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Posted on: December 20, 2008 2:43 pm
Edited on: February 10, 2009 8:08 pm
 

10 Greatest College QBs

I have always been a huge fan of college football, probably even more than I like pro football but it is a close call. Quarterback has always been the offense position that interested me the most and like most kids when I was younger always imagined being one when I got older (and obviously that didn't happen). So I decided that I would spend some time figuring out who I believe are the best quarterbacks of all-time. To do this I made a list of all the greats that first came to mind. Then I narrowed that list down to ten and then ranked those ten. I know many reading this may argue with certain players making the list and where they landed on the list. And people will also question why certain players didn't make the list. Well not everyone could make it obviously and like I said this is who I believe are the ten best so this is all just in my opinion. Well here it is:

10.) Ken Dorsey- U of Miami- (1999-2002)- Dorsey won and won often, pilling up a career record of 38-2, including two National Championship appearances and one win. He is statistically the best of all the great Miami quarterbacks and that says a lot when being on a list that includes Vinny Testaverde, Bernie Kosar, and Gino Torreta. If he would have won that 2nd national championship he might have been even higher on this list.

9.) Danny Wuerffel- Florida- (1993-1996)- Arguably the best quarterback Steve Spurrier ever had. He was the perfect quarterback for the Run 'N Gun and put up insane numbers. He finished his career with over 10,000 yards passing and over 110 TDs. He also beat numerous tough SEC teams year in and year out and was playing Florida St. teams when they were at their best every year. He is one of the few on this list that you can truly say he played against some of the best competition that could be put in front of him and succeeded.

8.) Roger Staubach- Navy- (1962-1964)- Before he was the star QB of some of the best NFL teams of all-time for the Cowboys he was dominating college football at a time when the position still wasn't full of superstars. He was one of the best athletes to ever step onto a college football field and I was quite tempted to put him higher on this list but just couldn't put him ahead of any of the guys above him. With that said he was one of the best to ever play the position and if you ever have a chance to watch tapes of some of his games make sure to make some time to sit down and enjoy.

7.) Davey O'Brien-TCU- (1935-1938)- There is a reason the award is named after him, he was one of the best there ever was and at a time when the quarterback didn't really throw much and was by no means the centerpoint of the offense. He threw the kind of numbers that had previously never before been seen. He led TCU to both an undefeated season and a National Championship. He was also the first player to ever win the Heisman Trophy, Maxwell Award, and Walter Camp Award all in the same year. Although he was a small man at 5'7 and around 150 pounds he was one of the toughest men to ever stand behind the center and was one of the true revolutioners of the position.

6.) Sammy Baugh- TCU- (1934-36)- Another former TCU QB, Slingin Sammy was a passing QB when that was a true rarity. He was a two-time All-American and was the first real star quarterback in the history of college football. If it wasn't for this man no other name on this list would even mean anything and they all have him to thank for the fact that the position has become what it is.

5.) Doug Flutie-Boston College- (1981-84)- No player has ever taken a school and basically single handedly brought it into the spotlight like Flutie did for BC. He will forever be one of the most popular to ever play the position and anyone who watches college football (or even doesn't) has seen the hail mary pass atleast 10 times in their life (with most having seen it more near 100). With that game and that moment he basically decided who would win the Heisman that year between him and Miami's Bernie Kosar. He is another player like O'Brien who was smaller but didn't let that affect how well he played or how tough he was.

4.) Matt Leinart-USC- (2003-05)- I know I know many people might have him higher on this list and some might even have him at the top spot but I still to this day am not sold on him as a Top 3 QB. I will admit that I was never a huge fan of his while he was at USC but i respected the man's talent and what he was doing. He led one of the greatest offenses to one of the most prolific three year run that will ever be seen in college football. He put up an ashtonishing 39-2 record and won two national championship games in his career and almost won a third. He won the Heisman as a junior and had a shot at winning a 2nd in his senior year but his teammate Reggie Bush got the pleasure of winning it instead. My opinion of him may differ from others but I still believe he deserves his spot in the top 5, just not the top 3.

3.) Vince Young-Texas- (2003-2005)- Young was one of the most amazing college players to have ever laced up the cleats and was as entertaining as it gets. He put together two of the best Rose Bowl performances of all-time including the National Championship win over USC in his final year that goes down as one of the greatest games in college football history. He did things that not many players can't do and made plays out of what seemed like nothing. He carried Texas on his back many times and seemed to get a first down or touchdown whenever it was needed. He will always be one of the most exciting players to ever live and also one of the best leaders.

2.) Charlie Ward- Florida St.- (1989-1993)- I will admit at this time that these top two QBs I am kind of biased towards because they are most likely my two favorite players in college football history. Now having said that I did not let that cloud my judgement and still believe they both deserve the spots I put them at. Ward is arguably the best player to have played for the Seminoles. He was part of the teams that made Bobby Bowden a legend and brought this team to elite status. He helped win Bowden's first National Championship and was part of some of the best games in the sport's history. He is also an amazing athlete having ended up in the NBA instead of the NFL.

1.) Tommie Frazier-Nebraska- (1992-1995)- Now here it is the quarterback who I believe is the best to ever play college football. He put together a 33-3 record and won back to back national championships in 1994 and 1995. He was also the focal point of what might have been the greatest team in college football history. He battled through blood clots in his career but did not let them stop him from coming back and dominating. He ran the option offense like no other. He finished his career with 79 total touchdowns almost 5500 yards. He also had one of the greatest plays ever when he carried numerous Florida players on his back and then broke free during a 75 yard run during a rout in the 1996 Fiesta Bowl.

