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August 29, 2011
We finish our preseason player rankings by ranking all 120 FBS teams at quarterback.
What's important to note is that this ranking is not just a comparison of the talent level of the starters. Rather, there are numerous variables:
How comfortable coaches -- and fans -- should be entering the season with their quarterback situation.
The experience level and talent level of the starting quarterback.
The experience level of the backup. (All things considered, a team with an experienced backup is going to rank higher than a team without an experienced quarterback.)
How the quarterbacks fit their offense (important when it comes to considering option quarterbacks).
An objective opinion of how these guys will produce in their offense. Production does trump potential, though.
Mike Huguenin's quarterback rankings
Starter/backup: Case Keenum/Cotton Turner
The buzz: Keenum should set three key NCAA passing records this season -- yards, completions and TD passes. Turner is a senior, too. And third-stringer David Piland started eight games last season as a freshman when Keenum and Turner were hurt.
Starter/backup: Andrew Luck/Brett Nottingham
The buzz: Luck is the best quarterback in the nation; heck, he's the best player in the nation. But Nottingham never has thrown a college pass.
3. Boise State
Starter/backup: Kellen Moore/Joe Southwick
The buzz: Moore is Mr. Consistency, and he should become the winningest starting quarterback in FBS history this season. How he works with a rebuilt receiving corps is an important storyline this season.
Starter/backup: Darron Thomas/Bryan Bennett
The buzz: Thomas was a revelation last season, his first as a starter. He's a good runner and an underrated passer, and the Ducks' spread offense fits him perfectly.
Starter/backup: Matt Barkley/Cody Kessler
The buzz: Barkley is the latest in a long line of Trojans gunslingers. The only question is whether he will return for his senior season.
Starter/backup: Robert Griffin/Nick Florence
The buzz: Griffin is a phenomenal athlete who remains underrated nationally. Florence has almost a full season of starting experience.
Starter/backup: Landry Jones/Blake Bell
The buzz: Jones isn't mobile, but so what? He has a strong arm and good weapons with which to work, and he'll put up huge yardage numbers.
Starter/backup: Denard Robinson/Devin Gardner
The buzz: Robinson was a magician last season in then-coach Rich Rodriguez's spread offense. Surely, veteran coordinator Al Borges will tweak his offense to take full advantage of Robinson's talents.
9. Oklahoma State
Starter/backup: Brandon Weeden/Clint Chelf
The buzz: Weeden is a former minor-league baseball player; as such, playing pitch and catch -- as he will do this fall with stud WR Justin Blackmon -- comes natural to him.
10. West Virginia
Starter/backup: Geno Smith/Paul Millard
The buzz: Smith is coming off a solid season (24 TDs, seven picks, 2,763 yards) -- and that was in a rather vanilla offense. Well, Dana Holgorsen is the new coach, and WVU ain't vanilla anymore. If Smith doesn't throw for at least 4,000 yards, it will have been a disappointing season.
Starter/backup: Nick Foles/Bryson Beirne
The buzz: Foles doesn't get enough credit for his abilities in Arizona's pass-happy attack. The Wildcats are ridiculously deep at wide receiver, which should make Foles ridiculously happy.
12. Notre Dame
Starter/backup: Dayne Crist/Tommy Rees
The buzz: Both these guys have proven they can win games in Brian Kelly's version of the spread. If Crist can stay healthy -- and fully grasp the offense -- he could put up monster numbers.
Starter/backup: Bryant Moniz/Shane Austin
The buzz: You'll hear people say Moniz is a "system quarterback." When that system allows you to throw for 5,040 yards and 39 TDs, the response should be, "So what?"
Starter/backup: Russell Wilson/Joe Brennan
The buzz: Wilson's decision to become a Badger may have lifted Wisconsin into the favorite's role in the Big Ten. How coordinator Paul Chryst utilizes Wilson's talents will be one of the more intriguing storylines of the season. It's conceivable the Badgers could average 225 rushing yards and 240 passing yards per game this fall.
15. Michigan State
Starter/backup: Kirk Cousins/Andrew Maxwell
The buzz: Cousins has a strong group of running backs behind him, which is too bad in a way because it cuts down on the number of times he'll be able to throw. And Michigan State also has a solid stable of receivers.
