The Top 20 Returning Starters at Quarterback in 2010, Part One

HD Handshoe - IApril 12, 2010

Sorry UF fans, but John Brantley wasn't your starter last year, although he does have a shot at being very good based on the stats he compiled in relief of Jesus, I mean Tim Tebow, last season.

He might make the list next year, but this season he's the FNG so he's on the outside looking in for now.

While a lot of why I rank someone where I do within this article will be based on previous statistics and individual accomplishments they have achieved to date, I will also factor in my own perception of what their potential is in 2010.

Not everyone will agree with my rankings, so I encourage you to use the comments section to post your thoughts, but I ask that you please keep it civil and refrain from name calling against myself or anyone else who posts a comment.

This is part one of four in the series, so be sure to look for parts two, three, and four—all coming soon.


No. 20: Nick Foles, Arizona Wildcats

Foles didn't impress his coaches very much in the Wildcats spring game, and honestly, he probably doesn't make this list if Jeremiah Masoli wasn't a complete moron.

But he did have a pretty solid season in 2009 so at this point, I do not expect him to lose his starting job for the upcoming season.

The Pac-10 could be up for grabs again in 2010, and if Foles can repeat his 2009 campaign, in which he passed for 2,486 yards, threw 19 touchdowns to only nine interceptions, and posted a QB rating of 125.6, Arizona should be in the mix for the Pac-10 title in late November.


No. 19: Christian Ponder, Florida State Seminoles

Personally, I am not a huge fan of Ponder, but he isn't that bad and now that fossil Bobby Bowden has retired, Jimbo Fisher and his staff might actually be able to develop FSU's first decent QB in what seems like, and has literally been, forever.

The Seminoles (6-6) had an up-and-down, mostly disappointing season last year on Bowden's farewell tour, but Ponder did put up some decent stats.

He passed for over 2,700 yards, threw 14 touchdowns to only seven interceptions, and posted a 147.7 QB rating.

The ACC does not appear to be very strong once again, plus I'm not sure FSU will be able to run much at all. Ponder should post even better numbers in 2010, at least on paper.


No. 18: Taylor Potts, Texas Tech Red Raiders

With the "Pirate" fired, and former Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville now at the helm in Lubbock, there are a few question marks as to what 2010 will bring.

Practically every QB from the Texas Tech system under Mike Leach had huge numbers. Potts was no exception before being injured last season posting nearly 3,500 passing yards and tossing 22 touchdown passes and 13 interceptions for a QB rating of 137.1.

Potts has an arm, but will Tuberville use it as much in his system, and will Potts be completely healed and able to remain healthy in order to post big numbers again?

Maybe, but maybe not.


No. 17: Zach Collaros, Cincinnati Bearcats

When starting QB Tony Pike went down with a hand injury for the unbeaten Bearcats last season, everyone thought for sure their winning streak would surely end soon as unknown sophomore Zach Collaros took the reigns.

Yeah, we were all wrong.

Collaros posted 1,434 passing yards, tossed 10 touchdowns to only two interceptions, and logged a ridiculous QB rating of 195.5. In the four games he started for Pike, he had 10 total touchdowns and only one interception.

Coach Brian Kelly left for Notre Dame, but new coach Butch Jones, who replaced Kelly at CMU, seems to be cut from the same mold—one that forms excellent coaches that know how to win, so I expect much more of the same from Collaros in 2010.


No. 16: Andrew Luck, Stanford Cardinal

Redshirt junior-to-be Andrew Luck was coach Jim Harbaugh's most prized recruit in the class of 2008, and after last season, his first as a starter, it's easy to understand why.

Luck led Stanford to wins over then-top 10 opponents Oregon and USC, before injuring his finger and missing the 2010 Sun Bowl.

He passed for 2,575 yards and 13 touchdowns to only four interceptions, while posting a 143.5 QB rating—completely amazing statistics considering the season that Heisman runner-up Toby Gerhart had in 2009 coming out of the Cardinal backfield.

Despite rumors that coach Harbaugh might bolt to another, higher-profile, job in the offseason, he instead he will return and I believe Luck could be a dark horse Heisman contender under his tutelage, especially with Gerhart leaving early for the NFL.

Part two (15-11), coming soon!


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