Best Quarterbacks in College Football History
College football fans love to debate each other until they’re blue in the face about anything and everything. Naturally, one of the hottest debates every year is about the best quarterback to ever play. In the NFL, that debate is ends with Tom Brady. But in college, greatness is defined numerous ways depending on when and where each football player starred.
Welp, get ready to pull your hair out if you’re not a fan of former Florida Gators quarterback Tim Tebow. He’s been named the best college quarterback ever.
SportingNews compiled a list of the 10 greatest signal callers in college football history, a list that begins with the 2007 Heisman Trophy winner from Florida.
Tebow is one of two college quarterbacks with at least 80 touchdown passes and 50 rushing touchdowns in his career. Tebow also holds NCAA records for most career games scoring a touchdown (38), most consecutive games with a passing and rushing touchdown (14), and ranks fourth all-time in passing efficiency (170.8). Plus, the dual-threat whiz owned every major SEC record for total offense when he left Florida.
Today, he still owns the career mark in the conference for total touchdowns with 145. His single-season record of 55 was broken in 2019 by LSU’s Joe Burrow.
Spoiler alert: Some heavy-hitting passers were left off this list.
College football’s all-time leader in passing yards, Houston’s Case Keenum, didn’t make the cut. A two-time national championship game winner and All-American like Alabama’s A.J. McCarron wasn’t mentioned. Ohio State’s J.T. Barrett and his Big Ten record 147 touchdowns weren’t a factor. Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield? Nah. Even small school guys like Louisiana Tech’s Colby Cameron, whose NCAA record 444 consecutive passing attempts — that’s 12 games — without an interception, couldn’t get a nibble.
Other Honorable Mentions include Keenan Reynolds, Navy; Kellen Moore, Boise State; Ty Detmer, BYU; Michael Vick, Virginia Tech; Jameis Winston, Florida State; Robert Griffin III, Baylor; Danny Wuerffel, Florida; Andrew Luck, Stanford; Drew Brees, Purdue; Colt McCoy, Texas; Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M; Cam Newton, Auburn; Sam Bradford, Oklahoma.
That’s how prolific this list of college football quarterbacks is. Here is the‘ list of the greatest to ever do it:
Best College Quarterbacks of All Time
1. Tim Tebow, Florida
2. Peyton Manning, Tennessee
3. Matt Leinart, USC
4. Tommie Frazier, Nebraska
5. Vince Young, Texas
6. Deshaun Watson, Clemson
7. Roger Staubach, Navy
8. Doug Flutie, Boston College
9. John Elway, Stanford
10. Sammy Baugh, TCU
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