16. San Diego State
Starter/backup: Ryan Lindley/Adam Dingwell
The buzz: SDSU lost two 1,000-yard receivers, which could cut into Lindley's effectiveness this fall. What also could cut into his effectiveness is that 1,500-yard TB Ronnie Hillman does return. Still, Lindley is a talented guy with a strong arm.
Starter/backup: Taylor Martinez/Brion Carnes
The buzz: In the first half of the 2010 season, Martinez conjured memories of Tommie Frazier. But he got hurt and faded badly down the stretch. He's a dangerous runner who needs improvement as a passer. Speaking of Frazier, he attended the same high school -- Bradenton (Fla.) Manatee -- as Carnes.
Starter/backup: Aaron Murray/Hutson Mason
The buzz: Murray is the best quarterback in the SEC, which isn't saying that much this season. Still, he's a talented guy, but you wonder if he has enough weapons around him.
Starter/backup: Kyle Padron/J.J. McDermott
The buzz: Padron understands what June Jones wants -- and that's not always easy. Padron has a nice arm and a solid group of receivers with which to work.
Starter/backup: G.J. Kinne/Kalen Henderson
The buzz: Kinne, who transferred from Texas, is one of the best dual-threat quarterbacks in the nation and again will be at the controls of what should be one of the nation's highest-scoring offenses.
Starter/backup: Zach Collaros/Munchie Legaux
The buzz: The Bearcats fell a long way from 2009 to 2010, but Collaros had a good season for coach Butch Jones. He threw for 2,902 yards and 26 TDs. As for his backup -- come on, admit it: You want to see a guy named "Munchie" playing quarterback.
Starter/backup: Jake Heaps/James Lark
The buzz: Heaps struggled mightily early last season, not unexpected considering he was a true freshman. He was much stronger in the second half of the season, though part of that was rancid competition. Still, he should become the next star off the BYU quarterback assembly line.
23. East Carolina
Starter/backup: Dominique Davis/Rio Johnson
The buzz: Davis began his career at ground-bound Boston College, so there were questions when he transferred in from a junior college and was given the reins of ECU's pass-happy attack last season. There needn't have been any worries, as he threw for 3,967 yards and 37 TDs. But he needs to cut down on his picks (16).
24. Air Force
Starter/backup: Tim Jefferson/Connor Dietz
The buzz: Jefferson is a triple-option whiz who is entering his third season as the Falcons' starter. He ran for 754 yards and 15 TDs and also threw for 1,459 yards and 10 scores. Dietz is an experienced backup.
Starter/backup: Jeff Godfrey/Blake Bortles
The buzz: Knights coach George O'Leary is notoriously conservative on offense, but he knew what he had last season when Godfrey became the starter as a true freshman. Godfrey displayed poise beyond his years and proved to be a true dual-threat quarterback. It would surprise no one if he develops into the second-best quarterback in school history, behind only Daunte Culpepper.
26. Texas A&M
Starter/backup: Ryan Tannehill/Jameill Showers
The buzz: When Tannehill was made the starter midway through last season, A&M took off. He's certainly not a superstar, but he understands the offense and spreads the ball around to a dangerous group of backs and receivers.
Starter/backup: Tyler Wilson/Brandon Mitchell
The buzz: Wilson, a junior, will be a first-year starter; he has thrown 109 passes in his career, and 34 of those came against Auburn last season, when he came on in the first half in relief of an injured Ryan Mallett. Mitchell is a redshirt freshman.
28. Miami of Ohio
Starter/backup: Zac Dysert/Austin Boucher
The buzz: Both these guys won some big games last season as Miami enjoyed the best turnaround in Division I-A/FBS history. Boucher was at the controls when Miami won the MAC championship game in a shocker over Northern Illinois. Dysert, though, has a higher upside and looks to be the best quarterback at the school since Ben Roethlisberger.
29. Western Michigan
Starter/backup: Alex Carder/Tyler VanTubbergen
The buzz: Broncos coach Bill Cubit loves to toss it around, and Carder threw for 3,334 yards and 30 TDs last season, his first as a starter. His backup belongs on the all-name team.
