Are the QB’s from QB1 still QB1’s?

QB1: Beyond the Lights is a reality/football show that is streaming on Netflix. In each season, camera crews follow three top football recruits through their senior year of high school. I look forward to this show every year – it helps bridge the gap between All or Nothing on Amazon, Last Chance U on Netflix, and Hard Knocks on HBO. It also reminds me a bit of MTV’s Two-A-Days from my teenage years. The part that has been missing from QB1 is a follow-up episode detailing what has happened with all of these players since their time on the show.

I am here to answer the question: Are the QB’s from QB1 still QB1’s?

Class of 2017

Jake Fromm – Georgia

Jake Fromm has started all but his first game throughout his Georgia career. Thanks to a Jacob Eason injury in the 2017 season opener – Fromm was vaulted into the starting QB job for the Bulldogs. Since then has solidified himself as one of the premier college QBs in the nation.

He led the Bulldogs to a College Football Playoff and National Championship appearance during his true freshman season. During that 2017 season, he led the Bulldogs to a 13-2 record. He showed he was a legit starter with his first college start on the road at Notre Dame. During that season the Bulldogs lost just twice – once to Auburn (a loss later avenged in the SEC title game). Their second loss came to Alabama in the national championship that season.

In 2018 Fromm led the bulldogs to a 11-3 record. They maintained a top 10 ranking throughout the entire season. They lost on the road at LSU and to Alabama in the SEC title game – before losing to Texas in the Sugar Bowl.

In 2019 the Bulldogs were the #3 ranked team through October 6th – but that fell to #10 following a surprise 2OT loss to South Carolina.


Verdict: Absolutely a QB1

Tayvone Bowers – Wake Forest

Bowers, now a Redshirt Sophomore, has seen action in just one game during his career at Wake Forest. During his Redshirt Freshman campaign he played 8 snaps against Towson – handing the ball off each time.

Verdict: No longer a QB1 – more like a QB4

Tate Martell – Ohio State

The Redshirt Sophomore has had quite the journey so far. He redshirted his first year at Ohio State and appeared in 6 games as a Redshirt Freshman.

Martell transferred in the spring of 2019 – likely as a result of Justin Fields announcing his transfer to Ohio State – finding himself at the University of Miami. He was granted immediate eligibility – and his transfer waiver was likely approved due to a coaching change in Columbus. He arrived in South Beach with high hopes – but finds himself behind two players on the QB depth chart – while also practicing at WR.

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Verdict: No longer a QB1 – not even a WR1.

Class of 2018

Justin Fields – Georgia

Justin Fields played a limited role for the Georgia Bulldogs during his Freshman campaign. He was ultimately the backup to Jake Fromm – and playing time was hard to come by.

Justin Fields spent one year in Athens before transferring to Ohio State. Fields was allowed to transfer and play immediately – his reason for transferring was being the receipient of racist comments from a fellow Georgia Student-Athlete.

Fields was named the starter in Columbus and has looked unstoppable so far in 2019. He has become a legit Heisman contender after leading the Buckeyes to a 6-0 start.

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Verdict: Absolutely a QB1

Sam Hartman – Wake Forest

Hartman earned the starting QB job as a True Freshman coming out of preseason camp in 2018. He was off to an impressive Freshman campaign until he broke his leg against Syracuse with four games left on the season.

Hartman lost the starting job to Jamie Newman following his injury – and had yet to appear in a game until this past week against Louisville.

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Verdict: Fringe QB1/QB2

Re-al Mitchell – Iowa State

In 2018, Mitchell appeared in one game – but was still able to earn a redshirt. Mitchell has appeared in 3 games for the cyclones in 2019. Besides his passing stats below, he has also rushed the ball 9 times for 92 yards and 1 score.

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Verdict: No longer a QB1 – More like a QB3/4

D.J. Uiagalelei – Clemson

Uiagalelei was visible in the background of QB1 Season 2. He was the backup quarterback to Re-al Mitchell at St. John Bosco – eventually earning some playing time. Uiagalelei has ascended to the top of the recruiting charts – and is committed to the Clemson Tigers. He is the #1 QB for the class of 2020 and the #12 recruit overall.

Verdict: Future QB1

Class of 2019

Lance LeGendre – Maryland

LeGendre has made one appearance so far this season. He ran the ball twice for 30 yards in Maryland’s 79-0 win over Howard.


Verdict: No longer a QB1 – More like a QB3/4

Spencer Rattler – Oklahoma

The last time we saw Rattler, he did something sketchy and was ruled ineligible to play the remainder of his senior high school football season.

He arrived at Oklahoma and was immediately thrust into a battle for the starting QB job. Ultimately the job went to Jalen Hurts, and that has proven to be the correct decision so far.


Verdict: Future QB1 – Current QB3

JD Johnson – Michigan

JD Johnson was Rattler’s backup at Pinnacle High School. He is currently a 3-star recruit and has committed to play for Jim Harbaugh at Michigan. He is ranked as the #16 Pro-Style QB for the class of 2020 – and #389 overall.

Verdict: Poser QB1

Nik Scalzo – Kentucky

This has to be the least likable QB to appear on QB1 so far. The over-religious family, the Dad-Coach that really only cared about his son. A player focused on breaking school records. Scalzo’s year ended when he tore his ACL.

He arrived at Kentucky and tore the same ACL again – he is due to have surgery on the re-injured knee.

Verdict: QB-IR

Class of 2020

The next crop of players has been announced for the upcoming season of QB1:

Carson Beck – Georgia

A 4-star recruit out of Jacksonville, FL. He is the #5 pro-style QB in the class of 2020 – and ranked #149 overall.

Verdict: Future QB1

Bryce Young – Alabama

A 4-star recruit out of Santa Ana, CA. He is the #1 Dual-Threat QB in the class of 2020 – and ranked #31 overall.

Verdict: Future QB1

Anthony Richardson – Florida

A 4-star recruit out of Gainesville, FL. He is the #9 Dual-Threat QB in the class of 2020 – and ranked #263 overall.

Verdict: Future QB1

Wrap Up

Most of the players to appear on this show have found some playing time at the collegiate level. The most successful so far have been Fromm, Fields and Hartmann. Others, like Martell, seemed primed to make an immediate impact at the next level, but have hardly played. Regardless of what these guys have done so far, it will be interesting to see how their careers turn out.

– Buzz

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