The Starting QB for Every 2021 FBS Team

Following is every FBS team listed by conference with either the named QB starter (bolded), who the assumed starter will likely be based upon an established previous starter returning, or who the probable candidates are (although there are sure to be some surprises, including incoming freshman who may be underrepresented prior to getting some fall camp updates). Also included for each team are the last season QB stat leaders/those who got significant QB snaps for each team.

As teams officially name QB1s, release depth charts to start the season (usually within 1-2 weeks of first game), or significant injuries happen this list will be continually updated. Reminder – this list is only up until each team’s first game of 2021.

Listed by conference:


  • CincinnatiDesmond Ridder is back as the starter, Last Season: Desmond Ridder (186/281-2296-19, 592-12 rushing)
  • East CarolinaHolton Ahlers returns as QB1, Last Season: Holton Ahlers (165/269-1927-18)
  • HoustonClayton Tune returns as QB1, Last Season: Clayton Tune (170/285-2048-15)
  • Memphis – Arizona transfer Grant Gunnell seems like the frontrunner but first depth chart is Gunnell OR Seth Henigan (started with Gunnell injured week one) Last Season: Brady White has gone to the pros (254/420-3380-31)

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