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2011 CFN Preview - Unit Rankings, QBs
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Posted Aug 16, 2011


CFN 2011 Preview Unit Rankings from top to bottom - Quarterbacks


Preview 2011 - Unit Rankings

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2011 CFN Preseason Rankings
 
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CFN 2011 Unit Rankings
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Note: This is based on talent, returning starters, and skill. It’s not necessarily based on what the final total offense statistics will be.

1. Stanford
Andrew Luck has been the engineer of the two highest scoring offenses in school history. As long as he’s upright, there’s no reason to believe he can’t make it three. His return in 2011 is a gift for a program already adjusting to the departure of Jim Harbaugh to the NFL. Pay attention to the race for the backup job. If it doesn’t become relevant this season, it should be a year from now. Of last year’s 379 passing attempts, only seven weren’t flicked by No. 12, which could become an issue if he’s forced to miss any time.

2. Houston
The starter, Case Keenum, is a sixth-year Cougar on the brink of rewriting the record books and the backups are a savvy senior with JUCO experience and a sophomore who threw 24 touchdown passes in 2010. All eyes will be on Keenum as he continues to cement his place in FBS history, but Cotton Turner and David Piland have the talent and ability to bomb away if and when needed.

3. Boise State
The stats won’t be as good without the top receivers to throw to, but it’s not like the cupboard is totally bare. Kellen Moore will continue to spread the ball around, he’ll continue to be deadly accurate, and he’ll continue to be foot-on-the-throat nasty in key situations as the steady leader of the high-octane attack. As much as Moore will be celebrated and highlighted, the storyline could be the backup situation as everyone wonders who’ll be next.

4. Michigan
Is Denard Robinson going to ready to make the adjustments needed to make the attack work like it’s supposed to? He still needs plenty of time after an occasionally rough offseason. Is Devin Gardner ready to step in and consistently shine if needed? The jury is still out. Losing a safety valve in Tate Forcier hurts, considering he might have been the best overall fit for the Al Borges attack, but Robinson and Gardner are good enough to make the position a plus. They just need to be able to do what they do best.

5. Oklahoma
Landry Jones is going to be on the Heisman short list as the season goes on as the leader of a national title-level team, and he’s going to be talked about as a possible top ten overall pick. Can he throw for over 4,500 yards again? Maybe not without a Big 12 title game to add more yards to the mix, but he’ll be one of the nation’s leaders in yards per game. As long as the backups get a little more time, the situation is terrific.

6. Oregon
Unlike this time last year, when the Ducks were still adjusting to life without Jeremiah Masoli, quarterback ssituation is far more stable. In place of a controversy and a protracted battle to start is stability and one of the game’s prodigies behind center. The program has also had a couple of years to recruit Chip Kelly’s kind of athlete at the position, which means a brighter future and no more mismatches of skills versus system requirements. Darron Thomas was brilliant as the starter, and it was only his first year on the job. He’ll continue to get more comfortable, though improving his timing with the young receivers and his communication with the rebuilt offensive line will be at the top of the summer to-do list.

7. Hawaii
It’s Hawaii. The passing attack is going to blow up. Bryant Moniz is a near-lock for WAC Player of the Year honors if he has a 2011 like his 2010, and Shane Austin is good enough to step in and shine if needed. Finding an option for 2012 would be nice, but the offense is Moniz’s to fly.

8. Baylor
It’s not a stretch to call this the best quarterback situation in the history of Baylor football. Not only does the backfield have one of the nation’s best all-around talents, but the reserves are all back for a passing game that finished third in the Big 12 in passing efficiency and 19th in the nation in passing. Nick Florence is fine and Bryce Petty is a good one, but make no mistake about it; if Robert Griffin isn’t the best player in the Big 12, Baylor isn’t making a big move. The quarterback situation is fantastic and Griffin is far enough away from the knee injury to start taking off and doing far more with his legs as well as improving his decision-making.

