Records, Award-Winners, Champions: Hodges, Manning, Howell headline special time in QB Country

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It’s been an exciting past few weeks in QB Country. Here are just a few highlights:

Devlin Hodges (Steelers) is the first undrafted rookie QB to win his first three NFL starts and picked up wins in consecutive weeks against teams led by the 2017 and 2018 Heisman Award winners. Devlin has been a QB Country trainee since high school and did his NFL Draft Prep with QBC Birmingham’s Ben Neill. Devlin and the Steelers will take on the Bills this Sunday in an important AFC North contest.

Eli Manning (Giants) moved into 7th place all-time in career passing TDs with his two touchdowns against the Eagles last week. He is one of five QBs in NFL history to throw at least 40 TD passes of at least 50 yards (joining Peyton, Brady, Brees and Favre). Eli is a longtime trainee of David Morris.

Sam Howell (UNC) is the ACC Overall Rookie of the Year and Offensive Rookie of the Year. He led the ACC in passing yards and touchdowns this season and his 35 passing touchdowns represents an ACC and FBS single-season record for a true freshman. Sam has trained with QBC Charlotte’s Anthony Boone since high school. Sam and the Tar Heels will take on Temple on 12/27 in the Military Bowl.

Jake Fromm (Georgia) is a Jason Witten Man of the Year Award Nominee for his “leadership, exceptional courage, integrity and sportsmanship both on and off the field.” Jake led the Bulldogs to a third straight SEC East title and SEC title game. Jake and the #5 Bulldogs will take on Baylor in the Sugar Bowl on January 1. Jake is a longtime trainee of David Morris at QBC Mobile.

Zac Thomas (Appalachian State) led App State to a second straight Sun Belt title and #20 national ranking this season. A QBC Birmingham trainee, Zac earned All Conference honors and is currently ranked in the Top 30 in multiple categories (efficiency, completions, completion %) among all FBS quarterbacks. Zac and the Mountaineers will take on UAB in the New Orleans Bowl on December 21.

Dan Ellington (Georgia State) earned All Sun Belt honors and played through a full ACL tear over the final three weeks of the season to lead the Panthers to their best record and just their second Bowl appearance in program history. Dan and the Panthers will take on Wyoming in the Arizona Bowl December 31. Dan is a trainee of Thomas Morris at QBC Nashville.

Chase Fourcade (Nicholls State) led the Colonels to a second straight Southland championship and the second round of the FCS Playoffs. He was named the Southland Conference Offensive Player of the Year, setting school records for passing and rushing touchdowns. Chase is a longtime trainee of Alex Williams at QBC New Orleans.

Chance Lovertich (Mississippi Gulf Coast CC) led MGCCC to an undefeated season, NJCAA (Junior College) national title, an MACJC conference championship and earned conference MVP honors. He broke a school record for total offense with more than 2,800 yards and finishes with a perfect 18-0 career record with the Bulldogs. He is a trainee of Alex Williams/QBC New Orleans.
A number of our high school QBs had strong seasons, leading their teams on deep state playoff runs. Several are still playing, but 2019 state champs to date include PJ McDonald (Bessemer, AL/QBC Birmingham), Matthew Tuomala (Charlotte Christian, NC/QBC Charlotte), Trey Higgins (Oxford, AL/QBC Birmingham), Zach Pyron (Fyffe, AL/QBC Birmingham), and Gabe Wright (ECLA, GA/QBC Atlanta).