Week 1 Wrap-Up: Freshman Quarterback Domination

NCAA Key Contributor
NCAA Key Contributor

By Laura Leigh Majernik @LLMajer

The first week of college football provided shocking wins (Houston over Oklahoma), overtime stunners (Texas over Notre Dame), and a few non-surprises (Alabama over USC).

The biggest story, however, was the impressive play by several freshman quarterbacks. If these players improve over their college careers, we should expect an amazing draft class of quarterbacks in a few years.  Notable performances include:

Alabama QB Jalen Hurts: The true freshman went 6 completions over 11 attempts, for 118 yards, and 2 touchdowns. Such a strong debut puts him in the driver’s seat for a successful season for the defending National Champions.

Florida State QB Deondre Francois: A redshirt freshman, Francois led an impressive comeback over Ole Miss resulting in 419 passing yards as well as 59 rushing yards. Francois made the statement that once again, Florida State may be in the mix for a playoff berth.

Image: Shane Buechele, Courtesy: University of Texas
Image: Shane Buechele, Courtesy: University of Texas

Georgia QB Jacob Eason: Eason, a true freshman, turned in an impressive performance of 8 completions over 12 attempts for 131 yards in Georgia’s victory over North Carolina. Eason can be a force to be reckoned with in the hyper-competitive SEC.

Texas QB Shane Buechele: Buechele, a true freshman, passed for a total of 280 yards in 16 completions over 26 attempts. He maintained a calm demeanor that belied his youth in Texas’ overtime victory over Notre Dame.

Welcome to college football, gentlemen!  Football fans – you can look forward to watching these young men’s game play progress in upcoming years.

Featured image Deondre Francois, Courtesy: Bleacher Report

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