The 2020 season is rapidly approaching and we’re continuing our Gettin’ to Know U series, today moving to the quarterback position. Giving you a detailed look at all the information you should know about your UCLA Bruins at a specific position group.
Today’s group is the quarterbacks, after we looked at the pass-catchers last week.
We’ll go in numerical order, as officially released on the 2020 UCLA football roster:
#1 Dorian Thompson-Robinson — 6’1, 200, Jr.
DTR is in the UCLA record books in multiple areas, he’s one of just three quarterbacks to have multiple 400-yard games in his career, and he ranked fourth in the Pac-12 in 2019 with 263.5 yards of total offense per game. He’s played in 21 career games with 11 career starts. His 21 TD passes last season rank 10th on UCLA’s single-season list.
A native of Las Vegas, Nevada, DTR led Bishop Gorman to multiple high school national championships and since coming to Westwood, he’s garnered Athletic Director’s Honor Roll nominations in Spring 2020 and Winter 2019. In 2019, he threw for 2,701 yards and 21 touchdowns against 12 interceptions. He chipped in with another 198 yards on the ground and four touchdowns.
For his career, DTR has now thrown for 4,012 yards and 25 passing touchdowns with another 266 and four scores on the ground.
DTR in the news:
Five players who could decide the fate of UCLA’s 2020 season | LA Times
DTR ready to return to action | LA Daily News
Finding DTR | LA Times
#3 Chase Artopoeus — 6’1, 204, R-Fr.
A redshirt-freshman, Artopoeus did not see game action last season. He played just a single season of varsity football at St. Joseph High School in Orcutt as he played football at Thousand Oaks High School and Righetti High School prior. As impressive as some high school resumes go, Artopoeus was the league MVP, Scholar Athlete Award winner and St. Joseph Male Athlete of the Year in his final high school season, competing in the FCA all-star game. He’s earned Athletic Director’s Honor Roll in Fall 2019, Spring 2020 and Winter 2020.
#4 Blake Kirshner — 6’4, 207, R-Fr.
Another quarterback who did not see game action a year prior, Kirshner played his high school football at Santa Clarita Christian School and was a two-time All-CIF, All-League and League MVP. He threw for 2,925 yards and 39 touchdowns as a senior and was a member of his high school basketball team.
#7 Colson Yankoff — 6’3, 211, R-So.
Yankoff is in his second season with the Bruins, after spending his first year with Washington. He transferred and enrolled at UCLA in the summer of 2019 and has not seen game action at the collegiate level yet. He was the country’s No. 5 dual-threat quarterback in his recruiting class and was named the 5A Inland Empire Offensive MVP as a senior, playing at Coeur d’Alene High School (near the border of Idaho and Washington). He was named as Idaho’s Gatorade Player of the Year and 5A State Player of the Year his final season.
#9 Parker McQuarrie — 6’6, 223, Fr.
McQuarrie is a giant freshman quarterback from St. Paul’ School, originally from Weare, New Hampshire. He stands 6-foot-6 and was the nation’s 207th-ranked prospect overall this past recruiting circuit, according to ESPN’s Top 300. He was ranked as New Hampshire’s No. 1 overall player and earned All-NEPSAC honors in both 2018 and 2019. McQuarrie was invited to play in both the 2019 Pro Football Hall of Fame Bowl and the 2020 Polynesian Bowl.
#11 Chase Griffin — 5’11, 184, R-Fr.
Perhaps one of the most gifted quarterbacks on roster, Griffin hails from Hutto High School in Texas. He was named the Texas Gatorade Player of the Year in 2018 and was his district’s MVP or newcomer of the year in the years prior. In his three-year high school starting career, Griffin threw for 11,245 passing yards, 122 touchdowns and just 18 interceptions. He completed 767-of-1144 pass attempts through three seasons at Hutto and had back-to-back 4,000-or-more-yard passing seasons.
Since enrolling in January of 2019, he’s been named to the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll in Spring 2019, Winter 2020 and Spring 2020 quarters.