Friday, May 27, 2011
Top College Quarterbacks 2011-12
Andrew Luck, Stanford
Arguably the best quarterback in college football last season. Would have been the no. 1 pick in the 2011 NFL draft and is already considered the front-runner for next season, even though we have no idea which team will pick first in 2012. 453 rushing yards, 32 touchdown passes and 3,791yards in total offense. Did I mention he’s only going to be a junior?!
Kellen Moore, Boise State
Kellen heads into his senior season as one of the most efficient quarterbacks in NCAA history. Career totals of 10,867 yards, 99 TD’s and only 19 INT’s. 38-2 record after earning the starting job as a redshirt freshman. Don’t let the WAC schedule fool you: he could be the starting qb for any other school in the country…except Stanford.
Brandon Weeden, Oklahoma State
The All-Big 12 signal-caller ranked among the nation's best in passing yardage (4277) while leading OSU to an 11-2 record. Weeden and OSU should have a good season. The 27 year old QB should have good command of the offense while leading OSU to another double digit-win season. However, they could struggle having to travel to Texas A&M, Texas and Missouri in a four week span.
Aaron Murray, Georgia
This true sophomore will be the best quarterback in the SEC in 2011 and should continue to put up similar numbers to his freshman season…3,049 yards, 24 TD’s, 8 INT’s. Despite no longer having A.J. Green as a target, the Bulldogs have a few new WR recruits and former back-ups more than capable of catching a couple of passes.
Denard Robinson, Michigan
Arguably the most explosive quarterback in college football (in the spread offense). The reigning Big Ten offensive-player-of-the-year has tons of talent and is almost impossible to defend when he is on his game. But he could struggle and be highly ineffective in Brady Hoke’s new offense if he does not adapt well to spending more time in the pocket. His potential highs and lows land him at number five on the list.
Darron Thomas, Oregon
Although overshadowed by LaMichael James, Thomas is the best dual threat quarterback behind Robinson. He comes to play, and is capable of stepping up in big moments of big games. He will once again lead the most exciting and best offense in the country. Don’t be surprised if you see the Ducks in the title game once again at season’s end.
Landry Jones, Oklahoma
His stats were amazing his first year as a full-time starter. There is no reason to believe that he will not continue to be wildly successful running the Sooner offense. Landry is still young though, and despite his 38 touchdown passes he should try to throw less than 12 interceptions next season. Six of which came in his final four games.
Matt Barkley, USC
He would be a lot more interesting to watch this season if USC was not on probation. However, after starting since he arrived on the Southern Cal campus, Barkley should lead a strong team in the Pac 12 that could give Stanford and Oregon a run for their money.
Nick Foles, Arizona
Had a decent junior season. 20 td’s and 10 int’s are not terrible, but not great either. Losing his final five games last season is not a promising sign. Arizona should compete this season in the Pac 12, however. They were 7-1 before taking going on their tail-spin last season.
Robert Griffin, Baylor
Led Baylor to their first bowl appearance in 16 years as a sophomore. He should benefit this season by getting to play Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas at home.