Starter/backup: Dan Persa/Kain Colter
The buzz: Persa is remarkably accurate (72.0 completion percentage in his career) and can hurt defenses with his legs, too. But his health remains a question; he suffered a torn Achilles late last season, and reports are that he's not yet 100 percent.
31. Northern Illinois
Starter/backup: Chandler Harnish/Jordan Lynch
The buzz: Harnish always has been a dangerous runner for NIU, but he became a much more polished passer last season. The key this season is to play just as well for a new coaching staff.
32. Washington State
Starter/backup: Jeff Tuel/Marshall Lobbestael
The buzz: Washington State has been awful, but Tuel is a good one. Tuel has ... well, he has all the tools, including a stud receiver in Marquess Wilson. Lobbestael is a fifth-year senior.
33. Oregon State
Starter/backup: Ryan Katz/Cody Vaz
The buzz: Katz was solid as a first-year starter last season, and Mike Riley-coached quarterbacks usually make big second-year jumps. That means a 3,000-yard season is in store for Katz.
Starter/backup: Corey Robinson/Jamie Hampton
The buzz: Robinson was a high school legend of sorts, as he set a national prep record with 91 TD passes as a senior at Paducah (Ky.) Lone Oak in 2008. He had a big season as a first-year starter for the Trojans in 2010 as a redshirt freshman, throwing for 3,726 yards and 28 TDs. Hampton is a former starter.
35. Florida State
Starter/backup: E.J. Manuel/Clint Trickett
The buzz: Big things are expected from Manuel, a junior who has started six games in his career. Manuel is a good athlete who can run and has a strong arm. His backup is the son of FSU's offensive line coach.
36. Southern Miss
Starter/backup: Austin Davis/Chris Campbell
The buzz: Davis, a former walk-on, is entering his fourth season as the Golden Eagles' starter (though he missed half of the 2009 season because of injury). He's a good athlete who can hurt opposing defenses with his running ability, but it's his passing arm that truly is dangerous (7,396 yards and 53 TDs in his career).
Starter/backup: Bryan Ellis/Jonathan Perry
The buzz: Ellis didn't become the Blazers' starter until Game 3 last season, but he still threw for 2,970 yards and 25 TDs. He had barely played in his first two seasons.
38. Arkansas State
Starter/backup: Ryan Aplin/Stephen Hogan
The buzz: Aplin threw for 2,934 yards and 21 TDs and also ran for 477 yards and 11 scores last season, his first as the starter. He threw at least one TD pass in every game and accounted for at least three TDs in six games.
Starter/backup: Danny O'Brien/C.J. Brown
The buzz: O'Brien didn't become the Terps' starter until Game 4 last season, then helped them win nine games by throwing for 2,438 yards and 22 TDs as a redshirt freshman.
Starter/backup: Nathan Scheelhaase/Miles Osei
The buzz: Scheelhaase turned in a solid season as a first-time starter, especially on the ground. He ran for 868 yards and five scores, and he added 1,825 yards and 17 TDs through the air. Getting his completion percentage above 60 (it was at 58.7 last season) should be a priority this fall.
41. South Carolina
Starter/backup: Stephen Garcia/Connor Shaw
The buzz: Everyone knows about Garcia, who can't seem to stay out of trouble. He has a multitude of weapons around him, but for a fifth-year senior, he has been way too inconsistent. You can't count on Garcia from series to series, much less game to game. Still, when he is at his best, he's a dangerous dual threat who has a nice arm.
Starter/backup: Jordan Wynn/Jon Hays
The buzz: Wynn's biggest issue has been injuries, which have kept him from reaching his potential. He has dual-threat capabilities, and it will be interesting to see how he works with new coordinator Norm Chow this fall.
43. Texas Tech
Starter/backup: Seth Doege/Jacob Karam
The buzz: Doege, a first-year starter, might be the best athlete to play quarterback for the Red Raiders in more than a decade, and big things are expected from him this fall. He has the needed tools, but can he be consistent?
