Kedon Slovis and Jayden Daniels look to become the new faces of the Pac-12
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1. Kedon Slovis (USC)
USC found their next star quarterback when Freshman Kedon Slovis lit up Stanford for 377 yards and 3 touchdowns on September 7th. Slovis and OC Graham Harrell teamed up to form a lethal offense that averaged 37 PPG over the final 4 games. In those final 4 games, Slovis threw for 14 touchdowns and 1 interception while completing 77.5% of his passes.
2. Jayden Daniels (ASU)
Daniels impressed with the composure he showed as a true freshman in 2019 while leading the Sun Devils to 4 wins in games decided by 7 points or less. Overall, Daniels threw for 17 touchdowns and 2 interceptions during his freshman campaign while also tallying 355 rushing yards.
3. Chase Garbers (Cal)
Garbers was the catalyst to the Bears success in 2019 as they managed a 7-0 record in games that he started and finished. The 4 star prospect out of high school threw for 14 touchdowns and just 3 interceptions last season. For his career, Garbers has led Cal to a 12-2 record in games that he attempts 20 or more passes.
4. Davis Mills (Stanford)
Davis Mills came to Stanford in 2017 as a 5 star prospect from Georgia. Mills was ranked 15th nationally in the 247 composite and boasts ideal size at 6'3". K.J. Costello was expected to be the Cardinal starter in 2019, but an injury derailed his season and gave Mills an opportunity to show what he could do in 6 starts and 8 games of action. Mills didn't disappoint. The rising senior threw for 11 touchdowns and 5 interceptions.
5. Grant Gunnell (Arizona)
Grant Gunell was one of the most underrated freshman in 2019. The 6'6" QB came to Arizona after a record setting high school career in Texas that resulted in 195 touchdown passes and just 28 interceptions. He continued that success while splitting time with Khalil Tate. Over the course of the season, Gunnell finished with 9 touchdowns and just 1 interception. He won't be surrounded by elite talent in Tucson in 2020 but he is more than capable of carrying the Wildcats to a bowl.
6. Dorian Thompson-Robinson (UCLA)
DTR came to UCLA as one of the most sought after quarterbacks in the nation. He ranked 36th nationally in the 247 composite and held offers from schools such as Alabama, Georgia and LSU. His college career hasn't lived up to the hype thus far while winning just 7 games over the past 2 years but he has shown flashes of his immense potential. Thompson-Robinson accounted for 25 touchdowns in 2019 and threw 12 interceptions. His best performance came when he led the Bruins to a huge comeback against WSU while throwing for 507 yards and 5 touchdowns. As a junior in 2020, DTR should be more consistent and has the potential to be the best QB in the conference.
7. Jake Bentley (Utah)
Bentley brings plenty of experience to the Utes after throwing for 55 touchdowns in 4 seasons at South Carolina. The Utah offense will always be run heavy and therefore Bentley just needs to manage the game from the Quarterback position. The Utes can win without a prolific passer so this is a good fit for both parties and Bentley is more than capable of leading Utah to 8-10 wins.
8. Tyler Shough (Oregon)
This part of the list gets iffy. We don't have much tape on these quarterbacks and as a result it's hard to rank them at the top without proven production. The Duck signal caller was ranked 140th nationally on the 247 composite and has a similar build to Justin Herbert. Oregon has proven they can develop QBs and Shough should be the next in line. Walter Football has Shough as the 13th overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft.
9. Jacob Sirmon (UW)
Jacob Sirmon is another former top recruit. Sirmon ranked 94th nationally (247 composite) out of high school. He has the size and arm strength to make an immediate impact. Washington will be installing a new offense this season and that could make things difficult for Sirmon but the skills are there.
10. Cammon Cooper (WSU)
The Pac-12 will be loaded with former 4 & 5 star quarterbacks in 2020 and Cammon Cooper is another. The 4 star prospect from Utah is the favorite for the WSU starting job this season. Rolovich runs a scheme that allows his QB to put up prolific stats and Cooper could have big year for the Cougs.
11. Tristan Gebbia (Oregon State)
Gebbia comes to Oregon State as a transfer from Nebraska. Jonathan Smith has quickly bolstered the Beaver offense to be one of the best in the Pac-12 and the strength of the offense will be star running back Jermar Jefferson. With defenses focusing on stopping the run, Gebbia should have plenty of open targets downfield.
12. Tyler Lytle (Colorado)
Lytle will be tasked with leading the Buffs back to a bowl game after backing up Montez the past few seasons. Lytle hasn't had many opportunities to get on the field during his Colorado career but he will be a RS Junior in 2020 which means he should bring more composure than most new starting quarterbacks.