JUCO Players to Watch - Quarterbacks

As we continue our look at some of the top JUCO players at each position, today we turn our attention to the quarterback spot where there are some very talented and intriguing prospects that are hoping to build on big freshman seasons as well as a couple of bouncebacks who are looking for fresh starts...

**Note: This is merely a list of some of the top JUCO offensive guards and is by no means a comprehensive or complete list of the prospects available in this class.

City College of San Francisco QB Turner Baty - He's got a very accurate arm and the ability to run if the situation calls for it, but he prefers to sit back in the pocket and let his receivers make the plays. As a freshman in 2011, Baty led CCSF to a perfect 12-0 season and the National Championship in 2011 by completing 64% of his passes for 3,149 yards and 35 touchdowns with only seven interceptions while also rushing for 300 yards and seven more scores. He signed with Kansas during the spring of 2012 and redshirted there last fall, but felt he was never going to be given a chance to play, so he decided to return to the Rams and will play there this fall and he will have two years to play two following the season. Illinois, San Jose State, Tennessee, USC, Virginia, New Mexico and Colorado have all made inquiries to his availability, but, so far, none have offered.

Status: Uncommitted
Contra Costa QB Malik Watson - Watson is an impressive looking signal-caller with a lot of upside. He played sparingly for the Comets, but with his ability to move around in the pocket and with a better understanding of the offense this year, the feeling is he could wind up being one of the top quarterbacks in Northern California.

Status: Uncommitted


Modesto QB TeeJay Gordon - Gordon isn't very big and might be a better athlete than anything, but he had a monster season for Modesto as a freshman in 2012, completing 64.2% of his passes (208 of 324) for 2,771 yards, 23 touchdowns and eight interceptions while also rushing for 286 yards and five more scores while leading his team to a 4-6 record. So far, he's seen tepid interest from Texas State, but the expectation is that more schools will start to come after him as they get an even better look at him this fall.

Status: Uncommitted


Mendocino QB Kyle Harmyk - As a freshman in 2012, Marmyk threw for 2,315 yards and 22 touchdowns against 13 interceptions. At 6'5" and 205 pounds, he's got enough height to be a pocket-passer, but he's not a statue and he can move around if necessary. One thing the sophomore signal-caller has worked on this summer is his overall accuracy -- he completed just 49.7% of his throws -- and understanding of defenses and that should help propel him to a big season.

Status: Uncommitted


Santa Rosa QB David Sowards - The Bear Cubs always have an explosive offense and this year Sowards will resume his roll at the controls after completing 55.3% of his passes for 2,048 yards with 18 touchdowns and six interceptions. He's a player who should see more interest after the first month of the season and could easily play at a mid-level type D-1 program.

Status: Uncommitted


Cerritos QB Cody Clements - Clements was a stud coming out of high school and signed with Washington State, but once a coaching change took place, he decided to leave and see playing time at the JUCO level with the hopes of earning a scholarship. Clements plays the game with a gun-slinger's mentality and he has the ability to run or stand tall in the pocket and make plays. The Cerritos coaching staff were very excited to get him into their program and the expectation is that he can lead their offense to a conference title this fall.

Status: Uncommitted


Long Beach QB Nick Pope - Last season, Long Beach went 0-10, so the previous staff was let go and they went out and hired head coach Brett Peabody away from a very successful L.A. Harbor program to come in and right the ship. His biggest influence might be on getting Pope to maximize his talents and helping to lead the team to the playoffs for the first time in years. As a freshman last fall, Pope completed just 43.8% of his passes for 746 yards with nine touchdowns and six interceptions.

Status: Uncommitted


Orange Coast QB Cameron Biedgoly - Started the final half of the 2012 season and managed to complete 55.1% of his passes for 1,359 yards, 11 touchdowns and five interceptions as a freshman. He's got a big frame and a live arm and it will be interesting to see what he can do with a full season under center for the Pirates.

Status: Uncommitted


L.A. Pierce QB Nick Arbuckle - Arbuckle had a huge freshman season, throwing for 3,774 yards with 40 touchdowns and 16 interceptions while completing 67% of his passes (250 of 373), leading the Brahmas to a 9-2 record. He's been hearing from a handful of FBS programs over the past couple of months including Bowling Green, Ohio State, South Florida, Utah and Wyoming, but none have offered yet.

Status: Uncommitted


L.A. Pierce QB Michael Adens - Pierce is blessed with two talented signal-callers this year and while Arbuckle grabs the headlines and will likely take most of the snaps, should he go down with a injury Adens would be right there to pick up the slack. The talented sophomore is more of a dual-threat type of a quarterback, but he can sling it with the best of them. He had an offer from Middle Tennessee during the spring and will likely see more interest this fall if he's able to get on the field for any extended period of time.

Status: Uncommitted


Palomar QB Ryan Lamb - Last season, Lamb led the Comets to a 5-5 record while throwing for 2,399 yards while completing 52.4% of his passes with 20 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. He's got a great frame (6'4", 215) and he's shown enough athleticism to make teams pay with his legs if they lose track of him. Some smaller schools have been looking at Lamb this summer, but things should really pick up if he and his team get off to a good start.

Status: Uncommitted


Reedley QB Sean Stell - Stell went 251 of 415 (60.5%) for 2,558 yards with 25 touchdowns and 12 picks as a freshman for Reedley last fall and earned All-State honors for his efforts. He's got a live arm and a lot of athleticism, so he could be a dual-threat quarterback in a different scheme.