Starter/backup: James Franklin/Jimmy Costello
The buzz: Franklin is another first-year starter, but he looks to be a good fit for Gary Pinkel's version of the spread. Franklin is a good athlete who should be a dangerous runner, but there are some questions about his arm.
Starter/backup: B.J. Daniels/Bobby Eveld
The buzz: Daniels, a junior, is entering his third season as the starter. He is an excellent athlete, but he remains quite spotty as a passer. He threw more picks (13) than TDs (11) last season. Eveld came on for Daniels and led USF to an upset of Miami late last season.
Starter/backup: Tino Sunseri/Trey Anderson
The buzz: Sunseri did an OK job last season, his first as the starter, in then-coach Dave Wannstedt's pro-style attack. This season, though, will be a test as the Panthers are going to a fast-paced version of the spread. Sunseri has a high football IQ, but he still could have trouble adapting. He is the only quarterback on the roster who has taken a college snap.
Starter/backup: Sean Renfree/Brandon Connette
The buzz: Renfree is the leading returning passer in the ACC, having thrown for 3,131 yards last season. But he threw 17 picks and 14 TDs, and he's hampered because Duke's rushing attack is so anemic. Connette is a strong runner and should be used in some special packages this season.
Starter/backup: Tyler Bray/Matt Simms
The buzz: Bray was thrown into the fray as a true freshman last season and responded with strong play down the stretch. He threw 16 TD passes in the final five games. But four of the five opponents were horrible, and Bray still must prove himself against better defenses. Simms started for the first half of last season.
49. Mississippi State
Starter/backup: Chris Relf/Tyler Russell
The buzz: Relf did a solid job last season in guiding the Bulldogs to a 9-4 record, including a demolition of Michigan in the Gator Bowl. Still, he has some work to do as a passer; he threw six TD passes in his final two games last season, but the opponents were Ole Miss and Michigan, which were horrible against the pass.
50. North Carolina State
Starter/backup: Mike Glennon/Tyler Brosius
The buzz: Coaches really like Glennon, a junior who backed up Russell Wilson the past two seasons. Glennon has thrown 52 passes in his career but looks to have the needed physical tools. Brosius is a redshirt freshman.
Starter/backup: Tajh Boyd/Cole Stoudt
The buzz: Expectations are high for Boyd, a former touted recruit who looks to be a good fit for new coordinator Chad Morris' spread attack. Stoudt is a true freshman who went through spring ball. He is the son of former NFL QB Cliff Stoudt, and his brother, Zack, is the backup quarterback at Ole Miss.
52. Virginia Tech
Starter/backup: Logan Thomas/Mark Leal
The buzz: Thomas is a big guy (6-6/245) who has moved from tight end and will be the starting quarterback. He is an excellent athlete who is going to have to prove he can be an effective passer. Leal is a redshirt freshman.
Starter/backup: Stephen Morris/Jacory Harris
The buzz: Both have had all sorts of trouble throwing the ball to the right team; they combined to toss 21 picks last season. It appears as if Morris will start the opener because Harris is involved in the Nevin Shapiro scandal.
Starter/backup: Ryan Nassib/Charley Loeb
The buzz: Nassib started all 13 games last season and threw for 2,334 yards and 19 TDs. Loeb is a sophomore who saw scant time last season.
55. Arizona State
Starter/backup: Brock Osweiler/Taylor Kelly
The buzz: Osweiler, who is 6-8 and 235 pounds, attempted just 109 passes last season. But he passed for 647 yards and five touchdowns in the final two games, which he started after Steven Threet was hurt. Despite his size, Osweiler is a good runner, too. Kelly is a redshirt freshman.
Starter/backup: John Brantley/Jeff Driskel
The buzz: Brantley started 12 games last season, but he was a poor fit in the Gators' spread offense. The new staff has ditched the spread in favor of a pro-style attack, and coordinator Charlie Weis says Brantley can be an effective starter this season. Driskel and No. 3 QB Jacoby Brissett are true freshmen.
