5 College Football Records That Could Be Broken in 2013
Records are made to be broken.
This fall there are a number of them that will be on the chopping block as players like Johnny Manziel attempt to leave their mark on history.
Some records will be tough to tackle, but there are a few on this list that should fall with ease. Rushing yards by a quarterback is one that may be reset again this year and the record for career touchdowns on interception returns is close to being matched.
The books are waiting to be rewritten and these are the records that will need adjustments after 2013.
Rushing Yards by a QB
Last year this mark was reset when Jordan Lynch rushed for 1,771 yards for Northern Illinois. He rushed 271 times to hit the mark and marched his program to a BCS bid in the process.
The college landscape is loaded with talented dual-threat quarterbacks, most notably Johnny Manziel.
He rushed 201 times and accumulated 1,410 rushing yards. Add a few more attempts and he would have overtaken Lynch’s record.
This year it will happen. It may even be Lynch resetting last year’s mark.
Braxton Miller, Taylor Martinez and Cody Fajardo of Nevada are three others to watch as they finished 2012 with over 1,000 yards rushing.
Passing Efficiency Rating, Season
Russell Wilson was courted by a number of programs in 2011 as he searched for a replacement program after departing NC State. He headed to Wisconsin where he set the record for passing efficiency rating with a 191.8 mark.
Last year AJ McCarron and Aaron Murray battled for a SEC title, but they also went after the passing efficiency record.
After spending most of the season over 180, they both settled in near 175. This year they will be seniors in two of the top programs in the country. They are surrounded by talent and should improve accuracy year-over-year.
The 191.8 rating will be tough to overtake, but the surrounding talent is there for both players to make a push for the record.
Don’t sleep on San Jose State quarterback David Fales. He finished 2012 with a 170.76 rating and is one of the most accurate passers that will take the field this fall.
Most Touchdowns, Season
Colt Brennan was a special player for Hawaii that led them to a BCS bid in 2006. That year he set the record for most touchdowns in a season with 63.
This is the most difficult record to reset on this list, but it is a reachable goal.
Last year Johnny Manziel won the Heisman producing 47 scores as a freshman. Braxton Miller was able to accumulate 18 total touchdowns during a coaching transition.
Cody Fajardo finished his sophomore season with 32 total scores.
All three signal-callers have the talent and surrounding cast to reset this record. Miller has the tallest hill to climb, but after serving a year under Urban Meyer he has the knowledge of the offense to change the landscape in the Big Ten.
Interceptions Returned for TD, Career
As the 2013 season kicks off, the most unlikely candidate to take this record will take the field.
It is Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley. Mosley has returned three interceptions for scores in his three-year career, leaving him with only two more to tie the all-time record of five.
The record is held by four players, with Darrent Williams of Oklahoma State making the most recent dent from 2001-2004.
He has a knack for pass defense and it shows with his numbers.
Alabama has a host of pass-happy teams that line the schedule this fall. All it takes are a few miscues for an offense to toss the ball to Mosley and watch him bulldoze for the end zone.
Tackles for Loss, Season
The record for tackles for loss in a season stands at 32 heading into the fall. Last year there were 10 players with over 20.
Of those 10, six return this fall.
Jadeveon Clowney is the biggest name in the group finishing 2012 with 23.5 tackles for loss. Kyle Van Noy and Will Sutton are two others that produced big in opponent backfields.
Other names that could show up in this race are Devonte Fields of TCU and Noah Spence of Ohio State.
There is a lot of talent that will attack offensive backfields this fall ensuring that this record is rewritten after the season.