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 20-16. Here are the first five quarterbacks on the college football watch list.
20. Cole Stoudt- Clemson Tigers
Cole Stoudt is largely unknown in college football after sitting behind Tajh Boyd for three seasons, but he is ready to blossom in his first and only year as a starter. During Stoudt’s limited playing time, he has completed 72.3 percent of his passes on 119 attempts. That includes a whopping 79.7 percent last season. His touchdown to interception ratio is off the charts. Currently, Stoudt has eight touchdown passes and one interception. He will be must see television in 2014.
19. Keenan Reynolds- Navy Midshipmen
It’s safe to say Keenan Reynolds will be the shortest QB on this list. Reynolds is a major factor in Navy’s option game. Last season Reynolds rushed for 1346 yards and 31 touchdowns. Keenan Reynolds is strong in the passing game. He also completed 57 percent of his passes. In two seasons Reynolds has 17 touchdown passes and only four interceptions. He’s the real deal.
18. Jacob Coker- Alabama Crimson Tide
Jacob Coker was in a tight battle with Jameis Winston all spring in 2013. He barely got beat out for the starting quarterback job. Now Coker finds himself with the Alabama Crimson Tide. While Nick Saban is not giving Coker the starting job at Alabama right away, it’s a foregone conclusion that Jacob Coker will be the guy. Jacob Coker looks the part. Can he take the tide back to championship?
17. Maty Mauk- Missouri Tigers
Is Maty Mauk the next Johnny Manziel? Maty Mauk filled in admirably for James Franklin during a portion of the SEC season. His completion percentage was only 51% but he had a 11/2 touchdown to interception ratio. Mauk also showed his quickness in the running game. It’s his show now in Missouri.
16. Garrett Grayson- Colorado State Rams
In Garrett Grayson’s first year as a fulltime starter, the Colorado State quarterback flourished. Grayson completed 62.1% of his passes, while connecting for 23 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. If he mirrors another jump in 2014, Grayson could be a dark horse as a Heisman candidate.