The best college QB ever? Matt Leinart, Vince Young, Doug Flutie or Peyton Manning? It’s an easy question without an easy answer. That title comes with a ton of white noise.
Was it the system? Was it the talent around the quarterback? Was it the era? How much did the level of competition factor in? Did that QB shine in the biggest moments, on the biggest stage, with the biggest performance? Jeff George had a cannon, but he changed schools faster than some girlfriends change outfits.
Jim Plunkett, Roger Staubach and Sammy Baugh all made their mark. John Elway took Stanford to new heights, but would he have excelled in the run-and-gun system that helped Andre Ware put up prolific numbers? No one will ever know.
At the end of the day, one measure of best ever has to be results. Fair or unfair, players are graded by production and influence. A quarterback who wins consistently, wins the national championship and wins a Heisman has to be rewarded with a seat at the best-ever table.
But how big is that table, and what is the pecking order? Bleacher Report has assembled 11 of the best QBs college—just college—has ever produced. A flameout in the pros doesn’t carry any weight. Scott Frost and Gino Torretta, that’s not why you guys didn’t make the list.
Take a look, and let us know what you think. Who should have made it? Who doesn’t belong? And who should be higher?