2011 CFN All-Americans & Top Players - QBs
Stanford QB Andrew Luck
Stanford QB Andrew Luck
Posted Aug 11, 2011

CFN 2011 All-Americans and Top 30 Players - Quarterbacks

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Note: This isn't a ranking of the top pro prospects. This is based on the seasons we think the players are going to have.


1. Andrew Luck, Jr. Stanford
Luck broke with tradition, passed on being the likely No. 1 overall NFL Draft choice, and returned to the Farm for his junior year. The fortunes of the 2011 squad improved markedly. Instead of breaking in an unproven hurler, Stanford retains the services of the nation's premier passer, the 2010 Heisman runner-up and Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Year. The 6-4, 235-pounder was brilliant in 2010, going 263-of-372 for 3,338 yards, 32 touchdowns, and eight picks. A sneaky-good runner, he also rushed for 453 yards and three scores. From the arm and the athleticism to the smarts and leadership, he has everything a program looks for in a franchise quarterback.


2. Denard Robinson, Jr. Michigan
He was the best player in America over the first half of last season with jaw-dropping performance after jaw-dropping performance, running for 105 yards or more in seven of the first eight games with 258 yards and two scores against Notre Dame and 217 yards and two scores against Indiana. Finishing with 1,702 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns to earn the Big Ten rushing crown, he was more than fine even when he wasn't taking off for highlight runs. The passing game wasn't all that bad completing 63% of his throws for 2,570 yards with 18 touchdowns and 11 interceptions, but the picks were a problem. He can throw and he has a strong, adequate arm, but the former Florida state champion-level sprinter is at his best when he gets to show off his 4.32 speed and cutting ability.


3. Landry Jones, Jr. Oklahoma
He'll always be known as the guy who stepped in for Sam Bradford, and the weird facial hair got more attention early on than his passing ability, but he came up with a brilliant 2010 completing 65% of his passes for 4,718 yards and 38 touchdowns with 12 interceptions, and he ran for a score. More importantly, he led the way to a Big 12 title and a Fiesta Bowl win, coming up with the big games at the big times throwing for 468 yards and four scores against Oklahoma State and bombing away on Nebraska for 342 yards and a score. Even in the loss to Missouri he threw for 303 yards and three scores. However, interceptions were an issue. Yes, he threw 12 picks, but two came against Utah State, two came against Missouri, and three came against Oklahoma State. In 11 games he didn't throw more than a pick, and considering he put up 617 throws and with as many plays as he made down the field, the errors weren't that egregious. No, he's not going to be a No. 1 overall pick like Bradford, but at 6-4, 230-pounds with a live arm and great poise, he's moving up the draft charts into a first round talent whenever he's ready to come out.


4. Case Keenum, Sr., Houston
Keenum was granted a sixth year of eligibility after being lost last September to a torn ACL in Week 3. It was a gift for the Cougars, which struggled after their triggerman went down trying to make a tackle. More than just a prolific passer who has a chance to own every career passing mark, he has the Houston offense down to a science and is one of the team leaders. Blessed with a quick release, pinpoint accuracy, and great feet, he'll begin his bonus year with 13,586 career passing yards, 107 touchdown passes, and 20 rushing scores.

5. Kellen Moore, Sr. Boise State
Moore was No. 1 in the nation in passing efficiency completing 71% of his passes for 3,845 yards with 35 touchdown passes and a mere six interceptions. Two of those picks came in the blowout win over Hawaii and none of the interceptions came in a close game; he was nearly flawless. The Heisman finalist threw two touchdown passes or more in every game and threw for 300 yards or more five times including a 507-yard day against Hawaii and 328 yards against Utah in the bowl win. As good as he was, he's going to have to be even sharper and even more efficient without Austin Pettis and Titus Young to throw to, and there's no reason to think he won't be. The numbers might not be there, but his leadership, accuracy, and clutch ability should once again be peerless. There isn't a cooler, calmer head in the game, and that will mean everything in the jump to the new conference.

6. Darron Thomas, Jr. Oregon
Thomas beat out Nate Costa for the starting nod last August and never looked back. The Second Team All-Pac-10 selection far exceeded expectations in his debut as the front man, going 222-of-361 for 2,881 yards, 30 touchdowns, and nine interceptions. Blessed with a strong arm, his mechanics and decision-making on fakes improved throughout the season. A 6-3, 215-pound thoroughbred outside the pocket, he also sprinted for 486 yards and five more scores on designed runs and when the pocket narrowed. Beyond the numbers, he's also taken on more of a leadership role in the offense.

