Best System QBs in College Football History

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Best System QBs in College Football History
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The term system quarterback is said to have originated in the early 1990s when the Houston Cougars had a pair of college quarterbacks who had a lot of success at the college level, but could not translate that to the NFL. 

That success for these two quarterbacks was because of what came to be called a "run-and-shoot" offense. This allowed for some big time passing numbers that had never been seen before.

When it comes to system quarterbacks, there are different systems that allow certain quarterbacks to excel by playing to their strengths.

Along with the run and shoot offense, there is also the "spread" offense that has come on more recently and the "option" offense, geared toward running quarterbacks.

With these three different offenses have come some system quarterbacks over the past two decades who have excelled on the collegiate level.

Here are 12 of the best.

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