College Football: The 25 Most Overrated College Football Players of All Time
It's simply how things work these days.
Before many players step onto the college or professional field, the media and the public already have it in their minds that a particular player should be a success.
Sometimes it's a highly recruited high school star that everyone assumes will be the next Heisman winner. Sometimes it's a Heisman winner that goes on to the pros only to find nothing but failure.
And sometimes it's the player that has a myth surrounding him that outshines his actual accomplishments.
Whatever the reason, there are a whole swath of players that could be considered overrated. Here are our picks for college football's 25 most overrated players of all time.
Jacquizz Rodgers—Oregon State
Jacquizz Rodgers first made a name for himself in Texas as a high school player. He set a new state record for touchdowns as a varsity player with 135 and amassed 8,246 rushing yards over his years at Lamar Consolidated High School.
“Quizz” Rodgers decided to join his brother, James, and attend Oregon State after he turned down scholarship offers from Illinois, Baylor, Arizona and SMU.
The younger Rodgers quickly made a name for himself when the Beavers upset the then-No. 1 USC Trojans on national television after rushing for 186 yards and two touchdowns.
Despite Rodgers' impressive freshman campaign for the Beavers, he only improved marginally over the next year, and his numbers never skyrocketed as some had predicted. Even though the Beavers were able to come up with the occasional quality win or shocking upset, Oregon State stumbled through season after season, leading Rodgers to the 2011 NFL draft rather than returning to Oregon State for his senior season.
Although given a provisional ranking as a top five running back prospect, Rodgers had a very disappointing combine performance, running the 40-yard dash in a (for a running back) pokey 4.64 seconds.
Rodgers was eventually selected as the 14th pick in the fifth round (145th pick overall) by the Atlanta Falcons.
A tall, physical wide receiver from Foley, Alabama, Julio Jones was recruited by most of the top teams in the southern swath of the country, including Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Texas Tech and Oklahoma.
Jones was so highly touted out of high school that he became the first wide receiver in Alabama history to start the season opener as a true freshman. Jones was eventually selected as the SEC Freshman of the Year but finished the season with fewer than 1,000 receiving yards and only four touchdowns in the regular season.
As a sophomore, Jones was part of an Alabama team that won the BCS championship, but Jones suffered through a sophomore slump, and Alabama's running game took center stage.
His junior year saw some improvements, and Jones was eventually selected as the sixth overall pick in the 2011 NFL draft.
Still, Jones never became the marquee headliner for the Crimson Tide the way he and many others expected.
Robert Marve—Miami (FL)/Purdue
Robert Marve began his collegiate career at the University of Miami. In the summer before his true freshman season, Marve was involved in a car accident and broke his arm.
The following season, 2008, Marve was the starter for the Hurricanes but was only able to post a 6-5 record as the starting quarterback for Miami, and he saw much of his playing time taken by freshman Jacory Harris. Marve finished the year with nine touchdowns and 13 interceptions.
After missing the first game of the season due to suspension following an arrest, Marve missed the Hurricanes' trip to the 2008 Emerald Bowl due to another suspension—this time for academic reasons.
Marve announced that he would be transferring to Purdue for the 2009 season. But in July of 2009, Marve tore his ACL. Finally, in 2010, Marve was named the starting quarterback for the Boilermakers. His first start, much anticipated in West Lafayette (for some odd reason), was less than successful, as he threw two interceptions in the 23-12 loss to Notre Dame.
Terrelle Pryor—Ohio State
How could Terrelle Pryor be on a list of overrated college football players?
Simple. The impressive athlete was anything but a boon for the Buckeyes.
Pryor was generally recognized as the top football recruit of the year (2008), and his decision was widely anticipated, particularly by Michigan, Penn State, Ohio State and Oregon—the four teams that Pryor had identified as “finalists.”
When Pryor selected Ohio State as his destination, Buckeye fans rejoiced. Little did they know the mountain of suffering Pryor would eventually bring to Columbus.
