACK IN THE COUNTRY

HEADING INTO THE YEAR.

– I WOULD ABSOLUTELY PUT DILLON GABRIEL NUMBER ONE.

– IS THAT BECAUSE OF WHAT HE’S DONE

AS A COLLEGE QUARTERBACK?

HE’S ALSO OLDER, RIGHT?

– HE’S OLDER.

I MEAN, PHYSICALLY, IF YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT

MAYBE CARSON BECK, NOT HAVING THIS PROTOTYPICAL

CAM NEWTON, JOE MILTON PHYSICAL SIDE TO HIM,

DILLON GABRIEL IS TINY BY COMPARISON

AND HE IS AN INJURY CONCERN.

BUT JUST GIVEN, AGAIN, THE SUPPORTING CAST

AND WHAT HE’S DONE ALREADY,

DILLON GABRIEL WOULD BE NUMBER ONE FOR ME.

BUT THAT-

– WELL, YOU’VE TALKED ABOUT A POP GUN ARM WITH HIM

IN THE PAST.

– I KNOW.

I KNOW.

– HE THROWS A GOOD, BUT PERHAPS DELAYED DEEP BALL, RIGHT?

IT HANGS UP THERE.

– IT DOES.

– HE’S ACCURATE.

– HE’S MY NUMBER ONE.

– HE SEEMS SMART.

AND LOOK, HE’S GOING TO BE THROWING TO WHO?

TEZ JOHNSON AND EVAN STEWART.

HE’S BEHIND A PRETTY EXPERIENCED OFFENSIVE LINE.

TIGHT END IS BACK.

THEY’RE IN GOOD SHAPE AT RUNNING BACK.

LIKE HE IS IN POSITION.

I THINK HE HAS THE OPPORTUNITY

FROM SORT OF THE OUTSET OF THE SEASON.

THEY HAVE WHAT, BOISE STATE EARLY ON,

OREGON STATE EARLY ON.

LIKE HE HAS ENOUGH DECENT OPPONENTS

TO LIKE ALMOST IMMEDIATELY ESTABLISH HIMSELF

AS THE BEST QUARTERBACK IN THE COUNTRY.

YOU’RE RIGHT.

NUMBER THREE IS QUINN EWERS.

YEAH.

NUMBER FOUR IS JALEN MILROE.

NUMBER FIVE, WE’VE GOT NOAH FIFITA.

NUMBER SIX, JAXSON DART.

SEVEN, JALON DANIELS FROM KANSAS.

EIGHT, SHEDEUR SANDERS, COLORADO.

NINE, CAM RISING, UTAH.

10, CAM WARD, MIAMI.

SO THEY ALSO INCLUDED HERE

IN OTHERS RECEIVING VOTE CATEGORY,

WHICH INCLUDED BRADY COOK, RILEY LEONARD,

WILL HOWARD, NOW OF OHIO STATE, WILL HOWARD,

GARRETT GREEN OF WEST VIRGINIA,

NICO FROM TENNESSEE,

KADEN SALTER FROM LIBERTY,

DJ U, FLORIDA STATE, JACKSON ARNOLD, OKLAHOMA,

CONNER WEIGMAN, TEXAS A&M,

MY GUY, OUR GUY, KYRON DRONES, VIRGINIA TECH,

AND WILL ROGERS AT WASHINGTON.

SO OF THE REMAINING EIGHT NAMES

AFTER DILLON GABRIEL,

ARE THERE ANY NAMES ON THIS LIST

THAT YOU SEE AND THEY THROW UP A RED FLAG?

I THINK IT’S A CEILING LIST.

JALON DANIELS HAS JUST BEEN SUPER HURT

FOR LIKE EVERY, YOU KNOW,

HE’S MISSING A TON OF TIME.

WAS IT BACK ISSUES, BACK SITUATIONS FOR JALON DANIELS?

BUT AT HIS BEST,

HE’S ABSOLUTELY WORTHY OF BEING ON THIS LIST.

I THINK THE LAST TWO,

I THINK IT’S A CAM FACTOR FOR ME,

CAM RISING AND CAM WARD.

I THINK CAM WARD IS A CEILING PLAYER

AND A QUARTERBACK.

I JUST WANNA SEE WHAT YOUR NINTH BEST THROW LOOKS LIKE.

AND YOU KNOW, HIS FIRST FOUR ARE GREAT,

BUT I DON’T KNOW, CAM WARD AT MIAMI,

IT DOESN’T STRIKE ME.

I THINK HE TRIED TO GET AN NFL GRADE

THAT WOULD LEAD TO HIM LEAVING AND HE DIDN’T.

AND CAM RISING, I THINK AS A COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYER

IS INTRIGUING AT THE TOP OF THE SPORT.

LIKE YOU COULD UNDERSTAND LIKE THE BEST OF CAM RISING

BEING A HEISMAN CANDIDATE,

BUT IN TERMS OF BEING A PURE QUARTERBACK

WITH HOW LITTLE UTAH FINDS, DEVELOPS,

TOP TIER RECEIVERS WHO CAN CHALLENGE GUYS DOWN THE FIELD.

LIKE I THINK CAM RISING IS GOOD TO REALLY GOOD,

BUT LIKE A VIP CONVERSATION, I DON’T KNOW.

I THINK HE’S A WINNER, BUT I’M NOT THERE WITH HIM.

I’D RATHER TAKE A CHANCE

ON SOME OF THE ALSO RECEIVING VOTES

OR THE OTHER GUYS ON THIS LIST

AS SHOWING A LITTLE BIT MORE

IN TERMS OF JUST LETHAL QUARTERBACKS.

I’M NOT THERE WITH HIM.

– HOW DO WE FEEL ABOUT QUINN EWERS AT THREE?

– GOOD, BUT NOT GREAT.

I THINK HE’S LEGITIMATELY VERY GOOD.

– THAT’S MY VIBE ON QUINN EWERS.

LIKE I THINK QUINN EWERS BELONGS ON THIS LIST.

– YEAH.

– QUINN EWERS BELONGS IN THIS TOP 10.

ALSO BEAR IN MIND THE CONTEXT THAT BROUGHT US QUINN EWERS.

