There are 130 FBS teams, and by my count, 45 of them have a new quarterback who never started for his current team before this season. Everybody knows all there is to know about Tua Tagovailoa, so I won't spend much time on him. Instead, I have picked out 11 of the new quarterbacks that I find the most intriguing and impactful besides Alabama's quarterback.
The true freshman walk-on: Zack Annexstad, Minnesota. The Golden Gophers are starting a true freshman walk-on quarterback. That is a rarity in college football, but recently Baker Mayfield did so at Texas Tech, and it worked out pretty well for him. Annexstad is not your typical walk-on quarterback as he was my No. 94 rated quarterback out of high school and those guys usually land scholarships. Last year, he beat out highly-touted Artur Sitkowski to win the IMG Academy starting job, and Sitkowski won the Rutgers starting quarterback job this season. Annexstad has been a game manager so far, and the Gophers figure to open it up more as he gains experience. I expect Annexstad to lead the Gophers to a bowl game this year. Annexstad is clearly a walk-on in name only as he chose to walk on to free up a scholarship for another player who needed it more, which shows he is mature beyond his years.
The senior walk-on: Taylor Cornelius, Oklahoma State. Hawaii's starting quarterback Dru Brown transferred to Oklahoma State this year, and many expected him to step into the vacant quarterback spot to replace Mason Rudolph. Cornelius is 6-foot-6, 232 pounds and has been with the team since 2014. He threw a combined 24 passes while playing in a handful of games over three years. He throws the ball well and adds mobility to the position. Oklahoma State will count on Cornelius this week in the big game against Boise State, and if he guides the team to a victory, the Cowboys could open up 6-0. He has thrown for 728 yards in just two games and should put up big numbers this year.