Pryor's athletic ability was apparent from his first appearance in a Buckeyes uniform, but many commentators commented on Pryor's lack of “football intelligence.” Pryor would frequently make bad passing decisions, and when he ran, he would often pass up obvious avenues for three- to five-yard gains as he continued to search for the “big play” option on every down. These decisions sometimes led to little or no gains and even loss of yardage.
As Pryor's career at Ohio State continued, his decision-making improved slowly, and by his junior year, many assumed Pryor would have a Heisman-caliber season.
Not only did that performance never materialize, rumors began late in the season regarding “improper benefits” given to Pryor and several other Ohio State players.
By the time the dust settled, Pryor and four others were suspended for the first five games of 2011 but were allowed to play in the Sugar Bowl if they promised to return for the 2011 season.
In the end, Jim Tressel was forced to resign, and the investigation into Pryor expanded to a point where Pryor announced he was leaving Ohio State for the NFL.
Not only did Terrelle Pryor never win the expected Heisman, nor did he ever lead the Buckeyes back to a BCS title, but in the aftermath, Ohio State will be hampered for years to come because of the actions of Terrelle Pryor.
Jeremiah Masoli—Oregon/Ole Miss
Jeremiah Masoli's troubled collegiate career began at Oregon in 2008.
By the end of the season, injuries had led to Masoli's promotion to the starting quarterback position. His 13 touchdowns compared to five interceptions in 2008 instilled coaches and fans with hope for the future of the Ducks with Masoli under center.
When the 2009 season began, Masoli was high on the Davey O'Brien Award watch list and even appeared on a regional cover of Sports Illustrated. The season ended with a number of accomplishments for Oregon, including the Pac-10 championship and a Rose Bowl berth.
Following the season, however, things began to unravel for Masoli at Oregon. In late January, he was named as a suspect in theft on campus. Masoli eventually pleaded guilty to a felony and received a year of probation. Additionally, head coach Chip Kelly suspended Masoli for the entire 2010 season.
In June, Masoli was again in trouble with the law and was charged with drug possession. Kelly promptly dismissed Masoli from the team.
After discussions, rulings and appeals with the NCAA, Masoli eventually became the starting quarterback for Ole Miss. Masoli was somewhat effective as the Rebels quarterback, but Ole Miss still finished the season with a 4-8 record.
Masoli's transfer to Ole Miss underscores the type of person Masoli had become. The NCAA initially denied Masoli's petition for immediate eligibility, as the the transfer must be for the continuance of academic study, not the “avoidance of disciplinary punishments,” as the NCAA put it. Masoli and Ole Miss appealed, stating that Masoli had completed his degree at Oregon and was honestly pursuing his masters degree at Mississippi. However, the moment the season was over, Masoli left Ole Miss, and he is now pursuing a football career in Canada.
So much for honest continuance of academic study.
It's likely that had Masoli been able to keep from constantly committing crimes at Oregon, he would have been an integral part of the Ducks' 2010 BCS run, and his career and life would have turned out much differently.
Robert “Tate” Forcier was the starting quarterback for Michigan and was highly hyped as a college prospect.
Forcier was actually so well hyped that many believed he would be the next Tom Brady at Michigan. As it turned out, the hype surrounding Forcier was an illusion created mostly by his own family—something that had been done for all three of the Forcier brothers.
Tate is the youngest of three brothers who have all played college football. All three of them have been highly promoted, and all three have been abysmal failures.
After he began receiving scholarship offers from various colleges, the Forcier hubris took over, and Tate made headlines by posting the actual scholarship offer letters to the Internet as an advertisement of how good he was.
Forcier eventually decided on Michigan, and the Wolverine faithful bought into the myth of Tate Forcier—hook, line and sinker.
After finishing 5-7 at Michigan as a freshman, Forcier was replaced as the starter for the 2010 season by Denard Robinson. During periods of Robinson's injuries, Forcier stepped in as backup and was fairly ineffective. Cameras also caught glimpses of Forcier “sulking” and “pouting” on the sideline during games where he didn't receive any playing time. Speculation began swirling that Forcier was preparing to transfer.