QUINN EWERS STARTED AT OHIO STATE

AS ONE OF THE HIGHEST GRADED RECRUITS EVER.

HE SURELY IS VERY, VERY GOOD.

HE THROWS A NICE DEEP BALL.

I LOVE WHEN HE THROWS THE RAINMAKER.

YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN?

LIKE THE LOLLIPOP DEEP THROW

IS ONE OF THE PUREST THINGS

THAT WE’VE GOT IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL RIGHT NOW.

BUT RIGHT NOW WE’RE TALKING ABOUT THE NFL COMBINE

AND GUYS LIKE XAVIER WORTHY

WHO RAN SOMETHING LIKE A SUB FOUR, THREE,

JUST INCREDIBLE.

I MEAN, HE’S HAD SO MUCH TALENT AROUND HIM

AND I FEEL LIKE HE STILL HAS LEFT ME WANTING MORE.

I KEEP WAITING TO SEE FOR A PROLONGED PERIOD OF TIME

THE QUINN EWERS THAT I THOUGHT WE WERE GONNA GET

WHEN I SAW THE RECRUITING GRADE.

AND I DON’T THINK WE’VE SEEN THAT YET.

THAT COULD STILL HAPPEN.

I THINK IT WAS A WISE DECISION

FOR HIM TO COME BACK TO TEXAS.

WE KNOW THERE HAVE BEEN SOME INJURY ISSUES.

BY AND LARGE FOR ME, QUINN EWERS BELONGS ON THIS LIST.

I’M JUST NOT AS HIGH ON QUINN EWERS

AS I THOUGHT I WAS GOING TO BE AFTER THE SEASON.

SO THREE FEELS A LITTLE HIGH TO ME.

JALEN MILROE AT FOUR IS AN INTERESTING SELECTION.

I LIKE JALEN MILROE.

I LIKE WHAT NICK SABAN AND TOMMY REES

DID WITH JALEN MILROE.

I’M CURIOUS TO SEE WHAT KALEN DEBOER

DOES WITH JALEN MILROE

BECAUSE THE SYSTEM THAT DEBOER RUNS

IS DRASTICALLY DIFFERENT

OR HAS BEEN DRASTICALLY DIFFERENT

FROM THE SYSTEM THAT WE SAW AT BAMA LAST SEASON.

IF THEY’RE GONNA TRY AND PLAY LIKE THIS

MORE MODERN AIR RAID GAME WITH JALEN MILROE,

I DON’T THINK THAT’S GONNA WORK.

I SUSPECT THEY WON’T BECAUSE THEY KNOW HIS SKILLSET.

FOR ME, THAT’S SOMETHING TO WATCH.

FOUR IS HIGH FOR MILROE.

PROBABLY BELONGS ON THIS LIST.

BUT FOUR, TOP FIVE FOR JALEN?

I’M NOT GOING THERE.

– WELL, IT’S ALSO JUST KIND OF LIKE A PREVIOUSLY

ON THE JALEN MILROE EXPERIENCE IN WATCHING THE ROSE BOWL

WHERE YOU WONDER IF THERE IS,

IF IT’S, HE’S 100% A TOP FIVE ATHLETE IN THE SPORT

AND A TOP FIVE PLAYMAKER IN THE SPORT.

BUT IF, AND I THINK THE SAME THING APPLIES

NOT NECESSARILY IN TERMS OF BEING AN ATHLETE,

BUT FOR QUINN EWERS,

BUT THE THOUGHT OF LIKE,

IF WE’RE GONNA SITUATIONALLY GRADE IT

WHERE YOU’RE LIKE, OKAY,

THIS GUY HAS 93 SECONDS DOWN FOUR TO DRIVE THE FIELDS

AND GET A TOUCHDOWN TO WIN A GAME IN A HUGE SPOT.

BUT LIKE, I DON’T FULLY HOLD LIKE IT AGAINST QUINN EWERS,

WHAT HE LOOKED LIKE AGAINST WASHINGTON IN THE PLAYOFF,

BECAUSE I THOUGHT A LOT OF THAT WAS ON SARK

AND THE PLAY CALLING JUST LIKE FIRST DOWN PASS,

FIRST DOWN PASS, FIRST DOWN PASS.

LIKE, I DON’T THINK HE WAS PUT IN A GREAT POSITION,

BUT IN TERMS OF LIKE, AM I TERRIFIED OF EITHER QUINN EWERS

OR JALEN MILROE WITH THE GAME ON THE LINE, HUGE SPOTLIGHT,

YOU KNOW, PLAYING ON THE ROAD IN THE OPENING ROUND

OF THE PLAYOFF, SOMEWHERE COLD OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT.

I’M NOT THERE WITH EITHER ONE OF THESE GUYS

IN THIS MOMENT,

BUT YOU HAVE TO MAKE THE CASE FOR OTHERS, RIGHT?

IF YOU’RE NOT GONNA CONSIDER THEM TOP FIVE,

WHO IS THAT QUARTERBACK?

YOU’RE LIKE, I AM TERRIFIED OF HIM

SPECIFICALLY IN THAT SCENARIO.

AND WE JUST, YOU KNOW,

TO COMPARE ANYBODY TO PATRICK MAHOMES,

BUT LIKE I WAS ROOTING FOR THE 49ERS IN THE SUPERBOWL.

PATRICK MAHOMES GOT THE BALL IN HUGE LEVERAGE SPOTS

AND I KNEW WHAT WAS GONNA HAPPEN.

– YOU KNEW EXACTLY WHAT WAS GONNA HAPPEN.

– COMPLETELY UNFAIR TO COMPARE ANY OF THESE GUYS

TO PATRICK MAHOMES,

BUT THERE IS THAT EMOTION THAT YOU’D LIKE TO FEEL

WHEN YOU’RE ROOTING AGAINST THIS QUARTERBACK,

WHERE YOU’RE LIKE, YEAH, THIS IS DONE.

AND I KIND OF FELT THAT WITH MICHAEL PENIX LAST YEAR

AS AN OREGON FAN, WHEN HE,

AND THAT WAS SPECIFIC TO LIKE THE RECEIVERS HE HAD

AND HIS OWN TALENT AND THE COACHING

AND THE SYSTEM, WHATEVER.

