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September 24, 2010

QB geography: Where are the starters from?

If your favorite team is looking for a quarterback, your team's coaches -- not surprisingly -- need to head to California, Florida and Texas.

Exactly half -- 60 of 120 -- of the starting quarterbacks at FBS schools are from those three states. In addition, of the top 40 high school quarterbacks in the nation this recruiting cycle, almost half (18) hail from that trio of states.

Of the current FBS starting quarterbacks, California has the most with 23. Texas is second with 19 and Florida third with 18. Pennsylvania (eight) and Georgia and Ohio (seven each) round out the top five.

Last season, California, Florida and Texas combined for 54 starting quarterbacks.

In this season's high school ranks, California has seven of the top 40, followed by Florida with six and Texas with five. Last year, 18 of the nation's top 40 were from those three states, with California having eight, Texas six and Florida four.

Here is a look at this season's FBS starters (* -- see notes at bottom):

ALABAMA (2)
School: Player. Hometown/High school
Mississippi State: Chris Relf. Montgomery/Carver
Vanderbilt: Larry Smith. Prattville/Prattville

ARIZONA (1)
Duke: Sean Renfree. Scottsdale/Notre Dame Prep

ARKANSAS (1)
Kent State: Spencer Keith. Little Rock/Pulaski Academy

CALIFORNIA (23)
Bowling Green: Matt Schilz. Pasadena/Maranatha *
Buffalo: Jerry Davis. Fresno/Edison
Colorado: Tyler Hansen. Murrieta/Chaparral
Colorado State: Pete Thomas. El Cajon/Valhalla
Fresno State: Ryan Colburn. Visalia/Central Valley Christian
Louisiana Tech: Colby Cameron. Thousand Oaks/Newbury Park
Louisville: Adam Froman. Santa Rose/Maria Carrillo
Nebraska: Taylor Martinez. Corona/Centennial
Nevada: Colin Kaepernick. Turlock/Pittman
New Mexico: B.R. Holbrook. Newhall/Hart *
New Mexico State: Matt Christian. Carlsbad/Carlsbad
Notre Dame: Dayne Crist. Sherman Oaks/Notre Dame
Ohio U.: Boo Jackson. Lompoc/Lompoc
Oregon State: Ryan Katz. Santa Monica/Santa Monica
San Diego State: Ryan Lindley. Lakeside/El Capitan
San Jose State: Jordan La Secla. Newbury Park/Newbury Park
Tulane: Ryan Griffin. West Hills/Chaminade College Prep
UCLA: Kevin Prince. Encino/Crespi Carmelite
USC: Matt Barkley. Santa Ana/Mater Dei
Utah: Jordan Wynn. Oceanside/Oceanside *
Utah State: Diondre Borel. Oakley/Freedom.
Washington State: Jeff Tuel. Fresno/Clovis West
Wyoming: Austyn Carta-Samuels. San Jose/Bellarmine College Prep

FLORIDA (18)
Arkansas State: Ryan Aplin. Orange Park/Fleming Island
Clemson: Kyle Parker. Fruit Cove/Bartram Trail
East Carolina: Dominique Davis. Lakeland/Kathleen
Florida: John Brantley. Ocala/Trinity Catholic
Florida Atlantic: Jeff Van Camp. Navarre/Navarre
Florida International: Wesley Carroll. Fort Lauderdale/St. Thomas Aquinas
Georgia: Aaron Murray. Tampa/Plant
Louisiana-Lafayette: Chris Masson. Miami/Columbus
Memphis: Ryan Williams. Miramar/Miramar
Miami: Jacory Harris. Miami/Northwestern
Michigan: Denard Robinson. Deerfield Beach/Deerfield Beach
Purdue: Robert Marve. Tampa/Plant
South Carolina: Stephen Garcia. Tampa/Jefferson
Toledo: Austin Dantin. Tallahassee/Leon
UCF: Jeffrey Godfrey. Miami/Central
USF: B.J. Daniels. Tallahassee/Lincoln
Western Kentucky: Kawaun Jakes. St. Augustine/St. Augustine
West Virginia: Geno Smith. Miramar/Miramar

GEORGIA (7)
Air Force: Tim Jefferson. Atlanta/Woodward Academy
Auburn: Cameron Newton. Atlanta/Westlake
Georgia Tech: Joshua Nesbitt. Greensboro/Greene County
Middle Tennessee: Dwight Dasher. Folkston/Charlton County *
Navy: Ricky Dobbs. Douglasville/Douglas County
North Carolina: T.J. Yates. Marietta/Pope
UAB: Bryan Ellis. Fort Valley/Peach County

HAWAII (2)
Hawaii: Bryant Moniz. Wahiawa/ Leilehua
Ole Miss: Jeremiah Masoli. Honolulu/St. Louis

ILLINOIS (2)
UNLV: Omar Clayton. Normal/Normal
Wisconsin: Scott Tolzien. Palatine/Fremd

INDIANA (2)
Indiana: Ben Chappell. Bloomington/South.
Northern Illinois: Chandler Harnish. Ossian/Norwell

IOWA (1)
Iowa State: Austen Arnaud. Ames/Ames

KANSAS (1)
Western Michigan: Alex Carder. Shawnee Mission/Shawnee Mission Northwest

KENTUCKY (3)
Army: Trent Steelman. Bowling Green/Bowling Green.
Marshall: Brian Anderson. Louisville/Male
Troy: Corey Robinson. Paducah/Lone Oak

