Who are the best quarterbacks coming into the 2019 college football season? Here are the 2019 CFN All-America quarterbacks and 30 top players.
2019 CFN Preseason All-America Quarterbacks
Who are the best quarterbacks coming into the 2019 college football season? There could easily be another 20+ on this list, and the final All-America team will likely be far different – we see you Washington State starter and, maybe, Justin Fields – but only 30 make the initial cut. Based on projections for this year – and not necessarily based on pro talent and potential ….
Honorable Mention All-Americans
30. Zac Thomas, Jr. Appalachian State
He might not be a big bomber, but he’s a steady and efficient passer who’s perfect for what the Mountaineers need. He completed 63% of his passes with 21 touchdowns and just six picks, and he ran for 504 yards and ten scores.
29. Cole McDonald, Jr. Hawaii
This is all about the stats, and please change this in a hurry to Chevan Cordeiro depending on who grabs the starting gig. The Hawaii quarterback will flirt with 4,000 yards, with McDonald coming off a 3,875-yard, 36 touchdown season. Consistency is the key, and that’s going to be an issue against a brutal schedule.
28. Nathan Rourke, Sr. Ohio
If you’re one of those college fantasy types, here’s your guy. Rourke is the star of what should be the MAC’s best team, rushing for 860 yards and 15 scores after running for 21 touchdowns the year before. He’s not quite accurate enough, but he won’t make a ton of mistakes.
27. Jacob Eason, Jr. Washington
It’s all there for the former Georgia starter to come up with something fantastic. He’s got the tools, he’s got the time in the system, and he’s got the team around him to grow into the pro prospect he was expected to become as a Bulldog.
26. Jake Bentley, Sr. South Carolina
Underappreciated, the four-year starter is a big, steady passer who’s been through it all. He won’t run a lot, and he throws way too many interceptions, but he’s a key veteran in what should be a trying schedule – the schedule isn’t fair.
25. Josh Jackson, Jr. Maryland
Sort of forgotten about in the transfer mix, he first needs to get healthy, then stay healthy, and then build off what he was able to do as a freshman at Virginia Tech a few years ago. He’s the type of do-it-all quarterback who might finally settle an always-shaky situation for the Terps.
24. Alan Bowman, Soph. Texas Tech
He was well on his way to a massive season before getting knocked out in early November. When he was on, he was amazing, hitting 69% of his throws for 2,637 yards with 17 touchdowns and seven picks as a freshman. Under new head coach Matt Wells, the gigantic passing games will keep on rolling.
23. Austin Kendall, Jr. West Virginia
It’s been done to death that he was neck-and-neck with Kyler Murray for the Oklahoma starting job, but … he was neck-and-neck with Kyler Murray for the Oklahoma starting job. He might not be Will Grier, but he’s about to have a massive season under first year head man Neal Brown.
22. Feleipe Franks, Jr. Florida
Call this a bit of a projection and an assumption that he’ll take his game to another level in his third year with the Gators. He’s got the dream size and tools, and he doesn’t throw picks. Now he has to build off his big end to last season and be more of a playmaker.
21. Charlie Brewer, Jr. Baylor
Lost a bit in the shuffle of Big 12 quarterbacks, the 6-1, 202-pound Brewer was able to bomb away with the best of them on the way to a 3,019-yard, 19-touchdown season. He can run a little, too – scoring seven times – and now in his third year, he’s in for a fantastic overall campaign.
20. Brady White, Sr. Memphis
The Tiger running game made the big splash, but White turned in a fantastic season. Now the offense will be more on the former Arizona State Sun Devil’s shoulders after throwing for close to 3,300 yards with 26 scores and nine picks.
19. Mason Fine, Sr. North Texas
Back for what seems like his gajillionth season at the helm, the four-year starter is on pace to finish among the greatest passers – at least in terms of bulk yards – of all-time. He’s not big, and he’s not much of a runner, but he puts up massive numbers.
18. Brock Purdy, Soph. Iowa State
The Iowa State was going nowhere, and then Purdy rose up in his freshman season and turned the 2018 season around. A baller, he’ll do whatever is needed to make something happen, but he has to cut own on his picks – throwing seven – and he has to continue to be 66% accurate.
17. Jordan Love, Jr. Utah State
How will his game and the Aggie offense change with head coach Matt Wells off to Texas Tech and Gary Andersen taking over? Not much, but the Aggies lot most of their top receivers. Fortunately, the 6-4, 225-pound Love is sharp enough and accurate enough – throwing for 3,567 yards and 32 touchdowns and six picks with seven touchdown runs – to make everyone around him better.
16. Ian Book, Sr. Notre Dame
The Irish offense isn’t going away from the high-powered ground game, but with a deadly-accurate veteran passer in Book – completing 68% of his passes – will be the main man for the attack. He’ll start pushing the ball down the field a bit more.
15. Kellen Mond, Jr. Texas A&M
Still just a junior – it seems like he’s been around since the RC Slocum era – Mond is still growing into his skills. With a great receiving corps around him in the Jimbo Fisher attack, he’s coming off a 3,107-yard, 24 touchdown, nine-pick season with seven rushing scores. Expect a whole lot more.
14. KJ Costello, Sr. Stanford
The NFL types are going to fall in love with him more and more through the process. Costello is 6-5 and 215 pounds with a deep arm, averaging 8.6 yards per pass with 3,540 yards and 29 scores. He threw 11 picks, but he’ll push the ball and make big things happen.
13. Khalil Tate, Sr. Arizona
One of the most dynamic playmakers in college football stopped running last year under new head man Kevin Sumlin. He wasn’t accurate enough – completing 56% of his throws – but he made a whole lot of big plays and threw 26 touchdown passes. If he gets turned loose, though, it might be Johnny Manziel time.
12. Shea Patterson, Sr. Michigan
The former Ole Miss star had a decent first season at Michigan – completing 65% of his passes for 2,600 yards and 22 scores with seven picks – and now he knows what he’s doing. With a switch to a higher-octane passing game, and with a loaded group of receivers to work with, look out.
11. Nate Stanley, Sr. Iowa
If would be nice if he could be more accurate and consistent – he completed just 59% of his throws with ten picks – and he isn’t going to run, but the 6-4, 242-pounder has NFL upside and big bombing skills. There’s nothing flashy about his game, but he might just be the Big Ten’s best quarterback.