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2010 CFN Preview - Unit Rankings, QBs
Houston QB Case Keenum
Houston QB Case Keenum
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Posted Aug 16, 2010


CFN 2010 Preview Unit Rankings from top to bottom - Quarterbacks


Preview 2010 - Unit Rankings

Quarterbacks


2010 CFN Preseason Rankings
- 1 to 5 | 6 to 10 | 11 to 20 | 21 to 30 | 31 to 40 | 41 to 50 | 51 to 60
- 61 to 70 | 71 to 80 | 81 to 90 | 91 to 100 | 101 to 110 | 111 to 120
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CFN 2010 Unit Rankings
- Offenses | Quarterbacks | Running Backs | Receivers | Offensive Lines
- Defenses | Defensive Lines | Linebackers | Secondaries  | Special Teams

1. Houston
One by one, the records are going to fall as Case Keenum turns his final season into a victory lap through Conference USA while finishing his career as the NCAA's all-time leading passer. Barring the obvious, an injury, he’ll again pile up huge numbers at the expense of toothless defenses and contend for All-America honors. Getting to another level, such as winning the Heisman, will depend on how well he plays against UCLA, Mississippi State, and Texas Tech at the end of November. For the second straight year, 6-1, 199-pound junior Cotton Turner will be back the backstop for Keenum. A former transfer from Blinn (Tex.) Junior College, he appeared in four games, going 30-of-40 for 373 yards and three touchdowns. Although he has modest arm strength, he’s a good match for the Cougars, throwing an accurate ball and gaining a firm grasp on the system in his first year.

2. Ohio State
It’s all on Terrelle Pryor to carry the Buckeyes this year, but if something happens, Joe Bauserman is at the point where he might be just good enough to tread water with. He’s not good enough to take the Buckeyes to a national title, but he could win a game or two if he had to. Kenny Guiton is the X factor with phenomenal speed and great upside. He’s like a smaller Pryor.

3. Texas A&M
After a shaky, skittish start to his career, Jerrod Johnson settled in and became an effective, dangerous bomber who threw for over 300 yards six times and went without an interception in seven of the first eight games. WR Ryan Tannehill can push it deep, but he’s more of a dinker, dunker and runner who throws a curve ball into the mix if he has to come in. As long as Johnson is healthy, A&M will have one of the nation’s most dangerous passing games.

4. NC State
When Russell Wilson puts on a helmet in the fall, it will have a facemask instead of a baseball helmet … breathe a sigh of relief, Pack fans. With him and Mike Glennon at the staff’s disposal, NC State will have a chance in every game this fall. Wilson is one of the ACC’s premier quarterbacks, having already accounted for 56 touchdowns and just a dozen picks in two seasons. Glennon has an enormous ceiling, and could start for a bunch of programs across the country. Together, they give State an enviable situation behind center.

5. Washington
Jake Locker didn’t pass on the riches of the NFL to be average this fall. He returned to Seattle to deliver one of the more memorable seasons for a quarterback in school history. And he’s more than capable of authoring something special, especially with the best supporting he’s had in four years. Much more than just a quarterback, Locker is a unique athlete, with the ability to take over games with his arm and his legs. Able to elevate the play of those around him, he’s an NFL-ready player who’ll spend the next few months competing against college defenses.

6. Arkansas
Ryan Mallett might be the best bomber in college football, and the sky’s the limit with his experience and with all the talent around him. Tyler Wilson and Jacoby Walker are good backup prospects who need more seasoning and more time, but as long as Mallett is healthy, the Arkansas passing game will be among the most efficient and effective in America.

7. Boise State
Kellen Moore will get all the time in the world, he has a loaded backfield to hand off to, and a tremendous receiving corps to work with. It’s all there for another outstanding season, while Michael Coughlin is good enough to step in and produce if needed. 

8. Navy
Ricky Dobbs is a special quarterback who should once again set records if he can stay healthy throughout a full season. But can he shine with all the attention? There will be a Heisman push and he’ll be the focus of plenty of stories this year, making him even more of a target than normal. The team can win with Kriss Proctor under center, if needed, but the team will be special with Dobbs.

