Week 7 QB Round Up for CUSA, Sun Belt, and The Mountain West

The quarterback play of each conference varies each week depending on several different factors such as, injuries and match ups, to name a few. That can make ranking quarterbacks difficult and somewhat inaccurate during the middle of the season. While I have done those type of rankings in the past, I prefer to give a brief update or QB round up for each team. With all that said, let’s touch on the Week 7 play of each QB in CUSA, Sun Belt, and Mountain West.


*Note,we will not touch on the teams that had a bye week*


Conference USA


  • UAB– A.J. Erdely was efficient against rice, accounting for three touchdowns in a game that was never really close. They beat Rice 42-0. Erdely did have a nice 95yd TD pass that he threw from his end-zone with pressure in his face.
  • Rice- Starting QB Shawn Stankavage was injured during the game and back up Freshman QB Evan Marshman replaced him. The whole Rice team struggled in this loss.
  • Southern Miss- QB Abraham still put up above average numbers despite their 30-7 loss against UNT. Abraham threw for over 300yds and had 1TD and 1INT. They did a decent job moving the ball, but could not finish.
  • North Texas- QB Mason Fine had one of the best plays from any QB in college football this week on a 53yd TD pass thrown on the run. It is worth going to check out if you have not seen it. Southern Miss is a good team and the game was closer than the score suggests. UNT pulled away in the 4th.
  • Western Kentucky- Davis Shanley and Steven Duncan both played in the game. Shanley was 20 of 29 passing and had 2INTS. Duncan was 7 of 10 passing with 1TD in the 4th. The offense struggled as a whole.
  • Charlotte- Unfortunately, Freshman QB Chris Reynolds had a season ending injury in this game. Back up QB and Miami transfer Evan Shirreffs replaced Reynolds and was 5 of 7 passing with his first career touchdown pass. Shirreffs will be the guy moving forward.
  • Marshall- Alex Thomson made his second career start at the FBS level and looked much improved from his start the previous week against Middle Tenn. Quick passes, screens, and high percentage throws helped Thomson settle into the game. He is still in the process of getting comfortable, but did demonstrate that strong arm of his.
  • Old Dominion- Another good performance by Blake LaRussa, despite his team not getting the win. They moved the ball well between the 20’s, but had a hard time finishing off drives. He finished with 296yds passing, 2TDS passing, and 1INT.
  • Louisiana Tech- J’Mar Smith had a good bounce back game in his teams 31-3 win against UTSA. He finished with 309yds passing with 2TDS and 1INT. His 67yd TD pass is worth checking out, good arm strength and pocket presence to step up and deliver a dime.
  • UTSA- Another rough game offensively for the Roadrunners. QB Cordale Grundy did finish with a career high in passing yards with 197 and rushing yards with 60. Offense just needs to improve as a whole.
  • Middle Tennessee- Senior QB Brent Stockstill was injured in the game and back up QB Asher O’Hara took over. Not sure on Stockstill’s status for the upcoming week. O’Hara did enough to give the Blue Raiders a chance at the end of the game, largely due to his 85yds rushing along with a rushing touchdown.
  • Florida INTL- James Morgan had another good game for the Golden Panthers. Morgan had 311yds passing, 2 passing TD’s and 0INT’s. He was efficient with the football and took what the defense gave him. That is usually a recipe for success.


Sun Belt


  • Appalachian State- Zac Thomas struggled out of the gate, only going 2 for 10 passing on his first few drives. He then found some rhythm and eventually threw two touchdowns and ran for another score. Even though it wasn’t his best game, he still found a way to get it done and they had a convincing 35-9 win against Arkansas State.
  • Arkansas State- The whole offense struggled for the Red Wolves against Appalachian State and QB Justice Hansen had his worst game of the year so far with 3INTS. Two of the three interceptions looked like predetermined throws, where he made up his mind who he was throwing to before the play started. He still demonstrated a strong arm and I would imagine a bounce back game for him against Georgia State.
  • Georgia Southern- Texas State’s defense did a good job limiting Shai Werts to only 18yds on the ground and 51yds in the air. Texas States defense played good enough to win, but Georgia Southern still came out on top by a score of 15-13.
  • Texas State- Freshman QB Tyler Vitt played the whole first half and then only 4 plays the second half. One of those plays ended up being a 29yd TD pass to give the Bobcats a chance to tie the game. Willi Jones III played the majority of the second half, he only had 3yds passing on one completion and accounted for 30yds rushing. Vitt showed some glimpses of being able to develop into a good quarterback, despite not getting much action in the second half.
  • Troy- This was the Trojans first full game without starting QB Kaleb Barker, who is out for the rest of the season with an ACL injury. Sawyer Smith played most of the snaps at QB and threw for 135yds with 1TD and 1INT. Liberty upset the Trojans by a score of 22-16.
  • Louisiana- Andre Nunez had a huge game for the Ragin Cajuns. He threw for 315yds and 5TD’s. He helped lead the Ragin Cajuns to a 66-38 win over New Mexico State.
  • South Alabama- Evan Orth went 12 for 15 with 155yds and 1 passing TD in their 45-7 victory against FCS opponent Alabama State. Orth also had 31yds on the ground and 1 rushing score.
  • ULM- QB Caleb Evans passed for 224yds and 1TD along with 32yds on the ground and 2 rushing scores. This finally looked like the team Warhawk fans were expecting at the start of the season as they beat Coastal Carolina by a score of 45-20.
  • Coastal Carolina- The Chanticleers offense struggled for most of the day against ULM. Bryce Carpenter and Fred Payton combined to go for 12-22 passing with 167yds passing and 1INt. Carpenter did add 56yds on the ground.


