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Early Top 10 College Quarterbacks for 2019-20

Sep. 09, 2019 - Michael Stewart

Early Top 10 College Quarterbacks for 2019-20

Introduction: The 2020 Class of college quarterbacks has been compared to the 2018 or maybe slightly better, so NFL teams looking for the next franchise quarterback could find him come April. My top 10 quarterbacks have the usual suspects with a few surprises; again this list could change a couple of times as the season progresses. So let’s get right to it; here’s my top 10 college quarterbacks for the 2019-20 season.

 

  1. Trevor Lawrence: Clemson:   As a true freshman, Lawrence threw for 30 touchdowns; while only surrendering 4 interceptions. His performance in the championship game against Alabama (347 yards) is only the tip of the iceberg of what we might expect in 2019-20.
  2. Tua Tagovailoa: Alabama:  Tagovailoa was cruising towards a Heisman Trophy until he sustained an ankle injury that never quite healed and nagged him for most of the 2018 season. The Crimson Tide are banking on a healthy Tagovailoa in 2019-20.
  3. Justin Herbert: Oregon: Herbert opted to remain in college for another year and it could pay off as many projected him to be the 1st quarterback off the board in the 2020 NFL draft. Herbert size, arm strength and production should give the Duck fans a lot to smile about.
  4. Jake Fromm: Georgia: Fromm has a steady presence in the pocket and rarely makes mistakes. Look for the Bulldogs to be right in the thick of a national title conversation.
  5. Sam Ehlinger: Texas: Ehlinger’s performance in 2018 was over shadowed by 1st overall pick Kyler Murray out of Oklahoma. Make no mistake that the rest of the conference knows who Sam Ehlinger is.
  6. K.J Costello: Stanford: Costello is another talented single caller who seems to be flying under the radar. Odds are many will know who Costello is by mid season.
  7. Adrian Martinez: Nebraska: I might be reaching a little here with my selection of Martinez, but this kid has all the intangibles you like in a quarterback. Got a feeling, he’s going to put it all together in 2019-20.
  8. Jalen Hurts: Oklahoma:  Remember him? Hurts became the forgotten quarterback with the arrival of Tagovailoa at Alabama. Now with a fresh start on a new team, can Hurts complete the tri-fecta and follow Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray in hoisting the Heisman Trophy.
  9. Shea Patterson: Michigan: 2018 was an up and down year for Patterson who at times looked like a future 1st round pick and other times a day 3 pick. With a new offensive scheme in place at Michigan; Patterson could flourish in 2019-20.
  10. Jordan Love: Utah State: Love finished strong in 2018 and many for see him continuing that success in 2019-20. All the ingredients are in place as the Ute’s are primed to have a strong season.

Final Thoughts: My final selections were based on last season performances and their projected growth this season. This list will certainly change as the season unfolds with some quarterbacks catapulting themselves onto the top 10 list. Injuries and performance could play a major part in any of these quarterbacks production this season and hopefully all of them will avoid the injury bug.  Next week: Top 10 offensive linemen