Preview: Top Quarterbacks in College Football

I know that our readers are savvy connoisseurs of college football, so don’t really need a big introduction into the importance of Quarterbacks in college football, but just know that I think in the vast majority of situations, a team goes as it’s quarterback goes.  Exceptions include Alabama who has an average to subpar quarterback but excels because it’s Defense and Running game are so dominant.  So unless your school has a defense and running game like Alabama’s, you need a good to great quarterback to carry your team.  So without further adieu, here’s my rankings for this upcoming year.

Excellent Quarterbacks – these guys you can trust, and they have proven themselves in the trenches.

1. Ryan Mallett – Arkansas

2. Jake Locker – Washington

3. Jerrod Johnson – Texas A&M

4. Case Keenum – Houston

5. Kellen Moore – Boise State

6. Christian Ponder – Florida State

7. Jerimiah Masoli – Mississippi

Solid Quarterbacks

Scott Tolzien – Wisconsin

Colin Kaepernick – Nevada

Andy Dalton – TCU – He’s not going to blow you away with his ability, but he is definitely a solid and smart quarterback

Andrew Luck – Stanford – We’ll see how he does without a great running game to back him up.

Joshua Nesbitt – GT – more of a runningback than a quarterback.

Overrated but still good

Jacory Harris – Miami – oft injured but talented, we’ll see how he does this year.

Terrelle Pryor – Ohio State – talented? yes. One of the best quarterbacks in the country? Heck No!

Tyrod Taylor – Virginia Tech – just like every VT quarterback ever.  A great athlete who has a good running game, defense and special teams to cover his shortcomings and bad decisions.

Preemptively overrated – Dayne Crist – Notre Dame  (preview: He’s going to suck)

Going to be really good someday (hopefully)

Zach Collaros – Cincinnati (probably will be very good this year, but look out for some growing pains, especially early)

Dwight Dasher – Middle Tennessee

Landry Jones – Oklahoma

Cameron Newton – Auburn (6-6, 250 and very fast? Vince Young reincarnate!)

John Brantley – Florida (very talented pure passer)

Kyle Parker – Clemson (inexperienced, but has NFL arm)

Garrett Gilbert – Texas

Jake Heaps – BYU (THE best true freshman QB in the country)

Aaron Murray – Georgia

Tell me what you think