9. Wisconsin
Scott Tolzien wasn’t Cam Newton-flash, and he didn’t put up huge numbers, but he helped the Badgers finish fourth in the nation and first in the Big Ten in passing efficiency. Ultra-steady, he seemed to make every key pass – up until the ill-fated two point conversion attempt in the Rose Bowl – finishing the season with 2,459 yards and 16 touchdowns and six scores. This offseason, the quarterback situation was a problem with injuries, inconsistency, and a slew of mistakes, but now all of that might change with one major signing. Getting Russell Wilson means everything to the Badgers. Now, Wisconsin can win through the air as well as on the ground, but it’ll be vital to get Jon Budmayr and the backups more work so they can be ready to roll next year. Wilson is a once-in-a-lifetime, luck-of-the-draw get, and he should show why right away.

10. Arizona
Not only does Arizona welcome back a possible first round pick in next April’s NFL Draft in Nick Foles, but the top three spots on the depth chart will be occupied by seniors. That said, the Wildcats will be looking for better production out of the position after not quite hitting on as many money plays through the air as they’d hoped. Matt Scott did it successfully last October, and Bryson Beirne has more poise and system knowledge than your average third-stringer.

COULD EASILY BE IN TOP TEN

Arkansas SEC
East Carolina C-USA
Florida SEC
Georgia SEC
Michigan State Big Ten
Mississippi State SEC
Missouri Big 12
Nebraska Big Ten
Northern Illinois MAC
Northwestern Big Ten
Notre Dame ind
Oklahoma State Big 12
South Carolina SEC
Tennessee SEC
Texas A&M Big 12
Tulsa C-USA
USC Pac-12
Utah   Pac-12
Western Michigan MAC

SOLID, WILL BE A POSITIVE

Air Force M-West
Arizona State Pac-12
BYU Ind
Cincinnati Big East
Florida State ACC
Illinois Big Ten
Maryland  ACC
Miami Univ. MAC
NC State ACC
Nevada WAC
Oregon State Pac-12
San Diego State M-West
Southern Miss C-USA
Texas Big 12
Washington State Pac-12
West Virginia Big East

AVERAGE

Alabama SECW
Army Ind
Auburn SEC
Central Michigan MAC
Clemson ACC
Fresno State WAC
Georgia Tech ACC
Idaho WAC
Iowa Big Ten
LSU SEC
Miami   ACC
Minnesota Big Ten
Navy ind
Ohio State Big Ten
Ole Miss SEC
Penn State Big Ten
SMU C-USA
South Florida Big East
Syracuse Big East
TCU M-West
Texas Tech Big 12
Troy Sun Belt
UCF C-USA
Virginia Tech ACC

NEEDS WORK

Bowling Green MAC
Boston College ACC
Indiana  Big Ten
Iowa State Big 12
Kansas Big 12
Louisville  Big East
Rutgers  Big East
UAB C-USA
UCLA  Pac-12
UL Monroe Sun Belt
Virginia   ACC
Wake Forest ACC
Arkansas State Sun Belt
California Pac-12
Colorado   Pac-12
Colorado State M-West
Duke ACC
Kansas State Big 12
Kentucky SEC
North Carolina ACC
Pitt Big East
Purdue Big Ten
Toledo MAC
Vanderbilt SEC
Washington   Pac-12

A PROBLEM

Akron MAC
Ball State MAC
Kent State MAC
North Texas Sun Belt
Ohio   MAC
Temple MAC
UNLV M-West
Connecticut Big East
FIU Sun Belt
Florida Atlantic Sun Belt
Louisiana Tech WAC
Middle Tennessee Sun Belt
New Mexico   M-West
Rice C-USA
Tulane C-USA
UL Lafayette Sun Belt

THE BOTTOM TEN

Buffalo MAC
Eastern Michigan MAC
Marshall C-USA
Memphis C-USA
New Mexico State WAC
San Jose State WAC
Utah State WAC
UTEP C-USA
Western Kentucky Sun Belt
Wyoming M-West

CFN 2011 Unit Rankings
- Offenses | Quarterbacks | Running Backs | Receivers | Offensive Lines
- Defenses | Defensive Lines | Linebackers | Secondaries  | Special Teams  
- Preview 2011 | 2010 Unit Rankings