Forget the old adage about quarterbacks getting too much credit and blame in today’s college football.
If programs want to win, they are best advised to field dynamic playmakers and fantastic decision-makers at the sport’s most important position.
Case in point: 2014 Florida State.
The Seminoles graduated first-round draft pick E.J. Manuel but upgraded with redshirt freshman Jameis Winston.
Fourteen games later, Winston and his teammates lifted the BCS National Championship trophy.
The team across the field—Auburn—had suffered through a 0-8 SEC campaign in 2012. Junior college transfer quarterback Nick Marshall can’t take all the credit, but he played no small role in turning the Tigers around to within mere seconds of a national title.
Backup quarterbacks have long been the biggest fan favorites on rosters because they, like the start of a new season, represent the unknown and—more importantly—hope.
Today we examine 12 starting quarterbacks who could lose their jobs during the 2014 season.
To be considered for the list, the quarterback in question must have started at least half the 2013 season, or there has to be reason to believe he will be the starter in 2014.
Reasons to believe someone has a chance to start include participation as a starter in past seasons or games started during injury situations.
Fill-in moments—such as when Texas A&M quarterback hopeful Matt Joeckel stepped in for Johnny Manziel—are not considered.
Many quarterbacks on the list will have either endured struggles or injuries at times during their careers. Having former highly rated prospects as backups can also impact a player’s spot on the list.
Here is our list of quarterbacks on the hot seat.