College Football: Andrew Luck and the 10 Best Returning QBs in the Country
There were many outstanding players at quarterback this season in NCAA Division I football, such as Andrew Luck, Cameron Newton, and Ryan Mallet, but only a few college players that were draft-eligible decided to remain at their universities.
In fact, a majority of the high-profile draft-eligible players have decided to forgo their senior and junior seasons to declare for the NFL and try their chances at the professional level as soon as possible.
Standford's Andrew Luck is one of the few premiere athletes in college that has decided to remain in school for another year instead of leaving early for the 2011 NFL draft.
With some very talented QB's declaring for the NFL draft this year, take a look at the following list, which ranks the top 10 QB's that will be returning to their respective schools for the 2011 collegiate football season.
* Stats compiled from ESPN
10. Aaron Murray, Georgia Bulldogs
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Weight: 209 pounds
2010 Season Stats: 209-342, 3049 yards, a 61.1 CMP%, 24 touchdowns, eight interceptions, and a 154.48 QB rating
Bowl Game Performance: AutoZone Liberty Bowl Vs. UCF(Lost 10-6)- Completed 21of 38 attempted passes for 198 yards, a 55.3 CMP%, zero touchdowns, two interceptions, and a 88.51 QB rating.
9. Landry Jones, Oklahoma Sooners
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Weight: 219 pounds
2010 Season Stats: 405-617, 4718 yards, a 69.4 CMP%, 38 touchdowns, 12 interceptions, and a 146.31 QB rating
Bowl Game Performance: Fiesta Bowl Vs. Uconn(Won 48-20)- Completed 34 of 49 passes for 429 yards, a 69.4 CMP%, three touchdowns, one interception, and a 159.05 QB rating
8. Denard Robinson, Michigan Wolverines
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Weight: 193 pounds
2010 Season Stats: 182-291, 2570 yards, a 62.5 CMP%, 18 touchdowns, 11 interceptions, and a 149.58 QB rating; 256 rushing attempts for 1702 yards and 14 touchdowns
Bowl Game Performance: Gator Bowl Vs. Mississippi State(Lost 52-14)- Completed 27 of 41 attempted passes for 254 yards, a 65.9 CMP%, two touchdowns, one interception, and a 129.11 QB rating
7. Terrelle Pryor, Ohio State Buckeyes
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Weight: 233 pounds
2010 Season Stats: 210-323, 2772 yards, a 65.0 CMP%, 27 touchdowns, 11 interceptions, and a 157.88 QB rating
Bowl Game Performance: Sugar Bowl Vs. Arkansas(Won 31-26)- Completed 14 of 25 attempted passes for 221 yards, a 56.0 CMP%, two touchdowns, and a 156.66 QB rating
6. Geno Smith, West Virginia Mountaineers
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Weight: 210 pounds
2010 Season Stats: 241-372, 2763 yards, a 64.8 CMP%, 24 touchdowns, seven interceptions, and a 144.70 QB rating
Bowl Game Performance: Champs Sports Bowl Vs. North Carolina State(Lost 23-7)- Completed 22 of 39 attempted passes for 196 yards, a 56.4 CMP%, one touchdown, one interception, and a 101.96 QB rating
5. Darron Thomas, Oregon Ducks
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Weight: 212 pounds
2010 Season Stats: 222-361, 2881 yards, a 61.5 CMP%, 30 touchdowns, nine interceptions, and a 150.97 QB rating
Bowl Game Performance: BCS National Championship Vs. Auburn(Lost 22-19)- Completed 27 of 40 attempted passes for 363 yards, a 67.5 CMP%, two touchdowns, two interceptions, and a 150.23 QB rating
In his first year as a starter for the Oregon Ducks, Darron Thomas had quite an amazing season leading the university to a BCS National Championship appearance as a sophomore. Thomas has a bright future ahead of him and should be one of the best quarterbacks in college football next year. If Thomas can build off of this season, and continue to improve, there's no doubt in my mind that he will be a Heisman Trophy Candidate in 2011.
4. Bryant Moniz, Hawaii Warriors
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Weight: 200 pounds
2010 Season Stats: 361-555, 5040 yards, a 65.0 CMP%, 39 touchdowns, 15 interceptions, and a 159.11 QB rating
Bowl Game Performance: Hawaii Bowl Vs. Tulsa(Lost 62-35)- Completed 24 of 47 attempted passes for 411 yards, a 51.1 CMP%, three touchdowns, four interceptions and a 128.56 QB rating
Bryant Moniz led all of Divison I college football in both total passing yards and total throwing touchdowns, and is expected to return for his senior season next year.
3. Brandon Weeden, Oklahoma State Cowboys
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Weight: 224 pounds
2010 Season Stats: 342-511, 4277 yards, a 66.9 CMP%, 34 touchdowns, 13 interceptions, and a 154.10 QB rating
Bowl Game Performance: Valero Alamo Bowl Vs. Arizona(Won 36-10)- Completed 25 of 41 attempted passes for 240 yards, a 61.0 CMP%, two touchdowns, and a 126.25 QB rating
This year, Brandon Weeden finally earned the starting quarterback position at Oklahoma State and did a magnificent job capturing the attention of many NFL scouts. Weeden was ranked third overall in total passing yards behind Oklahoma's Landry Jones and Hawaii's Bryant Moniz.
2. Kellen Moore, Boise State Broncos
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Weight: 187 pounds
2010 Season Stats: 273-383, 3845 yards, a 71.3 CMP%, 35 touchdowns, six interceptions, and a 182.63 QB rating
Bowl Game Performance: MAACO Bowl Las Vegas Vs. Utah(Won 26-3)- Completed 28 of 38 passes for 339 yards, a 73.7 CMP%, two touchdowns, one interception, and a 160.72 QB rating
Throughout his three years at Boise State, Kellen Moore has earned a 38-2 record as a starting quarterback, with a 2-1 record in Bowl games and capturing three WAC Championships. Moore possesses a ton of pure talent and will be a high pick in the 2012 NFL draft if he can continue to play as he has the past three seasons.
1. Andrew Luck, Stanford Cardinal
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Weight: 235 pounds
2010 Season Stats: 263-372, 3338 yards, a 70.7 CMP%, 32 touchdowns, eight interceptions, and a 170.16 QB rating
Bowl Game Performance: Orange Bowl Vs. Virginia Tech(Won 40-12)- Completed 18 of 23 attempted passes for 287 yards, a 78.3 CMP%, four touchdowns, one interception, and a 231.77 CMP%
Andrew Luck is the complete package and has received the highest quarterback grade from Scout.com since Matt Ryan in 2008. Luck could have made an immediate impact in the NFL, but decided to return to Stanford for another year in the attempt to bring home a National Championship in 2011.