Forcier was declared academically ineligible for the 2011 Gator Bowl, and shortly afterwards, Michigan athletic director David Brandon announced that Forcier was “no longer with the program.”
Forcier announced he would be transferring to the University of Miami. But after a reported suicide attempt at the Grand Rapids, Michigan apartment of his girlfriend, it was announced that Forcier would not be attending Miami after all.
The Tate Forcier saga is a cautionary tale for players and their families about the dangers of arrogance and the “my way or the highway” attitude of players today.
Jason Forcier originally began his college career at Michigan.
After a freshman year where Forcier didn't see the field, he saw action in just six games during his sophomore season. He was a combined 3-of-3 on the season for just 30 yards.
After the year was over, Forcier left Ann Arbor for Stanford, hoping to see more action. After sitting out his junior season, Forcier saw only limited action as a backup, completing just five passes the entire season for 62 yards and finishing with a passer rating of 63.1 with just a 38.5 percent completion rate.
Jason Forcier is the second of three highly hyped yet underperforming Forcier brothers.
Welcome to the third Forcier brother, and the Forcier hype machine was in full swing for Chris's recruiting process.
With family-issued press releases, everything about Chris was begun with “Speed Kills.” Apparently, the Forcier family wanted to highlight the rumored speed Chris could utilize as a mobile quarterback.
After accepting an offer to play at UCLA, the Bruins soon realized that Chris was not quite as fast as advertised, and after just one season of action for the Bruins (3-of-11, 22 yards, one TD, one INT), Chris was looking for a transfer.
Unable to find an FBS program that would accept him as a starting quarterback, Chris was relegated to the FCS, where he became the quarterback for the Furman Paladins.
Archie Griffin—Ohio State
Was Archie Griffin a good running back at Ohio State? Yes.
Was Archie Griffin good enough to be the only player to win two Heisman Trophies? Definitely not.
Just looking at the stats for his two Heisman years, one instantly notices a marked falloff in numbers from his junior Heisman campaign to his senior Heisman campaign.
As a junior, Griffin had 1,695 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns, averaging 6.6 yards per carry. The following season, his senior Heisman year, Griffin averaged over a full yard less per carry at 5.5 yards, accumulated 1,450 rushing yards and had just four touchdowns all season.
Yet he was selected as the Heisman winner for the second straight year.
There's little debate about Griffin's junior Heisman win. He was arguably the best player in the nation that year, and he deserved the aware just as much as any other single player in 1974. But in 1975, especially considering he scored just one-third as many touchdowns and rushed for over a yard less per carry, it's surprising Griffin was selected as the award's sole two-time winner.
One would that that the only person ever to win the Heisman Trophy twice would be the greatest college football player of all time, right? Yet even ESPN barely had Griffin in their Top 25 Players in College Football History list, ranking him No. 21.
Wouldn't that mean that players ranked No. 20 through No. 1 should have won at least two Heisman Trophies?
For that reason, Griffin is listed on our overrated list—not because he didn't deserve the Heisman in 1974, but because he didn't deserve a second Heisman in 1975.
Matt Leinart is another Heisman winner that makes our list. The Trojan quarterback from 2002 to 2005, Leinart is a beloved member of the Trojans in an era now remembered for vacated wins and returned trophies.
Leinart won the Heisman Trophy in his junior season (2004) after passing for 3,322 yards, 33 touchdowns and six interceptions. While Leinart was unquestionably a good quarterback, he met his match at the end of the ill-fated 2005 season, when he and the Trojans met Vince Young and the Texas Longhorns in the Rose Bowl and BCS championship.
Young was able to upstage Leinart and led the Longhorns to a victory over the Trojans, 41-38.
After graduating, Leinart's jersey was retired at USC.
