The college football season is set to commence practice, and we counting down our top 25 quarterbacks for 2014. There are plenty of high profile quarterbacks that spurned the NFL for another shot at college football glory. Other star quarterbacks had no choice but to come back for the 2014 season.
For the second year in a row, the Heisman Trophy winner was a awarded to a red shirt freshman quarterback. This time Jameis Winston took it a step further by doubling up with the national title. If that’s not pressure to duplicate a terrific season, there will never be pressure.
It was almost a foregone conclusion that Oregon and UCLA would be missing their stud quarterbacks. However, the PAC 12 defenses had to shed a tear when Marcus Mariota and Brett Hundley came back for another season. They are just two in a host of quarterback talent out west.
Famous Jameis took the world by storm in his first game against Pittsburgh, and never looked back. There will be another prospect that exceeds expectations in 2014. It’s just a matter of timing and opportunity.
In three seasons as Marshall’s starting quarterback, Rakeem Cato has never thrown more than 11 interceptions. He topped out in 2013 with 39 touchdowns and nine interceptions. Cato completed 59.7% of his passes last season, while actually becoming a running threat during certain situations. Rakeem Cato is a big time quarterback worthy of all the accolades he’ll receive in 2014.
9. Trevor Knight- Oklahoma Sooners
Is Trevor Knight a one game wonder, or did he finally turn the corner in that Sugar Bowl win over Alabama? We think Knight is ready to be a force in the Big 12. His first season as Oklahoma’s first time starter came with mixed reviews. Knight had nine touchdown passes and five interceptions in eight games. However, the pressure is on for him to be a star.
8. Sean Mannion- Oregon State Beavers
Sean Mannion will no longer be able to lean on Brandin Cooks. Good thing he can rely on himself to be a superstar quarterback in the PAC-12. Mannion has a 65.3 career completion percentage, but there was a radical difference in his performance last season. Sean Mannion threw for 37 touchdowns, while giving up 15 interceptions. Mannion racked up 4662 passing yards for the Beavers. This season he’ll be looking to lead Oregon State to the PAC-12 title game.
7. Taylor Kelly- Arizona State Sun Devils
Taylor Kelly led the resurgence of the Sun Devils. They won the PAC-12 South behind his 28 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. Kelly completed 62% of his passes for a total of 3635 yards. He also rushed for 608 yards and nine touchdowns.
6. Nick Marshall- Auburn Tigers
Nick Marshall took over the starting job less than a year ago for Auburn. Auburn had a slow start offensively, but as Marshall became more in sync as a quarterback the Tigers began to flourish. Nick Marshall kept on making winning plays. Marshall finished with 14 passing touchdowns and 12 rushing touchdowns. Still, he has unfinished business with War Eagle.