Big East QB report card

September, 12, 2012
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The Big East only had two new starters going into this season: Chandler Whitmer at UConn and Munchie Legaux at Cincinnati. How have they looked?

Here is a waaaaaay too early assessment of both.

Munchie Legaux. I still count Legaux as a first-year starter even though he started three games last season in relief of an injured Zach Collaros. Legaux looked impressive running the ball in a season-opening win over Pitt, and actually leads the Big East in average yards per game at 117. Yeah, yeah he has only played one game, but what the Bearcats saw out of him should be encouraging -- he was the first Cincinnati quarterback in the modern era to pass for 200 yards and run for 100 yards in a game. Now he has got to work on his accuracy, which was a problem last season. He only completed 50 percent of his passes against Pitt.

Chandler Whitmer. Honestly, I think a lot of people expected him to be better right out of the gate than what he has shown the first two games. He has been an upgrade over Johnny McEntee, but he has not really elevated this offense. Part of that is because this is a run-first offense, and well, the Huskies have been unable to move anybody off the line. But Whitmer had his fair share of opportunities to win the NC State game for UConn and just could not get it done. He ended up throwing three interceptions and ranks last among all Big East starters in pass efficiency. We have to remember that it is early in his UConn career, and he has only started two games for this team. But still, his play in the early going has been a cause for concern.

The returners

WOWZAH! Ryan Nassib, Syracuse. Did anybody expect Syracuse to have the No. 1 quarterback and No. 1 offense in the Big East this early in the season? Umm. No. We are talking about Syracuse here, a team that has not been known for lighting up the scoreboard in recent seasons. But here are the Orange and Nassib, the most prolific duo in the league. Nassib leads the nation with 804 total passing yards and has been simply outstanding. "He really prepared himself to take over this team, to be an outstanding leader and to do whatever it takes for us to win at his position," coach Doug Marrone said. "I have a great appreciation for what he’s done and that’s what I see out of Ryan."

Nearly perfect: Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville. When you have only 11 incompletions through two games and no interceptions, well, you are playing about as perfectly as can be expected. Bridgewater was extremely accurate in the spring and that has carried over into the first two games and ranks No. 12 in the nation in pass efficiency.

Not ready for primetime: Gary Nova, Rutgers. I suppose I could have put Nova into the first-year starters category, but he did start five games last season in relief of an ineffective Chas Dodd. Nova has not taken any step ahead this season, and he ranks No. 7 in the Big East in passing yards per game (144). I think everybody expects much more out of him and the passing game moving forward.

Not ready for primetime, II: Chris Coyer, Temple. There were questions about the Temple passing game going into the season, and they have yet to be answered after two games. Temple just does not have a team right now that can win games from behind with the pass.

He is who we thought he was: Tino Sunseri, Pitt. I have to say, Sunseri has been given absolutely no help from his offensive line, which looks about as bad as it did a year ago. Still, Sunseri hasn't looked any better than a year ago, either, much to the frustration of Pitt fans.

Jekyll N Hyde: B.J. Daniels, USF. We saw the same ol' B.J. Daniels in Week 1, and then we saw lights out B.J. Daniels against Nevada -- with THREE 50-yard touchdown passes. So will the real B.J. Daniels please stand up, please stand up?

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