Friday, July 25, 2008
Tim Tebow Tops List of QBs
Having a great QB is becoming more and more necessary in college football as spread offenses and passing become more and more popular. Having an above average QB is essential for a title run just like in the NFL. Today we look at the best QBs in the SEC and ACC. Please feel to comment on who you think are the best QBs in the conference.
Any QB list in the SEC will start with Tebow and Stafford. These two QBs are big reasons why these teams will be competing for a national title this year. There are only 3 proven QBs heading into the season, but a few will emerge as we go along.
1. Tim Tebow - Florida
The returning Heisman Trophy winner tops the SEC list and is the best QB in the nation. It is quite possible Tebow may own every QB record in the SEC by the time he is done. He also performs minor miracles.
2. Matt Stafford - Georgia
Stafford came in the same class with Tebow and while he has not had the statistical sucess of Tebow, he has enjoyed stepped progress each year. The junior is looking to take the next step and lead Georgia to an SEC title and MNC. He will have Knowshon Moreno to help take the pressure off.
3. John Parker Wilson - Alabama
John Parker returns for his third season starting at Alabama and Nick Saban has big plans for his QB. Wilson had some incredible games last year (Tennessee), but also was the goat in others (LSU). There is a big drop off from #2 to #3 in these rankings as Wilson needs to develop more consistency in the pocket.
4. Jonathan Crompton - Tennessee
My first flyer in the ranking with new Tennessee starter Jonathan Crompton. Crompton has sat behind Erik Ainge but now gets his turn. Crompton had high accolades out of high school and several years of schooling under one of the best QB coaches, David Cutcliffe.
5. Kodi Burns - Auburn
We got a glimpse of what Kodi Burns could do in Tony Franklin's new offense in the Chick Fil A Bowl last year. Burns will have some competition at the position but should have plenty of opportunities in the spread offense that focuses on getting 85+ plays off a game.
Sleeper: Jevan Snead - Ole Miss
One main reason why the ACC has suffered in recent years is the lack of quality QB depth in the conference. This year the ACC has two very solid QBs, but overall the conference is still uncertain at the position.
1. Cullen Harper - Clemson
Not much was expected of Harper before last year, but the then junior delivered big for Clemson right from the gate against Florida State. The senior has been voted preseason player of the year. Not surprising considering Clemson was also voted as preseason confernence champs.
2. Riley Skinner - Wake Forest
Skinner, now a Junior, already has an ACC title on his resume but would like to add another. Skinner is not an expceptional passer or runner but does both very well and moves the ball consistently in Jim Grobe's misdirection offense.
3. TJ Yates - North Carolina
TJ Yates was an afterthought in UNC's recruiting class a few years back but not any more after having a fantastic first season as a starter.
4. Sean Glennon - Virginia Tech
Some Virginia Tech fans will disagree with...probably most Virginia Tech fans will disagree with me, but I think Glennon is the better QB in Blacksburg. He definitely had his trouble in the past, but once he became the starter again last year he was an asset for the Hokies.
5. Thaddeus Lewis - Duke
Lewis suffers from having no talent around him. I expect a more poised QB this year after gaining knowledge from one of the best in the business as his head coach.
Sleeper: Josh Nesbitt - Georgia Tech