10 College Football Quarterbacks Who Must Shoulder the Load in 2013

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10 College Football Quarterbacks Who Must Shoulder the Load in 2013
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Quarterbacks play the most important position on the college football field, so they need to give their best efforts for their teams to reach their potentials. Some QB’s have solid teams around them that can make up for their mistakes. Other signal-callers are relied upon heavily just to get their teams in the win column.

In this slideshow, I discuss which 10 college football quarterbacks in 2013 best fit into the second category I described.

Here are some of the things I considered while compiling this list, in no particular order:


RETURNING STARTERS: The fewer returning starters, the more leadership and experience the quarterback must show.

STRENGTH OF DEFENSE: If the quarterback plays on a team with a bad defense, then he’ll need to get more out of his offense to win games.

STATISTICS: How much offense does the quarterback generate for his team?

I often say, “Player X was directly involved in Y percent of Team Z’s offensive plays last season,” or something along those lines. How did I arrive at that number? Here’s the equation:

(Player Pass Attempts + Player Rush Attempts + Player Receptions) / (Team Plays From Scrimmage + Team Incomplete Passes) x 100 = Percentage of Offensive Plays


Some quarterbacks can handle the pressure their teams put on them, while others perform as if they’re overwhelmed. You’ll find both types on this list.

I limited the candidates to returning starters who are all but guaranteed to start the season as of this writing. I also ordered the list alphabetically by player surname.

Feel free to debate in the comments section below.


Returning Starters information from Phil Steele.

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