2006 Preseason All-Americans - Quarterbacks
Notre Dame QB Brady Quinn
Posted Aug 26, 2006

2006 CFN All-America Quarterbacks

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2006 CFN Preseason First Team All-American
Brady Quinn, Sr. Notre Dame - 292-450, 65%, 3,919 yds, 32 TD, 7 INT, 70 carries, 90 yds, 1 TD
Could Quinn handle the pressure of the big Charlie Weis playbook and succeed in the new offense? Uh, yeah. A nice prospect with a live arm, good size and decent mobility, Quinn entered the rarefied air of being considered a number one overall caliber pro prospect after cranking out the best passing season in Notre Dame history on his way to finishing fourth in the Heisman race. Under Weis he proved he could be a sharp decision maker as well as be able to make all the throws. Just as important was his ability to rally the team and get the offense moving when he had to. Notre Dame might have lost to USC, but Quinn's stock went through the roof after leading the offense on a late drive to take the lead. He became the front-runner for the 2006 Heisman race after throwing for 432 yards in the comeback win over Stanford.

2006 CFN Preseason Second Team All-American
Troy Smith, Sr. Ohio State - 149-237, 2,283 yds, 63%, 16 TD, 4 INT, 136 carries, 611 yds, 4.5 ypc, 11 TD
Could Smith be this year's version of Vince Young and be a do-it-all star who carries his team to a title? After being suspended for the season opener and coming off the bench for the Texas game, he took over and was fantastic showing off an accurate arm along with tremendous rushing skills. He's not a bomber, but he's a great decision maker who's great at making big plays and is icy cool in the clutch. A perfect fit for the read-option offense, he'll be a statistical machine who could be a front-runner for the Heisman if he can pull off a win at Texas.

Preseason 25 Best Quarterbacks
Brady Quinn, Sr. Notre Dame
Troy Smith, Sr. Ohio State
Drew Stanton, Sr. Michigan State
Drew Tate, Sr. Iowa
Brian Brohm, Jr. Louisville
Drew Weatherford, Soph. Florida State
Colt Brennan, Jr. Hawaii
Pat White, Soph. West Virginia
John David Booty, Jr. USC
Chris Leak, Sr. Florida
JaMarcus Russell, Jr. LSU
Kevin Kolb, Sr. Houston
Chad Henne, Jr. Michigan
Zac Taylor, Sr., Nebraska
15. Brandon Cox, Jr. Auburn
16. Kyle Wright, Jr., Miami
17. Jeff Rowe, Sr. Nevada
18. Rhett Bomar, Soph. Oklahoma
19. Brian Johnson, Jr. Utah
20. John Beck, Sr. BYU
21. Rudy Carpenter, Soph. Arizona State
22. Phil Horvath, Sr., Northern Illinois
23. Ben Olson, Soph. UCLA
24. Jordan Palmer, Sr. UTEP
25. Luke Getsy, Sr. Akron

2006 CFN Honorable Mention All-Americans
(in alphabetical order)
John David Booty, Jr. USC - 27-42, 327 yds, 64.3%, 3 TD, 2 INT
Booty's career hasn't exactly gone as planned. As a true freshman, he was supposed to get a long look as the starter after graduating a year early from high school, but some guy named Leinart went off and won the Heisman and then decided to stick around another year instead of becoming the number one pick in the draft. Now Booty has a back injury to deal with. He has a big arm and he certainly knows the system, but he has to prove he can stay healthy and his decision making has to be spot on. He was making great progress before his back spasms struck knocking him out of spring ball.

