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The SEC was finally defeated, but then this game was vacated! Drats!
Nile Kinnick: Iowa (1936-1939)
Kinnick is more known as a running back for the Hawkeyes, but he led the team as a quarterback in his senior season. That year, he won nearly every national award possible as player of the year, scoring 16 of the 19 Iowa touchdowns that season. Six of his 14 Iowa records have not yet been broken, and he remains the only Heisman Trophy winner from Iowa City, netting him an honorable mention (despite not really being a quarterback full time).
Randy Duncan: Iowa (1956-1958)
Duncan almost quit the Hawkeyes to go play for Iowa State when he barely won the backup quarterback job in 1956, but thankfully he did not leave, as his career would be blessed by some timely injuries to starter Ken Ploen. He led a comeback that saved the season and then also played a quarter of the Rose Bowl that season.
Duncan then started in 1957 and 1958, leading the Hawkeyes to a 24-3-2 record during his tenure. Iowa finished in the top 10 of the AP poll and won two Rose Bowls during his time at Iowa City. Duncan was the first overall draft pick in the NFL draft of 1959, and then was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1997.
Richie Lucas: Penn State (1957-1959)
Lucas was known as "Riverboat Richie" during his time at quarterback because he loved to gamble on play calls when running the offense. Lucas was of Russian descent, but he was born in Pennsylvania and stayed close to home to lead the Nittany Lions during the early part of Joe Paterno's coaching career (Paterno was still an assistant at the time).
Lucas was the first draft choice of the Buffalo Bills in the newly-formed AFL, and he became the first roster player of that organization's history. He only played two seasons in Buffalo, but he made his mark just like he did when playing for the Nittany Lions. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1986.
Tom Brady: Michigan (1996-1999)
It may be hard to believe that Tom Brady would be stuck behind multiple quarterbacks on a depth chart, but that was the challenge that faced him in his first two seasons in Ann Arbor. After waiting behind Brian Griese and the 1997 National Championship team, Brady won the starting job in a tight battle in 1998 and 1999.
The Wolverines were 20-5 during his tenure of starting, and that included a Big Ten title and two major bowl victories over the SEC. While Brady will be ineligible for the college football Hall of Fame as a result of not being named an All-American, his legacy built later in the NFL easily propels him into honorable mention category for this list.
Terrelle Pryor: Ohio State (2008-2010)
Although this name, like Maurice Clarett, can make a Buckeye fan's stomach churn, there is no denying the absolute dominance with which Pryor took over the Big Ten during his three years in Columbus. Ohio State won three Big Ten championships and two of the three BCS bowls it participated in during his tenure (the 2010 season and Sugar Bowl have since been vacated).
Unlike his successor Braxton Miller, who is just as talented with his feet, Pryor had a long galloping stride that looked like he was not running when he was blowing past opposing defenses. Pryor will also not make the Hall of Fame because he was not an All-American, but that cannot diminish how he led the Buckeyes to remain atop the Big Ten through the end of the Jim Tressel era.