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As mentioned on the Intro slide, this list discounted quarterbacks who threw less than 200 passes last season (unless they played in a triple-option offense, which thankfully did not become an issue). It also discounted teams that didn't have a distinct No. 1 receiver in 2013 and QBs who started last year but are now fighting to keep their jobs.
Here is a list of players who were excluded on those guidelines:
Connor Cook, Michigan State
Technically, Connor Cook loses his top receiver in Bennie Fowler, who led the team with 622 yards and six touchdowns. But Tony Lippett (613 yards) led the team with 44 catches, and slot target Macgarrett Kings also had more receptions (42) than Fowler's 36. Those three all sort of oscillated from week to week as the team's No. 1 option.
Chuckie Keeton, Utah State
Chuckie Keeton came in just under our minimum qualified pass attempts (200), throwing only 196 passes before blowing out his ACL and MCL against BYU. Assuming he comes back healthy—as he told B/R' Adam Kramer he believes he will—Keeton should help mitigate the losses of Travis Reynolds and Travis Van Leeuwen at receiver.
Trevor Knight, Oklahoma
You wouldn't remember it after all of the post-Sugar Bowl hype, but Trevor Knight actually threw just 134 passes last season—nearly 100 less than newly converted tight end Blake Bell. We didn't count him as a full-time starting quarterback for that reason, but that won't make replacing shifty Jalen Saunders any easier in 2014.
Nick Montana, Tulane
If he's somehow able to win back the starting job, Nick "Son of Joe" Montana will have to replace Ryan Grant, one of the best receivers in Tulane history. However, Montana was listed third on the team's post-spring depth chart, so it was hard to include him on the list.
Joel Stave, Wisconsin
Like Montana, Joel Stave will have to replace one of the best receivers in program history, Jared Abbrederis...but only if he wins the starting job. Head coach Gary Andersen confirmed at Big Ten media days that Stave and former JUCO standout Tanner McEvoy will split even reps in fall practice, and the sentiment in Madison might shift to McEvoy after Stave's underwhelming performance in 2013.
J.W. Walsh, Oklahoma State
Like his fellow Sooner State starter, J.W. Walsh threw less than 200 passes last season (190), which was almost exactly 100 less than the quarterback ahead of him, Clint Chelf (291). With Tracy Moore, Josh Stewart and Charlie Moore all gone, Walsh will lose a lot of production and must prove much more reliable with his arm to compensate.