Just missed the Top 10: Peyton Manning, Tennessee, Ty Detmer, BYU, Jim Plunkett, Stanford, John Elway, Stanford, Tony Rice, Notre Dame, Vinny Testaverde, Miami, Bernie Kosar, Miami, Archie Manning, Ole Miss, Andre Ware, Houston, Steve Walsh, Miami, Michael Vick, Virginia Tech.

Posted on: December 15, 2008 5:08 am
 

Coaching Changes Part 2

It is now time to examine another one of the numerous coaching changes that has happened so far, and that would be Clemson making Interim Head Coach Dabo Sweeney the Head Coach for next year. This may have been a rushed decision by the school and one that could hurt for the next few years.

This hiring reminds me a lot of a similar situation last year at West Virginia. They decided to make Bill Stewart Head Coach after an impressive bowl win and an endorsement from star player Pat White. So let's examine the first part of that. Although Clemson decided this before their bowl game Sweeney is the reason they are even in one. Before he took over it looked as if this was going to be a lost season but he turned it around and somewhat saved the season after all. So so far thats one for one. Now for the second part and let's see yeah a star player endorsed Sweeney as well. One half of their star running back duo C.J. Spiller previously mentioned that he would lean more towards returning next year if they were to make Sweeney the head coach. This might have been in the back of their minds since James Davis is a senior this year so if both him and Spiller would have been gone then that's a lot of yards and touchdowns to make up.

So far with West Virginia we saw Stewart take a team that had the now career rushing yards leader for quarterbacks (White), an incredibly talented young back (Noel Devine) and a smart defense and basically couldn't do anything with it. A lot of the people out there expected another run at the national championship but that disappeared after losing to both East Carolina and Colorado in the first 3 weeks. Well let's hope for Clemson's (and Sweeney's) sake that this doesn't happen for them. It is true that the circumstances are very different with no one in their right minds expecting a national championship run out of this team next year. But this is a team that has quietly been having good team after good team and seemed to be on their was up, so hopefully it doesn't all turn around.

 Sweeney needs to prove he can win a bowl game and then prove he can recruit successfuly. Those will be his first two major tasks as head coach. Next he will have to prove that he can be successful next year in what will be a much improved ACC. Many of the teams in the conference will be a lot better next year. Miami, Florida St., Virginia Tech, Boston College, and Maryland (to name a few) should all be even better and that doesn't look necessarily good for Sweeney. But in this one only time will tell.

Posted on: December 2, 2008 11:05 pm
 

College Football Coaching Changes Thoughts

This will be the first installment of thoughts on the coaching changes that are happening in 2008-09 in College Football. So far there have been a good amount of jobs left with openings and there is a possibility there may be more to come. This includes both big time and more small scene jobs. The two current most talked about over the season has been without a doubt Tennessee and Clemson. Both of those job now have been taken with the hirings of Lane Kiffin and Dabo Swinney, respectively.

First up will be the highly publicized hiring of former Oakland Raiders Head Coach Lane Kiffin by the Tennessee Volunteers. Tennessee has been known for some time now as one of the best jobs in the sport and coaching in the SEC at any time is a real treat. Tennessee had the opportunity to choose among various possibly candidates out there to take this prestigious job. There choice ended up being the young Kiffin. Although his talent as a head coach can't really be determined based on his most recent job at Oakland (since Al Davis doesn't really ever let his coaches actually coach), this is a hiring that at the moment seems to be a little bit unjustified. Those words could end up coming back and haunting me in the future if he ends of turning the school back around and making them once again the true SEC powerhouse that they were back in the late 1990s, but I will still say it (wouldn't be the first time I ended up being wrong about something anyways.... or the last).

The reasons that I will make a statement like that are numerous. Kiffin has spent the majority of his coaching career on the complete opposite sound of the country in sunny California (assistant positions at USC and the as forementioned Raider's job). He has no ties in the southeast to depend on. He is going to be recruiting against the likes of Mark Richt, Steve Spurrier, Urban Meyer, Les Miles, and Nick Saban just to name a few. Those are some tough coaches to attempt to recruit against and try to convince players why it would be in the best interest to go with you to U of T instead of following any of those above names and there respective school. Also speaking of recruiting who knows if Lane can even recruit well enough to bring this storied program back to the top of the SEC east. Another reason I have for feeling that way about the hiring is the fact that there were better candidates out there.

The first person to mention here would be Norm Chow. Chow already has ties in Tennessee because of his job with the Titans. That is a fact that is incredibly important because connections mean everything in the college football world. To go along with that he is also one of the best offense minds in the sport. He has been involved with some of the greatest college offenses of all-time and has been around some great football minds in Lavell Edwards and Pete Carroll. Tennessee has a history of having high quality quarterbacks running their team (for example Peyton Manning, Tee Martin, and Erik Ainge). So Chow would be perfect for the job since he is one of the best at tutoring quarterbacks. He has coached three different heisman winners at some point in time (Ty Detmer at BYU and Carson Palmer and Matt Leinart at USC). I believe he would have been the perfect choice for this team.

Another possibility would have been the Defensive Coordinator from Virginia Tech Bud Foster. Virginia Tech has been one of the best defenses year in and year out and Foster is one of the big reasons why. He preaches a hard nosed type of defense that knows how to get the ball away from the offense. He would go perfectly in the mentality of SEC football, where good D is plentiful. Also he obviously has southern ties since he has been at Va. Tech for as long as he has. It also doesn't hurt learning under one of the best in Frank Beamer. If Foster were to bring "Beamer Ball" over to U of T it would have been a perfect fit. There are other possible candidates that would have been better for them as well but I believe those two would have been great choices. But neither of them were standing in front of a podium the other day being announces as the new head coach of the Vols, so I guess their AD doesn't have the same ideas as me.

Well that was the first installment of my toughts on this year's coaching changes and as mentioned before the next coach I will be speaking of will be Dabo Swinney.

 
 
 
 
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