Top 10 Quarterbacks in the NCAA for 2016

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Top 10 Quarterbacks in the NCAA for 2016


10 JT Barrett, Ohio State, Jr.

J.T. Barrett seems to have got his starting job back with Cardale Jones gone, 2016 should be a turning point for him as well. Barrett threw 992 passing yards, 11 touchdowns, and four interceptions and rushed for 682 yards and 11 touchdowns while splitting time at QB last year with Jones. Barrett was a Heisman candidate in 2014 where he finished fourth in voting, when he threw for 2,834 yards, 34 passing touchdowns, and 10 interceptions while also rushing for 938 yards and 11 touchdowns. With a healthy 2016 season on the horizon, expect Barrett to get back into Heisman status as the full time starter for the Buckeyes.

9 Mason Rudolph, Oklahoma State, Jr.

Mason Rudolph returns for the Cowboys after a very productive 2015 season. Rudolph threw 3,770 passing yards, 21 touchdowns, and nine interceptions as his first year as the starter. He was second in the Big 12 last season in passing yards and sixth in passing touchdowns. His best performance last season came against TCU where Rudolph threw 16-24 for 352 passing yards and five touchdowns. Rudolph returns hoping to lead the Cowboys a better Big 12 performance in 2016.

8 Josh Rosen, UCLA, Soph.

Josh Rosen had quite the freshman season on his way to first team freshman All-American for the UCLA Bruins and the sky’s the limit as he enters his second season as a college quarterback. Rosen threw for 3,669 yards, 23 passing touchdowns, and 11 interceptions in 2015. His best performance came in his first game against UVA where Rosen threw 28-35 with 351 passing yards and three touchdowns in a 34-16 victory. Look for Rosen to be a darkhorse for the Heisman Trophy this year if UCLA runs the tables in the Pac-12.

7 Patrick Mahomes, Texas Tech, Jr.

Patrick Mahomes enters the season after earning All-Big 12 honorable mention for what was a stellar performance from him. Mahomes threw 4,653 passing yards, 36 touchdowns, and 15 interceptions along with 456 rushing yard and 10 touchdowns in 2015. Mahomes was first in the Big 12 in total yards from scrimmage and total touchdowns as well as first in passing touchdowns. Mahomes’ best performance last season came in a 59-45 win over Kansas State where he threw 33-42 with 384 passing yards, three touchdowns, and totaled 14 rushing yards and a rushing down. Mahomes returns in 2016 looking to earn a bit more respect as one of the nation’s best quarterbacks.

6 Greg Ward Jr., Houston, Sr.

Greg Ward Jr. had quite the 2015 season on his way to second team All-American Athletic honors. Ward Jr. threw for 2,827 yards, 17 touchdowns, and six interceptions while also rushing for 1,114 yards and 21 touchdowns. In a word, Ward Jr. is big threat running or passing the pigskin, he was fifth in the nation in rushing touchdowns. Ward. Jr’s best performance was against Louisville where was 23-33 with 236 passing yards, three passing touchdowns and ran for 98 rushing yards in a 34-31 victory. Ward Jr. returns in 2016 hoping for more production as Houston continues to build a college football powerhouse.

5 Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma, Jr.

Baker Mayfield finished last season fourth in Heisman voting, All-Big 12 first team, and second team All-American in 2015. Mayfield threw for 3,700 yards, 36 touchdowns, and 7 interceptions last season for the Sooners.  He was awarded Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year after leading the Big 12 in passing touchdowns and was third in the Big 12 in passing yards. His best performance came against Kansas State where threw 20-27, 282 passing yards, and five passing touchdowns in a 55-0 rout of the Wildcats. Look for Mayfield to have a big senior season in 2016 to avenge their 37-17 loss to the Clemson Tigers.

4 Brad Kaaya, Miami, Jr.

Brad Kaaya returns this season for the Hurricanes after earning third team All-ACC honors last season. Kaaya threw for 3,238 yards, 16 touchdowns, and five interceptions in 2015 and with new coach Mark Richt, his ceiling for production should be a bit higher. Kaaya was second in the ACC last season in passing yards and sixth in passing touchdowns for the Hurricanes. His best performance of 2015 came against Virginia Tech where Kaaya threw 19-30 for 296 yards and two touchdowns in a 30-20 victory. Kaaya returns in 2016 hoping a new coaching staff can right the ship for the Hurricanes in the ACC this season.

3 Chad Kelly, Mississippi, Sr.

Chad Kelly returns to the Ole Miss Rebels as probably the best SEC quarterback after earning second team All-SEC honors in 2015. Kelly threw for 4,042 passing yards, 31 touchdowns, and 13 interceptions last season, Kelly also rushed for 509 yards and 10 touchdowns, so he’s not just a passing quarterback. His best performance last season came against Oklahoma State where Kelly threw 21-32 with 302 yards and four touchdowns in a 48-20 Sugar Bowl victory. Kelly returns hoping to lead Ole Miss to their first SEC championship since 1963.

2 Luke Falk, Washington State, Jr.

Luke Falk was a first team All-Pac 12 selection in 2015, not bad for a former walk-on. Falk threw 4,561 passing yards, 38 touchdowns, and eight interceptions last season for the Cougars. Falk was second in the Pac 12 in passing yards and passing touchdowns and first in pass completions (447). His best performance last season came in 45-42 victory over the Arizona Wildcats where Falk threw 47-62 for 514 yards and five touchdowns. Falk has proven to be a leader in the pass-heavy Cougar offense, look for him to make noise as one of the Pac 12’s best in 2016.

1 Deshaun Watson, Clemson, Jr.

Deshaun Watson finished third in Heisman voting and is a clear Heisman favorite entering 2016 for the Clemson Tigers. Watson had a phenomenal junior season passing for 4,109 yards, 35 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. He also rushed for 1,105 yards and 13 touchdowns. Watson’s best performance came against NC State where he threw 23-30 with 383 passing yards and five touchdowns and rushed for 54 yards and a touchdown as well in a 56-41 victory. Watson is a dual threat quarterback looking for vengeance as the Tigers look to return to the College Football Playoffs.


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