Leinart has yet to be able to translate USC's success into any lasting success in the NFL. Leinart began his pro career by upsetting his new head coach by holding out on his contract, becoming the last drafted player in 2006 to sign a contract.
After signing for $51 million, Leinart proved that the investment made by the Arizona Cardinals wasn't the greatest contract move, as he was soon replaced as starter by Kurt Warner. After Warner retired, Leinart was assumed to be the starter for the next season but was beaten out for the job by Derek Anderson.
In the last blow to his dignity, Leinart was released by the Cardinals before the start of 2010 season. He signed a one-year deal with Houston but never saw the field. He's a great example of a college star sputtering out the moment he left campus.
Maurice Clarett—Ohio State
The Maurice Clarett story is a modern day tragedy of Shakespearean proportions.
One of the country's most highly sought-after recruits, Clarett played for Ohio State during the 2002 season as a freshman.
His 1,237 rushing yards led the Buckeyes, and he was instrumental in Ohio State's 2002 national championship run.
But problems with Clarett were evident right from the beginning.
During the game against Northwestern, cameras captured Clarett in a verbal altercation with the coaching staff on the sidelines. In December of 2002, Clarett insulted Ohio State officials to the media because, according to Clarett, Ohio State had refused to pay him to fly home for the funeral of his friend. When Ohio State countered that it never received any paperwork for such a request, Clarett bluntly called the administration liars.
After the season concluded, The New York Times ran an article regarding academic impropriety at Ohio State, including Clarett receiving preferential treatment in classes in order to keep him academically eligible. Then, before the 2003 season could even begin, Clarett was charged with filing a false police report when he claimed that over $10,000 in clothes, cash and stereo equipment was stolen from a car he was being loaned by a Columbus dealership.
When the report was proven false, Ohio State suspended Clarett for the entire 2003 season. The resulting investigation found that Clarett had received thousands of dollars in improper benefits from various individuals, including the car dealership. Clarett was later dismissed from the football team and expelled from the university.
Clarett tried to enter the 2004 NFL draft but was declared ineligible by the NFL. Clarett sued the NFL and lost, as he had not been out of high school for the required three years. After waiting the requisite year, Clarett again tried to enter the NFL but posted a 4.82 40-yard dash time at the NFL combine. In a shocking, if not bewildering, comment to the press at the combine, Clarett said, “It's a humbling thing, being humble.”
Still, to the surprise of many, if not most, Clarett was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the third round.
Against the advice of his agents, Clarett signed a contract that included no guaranteed money, and that proved disastrous, as the Broncos released Clarett before the preseason began.
No other NFL team ever expressed any interest in Clarett.
In August of 2006, Clarett was arrested in Columbus after he refused to yield to police. His vehicle was eventually stopped with spike strips, and Clarett had to be subdued with pepper spray and a taser and was found to be wearing body armor. Police also found swords, a loaded AK-47 and handguns and an open bottle of vodka in the vehicle.
He was sentenced to seven-and-a-half years in prison but was released in 2010.
1996 Heisman winner Danny Wuerffel is one of the most overrated players in college football history.
While his accomplishments at Florida are numerous, most of them are the result of team accomplishments rather than individual performances.
With teammates like Fred Taylor at tailback and Jacquez Green, Reidel Anthony and Ike Hilliard at wide receiver, it's quite a stretch to say that Wuerffel was the reason behind Florida's string for SEC championships in the mid 1990s, and it's an ever greater stretch to credit Wuerffel with the Gators' 1996 national championship.
In his senior season, Wuerffel had a completion percentage of 57.5. While he did throw for just over 3,600 yards, he also had 13 interceptions on the year.
It's a relatively safe assumption to make that without the contributions of Hilliard, Anthony and Green, Wuerffel wouldn't have won the Heisman, and Florida wouldn't have been so dominant over the course of the 1996 season.
Wuerffel also had an unimpressive pro career, becoming an NFL journeyman playing for no fewer than four NFL teams (and one NFL Europe team) over his six seasons.
