Denard Robinson and 5 Best Rushing QBs in College Football
While many quarterbacks are pure pocket passers and aren't a threat to run, a few college players are just as dangerous with their running ability as they are with their arm.
Denard Robinson is the leader for QBs that have tremendous speed and running ability that you would typically see at the wide receiver position, which keeps defensive coordinators up all night figuring out how to stop them.
Here are the five best rushing QBs currently in college football.
5. Darron Thomas, Oregon Ducks
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Darron Thomas is one of the most dynamic QBs in all of college football with his ability to beat teams throwing and his ability to run the zone read.
He had 486 rushing yards last year and rushed for 5 TDs. Oregon has one of the top rushing attacks in all of College Football and Darron is a key part of the offense.
Thomas has rushed much less to start this season, but expect that to pick up as the offense gets on the same page as the season goes on.
4. MarQueis Gray, Minnesota Golden Gophers
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MarQueis Gray came to Minnesota as a QB, played last year at WR, and now is back to being the starting QB. His 487 yards receiving is a great preview of what he could do this season for the Golden Gophers.
Through two games, Gray has 157 yards rushing and the offensive game plan has given him the freedom to take a lot of rushing attempts.
Gray is the only one on this list that hasn't proven to be a top-rushing QB, but I believe he will have a big rushing season in 2011.
3. Chris Relf, Mississippi State
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Chris Relf is the top rushing QB in the SEC for 2011. His team relies on him to make a lot of plays in the running game.
Relf rushed for 713 yards in 2010 and rushed for 5 TDs, and in 2011, has already rushed 56 times through 3 games.
The MSU offense depends on Relf to make plays with his arm and expect his legs to bring an added dimension. He should end the season as one of the top rushing QBs in College Football.
2. Taylor Martinez, Nebraska Cornhuskers
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Taylor Martinez is an excellent all-around QB, and perfect fit to run the Nebraska offense.
Martinez rushed for 965 yards and 12 TDS in 2010. Continuing with that momentum, he is currently the top-rushing QB in all of college football this season with over 300 yards rushing.
In his second season as starter, he should continue to make strides to be a top threat on the ground.
Taylor could end the season as the top rushing signal caller in college football, but until he does this next QB will top the rankings.
1. Denard Robinson, Michigan Wolverines
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After his 2010 performance, Denard Robinson is the easy choice as the top rushing QB in College Football.
Although the offense has been changed for 2011 to a more pro-style attack, Robinson will still be a top-rushing QB.
In 2010, Robinson rushed for 1702 yards and 14 TDs. While the versatile player is off to a slow start this season, he should pick it up as he gets more comfortable in the new offense.
After 2011, the rankings are sure to change, but right now Denard is the most electric rushing QB in all of College Football.