These three college football quarterbacks may need to ride some pine after how week 11 went.
With the high-stakes nature of many college football games, some starting quarterbacks fail to play well on the big stage at these big times.
They may look good in practice and have all the sizes, but when it’s time, sometimes, these guys just don’t deliver. For some signal callers, it can be a tough spot on the road against a worthy opponent in an isolated crash. But for others, it’s been a long time. Most of these schools have a capable quarterback who relaxes on the sidelines waiting for his number to be called.
Here are three starting quarterbacks who may need to keep notes after how week 11 went.
College football: 3 quarterbacks who may need to be benched after week 11
QB Clemson Tigers
DJ Uiagalelei could eventually give way to Taisun Phommachanh al Clemson
Though the Clemson Tigers defeated the UConn Huskies effortlessly, it is starting to look like starting quarterback DJ Uiagalelei is in for a bad game from being benched in favor of Taisun Phommachanh. Dabo Swinney didn’t slam the door when he made a quarterback change. Quite simply, Uiagalelei is now quite dynamic so late in his first full season as a starter.
QB Oklahoma Sooners
Caleb Williams played so badly against Baylor that Spencer Rattler was forced into action
head coach of Oklahoma Lincoln Riley actually benched five-star freshman Caleb Williams in favor of week 1 holder Spencer Rattler. The Sooners could do next to nothing on offense against the exuberant Baylor Bears defense. It was a tough time for Williams, but he played at times like he did when Oklahoma nearly lost to Kansas. Unfortunately, Baylor is a much better team than the Jayhawks.
QB Iowa Hawkeye
Spencer Petras may have lost his job as a starter due to an injury to Alex Padilla
It always stinks when it happens, but Spencer Petras may have lost his initial job in Iowa due to an injury to Alex Padilla. Petras sustained a shoulder injury in Hawkeye’s defeat to Wisconsin. In a big game of rivalry against Minnesota, it was Padilla who seized the opportunity. It wasn’t cool, but Padilla has added more elements to the Iowa attack than Petras has ever done this season.
While none of the teams may end up making a long-term change in quarterback position, Riley, Kirk Ferentz and Dabo Swinney can’t feel big about the lack of production they’re getting from their respective go-signal callers lately.