Starter/backup: Barrett Trotter/Clint Moseley
The buzz: Trotter, a junior, played in five games last season and attempted nine passes. He beat out Moseley, a sophomore who played in one game last season, for the starting job. But coordinator Gus Malzahn always has received solid play from his quarterbacks.
Starter/backup: Zach Maynard/Allan Bridgford
The buzz: Maynard is a transfer from Buffalo who has good mobility and can be a dangerous runner. He threw for 2,694 yards and 18 TDs with Buffalo in 2009 before transferring and sitting out last season.
Starter or backup: A.J. McCarron or Phillip Sims
The buzz: Chances are, either one of these guys will be just fine. They won't be asked to win games, but they will be told not to lose them. McCarron is a sophomore, Sims a redshirt freshman.
Starter/backup: Garrett Gilbert/Case McCoy
The buzz: Gilbert acquitted himself well in the national title game following the 2009 season, but he was inconsistent last season. He threw for 2,744 yards, but tossed 17 picks and just 10 TD passes. McCoy, Colt's brother, gave Gilbert a run for the starting job during summer camp.
61. Colorado State
Starter/backup: Pete Thomas/Garrett Grayson
The buzz: Thomas started every game last season as a true freshman and had the expected growing pains. Still, he completed 64.7 percent of his passes and threw for 2,662 yards. Grayson is a true freshman who enrolled in January after grayshirting last fall.
62. Penn State
Starter or backup: Rob Bolden or Matt McGloin
The buzz: These guys shared the starting job last season. Bolden, who got hurt at midseason, has the higher ceiling, butt McGloin -- well, during last season, at least -- was a steadier hand on the till.
Starter/backup: Keith Price/Nick Montana
The buzz: Price, a sophomore, takes over for the departed Jake Locker; he started once last season, in a blowout loss to Oregon. Price has some nice weapons at tailback and at wide receiver. Montana, Joe's son, is a redshirt freshman.
Starter/backup: Tyler Hansen/Nick Hirschman
The buzz: Hansen, a senior, has made 16 career starts for the Buffs and has 15 TDs and 17 interceptions. Hirschman is a redshirt freshman.
65. Boston College
Starter/backup: Chase Rettig/Dave Shinskie
The buzz: Rettig made nine starts as a true freshman last season and was one of three BC quarterbacks who saw time. He has a long way to go as a passer. Shinskie is a junior and a former minor league baseball player who has made 14 career starts for BC.
Starter/backup: James Vandenberg/A.J. Derby
The buzz: Vandenberg, a junior, has made two starts in his career, but he threw just eight passes last season. Derby is a redshirt freshman who was a big-time recruit.
67. Central Michigan
Starter/backup: Ryan Radcliff/A.J. Westendorp
The buzz: Radcliff had a tough act to follow last season, as he replaced Dan LeFevour as the starting quarterback. Radcliff threw for 3,358 yards and 17 TDs, but he also threw 17 picks. He has the skills to throw for 3,600 or so yards and at least 25 TDs.
68. Ohio State
Starter or backup: Joe Bauserman or Braxton Miller
The buzz: Bauserman is a fifth-year senior with limited skills; Miller is a true freshman with a high ceiling. But Buckeyes coaches seem likely to go with Bauserman early in the season in an attempt to let Miller ease into the job.
69. Georgia Tech
Starter/backup: Tevin Washington/Synjyn Days
The buzz: Washington started the final four games last season after Joshua Nesbitt was injured. Coaches are high on Days, a redshirt freshman.
Starter/backup: Jordan Jefferson/Jarrett Lee
The buzz: Jefferson is coming off a brutal campaign in which he threw more picks (10) than TD passes (seven). He is expected to miss the opener against Oregon after a recent arrest emanating from a bar fight. Lee, a senior, has made nine starts in his career and has the same number of picks as TDs (18).
Starter/backup: Morgan Newton/Maxwell Smith
The buzz: Newton, a junior, has made nine starts in his career, including eight as a true freshman in 2009. He has some mobility and a nice arm. Smith is a true freshman who went through spring ball.
72. North Carolina
Starter/backup: Bryn Renner/Braden Hanson
The buzz: Renner takes over for T.J. Yates, who had a big senior season. Renner, a sophomore, played in just three games last season and attempted two passes. Hanson is a junior who has played in two games in his career, both in 2009.
