College football season is almost here, and there are many quarterbacks that are on the rise and worth your attention this season in 2010. These ten quarterbacks are important contributors to their teams, and help them win when it comes game time. It's not always about the big plays they make, but the little plays, too. The short passes, or runs to escape sacks or to pick up key yardage. Quarterbacks are under pressure to perform, and are usually the leaders on the team or the team's offense.
So here are your top ten quarterbacks to watch this upcoming season, read, and enjoy this article, and comment if you would like!
Number One-John McElroy, Alabama
This kid is coming off his best season, and a BCS championship. Last year, he looked calm in the pocket, and was able to make key plays as Mark Ingram, and Julio Jones helped him do so. It is important to have playmakers on offense because that will help the production of your quarterback, and that was the case for McElroy, and his team's BCS championship that season. McElroy figured out how to use his weapons around him, and to be patient in the pocket. He is also goal oriented. After Alabama went 12-2 the year before last season, he wanted more, the SEC and BCS championship, and he pressed on and got them both. This season look for him to be counted on by Nick Saban to step up and lead this team. I am sure he is hungry for another SEC and BCS title. He will need to be patient once again in the pocket, be protected by his offensive line, and have confidence in his weapons around him.
Number Two-Terrelle Pryor, Ohio State
Pryor is primed for a big 2010 season, and wants to lead the Buckeyes to a BCS championship tittle. Last season, Pryor showed the nation what he can do as he threw for 266 yards and two touchdowns, and ran for 72 yards in the Rose Bowl against a tough Oregon team. That was an impressive game, where Pryor actually showed up for a big time game with a big time win, and an effort on the field. That win was definitely a bright spot for Buckeye fans. It showed them that Pryor is ready for the spotlight, and ready to give the Buckeyes a shot at another national championship for the first time since 2002. His legs and his arms will be counted on this next season to stay healthy and to produce big time numbers to produce wins for the Buckeyes in 2010.
Number Three-Jake Locker, Washington
Locker the thought about turning pro after last season, but wanted to help Washington win one more time, and to boost his NFL stock. He has a big arm, and is an accurate passer. Locker is also a mobile quarterback, and can get out of the pocket when needed. He is an early candidate to win the Heisman, Unitas, and O'Brien trophies. Look for Locker to try and lead the Huskies to wins in the Pac-10, and show off his talent. He will have to be a leader for this team this season if he wants his team to go far in 2010. The Huskies will count on Locker's big arm and quickness if they want to win some more games this upcoming 2010 season.
Number 4-Jacory Harris, Miami
The Miami Hurricanes are a team that is on the rise, and has mostly to do with the defense, and Jacory Harris, who is a quarterback on the rise. Harris had an up and down 2009 season, led the Hurricanes to a bowl, but this year, expectations are higher for the quarterback. He will be expected to be a leader in the huddle, and off the field. Harris is a mobile quarterback, who can get it done on the ground and through the air. Harris has more experience this season. Harris told the media he will be letting his play on the field determine how the good the Hurricanes will be in 2010, and let the media predict how good they will be. Harris must keep his thumb healthy, and rely on his team's weapons, and his talent that he can bring to the Hurricanes in order to be successful. One more thing, is Miami has a big offensive lineman, Seantrel Henderson, which will help provide protection for Harris, and give him more time to move around in the pocket.
Number Five-Kellen Moore, Boise St.
Boise State returns all most all of its starters, including Kellen Moore. Moore really broke into the national limelight last season, and this season, he is a possible Heisman candidate. His Broncos play some tough teams, including Virginia Tech. Moore is an accurate passer, very patient, and has confidence in the pocket. All of which one needs to be successful. This season if he wants his team to be serious contenders for a national title, he must keep his composure, be accurate, and make big plays. The Broncos start the year off as the number five team in the nation, and are ready to show the nation they are not just a small school, but a national power, and it all starts with Kellen Moore. He has to be prepared and bring his A-game every week for the Broncos to have a truly dream season.
Number Six-John Brantley, Florida
It will tough to replace one of the all time greats in Tim Tebow, but I believe Brantley is ready for the challenge. He got some time last season in games, and now it's his time to shine. He has good size, a good arm, and can move around the pocket. Brantley isn't really the dual threat quarterback Tebow was, but more of a strong arm cannon quarterback. He can throw the ball deep, and screen passes with efficiency. The Gators just have to have faith in this new kid in order for them to continue to be a national power. As always, I am sure Urban Meyer will do a great job with this kid, and preparing him for big games down the road in summer camp.
Number Seven-Ryan Mallet, Arkansas
Arkansas is on the verge of something special, and all because of Mallet. Projected as a first round NFL draft talent last season, Mallet came back to improve his stock and ability. He has a big arm, and is ready to exploit against the best in the SEC. He finished in the top ten in the nation in pass efficiency, and set or tied 16 different Arkansas records. He definately has potential, and has Arkansas' bowl hopes riding on his shoulders. During 2010 drills, he turned to focus on the mental part of football, and has big hopes for 2010.
Number Eight-Tyrod Taylor, Virginia Tech
Tyrod Taylor is a dual threat quarterback, and this season he is on the national radar as the Hokies are a big threat to teams that play them. Taylor is a big reason why the Hokies are on the national radar. His confidence and pass efficiency increased last season, and will be looking to expand on that throughout the 2010 season. He also has a good group of receivers to count on, and can get it done on the ground with his legs. That obviously makes him and the Hokies a much better team, as teams that play them will have to account for the run and pass offense. So will Taylor lead the Hokies to greatness in 2010? Only the season will tell, and the season is quickly approaching for him. Now he just has to prove himself that he can lead his team.
Number Nine-Landry Jones, Oklahoma
The Oklahoma Sooners have been picked to win the Big 12 South, and Jones is a big part of that. He filled in nicely when Sam Bradford got hurt last season, and led the Sooners to a bowl game. He has big weapon in wide receiver Ryan Broyles, and a running back in DeMarco Murray. Plus, his offensive line is steady. He had a big bowl game, as he threw for 418 yards. That is a big part why the Sooners are excited for this season, and what Jones can bring to the table. Look for Jones to showcase his big arm, and connect with Broyles a lot of touchdown passes this season.
Number Ten-Andrew Luck, Stanford
Andrew Luck really became a star last season, and is hoping to build on that in 2010 as he will try to lead Stanford to the Pac-10 title. He is a Heisman candidate going into the season, as he put up big numbers in his freshman season. Last season he was an extremely efficient passer, as he had a 143.5 passer efficiency rating. That is one thing that Luck will need this season, if he wants to have another breakout season. Luck is also a threat to run the ball, and is mobile. Last season, Luck rushed for 254 yards on 61 carries. Luck has a big arm, quick legs, and showed last season that he can read and dissect defenses, especially when he and Stanford upset USC. Luck is being counted on by coach Jim Harbraugh to be a leader on and off the field, and to once again showcase his talent to the rest of the nation. All eyes will be on Luck to see if Stanford will have a magical season.
There you have it, my top ten quarterbacks to watch this season. Now go out and watch the season, and see how these quarterbacks perform.
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