Status: Uncommitted


Saddleback QB Tim Belman - As a freshman last fall, Belman went 266 of 438 (60.7%) for 2,989 yards with 22 touchdowns and 12 interceptions earning First Team All-Conference and All-State honors while leading Saddleback to a 6-5 record. Rumors were that Belman had some SEC and Pac 12 programs after him this spring, but things never materialized and he will be at the controls of the Gauchos' attack this fall. Luckily for him he has his top target back (Eric Lauderdale) and the potential is there for them to hook up quite a bit this fall making this very hard on opposing secondaries.

Status: Uncommitted


Santa Ana QB Mike Chislock - The Utah State bounceback will have a lot of weapons at his disposal this fall and he should be able to put up some big numbers in the Dons' attack. Definitely a player to keep an eye on this fall.

Status: Uncommitted


East Los Angeles QB Daniel Farley - The Huskies have had one of the most explosive offenses in the state over the past couple of years and the hope is that Farley can pick up where Aaron Cantu left off. Farley is solidly built (6'3, 220) and he's got a big arm, so with a good season, expect schools from the FBS and FCS levels to give him a long look.

Status: Uncommitted


Hutchinson QB Luke Barnes - Barnes had a huge season for the Blue Dragons, leading them to a 9-3 record while throwing for 3,256 yards with 36 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He's a strong pocket-passer, but don't take your eyes off him otherwise he'll get out and hurt you with his legs.

Status: Uncommitted


Coffeyville QB Drew Davis - Davis is a bounceback from North Carolina and has a chance to make a name for himself with a talented Red Ravens squad that was looking for a leader.

Status: Uncommitted


Fort Scott QB Jason Stewart - Stewart will be tasked with leading the Greyhounds' offensive attack this fall and it appears, at least early on, that he has what it takes to be pretty special. He's 6'3", 210 pounds and he's got quite a bit of athleticism, so it will be fun watching what he can do once he steps on the field for them.

Status: Uncommitted


Globe Institute QB Larry Joshua - The Globe coaching staff is excited about what Joshua can do this fall. He's 6'2" and nearly 200 pounds and he sports a 4.45 forty time, so he can hurt defenses with his arm as well as his legs.

Status: Uncommitted


Kilgore QB Tanner Tausch - As a freshman last season, Tausch completed 59% of his passes for 2,051 yards with 18 touchdowns and 12 interceptions while leading his team to an 8-3 record. With that productivity as well as his ability to keep plays alive with his legs several schools have made it known they have him in their sights including Texas State and Kentucky.

Status: Uncommitted


Arizona Western QB Corey Babb - Babb is probably the biggest JUCO quarterback in the country, measuring in at 6'6" and weighing over 230 pounds. With what the Matadors like to do on offense, he should put up big numbers both through the air and as a runner. Keep an eye on him as the season progresses and watch for schools to start coming after him with a good start.

Status: Uncommitted


Iowa Western QB Tavarius Bender - Bender has everything you're looking for in a signal-caller, but he has a tough act to follow after watching what Jake Waters, who is now with Kansas State, did last year. Bender, who transferred to IWCC from KSU, is a dual-threat type quarterback with a lot of upside. He just needs a chance to showcase his talents and the expectation is a lot of schools will flock to see him play this fall and he could be a one-and-done prospect for the Reivers.

Status: Uncommitted


Navarro QB Josh Greer - Greer, a UAB bounceback, is poised for a huge season in Navarro's wide-open attack. He's got a big arm and a great frame (6'5", 220) and once schools see that he has landed with the Bulldogs he should see a lot of interest come his way. Even without playing a down he's already got schools like Kansas, Memphis, North Texas and Syracuse giving him a look.

Status: Uncommitted


Blinn QB Garry Kimble - Kimble was only so-so as the trigger-man for Blinn's offense last year, but word is he's had a great spring and summer and is ready for a break-out season. The proof will be in the pudding as the Bucs start the season off with a tough game against Georgia Military on August 24t and then follow that up with Butler on August 31st.

Status: Uncommitted


Ellsworth QB Jordan Doyle - Doyle bounced back from Iowa State and looked outstanding last season for the Panthers, completing 62% of his passes for over 2,100 yards with 19 touchdowns and 13 interceptions while also rushing for 429 yards and six more scores. The Panthers have an explosive offense with a lot of talented receiver so Doyle should be one of the top statistically performing signal-callers in the country this fall.

Status: Uncommitted


Nassau QB Troy Jones - Jones was solid as a freshman last fall, completing 61% of his passes for 1,191 yards and 15 touchdowns with five interceptions while rushing for 156 yards and two more touchdowns as a freshman in 2012. Schools from all over have given him a look after a solid spring including California, Syracuse, Arkansas, Akron, Utah State, Connecticut, Miami, Oregon State, Rutgers, South Carolina, South Florida, Temple and Ohio.

Status: Uncommitted


Northwest Mississippi QB Karsten Miller - Miller is an impressive looking athlete. He's got great size (6'4", 215) and quite a bit of athleticism. The question that's probably coming to mind is why didn't he sign with anyone out of high school? The answer is he broke his leg his senior season so he decided to head to NW Miss to find more opportunities. With a good start to the season, expect lots of four-year schools to flock to see him play and he should wind up with some options before the end of the 2013 campaign.

Status: Uncommitted


Northeastern Oklahoma A&M Kason Key - Key played sparingly as a freshman for the Norseman this fall, but this year he'll be the guy under center and with his outstanding size (6'4", 220) and athleticism (4.5 forty) he should be a real handful for NEO opponents.

Status: Uncommitted


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