The most coveted and debated position in all of football has to be the Quarterback position.  In the NFL’s past few seasons, we’ve seen an emergence in rookie quarterbacks getting the start, such as, Derek Carr, Dak Prescott, Teddy Bridgewater, Blake Bortles, and so on.

This shows that the talent level at the QB position is on the rise in the college ranks. Well, this year, the flood gates will open! The talent is so high, that I had to cut my list of QB’s down to 10 men, leaving out a few that are pro-potential players. These 10 players are poised to have massive seasons and push their team towards perfection. Here they are, in no particular order.

Jalen Hurts #2    University of Alabama

Last Year’s Stats

Completion Percentage: 62

Touchdown to Int Ratio: 23/9

total passing yards: 2,780

Rushing yards: 954

Rushing TD’s: 13

With 3,743 all purpose yards and 36 total touchdowns, Jalen led his team to the National Championship game last season against Clemson. Only two controversial plays were stood between the Tide taking home yet another championship. Hurts made countless athletic plays last season with his feet, that played a major factor in the teams success. During the offseason, he worked primarily on his passing abilities. Saban recently said, “Offensively, we have our first returning starter at quarterback since 2013. Jalen (Hurts) has done a lot this offseason to become a better passer.” If that is true, and Jalen can improve on his passer rating this year, while maintaining his athletic savvy to elude tacklers and make plays with his feet, look out NCAA!

 

Sam Darnold #14  University of Southern California

Last Year’s Stats

Completion Percentage:  67

Touchdown to Int Ratio:  31/9

Passing Yards:  3086

Rushing Yards: 250

Rushing Touchdowns: 2

Sam Darnold is the sexy pick for Quarterback of the year right now. He is a prototypical pocket passer that the bottom half of the NFL is already salivating over. His speed is a bit deceiving as well with 250 yards on the ground a season ago. He isn’t going to win any foot races anytime soon, but he can get positive yards out of a busted play. I look for Sam to actually improve upon his completion percentage this year and increase the gap in the TD/INT ratio. If he were to decide to declare for the NFL in the off-season, he would probably be one of the top three quarterbacks taken in next year’s draft.

 

Jake Browning #3  University of Washington

Last Year’s Stats

Completion Percentage: 62

Touchdown to INT Ratio: 43/9

Passing Yards: 3430

Rushing Yards: 45

Rushing touchdowns: 4

Washington Huskies had an incredible season last year with Jake at the helm. The offense averaged an amazing 41 points per game, finished 12-2, and made it to the four-team playoff after a 41-7 stomping of a prideful defensive unit in Colorado. Browning’s numbers should look very similar this year, especially with veterans Dante Pettis and Chico McClatcher returning at the wide out position.

 

Josh Rosen #3  UCLA

Last Year’s Stats (6 games played)

Completion Percentage:  59

Touchdown to INT Ratio:  10/5

Passing Yards:  1,915

Rushing Yards: -72

Rushing Touchdowns: 2

Rosen’s numbers from last year are skewed due to the fact that he only played 6 games before ending his season early due to a small tear in his rotator cuff. He has looked sharp in the off-season on the field though, and should at least double his numbers from a year ago. Don’t look for him to do anything outside of the pocket because he is a pure, NFL-style quarterback. Rosen will probably be one of the top 3 quarterbacks taken in next year’s NFL draft. With his off-season remarks on student athletes, that drew a lot of negativity, I would assume he is going to leave after this season.

 

Deondre Francois #12  Florida State University

Last Year’s Stats

Completion Percentage:  58

Touchdown to Int Ratio:  20/7

Passing Yards:  3350

Rushing Yards:  198

Rushing Touchdowns:  5

Francois burst onto the scene last year after the departure of Jameis Winston at FSU. He throws one of the tightest spirals in all of college football. The mountain sits at week 1 with with an opener against Alabama. If they can somehow pull that win out, it will be smooth sailing for the rest of the season. To do so, Francois will have to protect the ball at all costs and hit pay-dirt every time they can sniff the endzone. Even if they do fall short, the committee will look past a week one defeat to Alabama if we they can run the table. With an unfavorable schedule, Francois will be battle tested at the end of this season.

 

Trace McSorley #9  Penn State University

Last Year’s Stats

Completion Percentage:  56

Touchdown to Int Ratio:  29/8

Passing Yards:  3,799

Rushing Yards:  365

Rushing Touchdowns:  7

Penn State has a very realistic chance of making it to the college football playoff this season. They have one of the best running backs in the country, a very good defense, and one of the top QB’s in Trace McSorley. Trace’s completion percentage is the only thing keeping him from having completely stellar numbers, and I think that comes up this season. He can make all the throws on the field, and has a cast around he that sets him up for a Heisman Trophy caliber year.

 

Baker Mayfield #6 University of Oklahoma

Last Year’s Stats

Completion Percentage:  71

Touchdown to Int Ratio:  40/6

Passing Yards:  3,965

Rushing Yards: 177

Rushing Touchdowns:  6

Baker Mayfield has become a household name, and rightfully so. Last season he completed a staggering 71 percent of his completions, making him one of the most accurate passers in the entire FBS. He rarely turns the ball over and is great at executing inside the redzone. By the end of this season, Mayfield will hold most of the passing records at OU. He is my top pick for the Heisman Trophy this year and should lead the team to a Big 12 Championship and possibly a birth into the playoff.

 

Lamar Jackson #8  University of Louisville

Last Year’s Stats

Completion Percentage:  56

Touchdown to Int Ratio:  29/8

Passing Yards:  3,543

Rushing Yards:  1,571

Rushing Touchdowns:  21

PLAYMAKER! That is the only thing that comes to my mind when I hear Lamar Jackson’s name. He is the returning Heisman Trophy winner from a year ago with video-game like stats. This year, look for opposing teams to put 8 in the box, play contain, and do everything they can to stop Jackson from beating them with his scrambling abilities. I think his rushing yardage takes a hit due to defensive scheming, but his passing yards will increase. High-light reels will be full of this guy for one more season at Louisville.

 

Josh Allen #17  Wyoming

Last Year’s Stats

Completion Percentage:  56

Touchdown to Int Ratio:  28/15

Passing Yards:  3203

Rushing Yards:  512

Rushing Touchdowns:  7

If Wyoming is coming up in football conversation it has to be for a special reason. That special reason is Josh Allen. He is a prototypical NFL quarterback that will look to improve this season. If he can get his completion percentage up and decrease the number of mental errors (15 int’s), he will have a big Junior season and set himself up for an early NFL contract.

 

Jake Bentley #19  University of South Carolina

Last Year’s Stats (7 games played)

Completion Percentage: 65

Touchdown to Int Ratio:  9/4

Passing Yards:  1420

Rushing Yards: -15

Rushing Touchdowns:  0

Jake Bentley enrolled in the spring of last year after foregoing his senior season of football. Bentley got the nod in week 8 last season and never looked back. The game time exposure last year will pay big dividends for this season. Look for Bentley to post some big numbers this season with no shortage of skill players around him. If he can keep the mistakes to a minimum, this could be a better than expected year for the Gamecocks.

Other notable mentions: J.T. Barrett Ohio State / Jarrett Stidham Auburn / Drew Lock Mizzou / Will Grier WVU

 

 

 

 

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