These are my top 10 quarterbacks for 2009:
1. Colt McCoy, Texas–Everything is set up for McCoy to make another serious run at the Heisman. There’s not much separating the top three here, but I think this will be McCoy’s year. The most accurate passer in football and a great leader.
2. Tim Tebow, Florida–A transcendant player who, due to his team’s overall strength, shouldn’t have to take control of games as much as he did the last two seasons. Continues to improve as a passer and should finally get his due in that regard.
3. Sam Bradford, Oklahoma–A pure passer who thrives in his comfort zones, he may have an early adjustment period because of a new line and some inexperienced receivers. But once he gets rolling, he’ll be tough to stop.
4. Zac Robinson, Oklahoma State–Another great Big 12 quarterback who flies under the radar. Runs well and passes well. Just has to beat OU or Texas to get some respect.
5. Terrelle Pryor, Ohio State–Already ahead of where Vince Young was at the same stage. Has an almost effortless running style and great instincts. Should be a dominant player by midseason.
6. Daryll Clark, Penn State–Another underrated dual threat who will have to adjust to some new receivers. But he’s a legit passer and a power runner who could be a dark horse Heisman candidate.
7. Robert Griffin, Baylor–Quite possibly the best athlete to ever play quarterback. Had a fantastic freshman year and should make a big leap now that he has given up track.
8. Jevan Snead, Ole Miss–One of the best arms in college football, he might be the top pro prospect on this list.
9. Dan LeFevour, Central Michigan–A super-talented dual threat QB who suffered through some injuries last year. Could be a 3,000-yard passer, 1,000-yard rusher again if healthy.
10. Max Hall, BYU–The latest in a long line of great Cougar quarterbacks. He’s primed for a huge senior season.
Ryan Mallett, Arkansas–He should thrive in Petrino’s system.
Juice Williams, Illinois–Keeps improving as a passer.
Jimmy Clausen, Notre Dame–Has a great receiving corps catching his passes.
Colin Kaepernick, Nevada–A physical freak who should be well known after the opener against Notre Dame.
New Breakout Stars on the Scene
Aaron Corp, USC–The first dual-threat QB of the Pete Carroll Era.
Greg McElroy, Alabama–Looks to be an upgrade over John Parker Wilson.
Tate Forcier, Michigan–May end up the top freshman QB nationally.
Taylor Potts, Texas Tech–Will anyone be surprised if he has a 4,000-yard season?
Kevin Prince, UCLA–The latest Norm Chow protege should have the Bruins back in a bowl.