QUARTERBACKS OF THE FUTURE
August 8, 2014INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
The success of a team often hinges on the production at the quarterback position.
“The quarterback position is the most important in sports,” says Washington Redskins president and general manager BRUCE ALLEN. “The demand on the quarterback is unique.”
GIL BRANDT, who oversaw the Dallas Cowboys’ personnel department for 29 years and currently shares his gridiron knowledge as a senior analyst for NFL.com, sees plenty of quarterback talent coming up the pike.
“The quarterbacks we see in college now are so much more developed passers than the quarterbacks we saw 25 years ago, simply because teams are throwing the ball so much more at the high school and collegiate level,” says Brandt.
Following are Brandt’s choices for the top QBs in college today (listed alphabetically):
QUARTERBACK HT/ WT BRANDT’S ANALYSIS
Connor Cook, Michigan State 6-4/220 “He was a first-year starter last season and went on to lead his team to 13 wins. He has a strong arm and is very athletic. He posted 22 TD passes versus six interceptions in 2013.”
Brett Hundley, UCLA 6-3/227 “He’s a threat to defenses due to his ability to make plays as a runner and a passer. He’s a two-year starter and has led the Bruins to 19 wins in two years.”
Sean Mannion, Oregon State 6-5/220 “He’s a big strong armed quarterback who will play well in a pro-style offense. One of his strengths is accuracy. He will definitely complete a lot of passes. He passed for 4,662 yards with 37 TDs last season.”
Marcus Mariota, Oregon 6-4/211 “After being redshirted in 2011, he has totaled 6,342 passing yards with 63 touchdowns versus 10 interceptions in the past two seasons. He’s an outstanding athlete and has a strong arm.”
Jameis Winston, Florida State 6-4/229 “The Heisman Trophy winner was pivotal in Florida St. winning the BCS National Championship a year ago. He passed for 4,057 yards with 40 TDs last season and rushed for 219 yards with four rushing TDs. He’s a rare talent with extraordinary athletic ability.”
BRANDT’S HONORABLE MENTIONS: Shane Carden, East Carolina; Jacob Coker, Alabama; Jeff Driskel, Florida; Cody Fajardo, Nevada; Devin Gardner, Michigan; Christian Hackenberg, Penn State; Kevin Hogan, Stanford; Chuckie Keeton, Utah State; Taylor Kelly, Arizona State; Hutson Mason, Georgia; Braxton Miller, Ohio State; Bryce Petty, Baylor; Bo Wallace, Mississippi.