The B1G lost some serious talent at the quarterback position after last fall. League passing leaders Dwayne Haskins and David Blough are gone, as well as B1G record-breaker Clayton Thorson and Penn State star Trace McSorley.

Yeah, those guys are going to be missed.

But there’s still a ton of talent stepping back under center throughout the conference for the 2019 season. There’s a healthy mix of big-name newcomers and experienced veterans returning to the field this fall.

Here’s a look at the top 10 quarterbacks in the B1G ahead of fall camp:

10. Josh Jackson, Maryland

Jackson was a star at Virginia Tech in 2017, starting all 13 games and accounting for over 3,000 total yards and 26 touchdowns. He was the starter again last season, but an early injury sidelined him for all but three games.

Jackson’s skill set should fit in nicely to Mike Locksley’s offensive system and should allow the Terrapins to be a little more competitive on Saturdays. He’s a great addition to Maryland’s roster.

9. Sean Clifford, Penn State

With Tommy Stevens moving on to Mississippi State, the Sean Clifford era begins in Happy Valley. Most of his career snaps have come in garbage time, but don’t let take away from his ability to find receivers and lead a high-powered offense.

Clifford also looked pretty good with his feet in Penn State’s spring game in April. He may not be Trace McSorley, but if he adds that element to his game, the Nittany Lions are going to be just fine under center.

8. Elijah Sindelar, Purdue

Sindelar has the arm and ability to climb much higher on this list when the season rolls around, but after suffering an ACL injury in 2017 and playing in just two games last fall, the Purdue quarterback might be battling some rust.

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In Year 1 of the Jeff Brohm era, Sindelar split time with David Blough and came up big down the stretch for the Boilermakers that season. He’ll have to overcome the accuracy issues he had early last season, though.

7. Peyton Ramsey, Indiana

A third-year starter, Ramsey has been a steady dual-threat quarterback for the Hoosiers over the last two seasons. His skill set is underrated and he’s actually been one of the more accurate passers in the B1G, posting a completion percentage over 65 percent.

Ramsey faces some competition this fall with the arrival of Jack Tuttle, but he’s still penciled in at the No. 1 spot according to Tom Allen. It will be interesting to see how Ramsey’s strengths are used in Kalen DeBoer’s offense.

6. Hunter Johnson, Northwestern

Johnson lacks experience but certainly doesn’t lack talent. The former five-star quarterback has the opportunity to pick up right where Clayton Thorson left off and have the Wildcats competing for another division title.

Johnson has a quick release and is able to find open receivers regularly. He’s capable of making an throw on the field and has great awareness. Don’t be too surprised if Johnson is one of the B1G’s more productive passers.

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5. Brian Lewerke, Michigan State

Injuries, poor offensive line play and an ineffective running game really hindered Lewerke’s ability to be successful in 2018. Despite his pocket mobility and arm strength, the Michigan State quarterback’s numbers were less than impressive.

Lewerke still has great dual-threat ability and has the potential to be one of the top quarterbacks in the conference when he’s got time to throw. He needs a lot more help from his offensive line this fall, though.

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4. Justin Fields, Ohio State

Ryan Day hit the jackpot by landing Fields from the transfer market. Even with Dwayne Haskins moving on, the Buckeyes’ offense should be able to move forward without much of a hiccup.

Fields had some cobwebs in the spring game in April, but that’s a tough way to judge a player with a limited number of snaps under his belt and just a few months into a new system. His 98-yard bomb to Binjimen Victor in the spring game is just a glimpse of how good Fields can be.

3. Nate Stanley, Iowa

At times, Stanley looks like the best quarterback in the conference. Other times, he struggles to find his receivers. Yes, he battles with inconsistency, but Stanley’s strong performances outweigh the bad days.

Stanley is a three-year starter with a completion rate hovering around the 60 percent mark and doesn’t turn the ball over, throwing just 16 interceptions in 31 career games. He’s the biggest reason why Iowa is a contender in the West, despite losing a plethora of talent.

2. Adrian Martinez, Nebraska

There’s no question that Martinez is the B1G’s top dual-threat quarterback heading into 2019. He’s capable of throwing for 3,000 yards and rushing for 1,000 more in Scott Frost’s offense this season.

Martinez had an incredible showing as a freshman and is already an early Heisman Trophy favorite. He’s capable of making throws deep down the field or tucking the ball away for a 50-yard gain. As good as he was in 2018, expect Martinez to be even better as a sophomore.

1. Shea Patterson, Michigan

Patterson checks all the boxes. He’s accurate, he doesn’t turn the ball over, he’s capable of picking up yards with his legs and he has plenty of experience. His only restriction last year was Jim Harbaugh’s offense, which limited his abilities.

Now that Josh Gattis is calling the shots, Patterson will be able to play to his strengths regularly and will likely put up the best numbers of his career. Needless to say, his decision to return to Ann Arbor for his final season was a huge boost to the offense. Patterson could be a Heisman Trophy finalist at the end of the season.

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