AND I JUST, I DON’T NECESSARILY GET THAT,

YOU MENTIONED FEAR OF GOD.

LIKE I DON’T GET THAT FEAR WATCHING QUINN EWERS

NOW WITH NEW RECEIVERS, NEW TIGHT END,

LIKE RUNNING GAME SHOULD BE VERY GOOD.

OFFENSIVE LINE SHOULD BE VERY GOOD.

LIKE HE IS IN AN ADVANTAGED PLACE.

JALEN MILROE EVEN LESS SO BECAUSE OF COACHING OVERHAUL,

PLAY THE ROSTER OVERHAUL AT ALABAMA.

LOOK, KALEN DEBOER WILL GET THE MOST OUT OF HIS QUARTERBACK.

AND IF THAT GUY IS, AS WE ASSUME,

IT’S GONNA BE JALEN MILROE,

MILROW WILL IMPROVE THIS YEAR.

BUT RIGHT NOW HEADING INTO SPRING BALL,

NEW SYSTEM, NEW PLAYERS AROUND HIM.

I’M JUST NOT THERE BECAUSE OF WHAT WE SAW AGAINST,

GRANTED EXCELLENT MICHIGAN TEAM,

THE LIKES OF WHICH DOES NOT EXIST IN THE SEC THIS YEAR

IN TERMS OF THAT DEFENSE.

BUT THAT’S MORE OF AN EXPERIENCE THING TOO.

I JUST, I’M NOT THERE.

HE’S IN THE CLUB.

HE’S ABSOLUTELY IN THE CLUB.

AND I DON’T KNOW IF I CAN PICK SOMEBODY

TO BRING IN THE VIP ROOM INSTEAD OF HIM,

BUT I’M KEEPING A WATCHFUL EYE, TY.

– THERE ARE THREE GUYS THAT I’M KICKING OUT OF THE CLUB.

– OKAY.

– I’M KICKING OFF THIS LIST.

I’M KICKING JALON DANIELS FROM KANSAS OFF THE LIST.

EXCITING PLAYER, BUT HE’S GOTTA STAY ON THE FIELD.

– NEW OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR THIS YEAR.

– NEW COORDINATOR.

LOOK, I’M ROOTING FOR KANSAS.

I LIKE JALON DANIELS.

I WANT TO SEE MORE OF THEM.

AND THAT WOULD BE THE ONLY REASON

WHY I LEAVE HIM OFF THIS LIST.

HE’S AT SEVEN RIGHT NOW.

AND BILL CONNELLY WROTE THE LITTLE BLURB ON HIM.

– ISN’T THAT LIKE THE BEST ABILITY IS AVAILABILITY?

– YEAH.

– KIND OF THING.

– YEAH.

THAT’S I THINK WHERE I’M AT WITH JALON DANIELS.

I’D KICK CAM RISING OFF THIS LIST TOO.

– OKAY.

– I WOULD.

I LIKE CAM RISING.

I LIKE ALL THESE GUYS.

I’M NOT ROOTING AGAINST ANY OF THESE GUYS,

BUT HE DIDN’T PLAY LAST YEAR.

– NO.

– HE DIDN’T PLAY.

AND THERE IS SOMETHING TO BE SAID FOR

WHAT VERSION ARE WE GONNA GET OF CAM RISING?

I THINK HE COULD CERTAINLY PLAY AT A TOP 10 LEVEL.

I UNDERSTAND WHY HE’S ON THIS LIST,

BUT I WANT TO SEE WHAT HE LOOKS LIKE

WHEN HE RETURNS TO FORM AT UTAH.

THE OTHER THING THAT I THINK WORKS TO UTAH’S FAVOR

IS THAT THEY’RE GOING INTO A NEW CONFERENCE.

– WELL, TY, YOU SET ME UP VERY NICELY THERE.

QUICK LITTLE ALLEY-OOP FOR DAN RUBENSTEIN

IN THE THIRD PERSON.

YOU READY?

– I’M READY.

– THESE ARE THE DEFENSES CAM RISING IS GONNA FACE.

– I GOT IT IN FRONT OF ME.

GO AHEAD.

GO AHEAD.

– SOUTHERN UTAH, BAYLOR, UTAH STATE, OKLAHOMA STATE.

WE’LL SEE.

OKAY.

ARIZONA, DUANE AKINA, THE DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR?

HE’S GONNA BE AN ANALYST FOR TEXAS.

NEVER BEEN A DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR.

I WAS LIKE, BY THE WAY, DUANE AKINA, TANGENT HERE,

HAS BEEN THE OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR

AND NOW WILL BE THE DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR

FOR THE UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA.

– OKAY.

– THAT’S KIND OF COOL.

ASU’S DEFENSE, FRISKY, IMPROVED, LOST KEY PLAYERS,

TCU, HOUSTON, BYU, COLORADO,

IOWA STATE, SHOULD HAVE VERY GOOD DEFENSE,

UCF, DISAPPOINTING DEFENSE.

SO CAM RISING, IT MIGHT JUST BE A MATTER OF,

HE MIGHT, IT MIGHT BE THE RIGHT YEAR TO BE CAM RISING

AND LOOKING TO BE THE MOST HANDSOME BOY AT A CLUB

BECAUSE IT’S SET UP PRETTY NICELY

DEPENDING ON WHAT HIS OWN OFFENSE LOOKS LIKE THIS YEAR,

WHICH IT’S ANOTHER YEAR.

UTAH PROBABLY WON’T HAVE AN NFL RECEIVER.

IT’S A GOOD SITUATION DEFENSIVELY.

– ALL RIGHT, HE STAYS IN THE CLUB.

– OKAY.

– HE STAYS IN THE CLUB.

I’M LOOKING AT THIS AS I AM SPEAKING IN REAL TIME

AND I RESERVE THE RIGHT TO CHANGE MY MIND.

CAM RISING CAN STAY BECAUSE UTAH COULD WIN

THE BIG 12 LIKE THAT.

– CERTAINLY.

