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Ranking every FBS QB situation at midseason: Nos. 101-128

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Appalachian State's Kevin Lamb has shown promise, but has yet to win one of his starts.


101. Appalachian State (preseason: 76th)

Main starter: Taylor Lamb
Buzz: Lamb beat out Kammeron Bryant, last season's starter, early in the season. Lamb has provided some offensive bright spots, but the Mountaineers still have lost all four of his starts.

102. Tulsa (preseason: 124th)

Main starter: Dane Evans
Buzz: In 10 games as a college starter, Evans has 15 TDs and 19 interceptions. He has thrown nine picks this season, struggling with his accuracy at times.

103. New Mexico State (preseason: 128th)

Main starter: Tyler Rogers
Buzz: Rogers, a JC transfer, has thrown 11 TD passes and has had three 300-yard games. But he also has thrown 13 interceptions.

104. Troy (preseason: 110th)

Main starter: Brandon Silvers
Buzz: Silvers is a redshirt freshman with an upside; he has a nice arm and can run. He has accounted for nine TDs.

105. Wyoming (preseason: 120th)

Main starter: Colby Kirkegaard
Buzz: Kirkegaard, a senior who had barely played before this season, has had an OK performance. He hasn't received much help from a mediocre rushing attack.

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106. UNLV (preseason: 81st)

Main starter: Blake Decker
Buzz: Decker, a JC transfer, has had three 300-yard games and has shown some running ability, but he also has six TD passes and 10 interceptions.

107. Florida (preseason: 40th)

Main starter: Jeff Driskel
Buzz: Driskel is gifted physically and possesses a strong arm, but he doesn't have "it" when it comes to playing quarterback in the SEC. (Frankly, he might not have "it" when it comes to playing quarterback in Conference USA.) True freshman Treon Harris appears poised to take over the starting job.

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108. Wisconsin (preseason: 54th)

Main starter: Tanner McEvoy
Buzz: It appears as if Joel Stave has regained his starting job from McEvoy. Wisconsin's passing attack has been excruciatingly bad, with zero consistency. But both quarterbacks have proven proficient at turning and handing the ball to Melvin Gordon.

109. New Mexico (preseason: 95th)

Main starter: Lamar Jordan
Buzz: Jordan, a redshirt freshman, has shared time with senior Cole Gautsche. Neither is a good passer, but both have solid running ability.

110. Houston (preseason: 24th)

Main starter: Greg Ward Jr.
Buzz: John O'Korn was excellent as a true freshman last season, throwing for 3,117 yards and 28 TDs, but he struggled this season to the point that he has lost his starting job to Ward, who has dual-threat ability. Houston's passing attack has been one of the nation's biggest offensive disappointments.

111. Florida International (preseason: 127th)

Main starter: Alex McGough
Buzz: McGough is a true freshman who has a nice arm and could be a solid starter down the road. He has struggled with his accuracy (48.2 completion percentage, with four games at 48 percent or worse), but he still has twice as many TD passes (eight) as picks (four).

112. Syracuse (preseason: 55th)

Main starter: Terrel Hunt
Buzz: A.J. Long, a true freshman, has taken over starting duties from Hunt, who will be out for a while with a broken leg. Hunt had not come close to living up to expectations before his injury, with one TD pass and four picks.

113. San Jose State (preseason: 115th)

Main starter: Blake Jurich
Buzz: Joe Gray began the season as the backup to Jurich, but now is the starter. He has nice yardage totals but only one TD pass and four picks.

114. Ball State (preseason: 108th)

Main starter: Ozzie Mann
Buzz: Mann, a sophomore, beat out Jack Milas, a redshirt freshman, in fall camp. But Milas has passed him on the depth chart and will make his second start this week. Milas played well in his first start, a loss to Western Michigan.

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115. Kansas (preseason: 105th)

Main starter: Montell Cozart
Buzz: It appears as if Michael Cummings will be the starter going forward, as Cozart played a lot of bad football. Cummings played relatively well last week in his first start, a loss to Oklahoma State. Can he keep that up?

116. Tulane (preseason: 112th)

Main starter: Tanner Lee
Buzz: Lee, a redshirt freshman, has been bothered by a shoulder bruise. He has struggled when he has played, though he does seem to possess the needed physical skills.

117. Wake Forest (preseason: 116th)

Main starter: John Wolford
Buzz: Wolford, a true freshman, won the job early in fall camp. He put up huge numbers in high school in Florida, but predictably has struggled, especially against the better teams on the Demon Deacons' schedule.

118. North Texas (preseason: 121st)

Main starter: Dajon Williams
Buzz: Williams, a redshirt freshman, began the season as the No. 3 guy, but has ascended to the starting role. He has been mostly ineffective except for a win over a bad FCS team (Nicholls State).

119. Ohio (preseason: 106th)

Main starter: J.D. Sprague
Buzz: Sprague, a former walk-on, became the starter when Derrius Vick was injured in the fourth game. Sprague has had some success as a runner but not as a passer.

120. San Diego State (preseason: 44th)

Main starter: Quinn Kaehler
Buzz: Kaehler, a senior, has been a big disappointment. He has missed time with an injury, and true freshman Nick Bawden has been overmatched. Kaehler threw for 3,007 yards and 19 TDs last season, but has regressed badly (two TDs, seven picks).

121. Connecticut (preseason: 69th)

Main starter: Chandler Whitmer
Buzz: Casey Cochran played well down the stretch last season and opened this season as the starter. But he decided to step away from football after suffering a head injury in the opener, and Whitmer -- whom Cochran beat out last season -- became the starter again. He doesn't have it as a passer.

122. Texas-San Antonio (preseason: 102nd)

Main starter: Tucker Carter
Buzz: UTSA is struggling to score, and while all the offensive issues can't be blamed on Carter, he has proven to be a relatively ineffective passer. He missed the last game, a narrow win over FIU, with an injured shoulder but is expected back this weekend.

123. Kent State (preseason: 90th)

Main starter: Colin Reardon/Nathan Strock
Buzz: Reardon played well in the opener, but that's it. Kent State is 0-6 and lost by 23 to what had been a winless UMass team in its most recent game.

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124. Hawaii (preseason: 125th)

Main starter: Ikaika Woolsey
Buzz: Coach Norm Chow is on the hot seat and poor quarterbacking is one reason.

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125. Vanderbilt (preseason: 100th)

Main starter: Wade Freebeck
Buzz: Freebeck is a true freshman whom coaches wanted to redshirt, but he has been pressed into duty because of an injury to nominal starter Patton Robinette. A return to health by Robinette would be a good thing for Vandy.

126. USF (preseason: 99th)

Main starter: Mike White
Buzz: USF quarterbacks were bad last season, and they remain so. USF is completing 42.3 percent of its pass attempts.

127. SMU (preseason: 94th)

Main starter: Garrett Krstich
Buzz: Neal Burcham began the season as the starter but he was injured, and now Krstich -- a walk-on who began the season as the fourth-stringer -- is the guy. SMU has scored 36 points in five games.

128. Eastern Michigan (preseason: 107th)

Main starter: Rob Bolden
Buzz: The Eagles have used three quarterbacks. Bolden began his career at Penn State before moving on to LSU, which converted him to wide receiver. He's back at quarterback -- and that's not necessarily good.

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