2007 CFN Preview - Unit Rankings ... QBs

Posted Aug 9, 2007

CFN 2007 Preview Unit Rankings - Quarterbacks Ranked 1 to 119

2007 CFN All-Americans


CFN 2007 Unit Rankings
2007 Preview | Offenses | Running Backs
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1. Hawaii
6-3, 196-pound senior Colt Brennan is the absolute, 100%, NFL-caliber real deal running a high-octane offense at peak efficiency. After throwing for 5,549 yards and 58 touchdowns with 12 interceptions, he'll have to be even crisper and sharper with plenty of holes on the line and new running backs who won't take the heat off like Nate Ilaoa did.  His NCAA record-setting stats are ridiculous: nine games last year with 400 yards or more, finishing up with 559 against Arizona State, two or more touchdown pass in every game, with eight games with five or more, and most amazingly, a 72.6 completion percentage. Tyler Graunke isn't nearly the same talent, but he'll put up his share of big numbers before his career is over

2. West Virginia
The more comfortable Pat White becomes in the pocket and in Rich Rodriguez’s complex system, the more dangerous he’ll become on Saturdays.  He’ll electrify his way to another 1,000-yard season on the ground and a serious push for the Heisman Trophy. The coaching staff has confidence in backup Jarrett Brown which is a good thing considering how often White absorbs hits. 

3. Louisville
Steve Kragthorpe’s debut as the Louisville head coach has already been made smoother by the presence of Brian Brohm, an elite college quarterback who’s about to enjoy the production to match his considerable passing skills.  In the event he misses any time, the Cards will be in good hands with Hunter Cantwell calling signals

4. USC
Dust off the Heisman hype machine because John David Booty will be in the thick of the race as long as USC is winning games and on top of the national rankings.  In fact, with Mark Sanchez and Mitch Mustain on campus, don’t even bother putting it back in storage at the end of the season. Booty actually has a stronger arm than Leinart, has good feet in the pocket, and brings a war chest of knowledge, leadership and poise that comes with being a fifth-year player.  Now all he has to do is elevate the play of a young receiving corps and return home to Louisiana next Jan. 7 for a shot at a national championship. 

5. Texas
After all the weeping and gnashing of teeth, would UT fans trade Colt McCoy for Ryan Perrilloux? A better player than he ever got credit for last year, McCoy has the ability to use all the weapons around him to make the offense explode. He'll spread it out, make better decisions, and come up with an All-America caliber season. In a perfect world, John Chiles doesn't see the field until next year, and Harris is brought along for a series or two.

6. Michigan
As long as Chad Henne gets time to work, he'll carve up defenses. He has the experience, the talent, and the skill players to make him look good. Now he has to create a legacy as a winner, which will only come with a win over Ohio State and a Big Ten title. Ryan Mallett will be a superstar ... in 2009.

7. Boston College
Matt Ryan might be the ACC Player of the Year with the talent to carry the team on his back and finally get BC over the hump. Chris Crane proved this spring that he can be a good fill-in. It would've been nice to have had Ross Applegate around as a third option, but he transferred.

8. New Mexico State
All the talk in the WAC will be about Colt Brennan at Hawaii, but Chase Holbrook could have the bigger statistical season with his top receivers returning and a better line in front of him. Now that he knows what he's doing, the offense should go from devastating to unstoppable. Matt Parsons and J.J. McDermott have to see time early on to get their feet wet.

9. Utah
Brett Ratliff had his ups-and-downs last season, but he was generally solid leading the Utes to an eight win season and a miraculous play by BYU's John Beck of finishing up with a five-game winning streak. Brian Johnson will do even more and should take the offense to another level. If Utah could win with Ratliff, it should be able to dominate with Johnson. Tommy Grady and Chad Manis are good backups who should be able to carry things for a while if needed, though Utah can't win the Mountain West title if they're under center.

10. Kentucky
Andre Woodson is one of the nation's five most talented quarterbacks, and now he has to be even better and even more consistent to keep the UK offense rolling. He has all the skills and all the size you'd want in a passer, and now he has the experience and the confidence. If he plays the entire year, he'll put up tremendous numbers and the Wildcats will have a great year. If he gets banged up and the backups enter the picture, the season might not go down the tubes, but there will be problems.

11 Texas Tech
12 California
14 LSU
15 Missouri
16 Texas A&M
17 Oklahoma State
18 Arizona State
19 Tennessee
20 Florida  
21 Nebraska
22 Washington State
23 Central Michigan 
24 South Carolina
25 SMU
26 Navy
27 Wisconsin
28 Purdue
29 Oregon
30 Iowa State
31 Miami  
32 Georgia
33 Penn State
34 Alabama
35 Ball State
36 Florida State 
37 Auburn
38 Arizona  
39 BYU
40 Georgia Tech
41 Ohio State
42 Virginia Tech
43 Iowa  
44 Notre Dame
45 South Florida
46 Illinois
47 Kansas
48 Western Michigan
49 Indiana
50 Virginia
51 Tulsa
52 San Jose State
53 Oklahoma
54 Oregon State 
55 Rutgers
56 Maryland
57 Washington
58 TCU
59 Vanderbilt
60 Northwestern
61 Michigan State
62 Colorado  
63 Wake Forest
64 Stanford
65 Fresno State
66 Nevada
67 Kansas State
68 North Carolina
69 Cincinnati
70 San Diego State
71 Duke
72 Wyoming 
73 Memphis
74 Baylor
76 Air Force
77 Clemson
78 Boise State
79 Pitt
80 NC State
81 Colorado State
82 Minnesota
83 Mississippi  
84 New Mexico
85 Syracuse
86 Mississippi State
87 Southern Miss 
88 Northern Illinois
89 Toledo
90 Marshall
91 UCF
92 Bowling Green
94 Rice
95 Miami Univ.
96 Kent State
97 Troy
98 Arkansas  
99 Houston
100 Connecticut
101 East Carolina
102 Tulane
103 UAB
104 Eastern Michigan
105 Ohio
106 Louisiana Tech
107 Akron
108 UL Monroe
109 UL Lafayette
110 MTSU
111 Temple
112 Florida Atlantic
113 Army
114 Buffalo
115 Arkansas State
116 Idaho
117 North Texas
118 Utah State
119 FIU