Ranking College Football's Top 35 Quarterbacks for 2014

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Jameis Winston takes the top spot.

Ranking College Football's Quarterbacks for 2014

The quarterback position is stocked with talent in the college football ranks for 2014. Florida State’s Jameis Winston is the defending Heisman winner and should be the early favorite to go No. 1 in the 2015 NFL Draft.

Winston is closely followed by Oregon’s Marcus Mariota, who suffered a late-season knee injury in 2013. Mariota’s injury hindered the Ducks’ offense late in the year, but the junior is back to full strength for 2014.

Ohio State’s Braxton Miller and Baylor’s Bryce Petty aren’t far behind Mariota, as both players should challenge for All-America honors.

The depth at quarterback extends past the top 10 rankings, as players like Bowling Green’s Matt Johnson and Navy’s Keenan Reynolds are due for big seasons from leagues outside of the Power 5 conferences.

Ranking college football’s top 35 quarterbacks is no easy assignment. It’s not as simple as just looking at stats on a page. To formulate the 2014 quarterback rankings, Athlon examined last year’s stats, career overview, recruiting rankings, level of competition, pro projection and a guess on what might happen in 2014. These rankings are not just a snapshot of the season right now. Instead, we tried to project how a quarterback will perform in 2014. 

 

Ranking College Football's QBs for 2014

RankPlayerTeamNotes
1Jameis
Winston
Tough to top 2013, but Winston is
poised for another run at the Heisman.
2Marcus
Mariota
Ducks need Mariota to stay healthy
to win Pac-12.
 
3Braxton
Miller
Shoulder injury a concern, but Miller has
back-to-back season of at least 3,000 yards.
4Bryce 
Petty
Tossed only three interceptions on 403
attempts last year.
5Brett
Hundley
Led Bruins in rushing (748). Completed
66.8 % of passes in 2014.
6Christian
Hackenberg
Could be the No. 1 pick in the 2016 NFL
Draft. Will thrive under James Franklin.
7Nick 
Marshall
Should be more comfortable in 
Gus Malzahn's offense in 2014.
8Taylor
Kelly
Quietly accounted for 4,283 total yards
in 2013.
9Chuckie
Keeton
Suffered a torn ACL last year but all signs
point to a return to full strength in 2014.
10Taysom
Hill
Accounted for 4,282 total yards in 2013. 
Should improve as a passer in 2014.
11Connor
Cook
Was playing his best ball at the end
of 2013 in wins over Ohio State and Stanford.
12Rakeem
Cato
Has tossed at least 37 touchdown passes
in back-to-back seasons.
13Trevor
Knight
Significant upside. Finished 2013 by torching
Alabama for 348 yards and 4 passing TDs.
14Sean
Mannion
Led Pac-12 with 358.6 passing yards
per game in 2013.
15Everett
Golson
Returns to starting lineup after
missing 2013 due to suspension.
16Bo 
Wallace
Dr. Bo should rebound in 2014 after
nagging shoulder injury in '13.
17Maty
Mauk
Impressed in limited action. Needs to
improve completion percentage.
18Dak 
Prescott
Has a chance to be one of the top
QBs in MSU history.
19Shane
Carden
Top QB in AAC. Threw for 4,139
yards and 33 TDs last year.
20Davis 
Webb

Next star QB in Lubbock? Finished 2013 on a high note

by throwing for 403 yards vs. Arizona State.

21Devin
Gardner
Tossed only three picks in
Big Ten games last year.
22Nate
Sudfeld

Becomes clear No. 1 QB with
Tre Roberson's transfer.

23Matt
Johnson
Should post huge numbers under
first-year coach Dino Babers.
24Keenan
Reynolds
Set NCAA record for most rushing TDs in a season
by a QB with 31 in 2013.
25Jake 
Waters
Threw 10 of 18 touchdown passes in final four games.
A QB on the rise in 2014.
26Cody 
Kessler
Played better in second half of 2013. Threw for
345 yards and four scores in Las Vegas Bowl.
27Connor 
Halliday
Needs to cut down on INTs (22 last year). Tossed
six TDs in bowl loss to Colorado State.
28Cody 
Fajardo
Struggled with injuries last season. Recorded
nearly 4,000 yards of total offense in 2013.
29Marquise
Williams
Played well in relief of Bryn Renner in 2013. Expected
to thrive in Larry Fedora's offense.
30Hutson
Mason
Has big shoes to fill with departure of Aaron Murray.
Started final two games of 2013.
31Dylan
Thompson
3-0 as a starter. Should be a solid replacement for
the departed Connor Shaw.
32Kevin
Hogan
Completed 60% of passes in 2013. Should have
one of the Pac-12's top WR groups in 2014.
33Cole
Stoudt
Tajh Boyd will be missed, but coordinator Chad
Morris will keep offense near the top of ACC.
34Taylor
Heinicke
Prolific passer leads Old Dominion's
transition from FCS to FBS.
35Will
Gardner
The next star quarterback under Bobby Petrino?
10 QBs to Watch in 2014
 P.J.
Walker
 
 John 
O'Korn
 
 Kyle 
Allen
 
 Terrance
Broadway
 
 Chad
Voytik
 
 C.J. 
Brown
 
 Jared 
Goff
 
 Cyler
Miles
 
 Jacob 
Coker
 
 Jacoby 
Brissett
 

 

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