Starter/backup: Chas Dodd/Gary Nova
The buzz: Dodd played steady football as a true freshman last season and eventually caused the transfer of Tom Savage, who had started as a true freshman in 2009. Dodd is a heady player who worked behind an abysmal line last season. Nova is a true freshman from powerhouse Ramsey (N.J.) Don Bosco Prep.
74. Fresno State
Starter/backup: Derek Carr/Greg Watson
The buzz: Carr, a sophomore, is the brother of former Fresno State star/NFL No. 1 pick David Carr and, as such, will be in the spotlight this fall. Coaches think he will be just fine. Watson is a redshirt freshman.
Starter/backup: Kriss Proctor/Trey Miller
The buzz: Proctor made one start last season when starter Ricky Dobbs was injured and rushed for 201 yards in a victory over Central Michigan. Proctor is adept at running the option, but he isn't near the passer that Dobbs was. Miller is a sophomore who has yet to play.
76. Kansas State
Starter/backup: Collin Klein/Sammuel Lamur
The buzz: Klein, a junior, had more yards rushing (432) than passing (138) last season, but he has shown progress with his passing arm. Lamur, a senior, beat out JC transfer Justin Tuggle for the second-string role.
Starter/backup: Casey Pachall/Matt Brown
The buzz: Pachall, a sophomore, has the unenviable task of replacing four-year starter Andy Dalton for the Horned Frogs. Pachall is a former four-star prospect who has thrown nine college passes. Brown is a redshirt freshman.
Starter/backup: Ryan Griffin/D.J. Ponder
The buzz: Griffin, a junior, has good size (6-5/215) and a nice arm. But does he have any receivers? Ponder is a junior who saw action as a wide receiver last season.
Starter/backup: Trent Steelman/Max Jenkins
The buzz: Steelman is heading into his third season as the Black Knights' starter. He's adept at running the option but is a mediocre passer.
Starter/backup: Brian Reader/Taylor Davis
The buzz: Reader is a strong-armed former JC transfer who started twice in 2009, then saw action in 10 games last season as a backup. Davis is a sophomore who has yet to see college action.
81. Iowa State
Starter/backup: Steele Jantz/Jared Barnett
The buzz: Jantz is a touted JC transfer who won the job in summer camp. Barnett is a redshirt freshman.
Starter/backup: Tyler Lantrip/Cody Fajardo
The buzz: Lantrip is a fifth-year senior whose last start in a real game came in November 2005, when he was a senior in high school in Sacramento, Calif. Lantrip already has graduated and will be in his second year in an MBA program this fall. Fajardo is a redshirt freshman.
Starter/backup: Kolton Browning/Cody Wells
The buzz: Browning did a solid job as a redshirt freshman last season, beating out a returning starter, starting all 12 games and throwing for 2,552 yards and 18 TDs. He also rushed for 385 yards and four scores. Wells is a junior who started twice in 2009.
Starter/backup: Caleb TerBush/Robert Marve
The buzz: Projected starter Rob Henry was lost for the season last week with a torn ACL, making TerBush the starter. TerBush, a 6-5 junior, has played in one game in his career, going 4-of-10 against Wisconsin on Oct. 31, 2009. Marve was a touted high school recruit who began his career at Miami. He started the first four games last season before suffering a torn ACL.
Starter/backup: Taylor McHargue/Driphus Jackson
The buzz: McHargue started three games in an injury-plagued 2010 season, and coaches love his mobility. He's not the most physically gifted player but understands the offense and doesn't make many mistakes. Jackson is a true freshman.
Starter or backup: Dusty Kiel or Edward Wright-Baker
The buzz: New coach Kevin Wilson oversaw some potent offenses as coordinator at Oklahoma. What type of production can he get from these two? Kiel's brother, Gunner, is the highest-rated prep quarterback prospect nationally and already has committed to Indiana.
87. Louisiana Tech
Starter/backup: Nick Isham/Colby Cameron
The buzz: Isham is a true freshman who arrived on campus in July and won the starting job last week. Coaches like his athleticism and grasp of the offense. Cameron had been the incumbent starter.
