Quarterbacks come from relative anonymity—and sometimes absolutely nowhere—to become household names each year.
At this time last season, Bryce Petty was scant-known outside of Waco, Texas, and two years before that, we didn't know the first thing about a redshirt freshman named Johnny Manziel.
By definition, though, predicting which QBs will make a name for themselves is a difficult endeavor. Even deciding what "make a name for themselves" means is tricky. So let's go through some parameters.
What we're looking for are quarterbacks who (1) haven't seen much meaningful playing time or (2) have seen meaningful playing time but haven't had enough individual or team success (or both) to have established a positive name nationally already.
For the purposes of this list, that means certain types of quarterbacks were not considered. Those types include the following:
- Any quarterback who has started a full season (more or less) and led his team to a bowl game—even if he did so in relative obscurity. That includes players such as C.J. Brown at Maryland, Garrett Grayson at Colorado State and Cody Fajardo at Nevada.
- Blue-chip incoming freshmen. Kyle Allen and Brandon Harris might have big roles to play this season, but because of what recruiting has become nowadays, neither has to "make" a name for himself so soon after this cycle. Their names are already fresh in our minds.
- More subjective omissions such as Maty Mauk at Missouri, Dylan Thompson at South Carolina, Davis Webb at Texas Tech and Marquise Williams at North Carolina—quarterbacks who have never started a full season but have already had enough success in meaningful games to become fairly well-known.
I imagine that is a little confusing in the abstract. Hopefully, it will all make sense when you see the 12 listed players.
Sound off below and let me know whom I missed.