The second player on my list is JUCO QB product, Thomas MacVittie.
MacVittie played high school football in Cincinnati, Ohio and originally committed to Pittsburgh. He played one year at Pitt and then decided to take a different route by transferring to Mesa C.C., a JUCO in Arizona.
At Mesa MacVittie tallied up 1,064 yards passing, 16 touchdowns, eight interceptions and a 53.5 completion percentage in only six games.
His stat line wasn’t the only thing that caught the eyes of Kansas coaches, it was his NFL size. Standing at 6-5 and 225 pounds MacVittie was considered the number pro style JUCO QB in the 2019 class.
It was also said that Les Miles recruited MacVittie out of high school while he was at LSU.
Through fall camp it appears the QB race is still on as both Carter Stanley, senior, and MacVittie, junior, are neck and neck. I still expect MacVittie to get the first shot at the field, and if he plays well could slide his way into the starting spot.
What he brings to the field is NFL size, a solid arm and ability to escape the pocket to make plays.
It’s no secret the Kansas OL has had its issues the last decade, so a QB that has the ability to escape the pocket and continue the drive is crucial.
It’s also no secret Kansas has had issues at the QB position the last decade. In that time Kansas has started 11 different QB’s and played at least 15. And none of those QB’s have thrown for over 2,000 yards in a single season. That’s the definition of inconsistency.
For MacVittie to be successful, if he is in fact named the starter, he’ll need to make quick decisions while maintaining his vision down field. This Kansas team will no longer be running the air raid so he likely won’t be expected to pass a lot, but he should be expected to make smart decisions and keep drives going by extending the play.
Fortunately when watching MacVittie’s highlights, that’s exactly what you see; a guy that can keep the drive going and a guy that makes quick, smart decisions.
I think it’s fair to say the success of MacVittie will truly determine the success of this team. It’s a lot to put on the shoulders of a fresh face to the program, but from what I’ve heard he’s more than eager to take it on.
If I were to guess at what MacVittie’s stats will be I’d say he passes for over 1,800 yards, including 20 touchdowns and throws less than 10 interceptions. Those stats may not seem like a lot but I think it’ll be enough to keep Kansas in a lot of games this year.
For more on MacVittie check out this great and in depth article by Michael Swain of 247 sports.