Big Ten QB rankings No. 6: Luke Altmyer, Illinois
- 1,671 passing yards
- 10 TDs 9 interceptions
- 63.2% completion
- 7.0 yards per attempt
The issue for Altmyer is the turnovers. A lot of those interceptions came against Penn State’s elite defense, but he’s continued to turn it over against the rest of the Big Ten. He has nine interceptions and has also been sacked 28 times, by far the most of any Big Ten quarterback.
He’s been pressured on a staggering 40.2% of his dropbacks but also has a pressure-to-sack ratio of 23.5% which is second highest in the conference, so it’s not all on his offensive line.
He’s also been forced to scramble 27 times this season, which is far too much for a quarterback who doesn’t want to rely on his legs too much. There isn’t a ton of talent around him at Illinois, but he’s also not a quarterback capable of elevating the rest of his offense. Whether it’s the chicken or the egg, the Fighting Illini are 77th in total offense, and that’s not good enough.