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Top Ten 2014 NCAAF Quarterbacks

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Top Ten 2014 NCAAF Quarterbacks - 5/27/2014 Free NCAAF Analysis


1. Marcus Mariota, Oregon

The top pick in this year's draft could have arguably been Marcus Mariota, but he decided to come back to Eugene for one more season and hone his skills. Mariota played injured for Oregon to close last season and there was a noticeable difference in his production during the close of the season. What I respect about Mariota is he didn't make excuses for his limitations and he was still able to compete and give Oregon all he had. Mariota is the most dangerous dual threat QB in college football this season and if he can stay healthy he will be a top Heisman candidate.

2. Jameis Winston, Florida State

The returning national championship QB and Heisman trophy winner comes in at number two on our top 10 list. Winston will be a threat to repeat both of these incredible accomplishments, but his overall talent and skills put him a step behind a healthy Mariota. Also Winston has had some off the field issues and things like this can always take away from the preparation and availability of Winston during the season.

3. Brett Hundley, UCLA

UCLA has been on the rise over the past couple seasons and that is directly related to the emergence of Brett Hundley. It was tough for me watching UCLA games last season because against tougher defense's Hundley had almost no time to work out of the pocket and the center snaps in the shotgun where some of the worst I have seen. Hundley was able to make the best out of a suboptimal situation and hopefully the guys around him will allow him to flourish in 2014.

4. Bryce Petty, Baylor

The prolific Baylor offense was headed by Bryce Petty who came onto the national scene in a full out sprint to start the 2013 season. It seems like Baylor has been able to plug in the next guy up over the past 3 seasons, but that statement undercuts how talented their QBs have been. Petty decided to forgo the 2014 NFL draft and continue his progression at the NCAAF level. Baylor returns a ton of talent on offense and that should allow Petty to put up huge numbers again in 2014.

5. Taysom Hill, BYU

I saw BYU's first game with Hill under center and it was apparent right out of the gate that this kid had the competitive fire and "it" factor to be special on the college level. Taysom Hill reminds me a lot of Jordan Lynch and that is high praise for any true dual threat QB. Hill single handedly led the BYU throttling of Texas last season, but inconsistency plagued Hill's 2013 campaign. Last season Hill threw for 2,938 yards and rushed for 1,344 yards, and if he can clean up on his mistakes in the pass game BYU can be a top 25 team.

6. Sean Mannion, Oregon State

Last season Mannion had one of the most statistically prolific season's I have ever seen out of a QB at any level. Sean threw for 4,662 yards, completed over 66% of his passes, and he cleaned up his mistakes as he had a 37-15 TD to INT ratio. Losing Brandon Cooks obviously hurts, but Mannion is a seasoned veteran and he has the ability to make any WR look better than he would be in other offensive systems. Oregon State returns 8 guys on offense so big numbers should be expected out of this unit again in 2014.

7. Nick Marshall, Auburn

The QB that nearly led his team to the national title last season comes in at number 7 on our top 10 list. I think the loss of Tre Mason will hurt the productivity of Marshall in 2014, but I also think the experience he gained during the 2013 season will pay dividends going into 2014. Marshall ran for 1,068 yards and 12 TDs in 2013 and he wasn't called on to do much in the pass game, but that is likely to change somewhat in 2014. Nick Marshall is still a work in progress, but he has talented receivers around him to make the transition a little smoother.

8. Rakeem Cato, Marshall

Through his first two season's Cato was limited to being a pure pocket passer, but adding a run dimension to his game last season should pay off in 2014. Cato is another stat sheet stuffer through the air, but if he can become a dual threat he has the ability to lead Marshall to a respectable bowl game in 2014. The run game will only help open things up for Cato in the pass game and that is a scary thought for a QB that threw 39 TDS to just 9 INTs last season.

9. Chuckie Keeton, Utah State

Chuckie Keeton is one of my favorite players to watch in college football and he has turned me  into a pseudo Utah State fan. Keeton doesn't play with a lot of talent around him, but he throws one of the cleanest, accurate balls of any QB in the nation. Keeton puts his body on the line to get the win and that led to injury problems during the 2013 season and it will be interesting to see if that becomes an issue again in 2014. Before his 2013 injury Keeton threw for 1,388 yards, completing over 69% of his passes, and he had an 18-2 TD to INT ratio.

10. Braxton Miller, Ohio State

The 2013 season wasn't kind to Braxton Miller and his candidacy for the Heisman trophy fell way short as he struggled with injury and consistency. Miller is partially a product of a great situation as he goes against generally weaker competition in the Big 10 and he always has high level recruits protecting him on the O-line, but he has still shown flashes of greatness. Miller is the prototypical Urban Meyer QB and if he stays healthy he will put up big numbers with a full season of playing time under center.

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