Who is the best quarterback in the Big Sky Conference? It's a question that can certainly be debated already although the season is only a few weeks old.
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Through four (or three, depending on the QB) games this season, which Big Sky quarterback looks like the best in the conference?
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Stefan Cantwell, Weber State
Stats: 56-of-82 (60.9%), 908 yards (227.0 per game), 7 TD, 1 INT; 57 carries, 145 yards, 3 TD
Cantwell has been very good for the Wildcats this year, leading Weber State to a 3-1 record with the only loss coming to FBS California. The senior is second in passer efficiency in the Big Sky (166.7) and is sixth in the conference with an average of 227 passing yards per game.
Case Cookus, Northern Arizona
Stats: 74-of-119 (62.2%), 933 yards (311.0 per game), 6 TD, 3 INT
Cookus is back on the field after an injury robbed him of the 2016 season. He's third in passing yards per game (311 yards), one of three players in the conference averaging more than 300 yards per game.
Gage Gubrud, Eastern Washington
Stats: 105-of-170 (61.8%), 1,289 yards (322.2 per game), 8 TD, 6 INT; 34 carries, 108 yards, 4 TD
After a slow start to the season, Gubrud got things going with a record-setting performance against Montana. He leads the conference in total yards and yards per game.
Tanner Gueller, Idaho State
Stats: 71-of-125 (56.8%), 1,004 yards (251.0 per game), 9 TD, 5 INT
Gueller is one of just three Big Sky quarterbacks with over 1,000 passing yards through four games this season. He's fifth in the conference with 251.0 yards per game.
Gresch Jensen, Montana
Jensen's Stats: 41-of-70 (58.6%), 563 yards (140.8 per game), 5 TD, 2 INT, 14 carries, 53 yards, 2 TD
Reese Phillips' stats prior to injury: 57-of-80 (71.2%), 652 yards (217.3 per game), 4 TD, 3 INT
Jensen took over for Reese Phillips after an injury and showed out in a shootout against Eastern Washington. The Griz have found a capable option after their starter went down.
Jacob Knipp, Northern Colorado
Stats: 55-of-86 (64%), 853 yards (284.3 per game), 7 TD, 1 INT; 1 rush TD
Knipp leads the Big Sky Conference in passer efficiency (171.0) and has just one interception on the season (in three games). He's averaging 284.3 yards per contest, the third-best average in the Big Sky.
Jake Maier, UC Davis
Stats: 92-of-136 (67.6%), 1,270 yards (317.5 per game), 8 TD, 5 INT
Maier is near the top in most Big Sky passing categories — he's second behind only Gage Gubrud with 1,270 passing yards and 317.5 yards per game and is third with a 158.1 passer efficiency rating.
Chris Murray, Montana State
Stats: 43-of-73 (58.9%), 513 yards (141.4 per game), 7 TD, 3 INT; 49 carries, 294 yards, 1 TD
Murray has lead Montana State through three tough games — a loss to FBS Washington State and a close fight with FCS South Dakota State. Last week he helped the Bobcats take down a ranked North Dakota squad.
Keaton Studsrud, North Dakota
Stats: 61-of-108 (56.5%), 728 yards (182.0 per game), 4 TD, 3 INT
In an offense that relies on a heavy ground attack, Studsrud has averaged nearly 200 yards per game through the air this season.
Kevin Thomson, Sacramento State
Stats: 41-of-87 (47.1%), 798 yards (199.5 per game), 9 TD, 2 INT; 36 carries, 216 yards, 4 TD
Combining his production on the ground and through the air, Thomson is responsible for 1,000 yards of offense and 13 touchdowns already in four games this season.
Who is the Best Quarterback in the Big Sky Conference?
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