The start of spring practice is nearly here and with it comes the return of college football. Games are still months away, but at least college football fans have something to look forward to. With spring practice nearly here, it's a great time to take a look at who the top quarterbacks are for 2016.
A few of the top options from last year have taken their talents to the NFL. But there's still plenty of talent left. Many gifted players just missed out as the list was narrowed down. With that in mind, here are the 10 Best QBs In College Football In 2016.
10. Deshone Kizer/Malik Zaire, Notre Dame Fighting Irish
This is cheating a little bit, but only because it's unclear if Zaire or Kizer will win the starting job. Zaire was the starter last season and was playing well before breaking his ankle. Kizer took over and played great in Zaire's absence. Both QBs are very talented and could start for a number of QBs in the nation. This could be another Cardale Jones/J.T. Barrett situation like Ohio State had last season. Whoever wins the starting job will be a Heisman contender.
9. Luke Falk, Washington State Cougars
Falk beat out Texas Tech's Patrick Mahomes for this spot, and both QBs put up monster numbers in prolific offense. Falk threw for 380 yards per game last season, leading the nation. He was just a sophomore last season and could eclipse his 4,561 yards and 38 TDs this season.
8. Josh Rosen, UCLA Bruins
Rosen was a true freshman last season and completed 60 percent of his passes for 3,669 yards, 23 TDs and 11 picks. Rosen still has work to do but will continue to develop. He could top this list as soon as next year.
7. Brad Kaaya, Miami Hurricanes
Kaaya is one of the better NFL prospects on this list and he should thrive under new head coach Mark Richt. He completed 61 percent of his passes for 16 TDs and 5 picks last year. Those numbers could take a pick jump in his junior season.
6. Greg Ward Jr., Houston Cougars
Ward is the perfect fit for the Houston offense under Tom Herman. He averaged 281 yards per game and had 38 total TDs. With the dual-threat Ward back, Houston could compete for a College Football Playoff berth.
5. Seth Russell, Baylor Bears
Had Russell not injured his neck last season, the Bears might have made the College Football Playoff. Russell will be a Heisman contender again this season and should improve on his 29 TDs from last year.
4. Chad Kelly, Mississippi Rebels
Kelly was remarkable his first season at Ole Miss. He led the offense and racked up 31 TDs, 13 picks and 4,000 yards passing. The dual-threat even added 509 rushing yards and 10 TDs. With plenty of NFL talent leaving Ole Miss this year, Kelly will need to shoulder the load even more.
3. J.T. Barrett, Ohio State Buckeyes
After eventually taking the starting role away from Cardale Jones, Barrett posted less than 1,000 yards passing and 11 TDs. However, he added 682 yards and 11 TDs on the ground. The Ohio State offense went through Ezekiel Elliott all season long and didn't ask Barrett to do much. That will change next season and Barrett will put up numbers closer to his 45 touchdown season in 2014. He'll be a Heisman candidate.
2. Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma Sooners
The difference between Mayfield and the No. 1 QB is not a large one. Mayfield had a massive season and was named Second-Team AP All-American. He racked up over 4,000 yards of offense and 43 TDs. Mayfield faces a tough schedule this season, but he'll have the Sooners fighting for a CFP berth.
1. Deshaun Watson, Clemson Tigers
The reigning First-Team AP All-American has to lead this list. In his first season as the full-time starter, Watson threw for over 4,100 yards with 35 TDs and 13 picks. He added 1,105 yards on the ground with 12 TDs as well. It's not a stretch think Watson could be even better next season. He should be considered the Heisman favorite.Back to the NCAA Newsfeed