Andrew Harbaugh | June 3rd, 2019
The Bachelorette is already heavy into its current season and while Hannah Brown searches for love, I have found love in the form of quarterbacks this week.
Each Monday leading up to the new college football season I will be giving out roses to one player from each conference based on position. If a player receives a rose that means he is getting all the love and is a must-watch for this upcoming season.
I hope this also serves as a reminder of certain players, some prominent, some not, that we may have forgotten about over the summer.
To kick things off I will give a bit of a spoiler: Trevor Lawrence will not be receiving a rose from me because I’m pretty sure everyone else that evaluates college football talent is giving him all their love.
Without further adieu let’s begin this rose ceremony shall we?
Rose Recipient from the ACC: Tate Martell, Miami (FL)
Tate Martell fell victim to the Justin Fields transfer saga that played out this offseason when he transferred to Ohio State. Martell had waited behind both J.T Barrett and Dwayne Haskins for his chance to take control of the Buckeye offense but those plans were decimated.
Now Martell gets a second chance, like so many chances at love, to make an impact for a resurgent Miami Hurricanes football team. He may have to compete with N’Kosi Perry in camp for the starting job but as we saw against Rutgers last year with a stats line of 10/10, 121 passing yards, 95 rushing yards, and 3 total touchdowns that he certainly is worth the hype he received coming out of Bishop Gorman High School.
He has a chance to be one of the best quarterbacks in the ACC this coming year and next but a lot will depend on how he processes things and how well he can adjust to the new staff. He does have several weapons at Miami to utilize headlined by Jeff Thomas.
For all these reasons, Tate Martell gets a rose as a part of his redemption story taking place in Coral Gables.
Rose Recipient from the Big 12: Jalen Hurts, Oklahoma
Jalen Hurts may not be the most exciting college quarterback right now, but being paired up with Head Coach Lincoln Riley who has produced back-to-back number one overall picks in the NFL Draft and Heisman winners means he deserves a little bit of faith. Hurts has shown at times that he can be more than a running-type quarterback. His performance in the SEC Championship last year is a perfect example of that.
He is a proven leader with a tremendous record as a starter and now, being paired up with Lincoln Riley, CeeDee Lamb, Trey Sermon, and Grant Calcaterra means he deserves a rose based on his support group alone.
Rose Recipient from the Big Ten: Shea Patterson, Michigan
This decision may come as a surprise and at this point, I may be coming across as a hopeless romantic but I believe in Shea Patterson. When he is given time to set his feet and let the play develop he is able to get the ball into the hands of his talented receivers Donovan Peoples-Jones and Tarik Black.
He showed that he can handle tough defenses while at Ole Miss playing in the SEC but the biggest thing he benefited from was a strong offensive line. Patterson has a solid arm, good release, and he is right between the ears as well. All of these things when factored in means he has the potential to have a fantastic year at Michigan and even help his pro prospects in the process.
He gets a rose because he is better than what he showed this past year, just like when your significant other makes you mad at the end of the day and you have to remember why you fell in love in the first place.
Rose Recipient from the Pac-12: Jacob Eason, Washington
Do you sense a theme of guys with something to prove or that are on a second chance? You do? Well, then I guess I am a hopeless romantic after all. Jacob Eason had the starting job two years ago in Athens until he got hurt and was replaced by some unknown true freshmen in Jake Fromm. The rest they say is history with Fromm leading Georgia to the National Championship Game against Alabama, leaving Eason to transfer to Washington for a fresh start.
Eason comes into a perfect situation in replacing Husky star quarterback Jake Browning after he graduated. After being mentored by him and head coach Chris Petersen, the mood seems to be set perfectly for Eason to thrive. Eason gets a rose because when we saw him healthy he was a top quarterback in not only the SEC but the entire country.
Rose Recipient from the SEC: Feleipe Franks, Florida
I will be honest here, as a Gators fan I am very hard on Feleipe Franks. In previous years he would be hot and cold with his games and go from having game-saving heroics to just dumb mismanagement of situations that would cost Florida games.
However, like most people who can’t seem to get much consistency, it seems Franks has found his rock in second-year head coach Dan Mullen. Mullen, who mentored Florida legend and former Heisman winner Tim Tebow, has seemed to make a breakthrough with Franks that no other coach has been able to do. Is it because of the coaching style? The offensive system? Or is it that maybe, just maybe, Feleipe Franks finally has some confidence after getting the love and attention he deserves from a coach? For that, he gets a rose to further boost that confidence.
Rose Recipient from the Non-Power 5: Mason Fine, North Texas
Now stay with me here when I make this comparison on the style and mannerisms that Mason Fine displays. He reminds me a lot of Baker Mayfield; There…I said it.
Now hopefully you are still reading and haven’t closed out this article after reading that last paragraph. For those of you that stuck around let me explain this: he reminds me of the Texas Tech Baker Mayfield specifically. Mayfield came to Tech standing in at 6’1” and 190 pounds whereas Fine is listed at 5’11” and 185 pounds. The similarities don’t stop there because when you watch Fine move around and make escapes in the pocket, his ability to look downfield at the same time is something Baker does at an elite level.
While Fine probably won’t win the Heisman to give him the recognition he deserves, I will pound the table because they look so eerily similar on tape at times. For me, that’s enough to give him my final rose of the week because I think we are about to be witness to the next small school hype train in college football.
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