7. Matt Barkley, Jr. USC
The 6-2, 220-pound Barkley is the franchise quarterback and third-year starter behind center. He clearly progressed in 2010, completing 236-of-377 passes for 2,791 yards, 26 touchdowns and a dozen. However, the staff realizes he can be so much more once he starts to play with a higher level of consistency. One of the most physically gifted young quarterbacks in America, he throws with maximum RPMs and has the mechanics and football IQ of a fifth-year senior. He's also taking on more of a leadership role, leaving no doubt that he's the face of this program.

8. Robert Griffin, Jr. Baylor
Griffin, or RG3, came back from a major knee injury to produce an All-Big 12 season completing 67% of his throws for 3,501 yards with 22 touchdowns and eight interceptions showing he wasn't just a runner who happened to throw. One of the nation's fastest quarterbacks, coming up with one of the best 400-meter hurdle times in school history a few years ago winning the Big 12 gold medal. Just when he was coming into his own in 2009, he suffered an ACL tear that knocked him out for the year, but it happened early enough that he was able to come back for the start of last year. While he didn't exactly let it rip with the running game, he came up with 635 yards and eight touchdowns highlighted by a 137-yard day against Colorado. At 6-2 and 220 pounds he has decent size, a strong, accurate arm, and peerless mobility, but he has to be stronger against the better teams. Just when Baylor needed a big finishing kick in November, the passing game sputtered with just two touchdown passes in the final two games and no scoring throws in the losses to Oklahoma State and Texas. Even so, he was accurate and didn't struggle too much, but he still needs a little more help. It's his job to carry the offense and be the best player on the field, but as last year showed, he can't overcome the team's other problems.

9. Brandon Weeden, Sr. Oklahoma State
As soon as the 6-4, 213-pound Weeden announced he was staying for his final season, the team had its unquestioned team leader. The 27-year-old Weeden has a good arm and can push it deep, as he's as mature as they come, transitioning over the past four years out of pro baseball after pitching the New York Yankee farm system. Confidence isn't a problem, and it's a plus as the main man to lead the attack with the maturity and ability to do whatever he wants in the passing game. His easy going personality has been a good fit with new offensive coordinator Todd Monken, who is demanding but sensible, and the pair have formed a good team with Monken, who's straight out of the NFL accustomed to dealing with an older player. There's no reason Weeden can't improve on his numbers of 4,277-yards and 34 touchdowns with the great line in front of him and with so many receiving weapons back, but the number he wants to improve on most is 11, the number of wins the team came up with last year.

10. Bryant Moniz, Sr. Hawaii
Moniz led the nation in total offense as the new leader and star of the high octane attack. After coming over from Fresno City College, the 6-0, 200-pounder was thrown into the mix in 2009 and had a decent season throwing for 2,396 yards and 14 touchdowns with ten picks, and then it all clicked. Last year he completed 65% of his passes for 5,040 yards with 39 touchdown passes and 15 picks while finishing third on the team in rushing with 104 yards and four scores. He went over the 300-yard mark 11 times with a 532-yard day against Louisiana Tech, a 560-yard performance against San Jose State, and with three touchdown passes or more in ten outings. He's not all that big and he doesn't have a huge arm, but he's great on the move and he has the timing of the attack down cold. Cutting down on his picks is a must after closing out the year with eight interceptions in the final four games, including four thrown in the bowl loss to Tulsa, but he's going to put up monster numbers once again and should be a threat for another 5,000-yard season if the new receivers can play like veterans.

11. Nick Foles, Sr. Arizona
12. Kirk Cousins, Sr., Michigan State
13. Russell Wilson, Sr., Wisconsin
14. Geno Smith, Jr. West Virginia
15. Dominique Davis, Sr. East Carolina
16. G.J. Kinne, Sr., Tulsa
17. Taylor Martinez, Jr., Nebraska
18. Ryan Tannehill, Sr. Texas A&M
19. Nathan Scheelhaase, Soph., Illinois
20. Dan Persa, Sr., Northwestern
21. Chandler Harnish, Sr. Northern Illinois
22. E.J. Manuel, Jr. Florida State
23. Zach Collaros, Sr. Cincinnati
24. Jordan Wynn, Jr. Utah
25. Aaron Murray, Soph. Georgia
26. MarQueis Gray, Jr. Minnesota
27. Alex Carder, Jr. Western Michigan
28. Ryan Lindley, Sr. San Diego State
29. Corey Robinson, Soph. Troy
30. Stephen Garcia, Sr. South Carolina

2011 CFN All-Americans & Top 30 Players
- Quarterbacks | Running Backs | Receivers | Tight Ends
- Offensive Tackles | Offensive Guards | Centers

- Defensive Ends | Defensive Tackles | Linebackers | Safeties
- Cornerbacks | Kickers | Punters | Kick Returners | Punt Returners