2015 Is Shaping up to Be a Banner Year for Transfer and Backup QBs

It’s widely regarded as the most important position on the field, but the early parts of 2015 are showing that long-term stability at quarterback isn’t as vital as it once was.

Eight of this week’s top 15 teams, according to the AP Poll, are being led either by a backup or a transfer quarterback. That doesn’t include defending national champion Ohio State, which played musical quarterbacks this week in a lackluster 20-13 victory over Northern Illinois.

Michigan State’s Connor Cook and TCU’s Trevone Boykin have their teams in the middle of the national championship race as expected, but this week’s biggest mover, Ole Miss, is being led by a quarterback who finally seems to have his head in the right place.

After an embattled career at Clemson, Chad Kelly passed for 341 yards and accounted for four total touchdowns in a 43-37 Ole Miss victory at No. 2 Alabama.

Entering the year, Notre Dame was expecting big things of Malik Zaire, who had the task of replacing Everett Golson. Zaire ousted the more experienced Golson late in 2014 and was off to a brilliant start for the Fighting Irish, but suffered a season-ending injury in a 34-27 week-two victory over Virginia.

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