College Football's 10 Most Explosive Running Quarterbacks for 2016

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Having a dual-threat quarterback who makes the defense respect his arm and legs is arguably a must for effective offenses in today’s college football. These quarterbacks have the unique ability to turn ordinary plays into pay dirt and six points for the offense. They come in different shapes and sizes, but there are a few qualities each big-play signal-caller seems to possess - speed, acceleration and great playmaking ability. This spreadsheet below shows runs that went over 20 and 30 yards, average per carry and a total sum of the statistics. There is no perfect system to define the elite dual-threat quarterbacks, but this arbitrary metric should efficiently sort out the best of the best. Without further ado, here are the most dynamic running quarterbacks in college football.

 

CFB's 10 Most Explosive Running QBs for 2016

Name

20+

30+

Avg

Total

Greg Ward Jr. (UH)

16

9

5.8

30.8

Lamar Jordan (UNM)

13

4

5.3

22.3

Lamar Jackson (UL)

11

6

5.2

22.2

Deshaun Watson (CLEM)

10

6

5.4

21.4

Kevin Ellison (GSU)

9

5

6.4

20.4

Matt Davis (SMU)

11

5

4.1

20.1

Tyler Jones (TSU)

9

5

4.2

18.2

Quinton Flowers (USF)

10

3

5.0

18.0

Kenny Potter (SJSU)

9

5

3.5

17.5

Joshua Dobbs (UT)

10

2

4.6

16.6

Greg Ward Jr., 5’11, 185 lbs., Houston

Became the first Houston quarterback to rush for over 1,000 yards in a season.

 

Lamar Jordan, 5’10, 190 lbs., New Mexico

Has 1,419 career rushing yards and had a 5.11 average per carry versus Power 5 opponents in 2015.

 

Lamar Jackson, 6’3, 196 lbs., Louisville

Holds the school record for rushing yards by a quarterback in a season and already owns the career record with 960 yards.

 

Deshaun Watson, 6’2, 210 lbs., Clemson

Broke the ACC total offense mark of 4,600 yards set by Philip Rivers of NC State in 2003.

 

Kevin Ellison, 6’0, 183 lbs., Georgia Southern

The triple-option threat has 2,690 career rushing yards and 28 touchdowns thus far in his storied Eagle career.

 

Matt Davis, 6’0, 212 lbs., SMU

Had four 100-yard rushing performances and owns the two highest rushing totals by a quarterback in SMU history.

 

Tyler Jones, 6’2, 205 lbs., Texas State

Was second in the Sun Belt for rushing yards by a quarterback and rushed for 160 yards versus Southern Miss.

 

Quinton Flowers, 6’0, 210 lbs., South Florida

Posted 3,287 yards of total offense and set a USF season record for total touchdowns accounted for with 34.

 

Kenny Potter, 6’2, 208 lbs., San José State

Became the first San José State quarterback in 11 years to rush for six touchdowns in a season.

 

Joshua Dobbs, 6’3, 207 lbs., Tennessee

Rushed for at least one touchdown in 13 of his last 19 starts with two or more in six of those games.

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