Your 2018 Starting QB is…

One of the biggest questions going into the 2018 KU Football season is the Quarterback position. Who’s going to start the first game? To help answer this question I decided to create a ‘way to early’ analysis on who I think should start at QB in 2018.

Kansas hasn’t had much luck with QB’s lately. And by lately I mean nine years. Yes, it’s been NINE years since Todd Reesing shined his beautiful light so bright KU fans everywhere praised him like a God. His name is still echoed everywhere through Memorial Stadium in hopes that one day they’ll build a statue in his honor. Hear me KU Athletics? Build this man a statue!

Anyways, back on track…

The big question though, how great was Reesing? Well, he was pretty darn great.

Year Pass

Yards

TD Int
2006 204 3 3
2007 3486 33 7
2008 3888 32 13
2009 3616 22 10

His stats are incredible, but for a better perspective how do his stats compare to the QB’s after him? (Fair warning before looking at these stats, things are going to get dark. Like black hole never finding a way out dark.)

Player Year Pass Yards TD Int
Jordan Webb 2010 1195 7 8
Jordan Webb 2011 1884 13 12
Dayne Crist 2012 1313 4 9
Jake Heaps 2013 1414 8 10
Michael Cummings 2014 1715 9 6
Ryan Willis 2015 1719 8 10
Montel Cozart 2016 1075 7 9
Peyton Bender 2017 1609 10 10

Let’s break this down…

*Keep in mind I only listed the QB with the most passing yards each year. As some of you know there were a few years where KU used multiple QB’s. But trust me, those additional stats are just as depressing.

Here are a few things I noticed first:

  • Kansas hasn’t had a QB pass for over 2000 yards since Reesing did it three years in a row (2007-2009) where he actually passed for over 3400 yards each of those years.
  • Only two of the QB’s in the last eight years have passed for more Touchdowns than Interceptions.
  • In the last eight years, only one QB led the team in passing yards in back to back years.

Needless to say, Reesing was an immortal compared to the rest of the pack. He’s not just one of the best QB’s in the last ten years, he’s the best QB in Kansas history.

But to be honest, I don’t think Kansas needs a Reesing 2.0 to be successful, they just need a guy that can throw for over 2,000 yards and more touchdowns than interceptions.

Will it happen this year? I’m not optimistic but let’s take a look at the QB options and their most recent stats.

Player Team 2018

Class

Pass

Yards

Rush

Yards

Pass

TD

Rush

TD

Int
Peyton Bender Kansas Senior 1609 -87 10 0 10
Carter Stanley Kansas Junior 1108 91 4 0 7
Miles Kendrick San Mateo (CCCAA) Sophomore 1889 417 18 5 9
Torry

Locklin

Rockdale

(HS)

Freshman 2536 2536 27 30 8

It appears KU will have four options at QB: Peyton Bender a senior, Carter Stanley a junior, Miles Kendrick a JUCO transfer sophomore, and Torry Locklin a High School recruit that will be a freshman.

First, don’t be fooled by Torry Locklin’s numbers. High School stats tend to be a little more “I just created a 99 rated player on Madden and put it on easy.” So needless to say it’ll be hard to judge his potential contribution to the QB race.

Second, I think it’ll be an uphill battle for Miles Kendrick to win the starting job over a junior and a senior who both had significant playing time last year. I’m not saying he doesn’t have a chance, I’m just saying if he does it’ll be in hell.

Now let’s finally get into the real debate on who I think will start in 2018.

I honestly think it’ll be between Peyton Bender and Carter Stanley once again. If you look at their numbers, and keep in mind Bender started more games and started the first two games of 2017 which were the best opportunity for stat building, then you’ll notice they aren’t really that far off from each other.

Bender is the better passer, and by better passer I mean he gets the ball out quicker and, even though this wasn’t always the case, has better accuracy. But what you get with Stanley is his ability to escape the pocket and keep drives alive. This was significantly important with KU’s lack of offensive line production last year.

But what about this year? I think how our OL develops will be a big factor in who gets the start. If they’re much better, then Bender will likely get the nod. If they’re still having issues then I’m going to guess Stanley will be the guy behind center the first game.

Having said all that, I’m guessing the KU OL isn’t going to be much better next year and we’ll need to rely on a QB that can scramble and keep drives alive. This really only leaves one option between Bender and Stanley, and that’s Stanley.

Not only does Stanley keep drives alive, he also has a fighter mentality. He shows his emotions and he’s one of the toughest guys on the team. We’ve all seen him take hit after hit, many that would have probably killed us as normal humans, and get right back up to make a big play the next chance he got. If I’m the coach, I’d love that quality in a player and it’d be hard to keep him on the bench.

So there you have it, I’m going with Carter “Balboa” Stanley to be the Kansas starting QB for the 2018 season.

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