It’s less than a month since the college football season started. Remember those times when so many quarterback issues were settled throughout the ACC?
Not so much.
No less than six opening-week starters couldn’t make it out of September with their jobs, for whatever reason. There’s injuries, ineffectiveness and probation violations galore.
And it’s one more reason why, in retrospect, the camp battles nearly everywhere were overwrought.
Here’s a look at gigs that have already turned over:
* Just today, N.C. State announced Russell Wilson will miss Saturday’s game with an undisclosed injury. Wilson already missed nearly all of a game with a concussion, and Harrison Beck seems the most likely replacement. (Oh, and linebacker Nate Irving’s out, too. Not what the Wolfpack needed with South Florida coming to town).
* Also today, it was confirmed North Carolina’s T.J. Yates will miss the next six weeks (at least) with a broken bone in his left ankle. In addition to seriously hampering the Tar Heels’ breakout hopes, it also means that Triangle-area Paulus scrutinizing could begin six weeks early this season. That’s because Mike Paulus (Greg’s younger bro) could start in Yates’ stead.
* Maryland’s Jordan Steffy lasted a little more than three quarters in the opener before fracturing his right thumb. Chris Turner has solidified his hold on the job in the last two games.
* Virginia Tech planned to redshirt Tyrod Taylor. Then Sean Glennon fared poorly against East Carolina. So Glennon went from starter to possible timeshare to barely warming up during a game within a few weeks. Taylor, who isn’t a proven passing commodity, is the starter going forward unless an injury strikes.
* Virginia’s Peter Lalich was booted from the program after violating the terms of his probation. That left the Cavaliers, who didn’t appear to have any quarterbacks anyway, in even more dire shape heading into conference play this weekend. The Marc Verica and Scott Deke Show continues on Saturday in Durham.
* Miami gets a relative pass; starter Robert Marve was simply suspended for the opener. He looked good last week at Texas A&M, and opening-week starter Jacory Harris has been solid as well.
That’s half the league right there, and it doesn’t include the fact Georgia Tech’s Josh Nesbitt was injured Saturday, Boston College’s Chris Crane was yanked and re-inserted against Central Florida and Florida State did not appear to have a credible offense at all against Wake Forest.
So after Duke’s Thaddeus Lewis, Wake Forest’s Riley Skinner and Clemson’s Cullen Harper, there doesn’t look like a sure thing left among the opening day starters – and even Harper has nearly as many interceptions this year (four) as he had all of last (six).
The thing is, you could see the questions coming at Florida State, Miami, N.C. State and Virginia long ago, and Maryland and Virginia Tech seemed like prime possibilities for QB changes given the histories of both opening-week starters.
The lesson: Even if a guy is named the starter doesn’t mean it’ll stay that way for long. Just ask the signal-callers of the ACC.