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.
If you feel a quarterback is overlooked, feel free to leave your comment.
The next five is a mix of first time starters and prolific veterans ready to take the next step.
We are counting down from 15-11.
15. Davis Webb- Texas Tech Red Raiders
Davis Webb had to compete hard to become Texas Tech’s main quarterback in 2013. By the end of the season, he was signal caller left standing. In 10 games, Webb was second in the Big 12 with 226 pass completions. He also connected on 62.6% of his passes, while throwing for 20 touchdowns. Under Kliff Kingsbury’s tutelage, Webb may throw for 40 touchdowns in 2014.
Connor Halliday- Washington State Cougars
Connor Halliday will throw, and then throw some more. Last season he released the ball 714 times and completed 62.9% of his passes. Halliday led the nation in pass attempts, so don’t expect anything to change. He had 34 touchdowns and 22 interceptions. We think the touchdowns will go up, while the interceptions will dwindle in 2014.
Anthony Boone- Duke Blue Devils
Anthony Boone is another quarterback that had a tremendous leap in 2013. Boone completed 64% of his passes, but only managed a 1-1 touchdown to interception ratio. The best part is he’s led Duke to an ACC title game and a 10 win season.
Christian Hackenberg- Penn State Nittany Lions
Christian Hackenberg had an adequate season for Penn State as a freshman. He showcased his big arm, but he didn’t have all the talent around him. Hackenberg connected for 20 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. With James Franklin as head coach, we may see Christian Hackenberg dominate in 2014.
Kevin Hogan- Stanford Cardinal
Kevin Hogan dropped his completion rate from 71% to 61% in 2013, but he continued to make winning plays for the Cardinal. Stanford continues to open the offense up, but Hogan is adept at being patient, while sticking with the running game. In two seasons, Hogan has 29 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. That goes along with two PAC-12 conference titles.