This selection must come with an asterisk, as Denard Robinson is still an active player for the Michigan Wolverines.
When he first came to Ann Arbor, everyone was talking about his speed. He was as fast as any player that Wolverines ever had put on the winged helmet, and Robinson was supposed to be so fast that he would run right out of his shoes.
Of course, that comes from not lacing up his cleats, but there's no argument that Robinson is very, very fast.
But the problem for Robinson comes with his position—quarterback.
Robinson has not been the most consistent passer and has had difficultly during option plays deciding between a run or a pass.
Additionally, Robinson is not very big. That's ordinarily not a problem for a small, agile running back, but when your quarterback is carrying the ball 30 times or more in a game, that many hits will take their toll. That was clearly evident in the 2010 season, when Robinson was sidelined more than a few times with injuries suffered from hits. Robinson simply runs so fast that when he's hit, it's like watching a Porsche slam into a brick wall.
It remains to be seen what type of career Robinson will have both at Michigan and beyond, but if it's anything like last year, the Heisman talk will fade quickly when he begins throwing more interceptions or misses more playing time due to injuries.
Another player that is included even though he's still playing is Texas's Garrett Gilbert.
It's a difficult task to follow up a quarterback by the name of Colt McCoy, but when you're the quarterback for Texas, you're expected to throw the ball accurately and win football games.
Gilbert has trouble with both of those tasks.
Gilbert was rushed into service, replacing McCoy in the BCS championship game at the end of the 2009 season. Gilbert competed less than half of his passes, and Texas lost to Alabama, 37-21.
Still, many people were high on Gilbert. After all, he was a true freshman and had led Texas to 21 points in the BCS championship game against a powerful Alabama team.
Hopes were high for Gilbert and the 2010 Longhorns.
The only thing the 2010 season did was split Longhorns Nation into two groups: one group that felt Mack Brown should stick with Garrett Gilbert, and the other that wanted to see Gilbert replaced with a new up-and-coming quarterback at Texas, one of whom just happens to be the younger brother of Colt McCoy.
Either way, a 5-7 season at Texas won't win you a lot of friends.
Gilbert came to Austin with high expectations. He may end up leaving Texas as a historical footnote before all is said and done.
Jacory Harris—Miami (FL)
Jacory Harris was supposed to lead “The U” back to the days of glory. It was the era of the Hurricanes' resurgence, and Harris was looking good after his freshman year, in which he completed 118 of 194 passes for 1,195 yards and 12 touchdowns.
In 2009, Harris was the starter for the 'Canes, and his touchdown total ballooned to 23 with 3,164 yards.
But the problems were beginning to show themselves, as Harris also threw 17 interceptions on the year.
Still, many people believed that the young quarterback would mature in the position and that the inconsistency was simply a symptom of youth.
But that inconsistency didn't go away. If anything, it got worse during Harris's junior season in 2010. He finished the year with just 1,793 yards, 14 touchdowns and 15 interceptions and lost his starting position.
Jeffery Demps attends the University of Florida, where football running back is just one of his athletic titles. Demps is also a sprinter—and a fast one at that. In 2008, Demps set the US high school record in the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.01 seconds.
But perhaps there is too much emphasis placed on the fact that Demps is a sprinter. After all, on a track, you're not evading anyone, and carrying the ball doesn't come into the equation. There's also the small matter of wearing pads and a helmet.
Contrary to the assumption that as a sprinter, no one could catch Demps, the reality is that a running back rarely gets into a situation where he can run in a straight line at full speed with nothing in front of him.
While Demps has certainly shown he is capable of being an effective running back, he's never quite lived up to the expectation Gator fans had of simply running past every defender on the field.
Zac Robinson—Oklahoma State
Zac Robinson was quite the all-around player in high school. He played a little quarterback, a little receiver and a little running back.
In his senior season in high school, Robinson threw for 1,475 yards and 15 touchdowns. He also had 850 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns. If that wasn't enough, he rushed for 1,078 yards and eight touchdowns. That gave Robinson total offense of 3,403 yards and 34 touchdowns.
