Right around this time of year much of the attention is focused on the rookie QB's that are making the transition to life in the NFL. From signing multi-million dollar contracts and going through the motions at NFL mini-camps, former college QB's are getting more exposed right now than many of them ever were in school. This leaves us to ask the question, "who's going to be leading our favorite college team to victory this season?" The answer, plenty of young talent, all of them with valuable experience under center in college. Here are my top ten returning QB's:
10. Chase Daniel, Missouri: Daniel burst on to the scene last season after posting 33 TD passes. I look for him to do more of the same this season.
9. Willie Tuitama, Arizona: Look for the senior to throw over 30 TD's this season, and reach for 70% in completion percentage.
8. Curtis Painter, Purdue: Threw 29 TD's last season, completing 63% of his throws
7. Dan LeFavour, Central Michigan: One of three duel threat QB's on this list. Tossed 27 TD passes, ran for 1,122 yards, and scored 19 TD's with his feet. Potential Heisman candidate.
6. Colin Kaepernick, Nevada: Another duel threat QB who posted 1,425 yards on the ground in '07, and that was when he was a freshman. Keep an eye on this youngster, he could be soon drawing comparisons to Vince Young.
5. Todd Reesing, Kansas: Came out of nowhere last season and landed on the cover of SI with his 33 TD's.
4. Sam Bradford, Oklahoma: Led the nation in completion percentage as a freshman. All while throwing a staggering 36 TD passes.
3. Cullen Harper, Clemson: With a TD to INT ratio of 4.5 to 1 in '07, look for this guy to do more of the same in '08, garnering respect from the NFL scouts. Even if he plays through all four years of eligibility, a guy like Harper, with his scary minimal mistakes would be hard to pass up.
2. Tim Tebow, Florida: Heisman trophy winner, and I understand what everyone is thinking, he should be number one on this list. Believe me, this was tough to decide. I wouldn't be surprised if Tebow runs the table for a second, and even after that, a third Heisman.
1. Graham Harrell, Texas Tech: Hear me out on this one. Harrell jumps ahead of Tebow because he threw over 5000, yes, you saw right, 5000 yards in '07. Additionally, he had one of the best completion percentages (72%) of anyone on this list. And finally, Harrell threw 48 TD passes last season, yes, that's right 48. Kinda like a few other guys did in the NFL, like ya know, Marino, or ummm, oh yeah, that Manning guy.