– THEY COULD WIN THE BIG 12 WITH CAM RISING

JUST BEING SERVICEABLE, WITH UTAH PLAYING

ITS BRAND OF FOOTBALL, THE BRAND OF FOOTBALL

THAT THEY PLAY ALL THE TIME UNDER KYLE WHITTINGHAM

AGAINST A SCHEDULE LIKE THAT.

– YEAH.

– ALL RIGHT, CAM RISING CAN STAY.

CAM WARD’S GONE THOUGH.

– OKAY.

– CAM WARD’S GONE.

AND AGAIN, EXCITING PLAYER.

IF HE, I THINK, LIVES UP TO SOME OF THE HYPE,

CAM WARD WILL END UP ON THIS LIST

AND CAM WARD WILL END UP PROBABLY

AS A FIRST ROUND PICK IN THE NFL.

AGAIN, IF HE LIVES UP TO THAT HYPE.

– YOU THINK HE’S GONNA END UP AS A FIRST ROUND,

YOU THINK THERE’S A WORLD IN WHICH CAM WARD

IS A FIRST ROUND QUARTERBACK?

– 100%.

– OOH.

– 100%.

IT’S A STRONG DISAGREE FROM ME.

– HE ALMOST CAME OUT THIS YEAR.

– AND HE DIDN’T, WHY, TY?

‘CAUSE THE NFL SAID, “NAH, YOU’RE NOT A HIGH ROUND PICK.”

– IF HE LIVES UP TO THE HYPE,

AND THAT IS DOING A LOT OF HEAVY LIFTING,

THEN I COULD SEE IT.

BUT HE’S GOT A WAYS TO GO.

– AND WHEN YOU WANNA BECOME A FIRST ROUND NFL QUARTERBACK,

WHEN YOU PREVIOUSLY DIDN’T APPEAR TO BE,

YOU GOTTA GO TO A MARIO CRISTOBAL.

– YOU GOTTA GO TO MARIO CRISTOBAL.

– JUSTIN HERBERT, FIRST ROUND QUARTERBACK,

APPEARED TO BE THAT BEFORE MARIO CRISTOBAL TOOK OVER.

– WOULD YOU RATHER HAVE CAM WARD,

WOULD YOU RATHER HAVE JALON DANIELS

ON THIS LIST IN OUR CLUB?

OR WOULD YOU RATHER HAVE WILL HOWARD?

– OH, PROBABLY WILL HOWARD.

– WOULD YOU RATHER HAVE BRADY COOK?

– DEFINITELY BRADY COOK.

LUTHER BURDEN’S BACK, YEAH.

THEY’LL RUN THE HELL OUT OF THE BALL AS WELL, YEAH.

– RILEY LEONARD.

– OKAY, SO RILEY LEONARD AT NOTRE DAME

WITH WHAT, AN EXODUS OF RECEIVERS,

WORKING IN A NEW SYSTEM, NEW OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR,

WITH BIG TIME SUCCESS RECENTLY, MIKE DENBROCK.

I THINK I’D RATHER HAVE,

IF YOU’RE LOOKING AT BOTH RILEY LEONARD AND CAM WARD

AS KIND OF ATHLETES WITH UPSIDE,

LIKE CAM WARD DOESN’T RUN THE BALL A TON.

I THINK RILEY LEONARD RUNS THE BALL MORE.

I DON’T HAVE THEIR NUMBERS IN FRONT OF ME.

BUT CAM WARD IS THE IMPROVISER, I THINK, BETWEEN THOSE TWO.

I THINK, GOD, CAM WARD’S GONNA HAVE

A GOOD OFFENSIVE LINE, MAN.

– HE’S GONNA HAVE A GOOD OFFENSIVE LINE.

– AND LOOK, I THINK NOTRE DAME’S OFFENSIVE LINE

WILL PROBABLY IMPROVE, THOUGH THEY LOSE

THEIR BEST OFFENSIVE LINEMAN, RIGHT?

JOEL ALT? JOEL ALT, YEAH.

– HE’S GONNA BE A FIRST ROUND PICK.

– I’M NOT PUTTING RILEY LEONARD ON THIS TOP 10,

BUT I’M PUTTING BRADY COOK IN THERE,

AND I’M PUTTING WILL HOWARD IN THERE.

THE FACT THAT WILL HOWARD WAS LEFT OFF OF THIS.

– WHAT DO I CALL WILL HOWARD, WALKER HOWARD?

– WALKER HOWARD, YEAH.

(LAUGHING)

– YEAH, I WOULD PUT WILL HOWARD,

‘CAUSE AGAIN, I THINK HE’S ADVANTAGED.

I DON’T KNOW IF HE’S NECESSARILY

THE MOST HANDSOME BOY IN LINE,

BUT THE COMPANY HE KEEPS, I THINK,

WILL MAKE HIM ATTRACTIVE TO THOSE

CONTROLLING THE VELVET ROPES.

– I PUT WILL HOWARD AT THREE ON THIS LIST.

– WILL HOWARD AT THREE?

– YEAH.

– OKAY.

– LOOK AT THE TALENT AROUND HIM, MAN.

LOOK AT THE SYSTEM THAT CHIP KELLY’S GONNA BRING,

AND HOW ADVANTAGEOUS THAT’S GONNA BE

FOR A QUARTERBACK OF HIS ILK.

– THAT’S TRUE.

– IT WOULD BE DIFFERENT IF IT WERE A BILL O’BRIEN SYSTEM.

IT’D BE DIFFERENT IF IT WERE THE RYAN DAY SYSTEM.

TO SOME EXTENT, IT STILL WILL BE THE RYAN DAY SYSTEM,

BUT WE KNOW THAT CHIP KELLY KNOWS HOW TO GET CREATIVE

WITH QUARTERBACKS THAT CAN MOVE.

THAT’S SORT OF BEEN HIS THING.

AND WILL HOWARD’S BIG BOY.

HE’S GOT A LOT AROUND HIM.

OHIO STATE HAS CERTAINLY NOT TAKEN ITS FOOT OFF THE GAS.

THERE IS AN OPEN QUESTION ABOUT THE OFFENSIVE LINE.

I KNOW THAT.

– YEAH.

– BUT I DON’T SEE HOW HE COULD FAIL IN THAT SYSTEM.

