2010-2011 NCAA College Prospects: Quarterbacks

Author's Note: Last year, before I became a Front Page Author, I posted a few pieces on the top college prospects at the very beginning of the college football season for '09-'10. This year, I wanted to do something similar but start it a bit earlier. There are roughly 22 positions (11 on each side of the ball) to focus on. Each week, leading up to the very first NCAA Football Game for the '10-'11 Season, I will take a look at one of the positions. Once I have finished reviewing every position, I will then start creating official college football discussion threads as a FanPost for those that care to talk about college football... or learn more for that matter; I know there were several people that benefited and learned quite a bit more about who was going to be entering the league this year. Each position will vary in the amount of players I cover. Number of players per position will range anywhere from 10-20 of the top prospects. I will be ranking them as to where I think they will be slotted in next years draft should they all enter. Mind you, these are just my opinions, but I feel that the rankings are going to be pretty close to the opinions of the rest of the Nation. I haven't seen any preseason player rankings yet, so it should be interesting to compare to once they come out.

This week, I will be kicking off this new segment with the Quarterback position... undoubtedly the most important position on the field. There are several young prospects at this position in the upcoming season that could pull in front of the other as it progresses. One thing is for sure, this years potential crop of quarterbacks seems on the surface to be a lot deeper than the one that just came out. In fact, the entire draft next year (depending on how many juniors declare) could be even deeper than the one we just had. This is certainly an exciting time to be a football fan.

This past draft was definitely interesting to say the least. Players like Tim Tebow who were slotted to go in the 2nd or 3rd Round got selected 25th overall by the Denver Broncos, and on the other side of the spectrum, a guy like Colt McCoy got selected in the 3rd Round when he was slotted to go toward the end of the 1st Round or Early 2nd Round. Point is, you just never know for sure where a player may or may not go in the draft.

Well, I feel that is enough introduction... after the jump, we'll take a look at the top NCAA Football Quarterbacks in order from 1-15.

1. JAKE LOCKER | 6'3", 226 LBS. | UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON - If Jake Locker would have declared for this past draft, it is hard to say whether or not the Rams would have gone with Sam Bradford. The pick could have gone the other way had Locker been in the picture. And the Jimmy Clausen's and Colt McCoy's could have slipped even further down the draft boards subsequently. Locker is coming off a career best season last year. He has the benefit of playing in a pro-style offense which will make him very appealing once entering in to the draft next year. (((Click Here For Highlights)))

Stats Overview Passing
YEAR CMP ATT YDS CMP% YPA LNG TD INT SACK RAT
2007 155 328 2062 47.3 6.29 98 14 15 17 105.01
2008 50 93 512 53.8 5.51 48 1 0 10 103.55
2009 230 395 2800 58.2 7.09 51 21 11 28 129.75

 

2. ANDREW LUCK | 6'4", 235 LBS. | STANFORD UNIVERSTY - Luck has a really good opportunity this year to pass Jake Locker to be considered the number one quarterback in the nation. All eyes will be on these two finely tuned missile-throwing machines. With the departure of Toby Gerhart (the nations leading rusher), Luck will have more responsibility and more opportunities to fly high above the rest of the competition. Team wins will play in to the equation as well as how good he can take on adversity. Andrew Luck will definitely be a quarterback to keep your eye on if you are unfamiliar with him. (((Click Here For Highlights)))

Stats Overview Passing
YEAR CMP ATT YDS CMP% YPA LNG TD INT SACK RAT
2009 162 288 2575 56.3 8.94 63 13 4 6 143.47
 

3. RYAN MALLETT | 6'7", 238 LBS. | UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS - I believe it was a very wise move for Ryan Mallett to stay for one more year. Some guys just need that. Not saying that Mallett wouldn't have still been a very high draft pick this year, but for developmental purposes, and maturity reason's, I think it was a great decision for him to remain a Razorback for another year. Mallett has a rocket of an arm, but he wasn't very consistent and was not the best in the accuracy department. If he can trudge through the season and stay relatively consistent, Mallett may surpass one of the top 2. The Razorback Quarterback was also originally a back up at University of Michigan before he transferred to Arkansas. (((Click Here For Highlights)))

