There are so many solid football players that play football in the FCS and lower levels, but we do not hear about them as much. I want to take a few minutes to break down some of the top small school quarterbacks around the country. These are players that really balled out in the past on film and NFL teams are already likely on them as prospects. If not we will do our best to get their names out there. There are a ton of prospects that can distribute the ball but these eleven guys were the first to come to my mind! Make sure you are following us @DraftDiamonds on Twitter and @nfldraftdiamonds on Instagram for more news and information.
Jeff Undercuffler, QB, Albany – Undercuffler has an awesome last name, and an awesome delivery. The big and physical quarterback stands at 6’5 and weighs 231 pounds. He only played in three games last season due to an injury, but he is a gun slinger. He is an underclassmen that set a single-season program record for the Great Danes as a Red-shirt Freshman with 262 completions, 464 passing attempts, 3,543 passing yards and 41 passing touchdowns. He is a player to remember he has NFL potential all day long.
Cameron Ward, QB, Incarnate Word – He became a favorite of mine to watch. Ward is considered a dual-threat quarterback but he was slinging the rock at Incarnate Word, and having fun last season. The 6’3, 225 pound Texas native had an impressive rookie campaign throwing 183 completions on 303 passing attempts for 2,260 yards and 24 touchdowns. He is one of the biggest newcomers to the FCS last season.
Cole Kelley, QB, Southeastern Louisiana – The former Arkansas quarterback won the Walter Payton Award last season, and rightfully so. He is a huge quarterback at 6’7 and weighs 260 pounds. He dominated the FCS last season, and I would expect him to keep it going this season. In every game last year he threw for over 300 yards. He dropped 18 touchdowns last season as well, with an impressive 462 yard outing against the National Champions Sam Houston State.
Eric Schmid, QB, Sam Houston State – Last year, Eric Schmid was impressive. The Southland’s Player of the Year led his team to a National Championship. He had a great working relationship with former Howard transfer Jequez Ezzard and SHSU looks to keep on that pace this season. He finished the season with 2808 passing yards averaging 324 total yards a game. He showed heart in the National Championship he was getting rocked and kept getting up.
Rogan Wells, QB, Western Carolina – This kid has been crushing it everywhere he has went. I get it he was at the D2 level, but do not sleep on him. He won a National Championship at Valdosta State, then transferred to Tusculum to lead Division 2 in passing yards. Now he is joining his old ball coach from Valdosta at Western Carolina, and I would expect him to erupt on the scene of the FCS. I would not be shocked if he is in the running for the Walter Payton Award at the end of the season. He is a BEAST.
Eric Barriere, QB, Eastern Washington – EB is a winner, he is 20-9 in his career and is damn near impossible to beat at home. EWU is undefeated with him leading the team at home going 13-0 in his career at home. He has over 10,000 total yards in his career. The Inglewood, California native is a 6’1 gunslinger who can kill you on the ground or through the air. He has 75 career passing touchdowns.
Mark Gronowski, QB, South Dakota State – This young quarterback became a favorite of mine when the Jackrabbits made a push for the National Championship. If he does not get hurt in his final game, we could be talking about SDSU as the National Champs. The 6’3, 220 pound quarterback finished with 2,142 total yards, 1 receiving touchdown, 7 rushing touchdowns and 15 passing touchdowns. He is a very versatile quarterback that has a nose for the end zone.
Aqeel Glass, QB, Alabama A&M – The best HBCU quarterback and it is not even close. Aqeel Glass is a dog. He has NFL size at 6’4, 220 pounds. The St. Louis native has a huge arm, and the ability to shake off mistakes. Last year, he threw 3 picks in the first half against South Carolina State and still rebounded to punch SCSU in the mouth and pass for four touchdowns including a beautiful 65 yard bomb.
Tommy Schuster, QB, North Dakota – Another young quarterback who grew up right in front of us last year. Schuster is a 6’0 quarterback with a seven foot heart. He was over 60 percent every game passing, but the most impressive game was against Western Illinois. Schuster was allowed to rip the ball and he finished with 329 yards passing and 3 touchdowns. They limit his throwing, but they need to let him loose after watching this game.
Nick Watson, QB, Tiffin – A Division 2 quarterback, yep you read that right. We had Rogan Wells on the list too, but he transferred up. Watson is in the driver’s seat for best quarterback at the D2 level. He is very reliable and is closing in on 10k career passing yards. He has 74 career touchdowns and Tiffin is actually a relevant football team again. Nick Watson is a special player if he was playing in the MAC he would be one of the top quarterbacks in the MAC.
Daniel Smith, QB, Villanova – We all learned about Smith last year when he made it on Sportscenter for this ridiculous throw. It even caught the eye of Patrick Mahomes. Smith is a true leader and a stud.
Breylin Smith, QB, Central Arkansas – This kid has one of the best wide receiver combos in the country. Smith is a big and athletic quarterback with great touch. Last year, he shredded up his competition at UCA. The 6’3, 210 pound quarterback from Conway, Arkansas finished last season throwing 19 touchdowns, 12 of those to Lujuan Winningham and 7 to Tyler Hudson. This team is going to be tough this season.