9. Nevada
Colin Kaepernick is one of the nation’s premier players, but he hasn’t come up with the key wins to show it. If he can stay healthy and if all goes according to plan, he’ll throw for 2,000 yards and run for 1,000 yet again, but it’ll be important to mix in the backups just so they can get in some more meaningful work.

10. Texas Tech
With more of an emphasis on the running game, there might not be 5,000 yards of passing, but the hope is for an efficient and effective 4,000 with the interceptions to be kept to a minimum. The quarterbacks will be allowed to run more and be allowed to freelance a wee bit more under Tommy Tuberville than under Mike Leach, but that depends on who’s under center. Whatever happens, there will be a controversy with so many good options to work with. Taylor Potts and Steven Sheffield staying on the field will be an issue, though. It’ll be hard for the coaching staff to win. Either the two top quarterbacks are going to be banged up, or if they’re healthy, there will always be a major controversy. The starter will always be looking over his shoulder after every rough patch.

COULD EASILY BE IN TOP TEN

Arizona Pac 10
Baylor Big 12
Clemson ACC
Florida SEC
Florida State ACC
Georgia Tech ACC
Idaho WAC
Miami   ACC
Michigan State Big Ten
Middle Tennessee Sun Belt
Missouri Big 12
Ole Miss SEC
South Carolina SEC
Stanford Pac 10
TCU M-West
USC Pac 10
Virginia Tech ACC

SOLID, WILL BE A POSITIVE

Air Force M-West
Alabama SEC
Auburn SEC
California Pac 10
Cincinnati Big East
Connecticut Big East
Fresno State WAC
Hawaii WAC
Indiana  Big Ten
Iowa Big Ten
Iowa State Big 12
LSU SEC
Minnesota Big Ten
Notre Dame ind
Oklahoma Big 12
Oregon State Pac 10
Purdue Big Ten
Rutgers  Big East
SMU C-USAW
South Florida Big East
Southern Miss C-USAE
Texas Big 12
Utah   M-West
Utah State WAC
Wisconsin Big Ten

AVERAGE

Arizona State Pac 10
Arkansas State Sun Belt
Army Ind
Boston College ACC
BYU M-West
Central Michigan MAC
Colorado   Big 12
Duke ACC
Florida Atlantic Sun Belt
Georgia SEC
Illinois Big Ten
Kansas Big 12
Kentucky SEC
Louisiana Tech WAC
Louisville  Big East
Marshall C-USAE
Maryland  ACC
Miami Univ. MAC
Michigan Big Ten
Mississippi State SEC
Nebraska Big 12
North Carolina ACC
Northwestern Big Ten
Ohio   MAC
Oklahoma State Big 12
Oregon Pac 10
Penn State Big Ten
Pitt Big East
Rice C-USAW
San Diego State M-West
Toledo MAC
Troy Sun Belt
Tulsa C-USAW
UCLA  Pac 10
UNLV M-West
UTEP C-USAW
Washington State Pac 10
West Virginia Big East
Wyoming M-West

NEEDS WORK

Colorado State M-West
Kansas State Big 12
Kent State MAC
Syracuse Big East
Tennessee SEC
UL Lafayette Sun Belt
Vanderbilt SEC
Virginia   ACC
Wake Forest ACC
Western Michigan MAC

A PROBLEM

Akron MAC
Ball State MAC
Bowling Green MAC
Buffalo MAC
East Carolina C-USAE
FIU Sun Belt
New Mexico   M-West
North Texas Sun Belt
Northern Illinois MAC
UAB C-USAE

THE BOTTOM TEN

Ball State MAC
Eastern Michigan MAC
Memphis C-USAE
New Mexico State WAC
San Jose State WAC
Temple MAC
Tulane C-USAW
UCF C-USAE
UL Monroe Sun Belt
Western Kentucky Sun Belt

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

2010 CFN Preseason Rankings
- 1 to 5 | 6 to 10 | 11 to 20 | 21 to 30 | 31 to 40 | 41 to 50 | 51 to 60
- 61 to 70 | 71 to 80 | 81 to 90 | 91 to 100 | 101 to 110 | 111 to 120
- CFN Preseason Rankings 2009 | 2008 | 2007