Stats Overview Passing
YEAR CMP ATT YDS CMP% YPA LNG TD INT SACK RAT
2007 61 141 892 43.3 6.33 97 7 5 12 105.69
2009 225 403 3627 55.8 9.00 83 30 7 24 152.52

 

4. JACORY HARRIS | 6'4", 190 LBS. | UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI - A little on the skinny side, but don't let that fool you. This kid has all the tangibles and intangibles a head coach could possibly want. He shows great pocket awareness and is a true quarterback first and foremost. His athletic abilities are there as a secondary weapon for the offense. He's extremely mobile but hangs in the pocket until the very last second going through his reads and progressions before he scrambles. By the end of the year, he could be very refined and polished ready to potentially start in the NFL. (((Click Here For Highlights)))

Stats Overview Passing
YEAR CMP ATT YDS CMP% YPA LNG TD INT SACK RAT
2008 118 194 1195 60.8 6.16 41 12 7 11 125.77
2009 242 406 3352 59.6 8.26 69 24 17 34 140.09

 

5. ADAM WEBER | 6'3", 217 LBS. | UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA - Weber has started all three years up to this point for the Golden Gophers. He helped Eric Decker become one of the better rated receivers entering this past draft. He still has a few weapons at his disposal and I am sure will take full advantage this year. He shows excellent composure and great leadership during the game. He is a bit inconsistent as far as accuracy goes, but when he gets in to a rhythm, all bets are off. Weber could end up being a steal if he does in fact land as the 5th rated quarterback this year. He will need to have his best season to be slotted here but I have faith that he can get it done. (((Click Here For Higlights)))

Stats Overview Passing
YEAR CMP ATT YDS CMP% YPA LNG TD INT SACK RAT
2007 258 449 2895 57.5 6.45 71 24 19 13 120.80
2008 255 410 2761 62.2 6.73 71 15 8 31 126.93
2009 191 367 2582 52.0 7.04 62 13 15 38 114.65

 

6. DAYNE CRIST | 6'4", 235 LBS. | NOTRE DAME - New Head Coach Brian Kelly recently said that an open competition would be held between Nate Montana (Joe Montana's oldest son) and front runner for the starting job Dayne Crist. While Kelly has said this, I think it is more of a formality than anything. Montana doesn't have the college experience to take the job from Crist who was there and filled in for an injured Jimmy Clausen a few times and looked extremely good doing so. However, Crist is coming off of a torn ACL and certainly has his work cut out for him. He very well could end up slotted higher or lower than this depending on how he does this year but I feel this is a good spot for him right now. (((Click Here For Highlights)))

Stats Overview Passing
YEAR CMP ATT YDS CMP% YPA LNG TD INT SACK RAT
2009 10 20 130 50.0 6.50 64 1 1 1 111.10

 

7. JOHN BRANTLEY | 6'3", 217 LBS. | UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA - Initial reports and speculation are that Brantley is actually set up to be a better quarterback at Florida than Tim Tebow was. If that's the case, he has the potential to put himself in contention for a top pick as a quarterback. If you are speaking in terms of talent, Brantley is hands down better than Tebow. He has a much quicker natural release, better accuracy, and more composure in the pocket. He is all around the board a better quarterback. The Gators should be much more feared this year than they were last year despite alot of their key losses moving on to the NFL on both sides of the ball. (((Click Here For Highlights)))

Stats Overview Passing
YEAR CMP ATT YDS CMP% YPA LNG TD INT SACK RAT
2008 18 28 235 64.3 8.39 38 3 1 1 163.00
2009 36 48 410 75.0 8.54 33 7 0 1 194.88

 

8. CHRISTIAN PONDER | 6'2", 219 LBS. | FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY - Ponder is a very intriguing prospect. He was banged up toward the end of the year but should bounce back this year and have an even better year than he was on track for last season. It wouldn't blow me away if Ponder threw for more than 3000 yards this year and threw for over 20 touchdowns. He has some very lethal weapons on offense to work with. Definitely a player worth taking note of. (((Click Here For Highlights)))

Stats Overview Passing
YEAR CMP ATT YDS CMP% YPA LNG TD INT SACK RAT
2007 8 18 105 44.4 5.83 28 1 2 0 89.55
2008 177 318 2006 55.7 6.31 54 14 13 19 115.00
2009 227 330 2717 68.8 8.23 98 14 7 15 147.70

