College Football Predictions:Jordan Wynn and 10 Top QB's No One Is Talking About
Andrew Luck, Landry Jones, Aaron Murray, Matt Barkley and Darren Thomas are getting plenty of hype this off-season, and rightfully so. Luck is the Heisman front runner. Jones is the quarterback of the number one team in the country. Murray developed so much in 2010 that the college football world is counting on him to make a splash in 2011.
Then there are those quarterbacks that have slipped between the cracks. The quarterbacks that are either brand new or the ones that just aren't getting any love from the media.
These are the guys that could end up being house-hold names by the time this season concludes.
10. Dayne Crist: Notre Dame
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Ok Notre Dame fans, somehow this guy have been forgotten and I know what you're all thinking. He hasn't been forgotten, there just isn't a whole lot of hype around him, which is exactly why I'm putting him on this list.
Before going down for the season with an injury, Crist was having a pretty good year last year. He had 2,033 yards passing with 15 touchdown passes in just eight games. While Tommy Rees did a good job filling in for him, Brian Kelly said that Crist will be the starter in 2011.
There is a lot of hype right now around Notre Dame's program. After winning eight games in his first season, Kelly has the Irish seeking a BCS birth this year. If they accomplish that goal, Crist will have had a very good year and could creep into Heisman talks. After all, this is Notre Dame we're talking about.
9. Danny O'Brien: Maryland
Danny O'Brien took over the starting spot in Week 4 against Florida International and he never looked back. He finished with 2,438 yards passing with 22 touchdown passes.
He did all of this as a true freshman. O'Brien is getting some love from some preseason ACC polls, but other than that he is still one of the great unknowns.
O'Brien helped Maryland achieve a 10-win season. With new coach Randy Edsall, expect this team to compete in the ACC. They may not win it, but O'Brien will certainly have a solid sophomore season.
8. Tajh Boyd: Clemson
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Clemson had a huge day on National Recruiting Day. With that being said, fans will be expecting a better season than the 6-7 year they had last year.
Kyle Parker is gone and now the team lies in the hands of Tajh Boyd. As a back-up last season, Boyd passed for 329 yards with four touchdowns, but he also threw three interceptions.
Boyd was a heralded recruit coming out of high school and Clemson fans have been excited for him to take over the reigns at quarterback for some time now.
Boyd has the potential of being one of the top quarterbacks in the ACC. He's mobile and has a strong arm. He will also have some nice weapons to use offensively and a good defense to back him up.
Expect big things from Tajh Boyd in his first year as a starter.
7. James Vandenberg: Iowa
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Jared Vandenberg has been somewhat lost in the college football world. After almost beating Ohio State in 2009 after Rick Stanzi sustained an injury, there was plenty of reason for Iowa fans to rest easy after Stanzi's graduation.
Vandenberg barely played in 2010 while Stanzi started every game. Now the job belongs to him. Vandenberg has the tall task of leading Iowa in the new Big Ten. He will be relied on heavily to make sure that they can compete and have success in a re-building year.
6. Garrett Gilbert: Texas
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Whether you like it or not, Garrett Gilbert has to be on this list. All the talk about Texas has centered on their recruits and their need to bounce back. The only way they will be able to bounce back is if Gilbert is consistent.
In his first season as a starter, Gilbert passed for 2,744 yards and 10 touchdowns, but he also threw 17 interceptions. Not exactly an ideal first season.
Gilbert might not ever match the success that Colt McCoy had, but he can be the quarterback that helps Texas get back to the top.
5. Case Keenum: Houston
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Case Keenum was granted a sixth year of eligibility, and that was really the last major news about him. In reality, Keenum is going to break all of the passing records this season and will lead Houston to a better record than 5-7.
After Keenum went down last season with an injury in just the third game, Houston slowly started to fall apart. Now that Keenum will be back at the helm, the Cougars should be able to compete again.
Keenum will be talked about plenty once the records start to go down, but for now he isn't getting the hype that he deserves.
4. Ryan Lindley: San Diego State
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Ryan Lindley hasn't been talked about nearly as much as he should be. He only led San Diego State to a nine win season while passing for 3,830 yards and 28 touchdowns.
Now Lindley is looking to make a name for himself on the national scale. He has the potential to do just that. September 24th, San Diego State will be playing against Michigan and if they so happen to win, it will be because of Lindley.
November 19th will be another key game for the Aztecs; they will be playing against Boise State. Those are two key match-ups that will make Lindley a house-hold name.
3. Brock Osweiler: Arizone State
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After Steven Threet went down last year with another concussion, Brock Osweiler stepped in and threw for 647 yards and five touchdowns, without an interception.
Now the job is all his after Threet had to retire due to his concussions. Osweiler is massive at 6'8", and he may just have the strongest arm in the Pac-12.
Osweiler will be counted on to lead Arizona State to a successful season. There is a lot of hype around this team and the quarterback is the one guy who gets all of the glory. Osweiler is sitting in a position where he can lead the Sun Devils to a Pac-12 South Championship.
2. A.J. McCarron & Phillip Sims: Alabama
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I'm putting both A.J. McCarron and Phillip Sims at this spot for the simple fact that Nick Saban doesn't know who his starter will be yet.
Both have good qualities and both are very young, but the lingering fact is that both have the tall task of replacing Greg McElroy.
McCarron has seen the most playing time, while Sims was impressive in the spring game. Alabama is set for another championship run and in 2009, there wasn't a lot of talk around McElroy. Could this be another year where the unknown 'Bama quarterback leads the team to another National Championship?
1. Jordan Wynn: Utah
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Utah is getting plenty of hype this off-season with their move to the Pac-12, and they are already predicted to win the South and possibly the conference. They will need to get past Oregon and Stanford to accomplish that; and to do so they will need a huge year from Jordan Wynn.
Wynn sat out three games last season, including the bowl game against Boise State. He passed for 2,334 yards and 17 touchdowns. He did throw for 10 interceptions as well so he will need to work on his consistency.
Wynn has not gotten a lot of talk this off-season because of the conference he is in. Andrew Luck, Darren Thomas and Matt Barkley have been getting all the praise. If Utah can live up to their pre-season hype, Wynn will be getting all of the attention.