88. Florida International
Starter/backup: Wesley Carroll/Jake Medlock
The buzz: Carroll began his career at Mississippi State and led the Bulldogs to the 2007 Liberty Bowl as a true freshman. He developed more consistency over the second half of last season.
89. Ole Miss
Starter/backup: Barry Brunetti/Zack Stoudt
The buzz: Brunetti, a Memphis native, transferred in from West Virginia after last season and was granted immediate eligibility because his mother is ill. He was a touted dual-threat quarterback in high school. Stoudt is a JC transfer whose dad, Cliff, was a quarterback in the NFL and USFL.
Starter or backup: Austin Dantin or Terrence Owens
The buzz: Dantin started nine times last season, but he was bothered by injuries throughout. Owens started the other four games, including a bowl loss to FIU. Dantin is the better runner of the two, but Owens is a more polished passer.
Starter/backup: Jordan Webb/Quinn Mecham
The buzz: Webb and Mecham shared the starting spot last season and combined to throw 11 TDs and 13 interceptions.
Starter/backup: MarQueis Gray/Max Shortell
The buzz: Gray, a junior, was a wide receiver under the previous coaching regime. He was installed as the starter during spring practice, and while he is an excellent athlete, his quarterback skills remain a work in progress. Shortell is a true freshman.
Starter or backup: Kevin Prince or Richard Brehaut
The buzz: The Bruins seem cursed at quarterback. Injuries have been an issue, and when the guys are healthy, they generally have played poorly. Brehaut started seven games and Prince five last season; they combined to throw nine TDs and 12 picks and completed just 52.6 percent of their passes.
Starter/backup: Will Stein/Teddy Bridgewater
The buzz: Stein, who is listed at 5-10, made two starts in 2009, then played in just two games last season. But he will head into this season as the starter. Bridgewater is a touted true freshman who has battled injuries during summer camp.
95. Eastern Michigan
Starter/backup: Alex Gillett/Tyler Benz
The buzz: Gillett is one of the better running quarterbacks in the nation; he led the Eagles in rushing last season with 766 yards. But he remains rather raw as a passer.
96. Wake Forest
Starter/backup: Tanner Price/Ted Stachitas
The buzz: Price started nine games last season as a true freshman and, not surprisingly, struggled. Stachitas began last season as the starter but was injured early in the season. His biggest claim to fame is that he succeeded Tim Tebow at quarterback at Ponte Vedra Beach (Fla.) Nease.
Starter/backup: Michael Rocco/David Watford
The buzz: Rocco, a sophomore, will be a first-year starter; he threw 25 passes as a backup last season. Watford is a true freshman who had a nice summer camp.
Starter/backup: Chazz Anderson/Alex Zordich
The buzz: Anderson is a transfer from Cincinnati who won the starting job during summer camp. He beat out Zordich, who was the Bulls' starter late last season.
99. Bowling Green
Starter/backup: Matt Schilz/Trent Hurley
The buzz: Schilz had his moments last season, his first as the starter, completing 60.7 percent of his passes and throwing for 2,223 yards as a redshirt freshman. But he also threw 14 picks and just eight TDs. Coaches like Hurley, a redshirt freshman.
Starter or backup: Chris Masson or Blaine Gautier
The buzz: Masson is a two-year starter, but Gautier is giving him a battle in new coach Mark Hudspeth's offense. Masson has made 21 starts in the past two seasons, while Gautier started twice last season when Masson was hurt.
Starter or backup: A.J. Graham or Rakeem Cato
The buzz: Both are former all-state quarterbacks in Florida. Graham played sparingly in two games last season before being injured. Cato is a true freshman who led Miami Central to the state title last fall in Florida's biggest prep classification.
102. Ball State
Starter/backup: Keith Wenning/Kelly Page
The buzz: Wenning made 10 starts last season as a true freshman and showed some potential, throwing for 14 TDs. But he also threw 14 picks and completed just 54.5 percent of his passes. Page, a junior, is the former starter who has struggled throughout his career.
