Top 10 College QBs to Watch This Season

    As the upcoming college football season approaches, a wave of quarterbacks are ready to make their mark on the field. From traditional powerhouse programs to rising stars at underdog institutions, here’s a look at some of the quarterbacks you should keep an eye on.

    Caleb Williams – USC 

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    Caleb Williams has generated excitement and anticipation among Trojan fans. He has a combination of arm strength, agility, and football IQ. Williams will lead the USC offense with a fresh perspective. His ability to make plays through the air and on the ground is a game-changer for the Trojans. William’s will be the #1 overall pick in the 2023 draft. 

    Drake Maye – UNC 

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    North Carolina has a history of producing NFL quarterbacks, and Drake Maye appears to be the latest in line. He has a strong arm and precision passing. Maye will lead the Tar Heels’ high-powered offense. He doesn’t have the athleticism of Williams, but his composure in the pocket and natural leadership qualities bode well in the upcoming season. 

    Jayden Daniels – LSU 

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    The LSU Tigers have a new leader under center. He’s known for his ability to read defenses and make split-second decisions. Daniels is poised to guide LSU’s offense with a mix of intelligence and athleticism. He has a quick release to avoid a pass rush. With a solid supporting cast, he has the potential to elevate the Tigers to new heights.

    Jordan Travis – FSU 

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    Florida State University’s Jordan Travis brings versatility to the quarterback position. With his mobility and elusiveness, Travis makes plays with his legs while making deep throws. He’ll need to have better ball placement on intermediate passes. As the Seminoles look to regain their dominance, Travis’ ability to extend plays could be a game-changer.

    Kyle McCord – Ohio State 

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    Ohio State has a rich history of producing elite quarterbacks, and Kyle McCord is next in line. With a cannon for an arm and the ability to deliver accurate throws at various distances, McCord has the potential to be a pivotal figure for the Buckeyes. His deep ball accuracy and poise in high-pressure situations make him formidable.

    Arch Manning – Texas 

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    The name Manning is synonymous with football excellence, and Arch Manning, from the University of Texas, is determined to uphold that legacy. He has the Manning bloodline, combined with his natural talent and football acumen, make him a player to watch. His transition to college football will undoubtedly draw attention as he attempts to forge his own path.

    Devin Leary – Kentucky

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    Devin Leary was one of the ACC quarterbacks in the ACC. He transfered to Kentucky. He adds experience and maturity. With a strong arm and the ability to make quick decisions, Leary has the tools to excel in the SEC. His leadership on and off the field could be instrumental in NC State’s pursuit of success.

    Dillon Gabriel – Oklahoma 

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    Oklahoma’s potent offense welcomes Dillon Gabriel. He’s a quarterback with accuracy and prolific passing. With a history of producing elite signal-callers, the Sooners are optimistic for Gabriel. His ability to distribute the ball effectively is a headache for opposing defenses.

    Tyler Shough – Texas Tech 

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    Tyler Shough brings his talents to Texas Tech, a team that loves to air it out. Shough’s arm strength and willingness to take shots down the field align well with the Red Raiders’ offensive philosophy. If he can establish a strong connection with his receiving corps, Tech will be a problem.

    Chandler Morris – TCU 

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    TCU’s Chandler Morris is a dual-threat quarterback ready to highlight his skills. With the ability to extend plays with his legs and make accurate throws on the run, Morris adds a dynamic element to the Horned Frogs offense. His adaptability could make TCU a team that’s hard to predict and defend against.

    S.K. Patrick
    S.K. Patrick
    S.K. Patrick is a sports journalist from Louisville, Ky with over 5 years of sports journalism experience. Patrick graduated from the University of Louisville with his BA in mass communications and a minor in marketing. Patrick has been part of Louisville's local sports community for several years. He’s a former high school football player and little league football coach. Patrick has covered press conferences and games for U of L’s Sports Information Office. He now covers the ACC, along with Western Kentucky University and the University of Cincinnati. He has reported on Rick Pitino, Bobby Petrino, Jimbo Fisher, Roy Williams, Mike Krzyzewski, and many others. Professionally he has covered the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl and the NFL Scouting Combine.

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