Colt Brennan, Jr. Hawaii - 350-515, 68%, 4,301 yds, 35 TD, 13 INT. 99 carries, 154 yds, 1.6 ypc, 2 TD
Think Timmy Chang with a bigger arm and some mobility. After a long, tough road being exiled from Colorado, Brennan ended up at Hawaii from Saddleback Community College before joining the Warriors. He turned out to be one of the nation's best all-around quarterbacks leading the country in total offense while becoming the WAC's most prolific passer. He's 6-3 and 190 pounds with the mobility to buy himself time to throw and occasionally take off. Of course, at Hawaii, it's all about throwing the ball, and Brennan threw for over 300 yards in ten games including the final seven with four 400-yard days and a 515-yard, seven touchdown explosion against New Mexico State. While he threw 13 interceptions, he spread them out with no more than two in any one game. Considering he threw 515 times, that's not bad.

Brian Brohm, Jr. Louisville - 207-301, 68.8%, 2,883 yds, 19 TD, 5 INT, 4 rushing TDs
Would Brohm have been a first round draft pick if he could’ve come out this year? Probably. The 6-4, 224-pound junior is coming off an torn ACL that cost him the last two games of the season, but that didn't stop him from being the Big East Offensive Player of the Year. He has the arm, the smarts, and the touch to be a next-level star. Now he has to prove he can be the type of quarterback who can carry his team to a conference title. He's not a runner, but he can move a little bit with good touch when on the move. The key to his game is accuracy. When he gets into a groove, it's over. Just ask Oregon State who got tagged for a 18 of 22, 368-yard, five touchdown game.

Drew Stanton, Sr. Michigan State - 236-354, 3,077 yds, 67%, 22 TD, 12 INT, 121 carries, 338 yds, 2.8 ypc 4 TD
The only possible knock is that he tries too hard. Other than that, he should grow into a big-time pro prospect if he has a huge senior season. Arguably the best quarterback in college football over the first four games of last year after starting out throwing 13 touchdown passes, he cooled off big time having problems with interceptions when he tried to carry the inconsistent offense. When he's on, there are few better and with his combination of 6-3, 230-pound size, accuracy, running skills, and experience, he's the total package. If he can stay healthy, this should be the year he puts it all together and becomes an All-American.

Drew Tate, Sr. Iowa - 219-352, 62%, 2,828 yds, 22 TD, 7 INT, 44 carries, 41 yds, 2 TD
Tate cut down on his interceptions and improved his decision making by leaps and bounds from his sophomore year, and now he appears ready to make the jump to All-America status as a senior. He got better as last season went on finishing up by throwing for 351 yards and four touchdowns against Minnesota and 346 yards and three scores in the loss to Florida. He's a tough, gritty player who isn't afraid to throw his body around to try to get the tough yards, and he's great in the system. He should be among the nation's most efficient passers and on the preseason Big Ten Player of the Year short list.

Drew Weatherford, Soph. Florida State - 276-469, 59%, 3,208 yds, 18 TD, 18 INT, 3 rushing touchdowns
Weatherford arguably the most underrated quarterback in the nation last season considering what he had to handle. Basically forced to carry the entire Seminole offense as a freshman, he didn’t get any support from the running game and received little help from the banged up offensive line. Even so, he ended up setting the ACC record for the most passing yards by a freshman and led the team to the conference title. He threw too many interceptions, but that was because he had to keep bombing away. In the two biggest games of the year, the ACC championship and the Orange Bowl, he only threw one pick. While he's not going to run for big yards, he's not immobile.

Pat White, Soph. West Virginia - 65-114, 57%, 828 yds, 8 TD, 131 carries, 952 yds, 7.3 ypc, 7 TD
White is one of the premier running quarterbacks in college football, and now that he knows what he's doing, he should be a stronger passer. He hasn't had to throw much with all the success of the ground gam. He had a great Sugar Bowl performance completing 11 of 14 passes, but was erratic throughout the season and didn't make enough secondaries pay for cheating up against the run. No longer a green freshman, he'll be more of a leader and will take more chances with his throws with more confidence in what he's doing. Of course, he'll make his biggest plays on the move. As a runner, he tore off four 100-yard games highlighted by a 220-yard rushing day against Pitt.