That offensive versatility was expected to transfer to his role as quarterback at Oklahoma State, but Robinson may have been a victim of circumstance when, during his senior season, the Cowboys lost starting running back Kendall Hunter to injury and wideout Dez Bryant to suspension.
His senior campaign was also cut short by injuries in the later part of the season and never met the lofty expectations Oklahoma State fans had for the 2009 season.
In retrospect, Robinson's greatest contribution turned out not to be on the field, but rather setting the wheels in motion for Oklahoma State's later successes.
Still, because Robinson never quite lived up to the lofty expectations in Stillwater, he's included in our list—even though the reasons for his failures arguably were not his fault.
George Selvie—South Florida
When George Selvie was recruited by South Florida, he was a star two-way lineman in high school. Originally recruited as a center for the Bulls, Selvie eventually made the move to defensive end.
As a freshman at South Florida, Selvie totalled 64 tackles, 14.5 TFL and 5.5 sacks. The following year, he was named the Big East's Defensive Player of the Year. He had 14.5 sacks as a sophomore and a staggering 31.5 TFL.
His numbers began to slide starting in his junior year, when he had just 13.5 TFL—nearly 20 fewer than the previous season. His senior year saw another slide in stats, as he only recorded nine TFL and three sacks.
When he was evaluated prior to the 2010 NFL draft, he was listed as a player who oozed talent but never quite performed as expected. Rather than a first-round draft pick (as some scouts listed his talent), his lackluster performances relegated him to a seventh-round pick by St. Louis Rams. In his only NFL season to date, he had just 1.5 sacks and 21 tackles in 16 games.
Jevan Snead—Texas/Ole Miss
When Vince Young left for the NFL, Texas was faced with an open quarterback position and no heir apparent in place.
True freshman Jevan Snead and redshirt freshman Colt McCoy battled for the position throughout the spring and fall camps, and McCoy was narrowly selected as the new starter for the Longhorns. Snead filled in as a quality backup for McCoy on a few occasions, but McCoy used most of his freshman year to solidify his role as the go-to quarterback for Texas.
After that season, Snead transferred to Mississippi, and the Rebels instantly began dreaming about the successes they would have behind Snead's on-field leadership and skill.
During the 2008 spring game at Ole Miss, Snead wowed fans and coaches alike by throwing for 269 yards and a pair of touchdowns. In his first season as the starter for the Rebels, Snead led Mississippi to a Top 25 ranking and a berth in the Cotton Bowl, where Mississippi upset the then-No. 7 team in the country, Texas Tech.
When the 2009 season began, Snead's name was mentioned alongside the likes of Tim Tebow and Greg McElroy. Mississippi also began the season ranked in the Top 10. But Snead and the Rebels were never able to find their SEC footing and finished the season with a 4-4 record in the conference. While Snead threw 20 touchdowns during the 2009 season, he also threw 20 interceptions.
While he was considered a top pro prospect prior to his 2009 junior year at Ole Miss, the struggles he encountered throughout the season left him undrafted.
Snead was signed as a free agent by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers but was cut shortly thereafter. He then signed a contract with the Tampa Bay Storm in the Arena Football League, but even the Storm cut him without Snead ever seeing the field.
Gino Torretta—Miami (FL)
The 1992 Heisman Trophy winner makes our list, and Gino Torretta's football career was marked by two nearly identical seasons as the quarterback for the Hurricanes.
In his 1992 Heisman campaign, Torretta threw for just over 3,000 yards while completing 56.7 percent of his passes, which included 19 touchdowns and seven interceptions.
Not exactly the numbers we would expect today for a Heisman-winning quarterback, but in 1992 it was enough to earn him the prestigious trophy.
While he was a top player in college football for a couple of seasons, like many Heisman winners, Torretta found his pro career to be filled with lackluster performances and unremarkable play.
After five unimpressive years in the pros, Torretta left football to work as a financial advisor.
