The UNH Chargers have a new weapon to their already charging offense: A division one QB1. It was announced on February 10th, that the UNH Chargers have added former UCLA quarterback Parker McQuarrie to their roster.
The 6-foot-6 quarterback entered the transfer portal after two years at UCLA, he would end up playing JUCO ball at Independence Community College. McQuarrie appeared in all nine games with the Pirates, but he did struggle: McQuarrie was 19/47 passing (40.4%) for 141 yards, he threw one interception. Rushing the ball was a lowlight for McQuarrie as he had -49 rushing yards in 12 attempts, he lost one fumble. He would be the second-string QB during his stay at Independence.
Overall it was not a year to smile at at the JUCO level, nevertheless McQuarrie is a good quarterback who was just dealt a bad hand for the 2022 season. The former four-star high school recruit comes to New Haven with three years of eligibility left. The New Hampshire native was ranked No.1 in the state for the class of 2020. He was on UCLA’s scout team, quarterbacking behind two-time second team all-conference QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson.
McQuarrie is a player that can and will use his height to his advantage, not to mention he is a field general when in rhythm.
Currently the Chargers do not have a projected starter for the 2023 season. The loss of Connor Degenhardt (graduation) will definitely be a minor setback for the team, but something that won't pose a major effect on the upcoming season. It will definitely be interesting to see who will charge on to being the starter in '23.
Nevertheless the Chargers have three years to develop and mold Parker McQuarrie to the great quarterback he once was in high school. If UNH is able to do that they will have a very dangerous player under center.
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