Top 10 Dual-Threat NCAA Football QBs: Who Will Win the Heisman Trophy First?

Lake CruiseAnalyst IOctober 16, 2010

Top 10 Dual-Threat NCAA Football QBs: Who Will Win the Heisman Trophy First?

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    Southpaw Kellen Moore: Did he make the list?Geoff Burke/Getty Images

    Dual-threat QBs are here to stay and athletes are getting better at it every season. 

    This year's top NCAA football combination QBs include some names that may surprise you.

    The obvious names are present on this list, but where do they rank?  

    Which one will win the Heisman Memorial Trophy Award first?

10. Anthony Carrothers, Grambling State Tigers: Faster Than Them All?

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    Anthony Carrothers in high school courtesy of

    The North Carolina native may be the fastest player in the SWAC.

    Grambling competes in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (formerly Division I-AA).

    Led by the true freshman Carrothers, they are 4-0 in the SWAC going into today (Oct. 16).

    On the day after Thanksgiving in the annual Bayou Classic, they will face their archrival Southern on NBC.

9. Jordan Jefferson, LSU Tigers: Is the Bayou Bengal Being Held Back?

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    Jordan JeffersonSam Greenwood/Getty Images

    While he has had an inconsistent season so far, there is no denying his size and skills. 

    Another of the three or four top 6'5" or 6'6" combination QBs.

    He is only a junior, so he has time to become a more consistent player and compete for the Heisman Trophy next season.

8. Jake Locker, Washington Huskies: Is He Still a Threat?

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    NFL bound?Stephen Dunn/Getty Images

    Jake started out by rushing for nearly 1,000 yards as a freshman in 2007, averaging 5.7 yards per carry.  He passed for around 2,100 yards that season as well.

    As a senior this year, unfortunately, his numbers do not warrant Heisman Trophy consideration.  

7. Darron Thomas, Oregon Ducks: Native Houston Hurler and Hard Runner

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    Darron Thomas in one of the 5 billion Oregon uniforms.Steve Dykes/Getty Images

    He is a 6'3", 220-pound flamethrower from H-town in the mold of Dennis Dixon.

    Thomas scored his first touchdown in 2008 as a freshman with the Ducks. 

    He did not play in 2009.

    This year as a super soph, he has thrown 14 touchdown passes and five interceptions.

    Thomas might be a Heisman Trophy front-runner if not for his teammate, running back LaMichael James.

    Not only is he a Heisman threat, look for him to have the opportunity to play in the NFL.

6. Rob Bolden, Penn State Nittany Lions: His Future Is Very Bright

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    True freshman Bolden beat out two sophomores and another good freshman QB.Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

    The first true freshman to start the season at QB for Joe Paterno.

    Bolden may have the best passing release of any quarterback in the nation. 

    At his best, he is automatic at setting his feet and throwing the pass on time. 

    At 6’4", he is on the Heisman watch list for future reference. 

5. Robert Griffin, Baylor Bears: He Has Olympic Hurdler Speed

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    He has done well in track competitions against world-class hurdlers.Brian Bahr/Getty Images

    A 6'3", 200-pound dazzler.

    He won the 2008 Big 12 Conference 400-meter hurdles title as a freshman.

    Griffin was also named the Big 12 Freshman of the Year.

    He injured his knee and passed for only 491 yards as a sophomore.

    Now a junior QB playing for a weak team, he is not being mentioned for Heisman Trophy consideration.

    ESPN’s stat tracker projects him to pass for 3,470 yards this season.

    He has shown throughout his career an ability to keep the number of poor decisions and interceptions very, very low. 

    He started this season with 13 TD passes and two interceptions.

4. Taylor Martinez, Nebraska Cornhuskers: Is He the Best Since Eric Crouch?

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    Taylor Martinez and Roy Helu Jr.Eric Francis/Getty Images

    A redshirt freshman from Corona, California.

    Martinez has already set the record for rushing yards in a game by a Nebraska QB at 241. 

    With 600 or so yards passing, he keeps defenses honest.

    He will have a big showcase opportunity against Texas today. 

    Can he continue his stunning start to this season?

3. Cam Newton, Auburn Tigers: Vince Young/Jamarcus Russell Talent In One?

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    Cam Newton: 6'6', 250 lbs of 21-year old yikes.Andy Lyons/Getty Images

    Over 1,800 total yards from scrimmage so far.

    1,200 yards passing, 12 TD, five interceptions. 

    With a strong finish, the junior will most likely be seen as one of the best options in the 2011 NFL draft.

2. Terrell Pryor, Ohio State Buckeyes: When LeBron Mentors You, You're Good

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    Best ever Buckeye QB?Jamie Sabau/Getty Images

    To go with 18 TDs total so far this season, 15 of them passing, Pryor also averages six yards per rush.

    He is the prototype of speed and size.

    A Heisman Trophy front-runner this year as a junior.

1. Denard Robinson, Michigan Wolverines: Wiz Laced With Lights, Camera, Action

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    Denard RobinsonLeon Halip/Getty Images

    A fascinating 119 carries to go with 991 yards and nine TDs rushing so far.

    1,223 yards, eight TDs passing ain't bad either.

    That is 17 touchdowns total.  Split down the middle. 

    He is a leading candidate for the Heisman Trophy this season.