College Football is evolving into a spread offense-filled world, which allows quarterbacks to put up some gaudy numbers that we have never seen before.
More and more coaches are spreading the field, but it is still more prevalent in the non-BCS conferences. This season may prove to be a quarterback dream season with seven of the nation's top ten passing yard leaders returning. This season could see three or more quarterbacks reach the 5,000 yard mark, which is saying something in itself.
Now without further ado, let's take a look at 12 quarterbacks who are going to put up some incredible numbers in 2011.
Zach Collaros: Cincinnati
Denard Robinson: Michigan
Chase Rettig: Boston College
Nick Lamaison: UTEP
Danny O'Brien: Maryland
Geno Smith: West Virginia
Matt Barkley: USC
Tyler Wilson: Arkansas
Taylor Martinez: Nebraska
Jake Heaps: BYU
Senior quarterback Ryan Lindley returns to lead the Aztecs in the 2011 season. Lindley brought the program back to relevance last season, by taking them to their first bowl game since 1998.
Lindley is going to put up another monster year for the Aztecs, but this season he will look to improve his touchdown to interception ratio and his completion percentage.
Russell Wilson transferred from NC State to Wisconsin in the offseason, and now the team has high expectations of a National Championship berth. Wilson finally has a power running game to defer the defense from solely focusing on him, which means he is only going to be better this season.
Just like Lindley, Wilson's top two areas of concern are the touchdown to interception ratio and his completion percentage.
Dominique Davis threw for almost 4,000 yards last season but did it under the radar. This season, the quarterback will have a few more eyes on him, but there is no question that he will put up large numbers.
Lance Lewis is back for his senior season while freshman wide receiver Justin Hardy has proved that he is more than capable of holding his own.
Robert Griffin III played the game of his life a week ago, when Baylor upset the mighty Horned Frogs of TCU. Griffin threw for 365 yards in the game and did it all without throwing an interception.
I do not expect this type of outing every week from the Baylor star, but I do see him putting up some big-time numbers. His favorite target Kendall Wright will be the main contributor to how well of a season Griffin III has.
Bryant Moniz had a tremendous season for the Hawaii Warriors last season by being the only member of the 5,000 yard passing club.
The quarterback has a few weapons back from a year ago, but he will look to have more of an impact running the football as well this season. Moniz will have to cut down on his interceptions if the Warriors want to stand a chance in the WAC.
G.J. Kinne is another quarterback that has a ton of talent but flew extremely under the radar. Kinne is entering his third season as the Golden Hurricane's starting quarterback, and in this Tulsa offense, he is going to put up the numbers.
Brandon Weeden is somewhere smiling right now because he knows that on every Saturday, he has Justin Blackmon to throw the football to. The Weeden to Blackmon connection should be devastating for defenses once again this season, and it could propel either player to Heisman trophy considerations.
Case Keenum is back for his sixth year of eligibility after he had a devastating injury a year ago against the UCLA Bruins. Keenum has a chance to break the all-time record for passing yards in a college career set by Hawaii's Timmy Chang.
The Houston quarterback has already proven that he is one of the best players in college football, and I expect him to showcase that again this season.
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Juron Criner is Arizona's Justin Blackmon, and he and Nick Foles are going to go off this season. Foles is the passing yards leader through Week 1, with most of his yards going in the direction of Criner.
The Wildcats are looking to take the Pac-12 South title home but will require reliable play from that offensive line.
Andrew Luck has had a stellar career at Stanford, and in recent weeks he has been called the closest thing to Peyton Manning. Luck has a new head coach, new receivers and a large amount of pressure on him, which will hinder his potential this season.
Luck is still a front-runner for the Heisman trophy, and there is no question that his numbers will be admired by season's end.
It's hard to imagine that Kellen Moore could have a better year than he did last season, but that is what I fully expect. Moore went off on the Georgia Bulldogs, a team that is considered to have an elite SEC defense.
Look for Moore to spread the ball around more this season and to potentially eclipse the 4,000-yard mark for the first time in his career.
Landry Jones is going to be a monster for the Oklahoma Sooners this season. Jones will look to improve on his tremendous 2010 campaign, and with Ryan Broyles back, the sky is the limit.
With these type of numbers and National Championship hopes for the Sooners, Landry Jones has to be my Heisman trophy favorite for the 2011 season.