Mountain West


  • Air Force- The passing game struggled as whole. Isaiah Sanders was the leading passer for Air Force with 51yds passing, but did throw a pick and completed less than 50 percent of his passes. Sanders did have 49yds on the ground in the loss to San Diego State.
  • San Diego State- Ryan Agnew had a career high in passing yards with 213. However, he only completed 9 of his 23 attempted passes. He ended up with 1TD passing and 1INT and did just enough to help The Aztecs beat Air Force.
  • San Jose State- The Spartans offense only scored 3 points in their 52-3 loss to Army. Montel Aaron led the Spartans in passing with 118yds.
  • New Mexico- Sheriron Jones did not have as big of a game as he did his previous two games, but still threw for 168yds, 2tds, 37yds rushing, and no turnovers. He had them in position to win the game, but they ended up losing 20-18 against Colorado State
  • Colorado State- J. Carta-Samuels had another good game with 311yds passing, 1TD passing, 1TD rushing, and no turnovers. CSU won the game largely due to Carta-Samuels’ play.
  • UNLV- The Rebels ended up losing 59-28 to Utah State, and the score is actually closer than it really is. UNLV had two 4th quarter touchdowns to make the score more respectable. UNLV QB Max Gilliam did end up with 250yds passing and 3TDs with 1INT.
  • Utah State- Jordan Love may be the best QB in the Mountain West right now. All he did was throw for 322yds, 5TDs, and 39yds on the ground. He was able to watch the 4th quarter from the bench as the game was already over by then. His film is worth checking out from this game.
  • Hawaii- Cole McDonald was able to make a few good plays against BYU and ended up throwing for 248yds, 2TD’s and 1INT. However, BYU was able to hold Hawaii in check and the game was never in question. Hawaii lost by a score of 49-23.
  • Boise State- Rypien had a down game despite throwing for 299yds and 2TDs. Uncharacteristically, he also threw three interceptions. He still did enough to win the game, and threw one of the more impressive touchdown passes from the weekend on a seam route between the Nickel CB and S.
  • Nevada- Ty Gangi demonstrated his toughness this game after missing the previous game with a lower body injury. He gutted the game out and passed for over 300yds, 2tds and 1int. In the end, they just couldn’t get a score in the 4th quarter as Boise won 31-27.
  • Wyoming- The Cowboys’ offense struggled again in their 27-3 loss against Fresno State. Tyler Vander Waal only completed 12 out of his 32 passes against Fresno State and the offense will need to improve moving forward.
  • Fresno State- McMaryion seems to be flying under the radar, but could be in the argument for top quarterback in the Mountain West. He had another good game in his teams win as he accounted for every touchdown. He had 2 scores on the ground and 2 through the air. He also had 340yds of total offense.

Interesting Week 8 QB Match Ups From These Three Conferences


*North Texas vs UAB (Argue-ably the best QB in Conference USA going up against A.J. Erdely, who just finds ways to get the job done.)

*Charlotte vs Middle Tennessee (New starter for Charlotte and potentially a new starter for Middle Tennessee depending on Stockstill’s health)

* FAU vs Marshall (Chris Robison vs Alex Thomson)

*Louisiana vs Appalachian State (Nunez coming off 5tds against Zac Thomas coming off a “down” game where he still had 3tds.)

*Colorado State vs Boise State (Gunslinger Carta-Samuels against four-year starter Rypien.)

*Fresno State vs New Mexico (McMaryion, one of the top QB’s in the Mountain West going up against Jones, who has been a good spark for New Mexico.

*Nevada vs Hawaii (Gangi vs McDonald)




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