Drew Bledsoe, Washington State
The conference was on an impressive streak of producing top-tier quarterbacks in the late 1980s, and Drew Bledsoe helped carry the tradition into the 1990s. Bledsoe won Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Year in 1992 and led the Cougars to the Copper Bowl with 3,246 yards passing and 20 touchdowns. He left Washington State with more than 7,300 yards in his three-year career.
Dan Fouts Oregon
Dan Fouts was the engine driving Don Coryell's high-octane offense with the San Diego Chargers, but before revolutionizing the pro game, Fouts rewrote the record books at Oregon.
Fouts set 19 different program records per GoDucks.com. Among them: career passing yards and total offense.
Marcus Mariota, Oregon
In just two seasons, Marcus Mariota still has at least one more season running Oregon's potent spread offense and could cement himself among the conference's all-time greats.
Mariota has 63 passing and 14 rushing touchdowns in just two seasons—a byproduct of a more wide-open style to be sure, but his control of the game is undeniable. Mariota has just 10 interceptions in two seasons.
Cade McNown, UCLA
The first Rose Bowl participant of the BCS era—and last UCLA team to play in the Granddaddy of 'Em All—did so with Cade McNown running the show. McNown passed for 25 touchdowns and an impressive 3,470 yards in 1998, one season removed from throwing 24 touchdowns and 3,116 yards.
Warren Moon, Washington
Legendary Washington head coach Don James reached his first Rose Bowl at the end of the 1977 season with Warren Moon leading the way. Moon won Pac-8 Player of the Year that year, passing for 11 touchdowns and rushing for another six.
Rodney Peete, USC
Were it not for Barry Sanders putting together arguably the single greatest season in college football history in 1988, Rodney Peete may very well have won the Heisman Trophy. Peete finished second in the voting that season, after throwing for 2,812 yards and 18 touchdowns. Peete also rushed for five scores to cap off one of the best careers in USC history to that point.
Aaron Rodgers, Cal
Aaron Rodgers' professional success dwarfs his college tenure—running back J.J. Arrington was arguably the bigger star of the Golden Bears' 2004 offense, rushing for 15 touchdowns and surpassing the hallowed 2,000-yard mark.
Nevertheless, Rodgers excelled in his two seasons in Berkeley, Calif. He threw 19 touchdowns in 2003 and 24 in 2004, and was intercepted just 13 times both years combined. His 66.1 percent completion rate led the conference, ahead of even Heisman Trophy winner Matt Leinart.
Akili Smith, Oregon
Long before Oregon introduced its quick-strike spread offense, Akili Smith was putting up numbers that would have been at home with the Ducks' current style of play. Smith passed for 32 touchdowns in 1998 and rushed for four more. His 3,763 yards passing that season helped solidify then-offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford's reputation as a quarterback guru.