Preview 2010 - WAC Quarterback Rankings
Nevada QB Colin Kaepernick
The WAC has a reputation for high-flying offenses and great quarterback play, and while that's been a bit of a myth over the last few years, this season the league loaded helped by Nevada's Colin Kaepernick, arguably the nation's top dual-threat playmaker. Check out the 2010 WAC CFN Quarterback Rankings.
Preview 2010 - WAC
The Top Quarterbacks
- WAC Skill Position Rankings
1. Kellen Moore, Jr. Boise State
After setting the NCAA record for completion percentage by a freshman (69.4%), the lefty was even more magnificent last year completing 69.3% of his throws for 3,536 yards. After throwing ten picks in 2008, he threw just three last season along with 39 touchdowns (to 25 in 2008). But his great year was more than just about stats; he always seemed to generate the foot-on-the-throat drive to put teams away and came up with the scores needed to prevent any legitimate threats. At 6-0 and 186 pounds he's not big, has decent arm, and he's not all that mobile, but he's accurate and he knows how to get things moving. The Washington high school record holder for touchdown passes (173) is ultra-efficient, mistake-free, and as cool as they come. A 26-1 career record isn't bad, either.
2. Colin Kaepernick, Sr. Nevada
Kaepernick hasn't led the team to many big wins and he hasn't come through in the bowls, but he has been one of the nation's top dual-threat playmakers with two straight 1,000-yard rushing seasons while completing 56% of his career throws for 7,076 yards with 61 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. When he's on a roll, he's unstoppable rushing for 240 yards and three touchdowns against UNLV a few years ago and ripping off 230 yards and four scores against Idaho while running for five 100-yard games on the year. Deadly on the move, he has rushed for 39 career scores averaging 6.8 yards per carry. How accurate was he last year? He threw just two interceptions over the final 11 games. A Vince Young type of quarterback, he's 6-6 and 215 pounds with a slippery running style and a live arm with a major-league fastball. But for all the stats and for all the amazing things he has done over his phenomenal career, it's all about coming up with the big wins in his final year.
3. Diondre Borel, Sr. Utah State
Borel was a stunningly good playmaker for the team when he took over the job two years ago, and he came into his own last year completing 59% of his passes for 2,885 yards and 17 touchdowns with four interceptions. Dangerous on the ground, he finished second on the team with 458 yards and six scores including a 105-yard day against Fresno State. At 6-0 and 190 pounds, he's not the biggest of quarterbacks and he'll never be confused with Peyton Manning as a bomber, but he's the perfect fit for what the offense needs. The new coaching staff was a godsend for his talents.
4. Nathan Enderle, Sr. Idaho
Enderle stopped throwing picks, started bombing away, and he used his two-plus years of experience, his 6-5, 227-pound size, and his excellent arm to throw for 2,906 yards and 22 touchdowns with just nine interceptions (after throwing 17 picks in 2008 and 18 in 2007). While he missed two games late with an injured rotator cuff, he returned for the season finale against Utah State and he threw for 262 yards and three touchdowns (in a loss). While he's not going to run more than two feet and he'll still have games when he gives away several picks, he's a crusty veteran who should blow up again with a great receiving corps to work with.
5. Bryant Moniz, Jr. Hawaii
Moniz wasn't supposed to be a part of the mix last year coming out of Fresno City College, but injuries and ineffectiveness put him in the spotlight, and he came through completing 57% of his throws for 2,396 yards and 14 touchdowns with ten interceptions, bombing away for 366 yards and three scores in the win over Navy and for 374 yards and three touchdowns in the loss to Nevada. Only 6-0 and 190 pounds, he's not huge, but he has a good arm for his size and he's a decent runner with 117 yards and a score including 76 rushing yards against Utah State.
6. Ryan Colburn, Jr. Fresno State
Colburn might be the most talented Fresno State quarterback ever, but the 6-3, 220-pounder is big, pushes the ball down the field, and has just enough mobility to get by, running for 171 yards and two scores. He completed 61% of his throws for 2,459 yards and 19 touchdowns, but he threw 11 interceptions that always seemed to come at the worst times possible, at least early on. After throwing seven picks in the first four games, he gave it away just four more times the rest of the way and didn't throw more than two interceptions in any game after the loss to Boise State in Week Three. He'll have to be more consistent to secure the No. 1 job, but with his experience and his improvement, he'll be tough to knock off.
7. Jordan La Secla, Sr. San Jose State
La Secla started out his career as an emergency backup and wasn't expected to be a major factor last year, but he ended up taking over the job early on and wasn't awful completing 60% of his throws for 1,926 yards and the touchdowns, but he threw 11 interceptions. He only threw two touchdown passes over the final five games and missed time after struggled to get the offense going, and now he'll likely be the main man based on his experience. At 6-3 and 198 pounds he has good size and a live arm, but he's not going to run much.
8. Ross Jenkins, Sr. Louisiana Tech
Jenkins hasn't set the world on fire throwing for 2,428 yards and 25 touchdown passes with eight interceptions over the last two seasons. The 6-3, 212-pounder took over the starting job midway through the 2008 season and became a game manager. Can he be a bomber? Can he be the type of gunslinger who puts the ball over the field? That remains to be seen. So far he has been solid at not screwing up and keeping the chains moving.
9. Derek Carr, Soph. Fresno State
Fresno State legend David Carr's little brother, Derek, came to school early and was supposed to see time right away, and he did, burning his redshirt year to complete 10-of-14 passes for 112 yards in mop-up duty. At 6-3 and 190 pounds he's a tall, thin passer with a live arm, but it's nowhere near as good as his brother's. He still needs time and seasoning, but he's a talent who could quickly grow into the starter if he can be more consistent in practices.
10. Matt Faulkner, Jr. San Jose State
Faulkner will get every shot to run the offense. The 6-3, 215-pound JUCO transfer threw for 3,307 yards and 29 touchdowns for Mt. San Antonio College after transferring from Fresno State. A scout teamer for the Bulldogs, he has a little bit of good practice time, but now he'll get his shot to bomb away with the skills to push the ball deep.