Jameis Winston takes the top spot.
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
|Tough to top 2013, but Winston is|
poised for another run at the Heisman.
|Ducks need Mariota to stay healthy|
to win Pac-12.
|Shoulder injury a concern, but Miller has|
back-to-back season of at least 3,000 yards.
|Tossed only three interceptions on 403|
attempts last year.
|Led Bruins in rushing (748). Completed|
66.8 % of passes in 2014.
|Could be the No. 1 pick in the 2016 NFL|
Draft. Will thrive under James Franklin.
|Should be more comfortable in |
Gus Malzahn's offense in 2014.
|Quietly accounted for 4,283 total yards|
|Suffered a torn ACL last year but all signs|
point to a return to full strength in 2014.
|Accounted for 4,282 total yards in 2013. |
Should improve as a passer in 2014.
|Was playing his best ball at the end|
of 2013 in wins over Ohio State and Stanford.
|Has tossed at least 37 touchdown passes|
in back-to-back seasons.
|Significant upside. Finished 2013 by torching|
Alabama for 348 yards and 4 passing TDs.
|Led Pac-12 with 358.6 passing yards|
per game in 2013.
|Returns to starting lineup after|
missing 2013 due to suspension.
|Dr. Bo should rebound in 2014 after|
nagging shoulder injury in '13.
|Impressed in limited action. Needs to|
improve completion percentage.
|Has a chance to be one of the top|
QBs in MSU history.
|Top QB in AAC. Threw for 4,139|
yards and 33 TDs last year.
Next star QB in Lubbock? Finished 2013 on a high note
by throwing for 403 yards vs. Arizona State.
|Tossed only three picks in|
Big Ten games last year.
Becomes clear No. 1 QB with
|Should post huge numbers under|
first-year coach Dino Babers.
|Set NCAA record for most rushing TDs in a season|
by a QB with 31 in 2013.
|Threw 10 of 18 touchdown passes in final four games.|
A QB on the rise in 2014.
|Played better in second half of 2013. Threw for|
345 yards and four scores in Las Vegas Bowl.
|Needs to cut down on INTs (22 last year). Tossed|
six TDs in bowl loss to Colorado State.
|Struggled with injuries last season. Recorded|
nearly 4,000 yards of total offense in 2013.
|Played well in relief of Bryn Renner in 2013. Expected|
to thrive in Larry Fedora's offense.
|Has big shoes to fill with departure of Aaron Murray.|
Started final two games of 2013.
|3-0 as a starter. Should be a solid replacement for|
the departed Connor Shaw.
|Completed 60% of passes in 2013. Should have|
one of the Pac-12's top WR groups in 2014.
|Tajh Boyd will be missed, but coordinator Chad|
Morris will keep offense near the top of ACC.
|Prolific passer leads Old Dominion's|
transition from FCS to FBS.
|The next star quarterback under Bobby Petrino?|
10 QBs to Watch in 2014