SO I’D PUT HIM UP AT THREE,

AND I’D PROBABLY PUT SHEDEUR AT NUMBER FOUR

ABOVE QUINN EWERS, ABOVE WHO ELSE THEY GOT HERE,

JALEN MILROE.

I DON’T KNOW.

EVEN NOAH FIFITA I MIGHT PUT ABOVE THOSE GUYS.

GIVEN THE WAY THAT HE CAME ALONG.

– SO NOAH FIFITA’S INTERESTING

BECAUSE MIGHT HAVE THE BEST RECEIVER IN THE COUNTRY

TO THROW TO.

OFFENSIVE LINE CERTAINLY GOT BETTER LAST YEAR.

COULD BE INVOLVED IN A LOT OF SHOOTOUTS

BECAUSE I’M NOT SURE I TRUST THE 2024 VERSION

OF THEIR DEFENSE,

WHICH I GUESS IN TERMS OF BOTTOM LINE NUMBERS,

NOAH FIFITA COULD PUT UP CARTOONISH NUMBERS THIS YEAR.

BY THE WAY, YOU KNOW WHO ARIZONA HIRED

AN OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR ABOUT THREE WEEKS AGO?

DINO BABERS.

– DINO, THAT’S RIGHT.

– SO IT SHOULD BE A WIDE OPEN PASS HAPPY OFFENSE.

ONCE AGAIN, ALTHOUGH SYRACUSE’S OFFENSE

TOOK A LOT OF DIFFERENT FORMS,

DEPENDING ON THE ROSTER.

BUT I THINK THEY’RE GONNA BE IN GOOD SHAPE OFFENSIVELY.

I WOULD HAVE FIFITA MAYBE A LITTLE BIT HIGHER.

I THINK WE’RE NOW UNDERRATING QUINN EWERS A LITTLE BIT.

THEY BROUGHT IN A BUNCH OF RECEIVERS IN THE PORTAL.

THEY’VE RECRUITED REALLY WELL AT RECEIVER.

THEY HAVE ANOTHER FIVE STAR,

I THINK FIVE STAR COMING IN THIS YEAR AT TEXAS,

I THINK IT’S RYAN WINGO.

I DON’T HAVE THE CLASS OF 2024 MEMORIZED.

AND WAS IT JOHNTAY COOK LAST YEAR?

SO THERE’S A LOT IN THE PIPELINE AT TEXAS.

AND THEN YOU BRING IN SILAS BOLDEN FROM OREGON STATE.

LIKE HE’S GONNA HAVE A LOT TO WORK WITH,

ESPECIALLY BEHIND THAT OFFENSIVE LINE.

I WOULD HAVE HIM AHEAD OF FIFITA.

JUST IN TERMS OF LIKE WHAT’S AVAILABLE TO HIM

AND THE CONTINUITY OF HAVING SARK.

– WHO’S AHEAD OF FIFITA?

– I WOULD HAVE QUINN EWERS AHEAD OF FIFITA.

– ALL RIGHT, WE’RE BACK TO QUINN EWERS HERE.

– YEAH.

I’M JUST SAYING WHAT TEXAS HAS AVAILABLE,

THE COMPANY THAT QUINN EWERS KEEPS TO ME

IS STILL PRETTY ATTRACTIVE.

– ALL RIGHT, SO HERE’S WHAT I’M DOING ON THE FLY.

– OKAY.

– I’VE GOT GABRIEL ONE, CARSON BECK TWO.

– YEAH.

– ARE WE OKAY WITH THAT?

– YEAH.

– I’VE GOT WILL HOWARD THREE.

NOW YOU’RE GONNA SAY THAT’S TOO HIGH,

BUT THIS IS MY LIST.

I PUT WILL HOWARD THREE.

– WELL, I THINK KANSAS STATE FANS ARE QUICK TO POINT OUT

THAT WHEN THE GOING IS GOOD FOR WILL HOWARD

IN TERMS OF WHAT’S AROUND HIM, HE PERFORMS.

HE’S JUST NOT SOMEBODY WHO CAN RAISE THE LEVEL

ALL OF THE TIME.

AND NOW THAT HE HAS CHIP KELLY,

ALL DUE RESPECT TO COLLIN KLEIN,

CHIP KELLY IS A BETTER OFFENSIVE MIND THAN COLLIN KLEIN.

HE HAS THOSE RUNNING BACKS.

DEPENDING ON WHAT THE OFFENSIVE LINE LOOKS LIKE,

HE HAS A STACK RECEIVING ROOM

AND NOW ADDED TO WITH JEREMIAH SMITH,

NUMBER ONE OVERALL RECRUIT.

LIKE, I THINK WILL HOWARD HAS EVERY OPPORTUNITY TO,

WILL HOWARD COULD BE THE BEST QUARTERBACK

IN AMERICA THIS YEAR.

– I AGREE.

THAT’S WHY HE’S THREE FOR ME.

– SO YEAH, I’D LIKE TO SEE MORE CONSISTENCY.

SO I THINK I WOULD HAVE QUINN EWERS STILL AHEAD OF HIM.

I MEAN, THERE’S LIKE A EWERS LINE

THAT I’M SORT OF DRAWING IN THE SAND RIGHT NOW.

SO I WOULD HAVE HIM LIKE FIVE, FIVE OR SIX.

YEAH.

– ALL RIGHT, SO YOU’VE GOT, WHO’S YOUR THREE THEN?

IF I’VE GOT WILL HOWARD.

– SO MY THIRD BEST AFTER,

I AGREE WITH THE TOP TWO IN BECK AND GABRIEL.

MY THIRD BEST, IT MIGHT BE JAXSON DART.

– I KIND OF DELIBERATED WITH PUTTING DART AT NUMBER THREE.

I WAS GONNA MOVE HIM UP TO NUMBER FIVE ABOVE QUINN EWERS.

– HE’S GONNA HAVE A LOT AVAILABLE TO HIM.

ADDING JUICE WELLS.

– MY LIST IS GABRIEL, BECK, HOWARD THREE.

I’VE GOT SHEDEUR AT FOUR.

– THAT’S AN OFFENSIVE LINE QUESTION TO ME WITH SHEDEUR.

