Seven college football quarterback battles you need to follow during 2022 spring practice

The spring practice schedule is off and running and we are just weeks away from the first major spring games. No storyline is juicier during this time of year than quarterback battles, particularly at the schools that we expect to see competing in the biggest games each and every weekend in the fall. 

In this era of increased player movement, the quarterback position has seen the most fluidity across the country. The arrival of new additions not just from the recruiting trail, but via the transfer portal, can instantly change the outlook of the most important position on the field. Transfers aren’t the main reason for holding quarterback competitions — coaches love the “every job is open” message in spring ball — but it’s not a coincidence that all but one of the schools listed below have a player from the portal fighting for starter’s reps. 

Coaching changes, both at the top and at offensive coordinator, can also spark a reboot for a quarterback room, as experienced players get the benefit of a fresh start, but also give up an edge against newcomers to the competition. 

Below we’ve highlighted seven quarterback battles that have our attention this spring. Some of these battles carry significance because of the players involved or the team’s impact on a conference or national title race, while others bring intrigue because of what we’ll learn about a new hire at the head coach and/or coordinator level. Our general expectation is that many of these battles for QB1 will extend into the fall and more schools could be added to this list. After all, we still have one more window of portal movement ahed of the May deadline to transfer and be eligible for the fall 2022 season. 

Contenders: D.J. Uiagalelei, Cade Klubnik

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