College Football 2011: 6 Most Dangerously Explosive QB/WR Duos in the Nation

BenjaminContributor IIIJuly 21, 2011

College Football 2011: 6 Most Dangerously Explosive QB/WR Duos in the Nation

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    Defense may win championships, but offense brings in fans, creates highlight reels, and earns you the number one spot on Sportcenter's top plays.

    Since the invention and popularization of the forward pass America has been in love with high powered airborne offenses. Spread and Air Raid type offense have helped the growth of football as America's favorite sport and are part of the reason why we love tuning in on Saturdays.

    So to celebrate our love for gaudy offensive numbers here are the 6 most dangerously explosive QB/WR duos in the nation.

6. Nick Foles & Juron Criner (Arizona Wildcats)

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    Foles 2010 Stats- 286/426, 3191 Yards, 20 Touchdowns, 10 Interceptions, QB Rating 140.9 
    Criner 2010 Stats- 82 Receptions, 1233 Yards, 11 Touchdowns 

    Foles had a breakout year in 2010 building off of a decent sophomore campaign in 2009. Foles was named to the Davey O'Brien Watchlist for 2011 and is one of the better pure passers in the PAC 12 not named Andrew Luck.

    On the receiving end of the majority of Foles' passes is Juron Criner. Criner made his name known amongst PAC 10(Now 12) cornerbacks last season after being fairly unknown during his freshman (7 Receptions 88 Yards) and Sophomore (45 Receptions 582 Yards) seasons. If and when Arizona makes strides this season these guys will be the reason why.

5. Dayne Crist & Michael Floyd (Notre Dame Fighting Irish)

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    Crist 2010 Stats- 174/294, 2033 Yards, 15 Touchdowns, 7 Interceptions, 129.3 QB Rating
    Floyd 2010 Stats- 79 Receptions, 1025 Yards, 12 Touchdowns

    Some will argue why Crist and Floyd are on this list but hear me out. Crist put up his numbers in eight (Okay, technically nine but he only attempted 2 passes versus Tulsa.) games last season. This put his average at roughly 255 YPG. Those aren't Heisman winning numbers but they are solid. He was named to the Davey O'Brien Watchlist and If Crist is healthy he will make an impact this season.

    Arguably one of the best receivers in the nation, Floyd, after some off-the-field issues, is back on track and will most likely not miss any games this season. He's on the Biletnikoff Award watch list and could be the second player from Notre Dame to win the award. The other being Golden Tate.

4. Stephen Garcia & Alshon Jeffery (South Carolina Gamecocks)

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    Garcia 2010 Stats- 224/349, 3059 Yards, 20 Touchdowns, 14 Interceptions 148.7 QB Rating
    Jeffrey 2010 Stats- 88 Receptions, 1517 Yards, 9 Touchdowns

    It was tough for a quarterback to get recognized in the SEC last year if your name wasn't Cam Newton. Garcia held his own in his second year of starting for the Gamecocks. Garcia along with Jeffrey, and of course Marcus Lattimore, helped lead South Carolina to the SEC Championship game. He may not have made the O'Brien Watchlist but he's still a solid passer.

    Perhaps it was Jeffery who just made Garcia look better. After a good freshman season Jeffrey burst onto the scene for Spurrier and the gamecocks in 2010. The junior is on the Biletnikoff Watchlist and will have defensive coordinators scheming against him every week.

3. Case Keenum & Patrick Edwards (Houston Cougars)

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    Keenum 2010 Stats- 42/64, 636 Yards, 5 Touchdowns, 5 Interceptions, 159.3 QB Rating
    Edwards 2010 Stats- 71 Receptions, 1100 Yards, 13 Touchdowns 

    You've got to feel for a guy like Keenum. The guy had thrown for 10,000 plus yards and 100 plus touchdowns in his first three seasons. It looked like he was on his way to another 5000 plus yard season (and quite possibly the NCAA All-Time Passing Yards Record) when he suffered a season ending injury just three games in. This year he's back and he's healthy. He's on the O'Brien Watchlist and will return Houston to the top of the C-USA.

    Edwards has put up two straight solid 1000 plus yard seasons but hasn't t reached that elite wide receiver status yet. However, he seems poised to breakout in 2011 with Keenum back at the helm. Edwards is also on the Biletnikoff Watchlist.

2. Landry Jones & Ryan Broyles (Oklahoma Sooners)

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    Jones 2010 Stats- 405/617, 4718 yards, 38 Touchdowns, 12 Interceptions, 146.3 QB Rating 
    Broyles 2010 Stats- 131 Receptions, 1622 Yards, 14 Touchdowns

    What is it with the Big 12 and offense? It always seems like the nation's elite passers rise from the Big 12. If they could ever find a defense the conference would be unstoppable. But enough with my rant.

    Jones was arguably the best quarterback in the nation last season. He found the end zone early and often and helped lead the Sooners to a Fiesta Bowl win. Jones is a favorite to with the O'Brien Award and the Heisman.

    Jones' go-to-guy, Broyles was just spectacular in 2010. He led the league in receptions and was a headache for opposing defensive coordinators. Broyles is a favorite to win the Biletnikoff and is part of the reason why Oklahoma is a favorite to win the National Title this year.

Brandon Weeden & Justin Blackmon (Oklahoma State Cowboys)

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    2010 Stats

    Weeden: 342/511, 4,277 yards, 34 touchdowns, 13 interceptions, 154.1 QB rating
    Blackmon: 111 receptions, 1,782 yards, 20 touchdowns

    The state of Oklahoma can just throw the football, plain and simple. No one thought that Oklahoma State would be nearly as good in 2010 as it had been in 2009. The Cowboys had to replace a great quarterback and even better receiver. Instead of falling into football mediocrity the Cowboys just let a 27-year-old man take over.

    Weeden (yes, he is that old) helped lead Okie State to its first ever 11-win season and is a big reason why many are picking the Cowboys to give the Sooners trouble this season. Weeden is on the O'Brien watch list as well.

    Dare I say he's better than Dez Bryant? Yes. He has all the talent and none of the attitude. Blackmon had some huge shoes to fill and he filled them and then some. The main reason why Oklahoma State won last year and is a contender this year is cause of this guy. He's fast, he's smart and he has great hands. He was the nation's best receiver last season and that's why these two get the top spot.


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