IS HE GONNA HAVE TIME TO DO, TO SHOW OFF?

– I’VE GOT JAXSON DART AT FIVE AND THEN QUINN EWERS AT SIX.

DART’S A GOOD CASE THOUGH.

THERE’S A BIG CASE TO BE MADE THAT JAXSON DART,

I THINK HE MATURED LAST SEASON.

– YEAH.

– AND HIS NUMBERS WERE VERY, VERY SOUND.

23 TOUCHDOWNS, FIVE PICKS, GOT SOME RUSHING YARDS IN THERE.

HAD LIKE EIGHT RUSHING TOUCHDOWNS.

WE KNOW HE CAN MOVE ON THE GROUND

THROUGH FOR CLOSE TO 3,400 YARDS.

GIVEN WHAT THEY’VE GOT COMING BACK,

TREY HARRIS, GEORGE WATKINS,

THEY LOSE QUINSHON JUDKINS, THAT HURTS,

BUT THERE’S STILL PLENTY OF AMMO.

– I DON’T CARE ABOUT RUNNING BACKS IN THAT WAY.

AND THEY ADDED WHO, LOGAN DIGGS, YOUR GUY.

I THINK THEY’LL BE FINE.

IT’S KIND OF AN OFFENSIVE LINE QUESTION TO ME.

AND IT’S KIND OF LIKE,

WHAT IS THE RHYTHM OF AN OLE MISS GAME WITH,

WE’LL SEE HOW MUCH THE DEFENSE IMPROVES.

BECAUSE RIGHT NOW, IF YOU’RE OLE MISS,

OBVIOUSLY BAMA IS GONNA BE MORE GETTABLE, IT SEEMS.

BUT YOU LOSE BY 35 TO GEORGIA LAST YEAR.

THE RHYTHM OF WHAT DOES THE DEFENSE DO

IN TERMS OF GETTING OFF THE FIELD AGAINST THE BEST TEAMS.

I WAS IMPRESSED WITH JAXSON DART

FOR THE MOST PART AGAINST PENN STATE.

LOOK, THEY WON 11 GAMES WITH THE BOWL.

THEY GO 10 AND TWO AND THEY ADD TO IT.

AND LOOK, ADDING IN WALTER NOLEN, CHRIS PAUL,

GUYS, PRINCELY

I DON’T REMEMBER HOW TO PRONOUNCE HIS LAST NAME.

UMANMIELEN FROM FLORIDA, ON THE EDGE.

I THINK JAXSON DART IS KEEPING

REALLY GOOD COMPANY IN THIS LINE.

AND I WOULD ABSOLUTELY HAVE HIM IN THE VIP SECTION.

SO YES, HE IS PROBABLY MY NUMBER THREE OR FOUR.

– YOU’VE GOT HIM AT THREE, WHO’S YOUR FOUR THEN?

– SO IF I’M MOVING JAXSON DART UP TO FOUR,

I’D PROBABLY GO YOURS AND THEN HOWARD.

BUT I THINK THERE’S LIKE A VIP WITHIN THE VIP.

– SO AFTER HOWARD, THEN ARE YOU GOING FIFITA?

– YES, I WOULD PUT FIFITA AHEAD OF MILROE.

– AND THEN MAYBE BRADY COOK?

– YEAH, I WOULD PROBABLY PUT BRADY COOK

AHEAD OF MILROE AS WELL.

– I’M PUTTING TOGETHER A COMMON LIST HERE.

SO WE’VE GOT GABRIEL, BECK.

THERE’S SOME DEBATE OVER WILL HOWARD,

BUT I THINK BOTH ACKNOWLEDGE HE’S IN THE TOP FIVE.

I’VE GOT SHEDEUR AT FOUR AND JAXSON DART AT FIVE.

YOU’VE GOT DART AT THREE, YOURS AT FOUR, HOWARD AT FIVE.

SO KIND OF IN THAT ORDER.

OTHER NAMES THAT WE COULD ADD TO THIS LIST.

I MEAN, MILROW, YOU MENTIONED.

– WILL ROGERS IS INTERESTING BECAUSE OF JEDD FISCH’S

RECENT HISTORY WITH DEVELOPING QUARTERBACKS.

BUT WASHINGTON IS A TOTAL GUT REBUILD.

– SO FOR ME, MY FULL LIST GOES LIKE THIS.

IT GOES GABRIEL ONE, CARSON BECK TWO,

WILL HOWARD THREE, SHEDEUR SANDERS FOUR.

I GO JAXSON DART FIVE BY A NOSE AHEAD OF QUINN EWERS AT SIX.

I’VE GOT NOAH FIFITA AT SEVEN, BRADY COOK AT EIGHT,

JALEN MILROE AT NINE, AND THEN CAM RISING AT 10.

– I MIGHT PUT JALON DANIELS AHEAD OF CAM RISING

JUST BECAUSE CEILING WISE,

I THINK JALON DANIELS IS MORE INTERESTING.

WHAT DO YOU DO WITH QUARTERBACKS

WHO WE KNOW WILL BE STARTING

BUT HAVEN’T HAD A LOT OF EXPERIENCE?

WHERE LIKE YOU ARE GAMBLING ON UPSIDE,

LIKE NICO AT TENNESSEE.

YOU’RE LIKE, I DON’T KNOW, TENNESSEE QUARTERBACKS.

– NOT ON THE LIST.

– I KNOW HE’S NOT ON THE LIST, BUT LIKE,

WOULD YOU RATHER GO INTO THE SEASON

WITH CAM RISING OR NICO AS YOUR QUARTERBACK?

– I’D PROBABLY GO CAM RISING.

– OKAY.

I PROBABLY WOULD TOO,

BUT I’D HAVE TO SIT AND THINK ABOUT IT.

– YOU KNOW WHAT YOU’RE GONNA GET.

– I KNOW, BUT IS THAT A GOOD THING?

IS THAT ALWAYS A GOOD THING?

– WOULD YOU RATHER GO INTO THE SEASON WITH NICO OR WITH DJ U?

– NICO?

I’VE JUST, I’VE SEEN THE DJ U EXPERIENCE.

I KNOW THE GOOD, I KNOW THE BAD.

