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Where Does Kellen Moore Rank Among the Greatest QBs of the Last 10 Years?

Johnathan CaceCorrespondent IDecember 23, 2011

Where Does Kellen Moore Rank Among the Greatest QBs of the Last 10 Years?

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    Kellen Moore's college career has come to an end, but along the way, he has set himself apart as one of the greatest quarterbacks in college football history.

    He has more wins than anyone else with 50 and has been one of the most consistent, efficient and poised quarterbacks in the past decade.

    So where does he rank among the greats in that time?

    Let's look at the quarterbacks who played most of their time in 2001 or after and see how he stacks up.

Case Keenum

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    Timmy Chang was going to kick off this list because of his incredible passing statistics, but the fact that he also holds the record for most interceptions put Keenum in this spot.

    If he had been the full-time starting quarterback in 2007, he could have easily surpassed Chang’s record of over 17,000 yards in four years because Keenum has thrown for over 5,000 yards in three of his seasons at Houston.

    He may have faltered against some of the better defenses he faced, but he has to get credit for being one of the most prolific passers in college football history.

    How many other guys can throw for nine touchdowns in a single game?

Andrew Luck

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    Stanford had only been to one BCS Bowl since 1972, before Andrew Luck came to town.

    They hammered Virginia Tech in the first one and will face No. 3 Oklahoma State this year for his second in three tries.

    He doesn’t have stats that jump off the page, but he has been one of the most consistent quarterbacks in the country and is widely regarded as the best quarterback prospect of the modern era.

    If it weren’t for Robert Griffin III, he would have won the Heisman this year, and while he's expected to declare for the NFL draft at the end of this season, this certainly won’t be the last we see of Luck.

Robert Griffin III

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    Before 2011, many people didn’t even know who “RG3” was, but they all do now.

    The Heisman winner has steadily improved over the course of his career and shattered the single-season record for passing efficiency this year with a 192.3.

    He missed most of the 2009 season after tearing his ACL so there’s no reason not to think this year could have been even better had he been playing during that time.

    Should he stay for his senior year at Baylor, Griffin could go down as the greatest quarterback in college football history.

Sam Bradford

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    Bradford’s 2008 season was one of the greatest single seasons in history.

    He threw for over 4700 yards but had an amazing 50 touchdowns to go along with it. He also rushed for five more touchdowns.

    He won the Heisman trophy that year and became the second sophomore to do so.

    If he had remained healthy his junior year, he could have been one of the all-time greats in college football history, but he’ll have to settle for being an Oklahoma folk hero.

Colt McCoy

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    Before Moore came around, Colt McCoy had set the NCAA record for most wins by a quarterback with 45.

    He also set the single-season record for the highest completion percentage at an unbelievable 76.7 percent.

    He never won the Heisman trophy but racked up just about every other award possible and finished second in one of the tightest Heisman races in history.

    He will go down as a Texas legend.

Kellen Moore

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    Moore comes in at fifth on this list because of his ability to win football games.

    He's a mind-blowing 50-3 as a starting quarterback, and those losses came by a combined five points. With Boise State’s win over Arizona State, the 2011 senior will have won at least 12 games in every season.

    With the NFL so enticing for many young players, it's next to impossible that we will ever see anyone have 50 or more wins in his career.

    And to think he will have only played in one BCS Bowl.

Cam Newton

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    If Newton had played more football at the FBS level, he could go down as one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time.

    His 2010 season was one of the best single season of any player in history and on multiple occasions, he single-handedly willed Auburn to a victory.

    There may be controversy surrounding his eligibility but amassing 50 total touchdowns and 4,300 total yards including over 1,400 yards and 20 touchdowns on the ground is a feat that only few can replicate.

    Doing it in a conference like the SEC is next to impossible. 

Ken Dorsey

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    While at Miami, Ken Dorsey rewrote the record books, setting career records in total offense, passing yards, passing touchdowns, completions, wins, winning percentage and more.

    He guided the 2001 team to a national championship, and that squad is arguably the greatest one to ever play college football.

    He came up just short in the Heisman race in 2001 and 2002 and nearly won another title in 2002.

    As a starter, he went 38-2, and while he never worked as an NFL quarterback, he’ll remain a legend in the college game.

Vince Young

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    Colt McCoy may have had more wins, but no one can top Vince Young’s heroics in the 2006 Rose Bowl.

    On 4th-and-5, he scrambled to his right and into the end zone for one of the greatest plays in college football history.

    That season, he had over 3,000 yards passing and over 1,000 yards rushing. He did it all for the Longhorns and only lost two games as a starter.

    If he had put up the same type of numbers his final year in his first two, he’d be without a doubt the best college quarterback in history.

Tim Tebow

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    There isn’t a quarterback in college football history who has done more than Tim Tebow.

    He became the first sophomore to ever win the Heisman trophy, won a national championship in 2008 and went 13-1 in 2009.

    In his career, he threw for over 9,200 yards and rushed for just under 3,000. But what sets him apart even more was his leadership on and off the field.

    Tebow is a flat-out winner, and there's arguably no one who works harder to himself on a daily basis.

    It’s nearly impossible to compete with what he did at Florida.

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