Top 10 NCAA Junior QB's of 2010 Season!
There is no position more important than the QB position. After watching this past years college football season I realized that most NCAA teams have a very good young QB. With the growing trend of young star QB's to declare early for the NFL, it feels like the top QB's in the country are usually juniors. This is a list of the top junior QB's heading into the 2010 NCAA football season.
These are the QB's I felt didn't deserve to be in the top 10 as of now. These QB's show just way to much inconstancy or their program isn't that deep on the offensive side of he ball. Though they very well might make it into the top 10 after this coming season.
Russell Wilson N.C. State
Kirk Cousin Michigan State
Dayne Crist Notre Dame
Jarrett Lee LSU
Stephan Garcia South Carolina
10. John Brantley, QB Florida
If there is one QB in the country I wouldn't like to be it would be Brantley. He has the biggest shoes to fill on a team that just lost arguably the best college football player ever. Brantley has all the tools you look for in a QB. He's tall, has good arm strength and is fairly accurate. Lets face it, he will be in Florida's option offense and will be required to throw the ball around 15 times a game to start. I believe at Florida he could be even better than Tebow was. (Lets face it, Tebow wasn't a very good passer!)
Completion %: 60-65
9. Jordan Jefferson, QB LSU
Jefferson showed very much improvement in his Sophomore season at LSU. He has very good arm strength and when push comes to shove he can be very mobile. The reason that i have him this low on the list is because he is losing a ton of weapons on the offensive side of the ball. He is losing Charles Scott, Keiland Williams, WR Brandon LaFell, and Ciron Black on the offensive line. Jefferson to me looks as if he could be a better NFL quarterback than a college QB. His decision making skills really need to improve though. Also when he is playing it always seems as if his confidence level is next to none!
8. Cameron Newton, QB Auburn
As an Auburn fan I would have put Newton in the top 5, but politically I can't due to the fact he hasn't played D-1 football in a year. I believe, in Gene Chizik's spread offense Newton could put up Heisman caliber numbers, he really is that skilled. He is very tall, about 6'6, has a cannon for an arm, is very accurate, and is actually very mobile. The offense Newton will be playing in didn't really lose much outside of Ben Tate. They have all their top wideouts still available, and added a 5 star running back recruit in Michael Dyer. Chris Todd put up decent stats in Chizik's spread, and lets face it Todd wasn't that skilled.
Completion %: 55-60%
7. Zach Collaros, QB Cinncinati
Collaros should be much higher on this list, but falls down to 7 because of the loss of coach Brian Kelly, and top wideout Mardy Gilyard. Collaros in 2009 put up mind boggling stats. In the seven games he appeared in, he threw for 1400 yards, 10 TD's and 2 INT's, and completed 75% of his passes. He also showed the country that he is very mobile. He reminds me of Tim Tebow just add speed in place of power. Collaros isn't very tall but he has surprisingly good pocket awareness. He also has a very strong arm and is wickedly accurate. We will have to just wait and see, but I believe Collaros can put up monster numbers in new coach Butch Jones offense. Just look what Jones did with Dan LaFeavor at Central Michigan.
Completion %: 70-75%
6. Nick Foles, QB Arizona
In Nick Foles first season as a starter he didn't fail to impress. He didn't put up incredible stats but, led his school to many big wins over rival USC, and Arizona State. I look for Foles to put up better stats this year, but I don't expect to see a drastic change. Foles is very tall, he is around 6'5 and has decent arm strength. He does have a tendency to let some throws sail.
Completion %: 65-70%
5. Jacory Harris, QB Miami
Harris started the 2009 campaign out with a bang, and looked as if he really had turned a corner. In 2009 Harris was good, not great. He threw for 3300 yards and 24TD's. Yet he also threw 17 INT's, which really hurt his stats. In 2010 with another year under his belt I look for Harris and his stats to sky-rocket, and I believe he will be a top 5 Heisman candidate. Harris is tall, athletic and can make any throw in the book. The question still remains though, can he constantly make every throw.
Completion %: 60-65%
4. Blaine Gabbert, QB Missouri
Gabbert would have been number 2 on this list if it wasn't for the loss of Danario Alexander. Gabbert in his first season at Missouri put up excellent stats for a first year starter. He threw for 3500 yards and about 25 touchdowns. Gabbert is a vert tall athletic QB. He is about 6'5, has a very strong arm but, his accuracy isn't exactly where I would like it to be. He is also surprisingly mobile, as we all saw in week three against Furman when he went for a 40 yard scamper. I look for Gabbert's stats to stay relatively similar next year, or until they can find another weapon, with the loss of Alexander.
3. Kellen Moore, QB Boise State
Kellen Moore is such a good QB, playing for the Broncos. He put up great stats this year and was even considered for the Heisman. He threw for 3500 yards and 39 touchdowns, this season. He has a strong arm and is very accurate, but his problem is that he is just so short, he is listed at 6'0 but he has admitted he is only around 5'10. This will lead to allot of missed targets and allot of batted balls. I look for Moore to put up relatively similar stats to those he put up this year. I don't see his stats greatly improving or decreasing.
Completion %: 65-70%
2. Terrelle Pryor, QB Ohio State
Terrelle Pryor really turned a corner in the Rose Bowl this year. He really showed that a team could rely on his arm to win a game. Out of all the QB's on this list I believe his stats will make the most dramatic increase. Pryor is huge, he stands at about 6'6, he has a very strong arm that is very accurate. Besides this he can run like a Gazelle. He is so fast and is very dangerous when he is on the move. This coming year I think Pryor finally will understand the game, and I think the Bucks will finally understand how to use Pryor. I look for a Heisman worthy season, and a season where the Bucks don't lose a game.
Completion %: 60-65%
1. Ryan Mallett. QB Arkansas
Mallett might not even belong on list because he might be playing on Sunday's next year. I really don't think I have to go into much detail here but, Mallett is huge, he is about 6'7, has a cannon for an arm, is very accurate. He literally re-wrote the Arkansas passing record book, this past season. If Mallett Returns I believe he will have a historic year. Arkansas is loaded this season and looks as if they will make a SEC title run.
Completion %: 65-70%