I THINK HE’S HAS A CEILING OF LIKE A SOLID B QUARTERBACK.

AND HE WAS ADVANTAGED LAST YEAR WITH JONATHAN SMITH

AND HE’LL BE ADVANTAGED AT FSU.

– NICO OR KYRON DRONES?

– I’D PROBABLY GO NICO BECAUSE OF THE SYSTEM.

YOU KNOW, I’M A SUCKER FOR,

AND THIS IS LIKE OUR BRUCE FELDMAN,

LIKE I LOVE WHEN I HEAR

THAT SOMEBODY IS GREAT AT ANOTHER SPORT.

LIKE I LOVE THAT NICO WAS LIKE A TOP TIER VOLLEYBALL PLAYER.

I LOVE ALL THAT STUFF.

– SO, ALL RIGHT, YOUR LIST THEN,

YOU’VE GOT GABRIEL AND BECK ONE AND TWO.

WE’RE IN AGREEMENT THERE.

YOU’VE GOT JAXSON DART, QUINN EWERS, THREE, FOUR.

YOU’VE GOT WILL HOWARD FIVE.

THEN AFTER THAT, AS I’VE BEEN JOTTING THESE DOWN,

YOU’VE GOT NOAH FIFITA AHEAD OF JALEN MILROE,

AHEAD OF BRADY COOK AT EIGHT.

IT SOUNDS LIKE MAYBE YOU’VE GOT JALON DANIELS

AHEAD OF CAM RISING, PUTS HIM AT 10.

ARE YOU PUTTING SHADEUR SANDERS IN HERE AT ALL?

– I THINK AT HIS BEST,

IF HE HAD A REPLACEMENT LEVEL OFFENSIVE LINE,

YEAH, HE’D BE IN THERE.

HE’D BE IN THAT LIKE EIGHT, NINE, 10 AREA FOR ME.

CAN I GIVE YOU ANOTHER NAME THAT I AM,

I’M NOT SHOCKED IS NOT IN THIS CONVERSATION,

BUT IN TERMS OF A NAME THAT COULD LIKE SWOOP IN

LIKE THE FAN MAN AT A BOXING MATCH.

– SURE.

– SOMETIMES YOU LOOK AT COACHES

WHO CONSISTENTLY PRODUCE TOP FIVE, TOP THREE,

TOP SEVEN, TOP 10, HEISMAN WINNERS,

FIRST ROUND QUARTERBACKS.

AND YOU’RE LIKE, ALL RIGHT,

WHO’S THE GUY’S QUARTERBACK THIS YEAR?

IF YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT JUST TOP 10 IN THE COUNTRY,

TO SAY LIKE MAYBE A LINCOLN RILEY QUARTERBACK

WON’T BE IN THAT CONVERSATION

KIND OF IS ANTITHETICAL TO WHERE WE’VE BEEN AS A SPORT.

LIKE IF AND WHEN, I DON’T KNOW IF IT’S JAYDEN MAIAVA

OR IF IT’S MILLER MOSS OR WHATEVER,

THAT SEEMS LIKE AN OPEN COMPETITION,

BUT LIKE MILLER MOSS IS GONNA HAVE EVERY OPPORTUNITY

IF IT’S HIM WITH HIS EXPERIENCE AND AGE

AND STILL HAVING SOME INTERESTING OFFENSIVE TALENT,

OFFENSIVE LINEMAN, WHATEVER.

WHY WOULD YOU NOT INCLUDE MILLER MOSS

OR WHOEVER THE LINCOLN RILEY QUARTERBACK IS

IN THIS CONVERSATION WHEN HE EXCLUSIVELY PRODUCES

HEISMAN WINNERS AND FIRST ROUND PICKS?

– YOU CAN PUT HIM IN OTHER RECEIVING VOTES,

BUT THERE’S JUST NOT A HUGE BODY OF WORK HERE.

– NO, I’M MORE SAYING LIKE GUYS THAT, AGAIN,

A FAN MAN WHO COULD SWOOP IN LATER ON IN THE SEASON

INTO THIS CONVERSATION.

I DON’T THINK IT’S RIGHT TO PUT MILLER MOSS

AS LIKE THE NUMBER EIGHT QUARTERBACK IN THE COUNTRY,

BUT IN TERMS OF TRACK RECORD,

JUST PENCILING IN LIKE A TECMO SUPER BOWL PLAYER

WHO DID NOT AGREE TO HAVE HIS NAME IN THE GAME,

LIKE QB EAGLES, JUST LIKE QB LINCOLN RILEY IN THIS LIST,

LIKE TO BE NAMED LATER, LIKE BY WEEK SEVEN.

YEAH, I’D BE GOOD WITH THAT.

– YEAH, I MEAN, AS WE ROUND THINGS OUT HERE, DAN,

SOME OTHER NAMES THAT I THINK ARE OF INTEREST.

– YEP, PLEASE.

– WE DIDN’T TALK A LOT ABOUT GARRETT GREEN,

BUT GARRETT GREEN I THINK ALSO FALLS

INTO THAT CATEGORY FOR WEST VIRGINIA

OF HAVING AN ADVANTAGEOUS CONFERENCE SITUATION.

NOW THEIR SCHEDULE IS NOT QUITE WHAT YOU DESCRIBED FOR UTAH.

I THINK IT’S HARDER, BUT GARRETT GREEN CAME ON

DOWN THE STRETCH LAST SEASON.

AND I THINK DESPITE THE FACT THAT HE STARTED THE YEAR

AND THERE WAS SOME CONCERN OVER WHETHER OR NOT

HE WOULD BE THE GUY,

I THINK HE GREW INTO THAT ROLE ADMIRABLY.

SO GARRETT GREEN, I THINK IS A GOOD ONE

THAT I WOULD KEEP AN EYE ON.

AND I DON’T WANNA JINX HIM,

BUT WE CAN HAVE A TYLER SHOUGH CONVERSATION.

– WE CAN HAVE A TYLER SHOUGH CONVERSATION.

THERE’S A LOT OF CONVERSATIONS TO BE HAD.

WE CAN HAVE A CONNER WEIGMAN CONVERSATION.

– YEAH, YEAH.