The University of Michigan is sometimes referred to as “Quarterback U.” While Michigan has certainly produced some great quarterbacks over its long and storied history, the average Michigan fan sometimes has the habit of looking to any Michigan quarterback as the next great quarterback to come out of Ann Arbor.
Many times that's just not the case.
One example is Chad Henne.
Henne was the signal caller for the Wolverines under Lloyd Carr from 2004 to 2007. While Henne had some solid numbers at Michigan, he never once broke the 3,000-yard passing mark, and he wasn't much of an agile athlete either.
Henne did fit the stereotypical Michigan quarterback model: tall, solid and immobile. Over his entire career at Michigan, Henne had just three rushing touchdowns in his four years as a starter.
Henne also has the dubious distinction of being the quarterback who led Michigan to its most embarrassing defeat in school history—its 2007 loss to FCS Appalachian State.
Brady Quinn—Notre Dame
Brady Quinn was recruited to play at Notre Dame by Ty Willingham. While criticizing a Notre Dame quarterback can be viewed as sacrilege by some in South Bend, and many people point to all of the records Quinn set as a quarterback for the Fighting Irish, those same people will invariably fail to mention the following record set by Quinn: His 17 losses as a starting quarterback at Notre Dame are the most in school history.
His professional career thus far has been unremarkable, and with the trend that Notre Dame seems to be following these days, it's likely his 17 losses as a starting quarterback could remain the school record for quite some time.
Rick Mirer—Notre Dame
Our second Notre Dame quarterback on the list is Rick Mirer. Like Quinn, Mirer had a solid career with the Fighting Irish, but his numbers were less remarkable. He only surpassed the 2,000-yard passing mark in one season—his 1991 junior year.
Mirer did show a tendency to throw interceptions more often than most other quarterbacks, but that problem didn't really cause serious issues until his professional career.
It also didn't prevent Mirer from being selected as the second overall pick in the 1993 NFL draft by Seattle.
One can't really fault Seattle for selecting a quarterback with a record of 29-7-1 as a starter, especially if that quarterback is from Notre Dame.
But Seattle wasn't counting on Mirer throwing 56 interceptions compared to just 41 touchdowns in his four seasons with the Seahawks. Mirer was clearly a disappointment to Seattle and is obviously one of the more overrated quarterbacks ever to come out of Notre Dame.
Ken Dorsey—Miami (FL)
Ken Dorsey established himself as a winner while at the University of Miami and was instrumental in the Hurricanes' 2001 national championship season.
Dorsey posted a 38-2 record as a starting quarterback at Miami and owns more than 10 individual records at Miami.
Still, Dorsey was selected in the seventh and final round of the 2003 NFL draft.
Perhaps the pro scouts had seen something the rest of the nation had missed, and Dorsey never amounted to much in the NFL. He eventually found himself playing for the Toronto Argonauts in the CFL and just recently announced his retirement from professional football.
Eric Crouch began his starting duties as the Cornhuskers' quarterback in the second game of the 1998 season. By 2000, Crouch was the full-time starter and began his run towards the 2001 Heisman Trophy.
Crouch led the Cornhuskers to a BCS championship game at the end of the 2001 season, even though Nebraska failed to win the Big 12 or even the Big 12 North. Luckily for the BCS, Miami defeated Nebraska, and the system didn't come crashing down.
Still, when Crouch left Nebraska, he owned most of the school's records and was viewed as one of the top pro quarterback prospects in the nation.
He was selected in the third round of the 2002 NFL draft, and that may have been the most remarkable thing about his professional career.
After bouncing around as a wide receiver and quarterback in the NFL and NFL Europe, Crouch eventually ended up playing in the CFL. Injuries eventually led to his release from the Toronto Argonauts, and Crouch found himself playing in the upstart UFL as a member of the Omaha Nighthawks.
Football is full of players who don't really pan out in the pros, but for a player who seemingly accomplished so much at Nebraska to accomplish so little in his professional career is just staggering.