Who are the best quarterbacks coming into the 2018 college football season? Here are the projected 30 top players.
Preview 2018: Top 30 Quarterbacks
Who are the best quarterbacks coming into the 2018 college football season? It’s going to be an amazing year, especially when it comes to the younger prospects about to take the world by storm.
Don’t see your guy here? You won’t get much of a debate if you want to argue for a few different names – there should/could be freshmen at Nebraska, USC and Georgia who’ll end up on this by the end of the season. That goes for dangerous options at Notre Dame, UNLV and Navy, and great veterans at Colorado, South Carolina, UMass, SMU and Syracuse, too.
However, for now …
Based on projections for this college season – and not necessarily based on pro talent and potential – here are the 30 best quarterbacks coming into the season.
30. Caleb Evans, Jr. ULM
Coming off a 2,878-yard passing, 13 rushing score season, he’s one of the nation’s most exciting all-around quarterbacks. Get ready for him to be a weekly statistical superstar you need to go out of your way to see.
29. Brent Stockstill, Sr. Middle Tennessee
Back after missing half of last season hurt, he should be a lock for 4,000 yards and at least 30 scores – if he can stay healthy. He’ll be one of the nation’s most efficient passers.
28. TaQuon Marshall, Jr. Georgia Tech
The passing game? He’s working on it. However, when it comes to getting the Georgia Tech offense moving, he’s exactly what the team needs. He’ll be a force again after running for 1,146 yards and 17 scores.
27. Justice Hansen, Sr. Arkansas State
The former Oklahoma transfer threw a few too many picks last season (16), but he also bombed away for close to 4,000 yards and 37 scores. He’ll put up massive numbers as he takes ASU to the new Sun Belt championship game.
26. Tyree Jackson, Jr. Buffalo
Get ready for him to be one of the interesting hot prospects on the NFL scouting circuit as the year goes on. He’s 6-7 and 245 pounds with an arm to put the ball anywhere on the field – and he can run, too. Hurt for a stretch last season, he still threw for close to 2,100 yards and 12 scores with three picks.
25. Tyler Huntley, Jr. Utah
Can he make the offense sing in the second year of the new style? The Utes will still run the ball, and the receiving talent is just okay, but they’re also doing more downfield passing. The interceptions have to slow down after throwing ten, but he’ll be a dangerous dual-threat playmaker.
24. Nathan Rourke, Jr. Ohio
He came in from the JUCO ranks and threw for 2,203 yards and 17 scores, and ran for 907 yards and 21 touchdowns. He even caught a touchdown pass. Expect a lot more of the same for what might just be a better Ohio offense.
23. Brett Rypien, Sr. Boise State
One of college football’s most accurate passers over the last three seasons, he’s hit 63% of his throws for almost 10,000 yards with 60 touchdowns. He won’t run much, but he’ll be good enough to lead the Broncos to a New Year’s Six game.
22. Kelly Bryant, Jr. Clemson
This isn’t fair. Put him much, much higher if he becomes the full-time starter again for the entire year. However, he’ll have to push out a guy who’s a lot better. Coming off a 2,802-yard, 13 touchdown, 14 rushing score season, he’s good enough to lead Clemson to the national title … if he gets the job.
21. Mason Fine, Jr. North Texas
A smallish, fun baller, he’ll be at the helm of one of college football’s most dangerous offenses, coming off a 4,052-yard, 31-score season. Get ready for him to bomb away and push for a 40-touchdown pass campaign for the electrifying attack.
20. Kyler Murray, Jr. Oklahoma
Not an Oakland A quite yet, he’s got the flash and speed to be a special runner who can keep the Sooner O going. He’s not going to throw like Baker Mayfield did, but that’s not going to matter so much when he’s taking off and adding a new dimension to the attack.
19. Dwayne Haskins, Soph. Ohio State
The 6-3, 214-pounder has the arm, the mobility, and the upside to not just take over the Buckeye starting quarterback job, but make it even better for the next few years. He’ll do a whole lot of handing off, but get ready for him to be a fantastic passer, too. Urban Meyer is pretty good at this whole college quarterback development thing.
18. Clayton Thorson, Sr. Northwestern
Put him higher if his knee really is okay. From most indications, he’s hoping to start the season despite tearing his ACL in the bowl win over Kentucky, but he’s not going to push it and screw up his big-time future. With his NFL upside, he can’t suffer a setback. If he’s fine, and if he can cut down on his picks, he’ll throw for well over 3,000 yards.
17. Trevor Lawrence, Fr. Clemson
This is either ridiculously too high or 20/20 hindsight too low depending on 1) whether or not he actually wins the job away from Kelly Bryant and 2) he really is every bit as good as he looked all offseason and the spring game. The undeniable talent is there for the superstar recruit to eventually be a No. 1 overall draft pick – and a national championship starter.
16. Josh Jackson, Soph. Virginia Tech
One of the biggest new ACC stars on the scene last season, he threw for close to 3,000 yards and 20 touchdowns and ran for six scores. He’ll have to do even more for a Hokie team in a little bit of a rebuilding mode – and he can.
15. Shea Patterson, Jr. Michigan
Not quite the sure thing Wolverine fans might be praying for, he has to come up with a full year after getting hurt last season and after playing in a handful of games as a freshman. Even so, the passing skills are there to finally settle the position and get the O going again.
14. Ryan Finley, Sr. NC State
He put off the NFL for a year after hitting 65% of his throws for 3,514 yards and 17 scores – watch out for him to be the top quarterback on the board by some services. There’s not much mobility, but the arm is there to revolve the entire offense around him bombing away. He might be losing a slew of key weapons, but he’s the veteran, heady leader who can carry the team.
13. Brian Lewerke, Jr. Michigan State
Not a national big thing quite yet, the 6-3, 212-pounder can run a bit, and in his first full-time year at the helm, threw for close to 2,800 yards and 20 scores. And now he knows what he’s doing. Michigan State will be about defense and running the ball, but he’ll take over games from time to time, too.
12. Jalen Hurts, Jr. Alabama
Just …. just …. just watch out for this quarterback race and don’t assume anything quite yet. Hurts is a better passer than you think. He might not take a whole slew of chances, and it’s not always pretty if he has to throw. However, he threw 17 touchdown passes and just one pick, he hits 60% of his throws, and he’s a creative and devastating runner. Now he has to play.
11. Nick Fitzgerald, Sr. Mississippi State
This is assuming his injured leg is all well and good – he’s expected to be ready to go by the start of the season. If he really is 100%, look out – he’ll be a dominant statistical star in the Joe Moorhead offense. He won’t run as much, but his passing numbers will rise.