Matthew Jordan (RS JR):
The top spot is most likely a toss up between Matthew Jordan and TaQuon Marshall but Jordan will get the edge here due to experience.
Jordan, now a redshirt junior stands at 6-foot-2, 208-pounds, which is a bit bigger than Justin Thomas’s 5-foot-11, 185-pound frame. The Alabama native has been a backup for the past two years, appearing in 14 games including nine last season. A majority of his time has come from situations at the goal line. Since he had an extra three inches and almost 25-pounds on Thomas, Jordan presented a better option against goal line defenses.
Entering the spring, Jordan was without a doubt the front runner to take the starting job in 2017. However, Jordan went down with a foot injury in the last two weeks of spring practice where a strong quarterback race was developing.
Compared to Justin Thomas, Jordan is not nearly as polished as a passer, if the Jackets go out with Jordan, expect the passing game to take a bit of hit at least early on. In the rushing game, Jordan has some quality experience. With 102 career rushing attempts, Jordan has amassed 404-yards and eight touchdowns.
Comparing him to Thomas, the biggest difference will be how Jordan has a higher likely hood to run the ball up the middle or through holes in the trenches rather than bounce it outside like Thomas often use to do.
All and all, if Jordan ends up as the starting quarterback, the Jackets will be good hands.