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College football preview: Ranking the quarterbacks (25-21)

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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.

College football's top running backs in 2014.

We are counting down from 25-21. Here are the first five quarterbacks on the watch list.

25. John O'Korn- Houston Cougars
25. John O'Korn- Houston Cougars Stacy Revere/Getty Images

25. John O'Korn- Houston Cougars

John O’Korn- Houston Cougars:  Here’s what we know about John O’Korn.  He’s a highly competitive quarterback that had a wonderful freshman season with the Houston Cougars.  In 13 games, O’Korn completed 58.1 percent of his passes.  He also connected on 28 touchdown passes and 10 interceptions.  O’Korn should flourish in his second season.

24. Devin Gardner- Michigan Wolverines
24. Devin Gardner- Michigan Wolverines Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

24. Devin Gardner- Michigan Wolverines

Devin Gardner had an up and down season with the Wolverines in 2013.  It started off so well, before Michigan’s offense became a turnover fest.  Could it have been the number change that help contribute to the woes.  Gardner has to be much better in 2014 and he will.  Last season Gardner connected on 21 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.

23. Nate Sudfeld- Indiana Hoosiers
23. Nate Sudfeld- Indiana Hoosiers Mike McGinnis/Getty Images

23. Nate Sudfeld- Indiana Hoosiers

Nate Sudfeld is the truth, and it’s time for him to prove it at Indiana.  While completing 60.2 percent of his passes, Sudfeld found himself sharing time in key moments.  He passed for 21 touchdowns and nine interceptions.  For Indiana to flourish, Sudfeld will need over 30 touchdowns.

22. Hutson Mason- Georgia Bulldogs
22. Hutson Mason- Georgia Bulldogs Joe Robbins/Getty Images

22. Hutson Mason- Georgia Bulldogs

Hutson Mason finally got extended playing time after Aaron Murray’s injury.  He fared okay with five touchdowns and three interceptions, but, he gained valuable game experience at the end of the year.  Mason could be the leader on a national championship contender?

21. Shane Carden- East Carolina
21. Shane Carden- East Carolina Chris Graythen/Getty Images

21. Shane Carden- East Carolina

The junior quarterback put upp 33 touchdowns and 10 interceptions last season.  At the rate he’s going, Carden could surpass 40 touchdown passes in 2014.  Throughout his career, Shane Carden has completed 68.5 percent of his passes.

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