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While much had been said about the crop of 2013 quarterback prospects being underwhelming, it turned out to be true based on how the draft played out. The same can't be said for the 2014 class, at least not this early in the process.
Here are the top five quarterbacks you should watch for this fall.
1. Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater. Key game - Thursday, December 5th @ Cincinnati
Bridgewater is at the top of this class right now. Obviously that can change between now and next April, but if you're looking for the guy with the target on him to watch this fall, it's him.
Bridgewater led a surprising Louisville (11-2) team to a Sugar Bowl victory over the heavily favored Florida Gators (11-2) by a score of 33-23 last season. He finished that game 20-32 for 266 yards, including two touchdowns and one interception.
2. Clemson's Tajh Boyd. Key game - Saturday, August 31st vs Georgia
Boyd will be one of the most interesting players to keep an eye on this fall. He's shown flashes of being an elite player but inconsistency has been his down fall.
Boyd has an opportunity to capture the nation's attention right off the bat in a key week one matchup against the Georgia Bulldogs. He also has the fortune of playing with one of the biggest offensive playmakers in the country in wide receiver Sammy Watkins.
3. San Jose State's David Fales. Key game - Saturday, September 7th @ Stanford
Fales doesn't have the notoriety that some of these high profile quarterbacks do because he plays in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC). While he doesn't face the same level of competition each week as some of these other guys, that hasn't stopped Fales from turning some heads already.
A junior college transfer, Fales led the nation in completion percentage at San Jose State last season at 72.5 percent while also throwing 33 touchdowns to just nine interceptions. Because he doesn't face stiff competition each week, Fales needs to capitalize in their non-conference game against Stanford early in the season.
4. Georgia's Aaron Murray. Key game - Saturday, September 7th vs South Carolina
Murray is going to be the most debated player leading up to next year's draft among any of these quarterbacks listed. Some people really like him while others don't like him at all. Think Matt Barkley from this past season in terms of differing opinions.
Murray will get a chance early in the year to avenge last seasons embarrassing 35-7 loss to South Carolina. Murray finished that game 11-31 for 109 yards and an interception. He'll need to be much better against top competition this season. The good news is that Georgia plays South Carolina, LSU and Florida all at home this year.
5. Alabama's AJ McCarron - Key game - Saturday, September 14th @ Texas A&M
McCarron is both blessed and cursed at the same time in terms of his NFL projectability by playing quarterback for Alabama. He's not in a position where he's consistently having to make plays and show NFL-type throws for Alabama's offense. He's also been fortunate to play behind a dominant offensive line.
He's blessed because he'll have a lot of focus on him as the focus shines directly on Alabama's team as a whole. He's cursed in that there will always be question marks about his ability to do different things offensively because of Alabama's overall dominance. The Alabama defense only gave up more than 17 points twice last season, and they lost one of those games to Texas A&M, 29-24.