By Robert Woolf

Last season in college football wasn’t a great  one for quarterbacks. This showed in the draft with only one in the first round at the 16th pick, and the next one in the second round at the 39th pick. But this year, there are a lot of returning seniors and some underclassmen, that should be great this season in college football. Odds are, this year a quarterback will take home the coveted Heisman trophy. Here is my top 10 quarterbacks for this season.

10. Taylor Martinez, Nebraska

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Taylor Martinez had a great season last year, but for some reason didn’t get all the recognition he deserved. He threw for a career high 2871 yards and 23 touchdowns. He also ran for over 1000 yards and 10 touchdowns. Martinez holds numerous records at Nebraska, including most career passing yards (6591), most passing touchdowns (46), and most career total yards (9449). He led the Cornhuskers to the Capital One Bowl, where they lost to Aaron Murray and Georgia. Martinez totaled 204 yards and 2 touchdowns in the losing effort. If he keeps continuing his trend and increasing his production every season, Martinez could be a legitimate Heisman candidate.

9. Marcus Mariota, Oregon

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Oregon hasn’t really had an elite college quarterback since Joey Harrington in 2002. But now, could that quarterback be Marcus Mariota? He gained 3429 yards from scrimmage last year to go along with 37 total touchdowns. He also led them to the Fiesta Bowl last year as a freshman without any big name receivers. He has a lot of upside, but a few main problems. For one thing, like I said earlier, he doesn’t have any big name receivers. What he does have is a good running back in De’Anthony Thomas, who could steal some touches. Another thing is he lost his head coach, Chip Kelly, to the NFL. However if Mariota can repeat his success, Oregon is hoping for another BCS bowl game.

8. A.J. McCarron, Alabama

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Alabama has won back-to-back titles and it wasn’t all due to their great defense and running game. Even though they have had 10 defense players and 2 running backs selected in the last two years, A.J. McCarron has helped them succeed each season. McCarron has had a great career at Alabama, throwing for 5956 yards and 49 touchdowns. Don’t think those stats are spectacular? How about this one? In 690 pass attempts in three years, McCarron has been picked off only 8 times. That’s only about 1.15% of times that he gets intercepted when he drops back. McCarron also led the country with a quarterback rating of 175.3. With running back T.J. Yeldon coming back, McCarron has Alabama fans thinking three-peat.

7. Aaron Murray, Georgia

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Aaron Murray made a choice last season to stay at Georgia for his senior year, instead of going into the draft and being one of the first quarterbacks selected. He lead his Bulldog’s to the SEC championship, where they lost to eventual champion Alabama. This was a close game and was argued that if the ball was not caught after being tipped at the line on the last play, he would have had time to throw the game-winning touchdown. But even though that game was a loss, Murray’s team only lost 2 games all season. Murray threw for 3893 yards with an incredible touchdown to interception ratio of 36-10. In his 3 seasons at Georgia, Murray has eclipsed 10000 yards and 95 touchdowns, putting him 2nd in SEC history and ahead of both Manning brothers and  Matthew Stafford. He is only 19 touchdowns away from the record held by Danny Wuerffel. Even if he doesn’t break the record, Georgia fans should expect another great season from Murray and the Bulldogs.

6. Jordan Lynch, Northern Illinois

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Jordan Lynch is a name that was, and still might not be a household name. Even after leading his Northern Illinois Huskies to a BCS bowl game and MAC conference championship. It was their first major bowl appearance in school history, as well as the first from the MAC conference. The main reason for the Huskies being so good was their quarterback Jordan Lynch. Lynch may be the best running quarterback for this season. Even though it doesn’t seem like he should be a running quarterback, he actually broke the record for most rushing yards by a quarterback in  season with 1771 yards. The person who previously held the record was Denard Robinson, who also just happens to be the leading rushing quarterback ever. As well as his amazing rushing skills, Lynch threw for over 3000 yards and 25 touchdowns. He has a perfect recipe for success, a great quarterback in a mediocre division.

5. David Fales, San Jose State

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David Fales is one of the best college quarterbacks this season, that will never beat you on his feet. He is an old-school pocket passer, who totaled a grand total of -139 rushing yards last season. However he was 6th in the country with 4193 passing yards, 9th with 33 TD’s, and 3rd with a quarterback rating of 170.8. The San Jose State Spartans have never been a great team, but Fales and his main receiver Noel Grigsby, led them to an 11-win season. Grigsby was top-10 in the country with 1307 yards. His best game last season came in a loss to Utah State where he completed 38 passes for 467 yards with 3 TD’s and no interceptions. The Spartans finished 10-2 in the regular season, and beat Bowling Green in the Military Bowl, where Fales was named MVP. Fales is back this year with Grigsby, and they are looking to do some serious damage.

4. Tajh Boyd, Clemson

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After a 2010 freshman season where he only appeared in 7 games and racking up only 329 yards, Tajh Boyd went for 3828 yards and 33 touchdowns. People thought there was no way he could do it again, but last year he went up to 3896 yards and 36 touchdowns. Even though he had one of the best receivers in the country in Sammy Watkins who has about 2000 yards in two years, Boyd still had 230 other completions where the ball did not go to Watkins. With Watkins and other good receivers, Boyd is primed to lead the Tigers to another good season and a victorious bowl game.

3. Braxton Miller, Ohio State

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Braxton Miller led the Ohio State Buckeyes to an undefeated record in probably the second best division in the nation, behind only the SEC. However, they were not eligible to play in a bowl game because of the results of the investigation that revealed players were selling memorabilia out of a Columbus tattoo parlor. Nevertheless, Miller had a great year finishing with over 2000 yards and 15 touchdowns. Miller finished 5th in the Heisman voting behind Johnny Manziel, Manti Te’o, Collin Klein, and Marquise Lee. With only 3 players from their team last year entering the draft, there is no reason Miller shouldn’t be able to repeat his performance and led his team to a good season.

2. Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville

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Bridgewater really started to prove himself as a good college quarterback at the end of last year. It all started against Pittsburgh, where he threw for 304 yards and a touchdown. One of his best games of the year was against Cincinnati, where in an OT win he threw for 416 and 2 touchdowns. The next week against Temple he went for 324 yards and 5 touchdowns. None of these games were as big, and nationally televised, as his Sugar Bowl victory. Against a Florida Gators team, who was favored by 13.5 points and was considered to have one of the best defenses in the country, Bridgewater went for 266 yards and 2 touchdowns. After this, he was widely considered to be the greatest quarterback prospect in this upcoming draft.

1. Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M

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Who else could be #1 on this list but “Johnny Football”. Before the start of last season, Johnny Manziel was just another redshirt freshman at a big college, who wasn’t going to amount to anything. As most of us know, everyone was dead wrong. Manziel threw for 3706 yards, had 26 passing touchdowns, and ran for 1421 yards and 21 touchdowns. At the end of the year, Manziel became the first ever redshirt freshman to hoist the prestigious Heisman Trophy. Even though he lost his best blocker (Luke Joeckel) and his best receiver (Ryan Swope), Manziel is the early Heisman favorite. His new best blocker is Jake Matthews, who is primed to replace Joeckel and could very well be a top-15 pick in the next draft. Manziel is a great quarterback because he is just as good with his feet as he is with his arm. The big question is, how long will Manziel wait before entering the draft?

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Readers Comments (1)

  1. Doug

    This is just… wrong. Bridgewater and Boyd are clearly better than Manziel, and you are way underrating Murray. Braxton Miller is terrible, as is Fales and Lynch. This list sucks, where is J.W. Walsh or Connor Shaw?


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