Starting quarterbacks receive the most attention, but college football has shown over the years that the backup position may be the most important. With injuries taking place and starters not always being able to carry their own weight, it is critical for coaching staffs to have a backup that they can count on at any moment.
What would happen if Johnny Manziel proved to be a one-year wonder, or A.J. McCarron caught the flu and couldn't go for a crucial SEC showdown? You can never have enough reliable quarterbacks, and having another option is crucial to a team’s overall success.
The truth is that there are some quarterbacks out there that could be the No. 1 option for plenty of other schools, but are stuck behind a more experienced and proven signal-caller. Other backups still need to prove themselves, but have shown at certain points that they have the goods to step in right away and help carry the offense if needed.
Whatever the case may be, here are some of the best backup quarterbacks in college football entering the 2013 season.