 

9. CASE KEENUM | 6'2", 210 LBS. | UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON - Houston runs a pass heavy offense and Case Keenum has racked up enough stats to build a skyscraper with. In his last two seasons, the Cougar Quarterback has thrown for 5000+ yards. He delivers the ball on time and with great touch. Keenum is definitely worth considering in the top 10 just due to his ability to lead his team. The Cougars only lost 3 games last year and in large part to this very gifted quarterback. Keenum, much like Ryan Mallett decided to return for one more year before entering the NFL Draft. (((Click Here For Highlights)))

Stats Overview Passing
YEAR CMP ATT YDS CMP% YPA LNG TD INT SACK RAT
2007 187 273 2259 68.5 8.28 86 14 10 13 147.61
2008 397 589 5020 67.4 8.52 84 44 11 25 159.91
2009 492 700 5671 70.3 8.10 58 44 15 16 154.79

 

10. STEPHEN GARCIA | 6'2", 219 LBS. | UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA - There wasn't much buzz around the Gamecocks Quarterback last year, but I found myself asking "why?"... "why is this kid not getting more recognition?". Anyhow, maybe he will get more attention this year. He certainly deserves it. He plays the game with extreme passion similar to that of a Phillip Rivers or Brett Favre type of guy. He leaves everything on the field and plays the game with as much heart as I have seen from anyone. He is a bit rough around the edges but if he can introduce his intangibles to the necessary tangibles this season, he's due for a stand out season. (((Click Here For Highlights)))

Stats Overview Passing
YEAR CMP ATT YDS CMP% YPA LNG TD INT SACK RAT
2008 65 122 832 53.3 6.82 41 6 8 15 113.68
2009 239 432 2862 55.3 6.63 80 17 10 37 119.33

 

11. RICKY STANZI | 6'4", 218 LBS. | UNIVERSITY OF IOWA - (((Click Here For Highlights)))

Stats Overview Passing
YEAR CMP ATT YDS CMP% YPA LNG TD INT SACK RAT
2007 0 4 0 0.0 0.00 0 0 1 0 -50.00
2008 150 254 1956 59.1 7.70 59 14 9 22 134.85
2009 171 304 2417 56.3 7.95 92 17 15 23 131.62

 

12. TYROD TAYLOR | 6'1", 216 LBS. | VIRGINIA TECH UNIVERSITY - (((Click Here For Highlights)))

Stats Overview Passing
YEAR CMP ATT YDS CMP% YPA LNG TD INT SACK RAT
2007 72 134 927 53.7 6.92 59 5 3 23 119.68
2008 99 173 1036 57.2 5.99 40 2 7 20 103.25
2009 136 243 2311 56.0 9.51 81 13 5 28 149.39

 

13. ANDY DALTON | 6'3", 215 LBS. | TEXAS CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY - (((Click Here For Highlights)))

Stats Overview Passing
YEAR CMP ATT YDS CMP% YPA LNG TD INT SACK RAT
2007 222 371 2459 59.8 6.63 70 10 11 16 118.48
2008 182 307 2242 59.3 7.30 65 11 5 14 129.19
2009 199 323 2756 61.6 8.53 75 23 8 12 151.83

 

14. JERROD JOHNSON | 6'5", 243 LBS. | TEXAS A&M - (((Click Here For Highlights)))

Stats Overview Passing
YEAR CMP ATT YDS CMP% YPA LNG TD INT SACK RAT
2007 2 7 50 28.6 7.14 33 2 0 0 182.86
2008 194 326 2435 59.5 7.47 62 21 10 30 137.37
2009 296 497 3579 59.6 7.20 70 30 8 27 136.74

 

15. KELLEN MOORE | 6'0", 190 LBS. | BOISE STATE UNIVERSITY - (((Click Here For Highlights)))

Stats Overview Passing
YEAR CMP ATT YDS CMP% YPA LNG TD INT SACK RAT
2008 281 405 3486 69.4 8.61 80 25 10 13 157.11
2009 277 431 3536 64.3 8.20 67 39 3 5 161.65

 

So there you have it... the top 15 quarterbacks through my perspective. Feel free to voice your opinions and certainly add other quarterbacks that missed my list but you feel are worthy. Thanks for reading.

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