LOUISIANA (2)
Houston: Terrance Broadway. Baton Rouge/Capitol *
LSU: Jordan Jefferson. St. Rose/Destrehan

MARYLAND (1)
Temple: Chester Stewart. Hyattsville/DeMatha Catholic

MICHIGAN (3)
Arizona State: Steven Threet. Adrian/Adrian
Michigan State: Kirk Cousins. Holland/Holland Christian
Penn State: Robert Bolden. Orchard Lake/St. Mary's

MINNESOTA (1)
Minnesota: Adam Weber. Shoreview/Mounds View

MISSISSIPPI (1)
Southern Miss: Austin Davis. Meridian/West Lauderdale

MISSOURI (4)
Illinois: Nathan Scheelhaase. Kansas City/Rockhurst
Kansas: Jordan Webb. Union/Union
Kansas State: Carson Coffman. Peculiar/Raymore-Peculiar
Missouri: Blaine Gabbert. Ballwin/Parkway West.

NEBRASKA (1)
Idaho: Nathan Enderle. North Platte/North Platte

NEW JERSEY (1)
Tennessee: Matt Simms. Ramsey/Don Bosco Prep

NEW MEXICO (1)
Oklahoma: Landry Jones. Artesia/Artesia

NORTH CAROLINA (1)
Maryland: Jamarr Robinson. Charlotte/Myers Park

OHIO (7)
Akron: Patrick Nicely. Willoughby/Willoughby South
Central Michigan: Ryan Radcliff. Sherwood/Fairview
Cincinnati: Zach Collaros. Steubenville/Steubenville
Eastern Michigan: Alex Gillett. Clyde/Clyde
Iowa: Ricky Stanzi. Mentor/Lake Catholic.
Kentucky: Mike Hartline. Canton/Glen Oak
Miami (Ohio): Zac Dysert. Ada/Ada

OKLAHOMA (1)
Oklahoma State: Brandon Weeden. Edmond/Santa Fe

OREGON (1)
California: Kevin Riley. Beaverton/Beaverton

PENNSYLVANIA (8)
Boston College: Dave Shinskie. Mount Carmel/Mount Carmel Area
Connecticut: Zach Frazer. Mechanicsburg/Mechanicsburg
Northwestern: Dan Persa. Bethlehem/Liberty
Ohio State: Terrelle Pryor. Jeannette/Jeannette
Pittsburgh: Tino Sunseri. Pittsburgh/Central Catholic
Rutgers: Tom Savage. Springfield/Cardinal O'Hara
Syracuse: Ryan Nassib. Malvern/Malvern Preparatory School
Virginia: Marc Verica. Drexel Hill/Monsignor Bonner

TEXAS (19)
Alabama: Greg McElroy. Southlake/Carroll.
Arizona: Nick Foles. Austin/Westlake
Arkansas: Ryan Mallett. Texarkana/Texas
Ball State: Kelly Page. Mesquite/Mesquite
Baylor: Robert Griffin. Copperas Cove/Copperas Cove
Florida State: Christian Ponder. Colleyville/Colleyville Heritage.
Louisiana-Monroe: Kolton Browning. Mabank/Mabank
North Texas: Riley Dodge. Southlake/Carroll *
Oregon: Darron Thomas. Houston/Aldine
Rice: Nick Fanuzzi. San Antonio/Churchill *
SMU: Kyle Padron. Southlake/Carroll
Stanford: Andrew Luck. Houston/Stratford
Texas: Garrett Gilbert. Austin/Lake Travis
Texas A&M: Jerrod Johnson. Humble/Humble
TCU: Andy Dalton. Katy/Katy
Texas Tech: Taylor Potts. Abilene/Abilene.
Tulsa: G.J. Kinne. Mesquite/Gilmer
UTEP: Trevor Vittatoe. Bedford/Trinity
Wake Forest: Tanner Price. Austin/Westlake *

VIRGINIA (2)
N.C. State: Russell Wilson. Richmond/Collegiate
Virginia Tech: Tyrod Taylor. Hampton/Hampton

WASHINGTON (3)
Boise State: Kellen Moore. Prosser/Prosser
BYU: Jake Heaps. Sammamish/Skyline *
Washington: Jake Locker. Ferndale/Ferndale

NOTES
Bowling Green: Schilz is injured, but he will regain the starting job when healthy.
BYU: Heaps will make his first start this week; former starter Riley Nelson (who went to high school in Utah) is out for the rest of the season.
Houston: Broadway will make his first start this week; former starter Case Keenum (who attended high school in Texas) is out for the rest of the season.
Middle Tennessee: Dasher has been suspended by the NCAA for the first four games but will start when he returns; the two quarterbacks who have made starts for MTSU this season are Logan Kilgore and Jeff Murphy (both from California).
New Mexico: Holbrook is injured, but he will regain the starting job when healthy.
North Texas: Dodge will make his first start this week; former starter Nathan Tune (who went to high school in Texas) is out for the rest of the season.
Rice: Fanuzzi is starting because of an injury to Taylor McHargue (who attended high school in Texas), but Fanuzzi seems likely to keep the job even when McHargue returns.
Utah: Wynn is injured, but he will regain the starting job when healthy.
Wake Forest: Price is starting because of an injury to Ted Stachitas (who attended high school in Florida), but it's unknown who will start when Stachitas is healthy.



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