– WE CAN HAVE A BROCK VANDAGRIFF CONVERSATION.

WE CAN HAVE A, LIKE I ENJOY A LOT OF THE CONVERSATIONS

THAT COULD BE HAD WITHIN THE SPORT.

TVD WISCONSIN, DON’T SAY NO.

DREW ALLAR WITH A BETTER OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR.

I DON’T KNOW WHAT LIKE STAR POWER AT RECEIVER

LOOKS LIKE FOR DREW ALLAR.

I’M GONNA NEED TO SEE MORE.

– YEAH.

– BUT LIKE THE BEST OF DREW ALLAR

IS A HUNDRED PERCENT A TOP 10 NATIONAL QUARTERBACK.

– I THINK THE FRINGE FOR ME IS PROBABLY RILEY LEONARD.

RILEY LEONARD FOR ME WOULD BE LIKE 11 OR 12 ON THIS LIST.

– OKAY.

– RECEIVER ROOM IS AN OPEN QUESTION

THE SAME WAY IT WAS A YEAR AGO,

BUT THEY’RE GONNA RUN HIM.

HE’S GONNA RUN.

THAT’S WHY THEY HIRED DENBROCK.

HE IS GONNA RUN.

HE IS GONNA SHOW OFF HIS ATHLETICISM.

– YEAH.

– THE OPEN QUESTION ON RILEY LEONARD IS I THINK

HOW ACCURATE HE IS AS A PASSER,

WHAT HIS PROCESSING IS LIKE WHEN HE DROPS BACK TO PASS.

BUT THERE’S REALLY NO QUESTION ABOUT

WHETHER OR NOT THE KID’S AN ATHLETE.

– RIGHT.

– YOU KNOW HE CAN RUN.

AND I THINK THEY’RE GONNA LEAN ON THAT

PRETTY HEAVILY THIS YEAR.

SO THE NUMBERS WILL BE THERE.

THE WINS WILL BE THERE.

NOTRE DAME WILL DEFINITELY BE IN THE CONVERSATION.

I’M PROBABLY NOT READY TO PUT HIM IN MY TOP 10 HERE,

BUT I THINK HE’S RIGHT ON THE CUSP.

CAN I GIVE YOU ANOTHER FAN MAN NAME?

WHAT ABOUT ALEX ORJI?

– LOVE A GOOD ORJI.

– ANOTHER FAN MAN CONVERSATION.

WHERE IT’S JUST LIKE WHO’S FLYING IN FROM THE RAFTERS

WHO SHOULDN’T BE IN THIS CONVERSATION RIGHT NOW,

GIVEN, LOOK THIS IS AN INCREDIBLY SUCCESSFUL PROGRAM,

THAT YOU KNOW SHERRONE MOORE IS GONNA WANNA RUN

THE HELL OUT OF THE BALL,

THAT THERE’S GONNA BE PLAY ACTION OPPORTUNITIES,

THAT MAYBE RECEIVER IS DEVELOPED A LITTLE BIT BETTER

OR COUNTED ON A LITTLE BIT MORE.

IT’S NOT GONNA BE A GREAT YEAR FOR MICHIGAN’S OFFENSE

PROBABLY GIVEN WHAT THEY LOSE UP FRONT.

BUT STILL, I DON’T KNOW MAN.

HE HAD SOME EXPERIENCE ON THE FIELD,

DUAL THREAT, COULD PICK UP YARDS ON THE GROUND,

YARDS THROUGH THE AIR.

IF HE’S THAT GUY,

OBVIOUSLY THERE’S GONNA BE COMPETITION.

BUT THAT’S ANOTHER FAN MAN NAME THAT I WOULD THROW.

– SWOOP IN, LET US KNOW,

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LET US KNOW WHO WE LEFT OUT,

WHO WE WERE TOO HIGH ON,

WHO WE WERE TOO LOW ON.

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– DEQUAN FINN, BAYLOR,

PUT ALL YOUR MONEY RIGHT NOW,

PUT IT IN.

– WHO DO YOU PUT IN YOUR TOP 10 CLUB?

LET US KNOW.

WE WILL BE BACK ON THURSDAY.

WE WILL TALK OF COURSE MORE COLLEGE FOOTBALL.

HIT SUBSCRIBE, HIT FOLLOW WHEREVER IT IS

YOU ARE LISTENING AND WATCHING.

YOUR SUPPORT THROUGHOUT THE OFF SEASON IS MUCH ENCOURAGED.

LET US KNOW, REACH OUT.

AGAIN, LET US KNOW WHAT YOU THINK OF OUR QUARTERBACK CLUB.

LET US KNOW WHAT YOU THINK OF THIS LIST.

– IT’S INTERESTING GOING INTO THE SPRING, RIGHT?

IT’S AN INTERESTING CONVERSATION BECAUSE OF WHAT?

THE TRANSFERS IN WILL HOWARD AND DILLON GARBRIEL

NEAR THE TOP OF THIS LIST.

AND LIKE I MENTIONED TO DAQUAN FINN TO END IT UP,

BUT LIKE HE’S JUMPING UP ESSENTIALLY A LEVEL IN THE SPORT

GOING FROM THE MAC TO THE BIG 12.

AND YOU GOT NEW SYSTEMS, NEW COORDINATORS.

LIKE IT’S A REALLY FUN SPRING.

LIKE I DON’T THINK YOU WERE DOWN

ON THIS YEAR’S QUARTERBACK CLASS.

I THINK YOU’RE DOWN ON THE KNOWN QUANTITIES

OF THIS YEAR’S QUARTERBACK CLASS.

MAYBE YOU’RE JUST DOWN IT.

MAYBE I’M PUTTING WORDS IN YOUR MOUTH,

BUT I THINK THAT MAKES THIS SPRING

AND THIS FALL THAT MUCH MORE FUN.

– RIGHT IN AGAIN, SOLVER.GMAIL.COM.

HIT US UP ON SOCIAL MEDIA.

FOR THAT GUY OVER THERE, MY GOOD FRIEND, DAN RUBENSTEIN

FOR THE MILLIONS UPON MILLIONS LISTENING AT HOME.

AS PER USUAL, STAY SOLID.

PEACE.

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