College Football Preview
Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at 7:00 AM (College Football Preview)
With the 2019 college football season right around the corner, here are the top-25 quarterbacks in the country.
1. Trevor Lawrence, Clemson - Trevor Lawrence finished last year with 3,280 yards and 30 touchdowns as a freshman, which ended with him carving up an Alabama defense that never gets carved. We’ve never seen a quarterback this young and polished.
2. Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama - Tua Tagovailoa was second in the country with 43 touchdown passes and fifth with 3,966 passing yards. Tagovailoa’s accuracy is unreal and his understanding of the game for a first-year starter makes him the favorite to be next years top pick in the NFL draft.
3. Jake Fromm, Georgia - My dark horse pick for the Heisman, Jake Fromm enters this year with over 5,000 passing yards and 54 touchdowns though 29 games. Fromm doesn’t get nearly enough credit for how good he’s been for the Georgia Bulldogs.
4. Justin Herbert, Oregon - Justin Herbert would have been a first round pick if he left Oregon early and the crazy thing he hasn’t even had that breakthrough season yet for the Oregon Ducks. If Herbert plays to his potential and stays healthy, Oregon is a national title contender.
5. D'Eriq King, Houston - D'Eriq King produced 2,982 passing yards, 674 rushing yards and 50 total touchdowns. You could make an argument King is the most underrated quarterback in the country, but playing in the AAC will do that to you. Either way, King is a difference maker at the position.
6. Shea Patterson, Michigan - Last year didn’t go as well as many had hoped when Shea Patterson transferred from Ole Miss, but he’s still the best quarterback in the Big Ten and has the ability to lead Michigan in the playoff conversation.
7. Sam Ehlinger, Texas - Few quarterbacks are as tough as Sam Ehlinger or have the ability to will their team to victory. Ehlinger reminds me of a watered down Tim Tebow. He also improved drastically as a passer last year, which is great news entering this season.
8. K.J. Costello, Stanford - K.J. Costello has to trim down the interceptions, but he has 43 touchdown passes in 24 games and moved the chains through the air last season 150 times.
9. Ian Book, Notre Dame - Ian Book was eighth in the country with a 68.2 completion percentage and had two or more touchdown passes in eight of his last nine games. With more experience against top tier teams, Book has the ability to improve greatly from year ago.
10. Jalen Hurts, Oklahoma - I’m not that high on Jalen Hurts’ ability as a quarterback, but he now plays for Oklahoma, the school that’s produced the last two Heisman winners. Hurts has also seen everything at Alabama and poise can go a long way in a major conference.
11. Feleipe Franks, Florida - Feleipe Franks went from being just another failed quarterback in the post Tebow era to throwing for nearly 2,500 yards and 24 touchdowns. I’m thrilled to see what Franks and Dan Mullen have unlocked with a full offseason of work.
12. Khalil Tate, Arizona - Khalil Tate wasn’t able to build on the way he finished 2017, but he had 26 passing touchdowns and showed flashes despite nagging injuries. The raw talent is still there. Tate should be on the list for comeback player of the year in college football.
13. Kellen Mond, Texas A&M - Kellen Mond made a serious jump from his freshman to sophomore season, throwing for 3,107 yards and 24 touchdowns while rushing for 474 yards. If Mond can make another leap, the Texas A&M Aggies will be a legit threat in the SEC West this season.
14. Brock Purdy, Iowa State - Iowa State is 7-0 when Brock Purdy throws at least one touchdown and his 10.6 yards per attempt in victories was good for seventh in the country. The Iowa State Cyclones are putting the rest of the Big 12 on notice, and Purdy is a quarterback worth keeping a close eye on.
15. Adrian Martinez, Nebraska - Adrian Martinez can be a bit wild at times, but there’s no doubt he’s a playmaker with the ball in his hands and just scratching the surface of his potential. Expect big things from Martinez and Scott Frost in their second year together.
16. Ryan Willis, Virginia Tech - Ryan Willis made Virginia Tech forget about Josh Jackson rather quickly, as he had 2,716 passing yards, 354 rushing yards and 28 total touchdowns. With a full season under his belt and a completion percentage that should improve, Virginia Tech could experience its best season yet under coach Justin Fuente.
17. Peyton Ramsey, Indiana - Peyton Ramsey can be a little more of a difference maker through the air, but he did produce a first down in 132 of his 295 completions. With 4,100 career passing yards under his belt, Ramsey gives Indiana a fighting chance in what’s become a competitive and deep Big Ten.
18. Cole McDonald, Hawaii - Cole McDonald had 3,875 passing yards last season, which makes that the second highest returning total only behind Tagovailoa. The same can be said for his 36 touchdown passes. Hawaii should have no problem clinching back-to-back bowl gams for the first time since 2007-08.
19. Charlie Brewer, Baylor - Charlie Brewer topped 3,000 passing yards and scored 26 total touchdowns, helping Baylor bounce back from a 1-11 season. While it will take time to get this program back to where it used to be, Baylor is a respectable team in the Big 12 again and a lot of it is in thanks to Brewer.
20. Steven Montez, Colorado - For the first half of the season, Steven Montez had that Colorado offense on a string and was lighting the world on fire. It’s now a matter of playing the full season at that level and getting the Buffaloes in a bowl game for the second time in 12 years.
21. Joe Burrow, LSU - Joe Burrow had nearly 2,900 passing yards and 16 touchdowns last season while rushing for 399 yards and seven touchdowns. It’s been a while since LSU has had a legit passing threat and it’s actually been the season the Tigers have fallen short over the years in national title runs.
22. JT Daniels, USC - There’s no doubt JT Daniels had his struggles last year, completing under 60 percent of his passes and having 14 touchdowns to 10 interceptions. Daniels was also a freshman and dealing with a rough schedule. He was a 5-star recruit for a reason and you could see the confidence build as the season played out.
23. Nate Stanley, Iowa - Iowa isn’t known for producing quarterbacks, but Nate Stanley has 52 touchdown passes the last two seasons and 5,346 passing yards for his career. Stanley finished his last three games with eight touchdown passes. The Hawkeyes have a balanced offense, folks.
24. Bryce Perkins, Virginia - Bryce Perkins spent a lot of time riding the bench when you consider redshirting at Arizona State, being injured in all of 2016 and having to sit out in 2017 due to transfer. The fact Perkins threw for nearly 2,700 yards, rushed for 923 yards and scored 34 total touchdowns is impressive. Perkins makes Virginia an x-factor in the ACC this year.
25. Kelly Bryant, Missouri - The former Clemson QB who threw for 2,802 yards and 13 touchdowns in 2017 will get the nod now for the Missouri Tigers. A dual-threat option with underrated accuracy, Bryant could finish the season as the second-best QB in the SEC.