103. Kent State
Starter/backup: Spencer Keith/Sal Battles
The buzz: Keith, a junior, is heading into his third season as the starter, but he needs to ramp up his production; he has 22 TDs and 22 picks in his career.
Starter/backup: Nick LaMaison/Tate Smith
The buzz: LaMaison is a JC transfer who won the starting job during summer camp. Smith is a senior who began his career at New Mexico.
105. Western Kentucky
Starter/backup: Kawaun Jakes/Brandon Doughty
The buzz: Jakes is a good athlete and a solid runner, but he has a ways to go as a passer. Doughty is a redshirt freshman.
Starter/backup: Larry Smith/Jordan Rodgers
The buzz: Smith, a senior, is a former "Mr. Football" in Alabama, but he has been dreadful for the Commodores. He has started 20 games in the past two seasons and has 11 TDs, 13 picks and a 47.6 completion percentage. Rodgers is the brother of Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers; he transferred in from a JC, then redshirted last season.
107. Middle Tennessee
Starter/backup: Logan Kilgore/Jeff Murphy
The buzz: Kilgore, a JC transfer, started three times early last season before getting injured. He beat out Murphy, who made one start last season, for the starting job.
108. North Texas
Starter/backup: Derek Thompson/Brent Osborn
The buzz: Thompson began last season as the starter, but he was injured early in the season, which led to UNT starting four different players at quarterback. Osborn is a JC transfer who enrolled in time for spring ball.
109. New Mexico
Starter/backup: Tarean Austin/B.R. Holbrook
The buzz: The starter was supposed to be Stump Godfrey, but he quit the team over the summer and transferred to Hawaii. Austin, a mobile sophomore who played some last season, edged Holbrook, a junior who led the team in passing attempts last season, for the starting nod.
Starter/backup: Caleb Herring/Sean Reilly
The buzz: Herring played some as a redshirt freshman last season, and he beat out Reilly, a JC transfer who enrolled for spring ball, during summer camp.
Starter or backup: Michael Nebrich or Johnny McEntee
The buzz: UConn had three quarterbacks who threw a pass last season, but they are gone. Nebrich is a true freshman who went through spring practice, while McEntee is a junior best-known for his YouTube videos.
Starter/backup: Brett Smith/Colby Kirkegaard
The buzz: No quarterback on Wyoming's roster has taken a college snap. Smith is a true freshman who enrolled in time for spring practice. Kirkegaard is a sophomore who transferred in from a junior college and walked-on.
113. New Mexico State
Starter/backup: Andrew Manley/Matt Christian
The buzz: Manley is a former Gatorade player of the year in Hawaii, and he became the starter late last season as a true freshman, replacing Christian. Manley held onto the job during summer camp by holding off Christian.
Starter/backup: Clayton Moore/Patrick Nicely
The buzz: Moore, a JC transfer, beat out Nicely, the returning starter, during summer camp. Moore signed with Ole Miss out of high school.
115. San Jose State
Starter/backup: Matt Faulkner/Dasmen Stewart
The buzz: The Spartans have a solid group of receivers, and coaches hope Faulkner can take advantage. He began his career at Fresno State before moving on to a junior college and then San Jose State last season, where he served as a backup.
Starter or backup: Mike Gerardi or Chris Coyer or Chester Stewart
The buzz: The Owls used all three last season and could use all three again this season as they move to a spread attack. JC transfer Clinton Granger could see time as the "Wildcat" quarterback.
117. Florida Atlantic
Starter/backup: Graham Wilbert/David Kooi
The buzz: Both are juniors and both are 6-7. Other than that, neither has done anything noteworthy, and both have been interception-prone in summer camp.
Starter/backup: Tyler Tettleton/Kyle Snyder
The buzz: Tettleton played some as a backup in 2009, then redshirted last season. He is the son of former major league catcher Mickey Tettleton. Snyder is a redshirt freshman.
119. Utah State
Starter/backup: Adam Kennedy/Chuckie Keeton
The buzz: Kennedy is a JC transfer who nailed down the starting job in fall drills. Keeton is a true freshman.
Mike Huguenin is the college sports editor for Rivals.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.