The Top 10 Greatest College Football Quarterbacks of All-Time? (2024)

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By Edcel Panganiban July 07, 2024 07:58 1. Kellen Moore, Boise State (2008-2011) 2. Marcus Mariota, Oregon (2012-2014) 3. Joe Theismann, Notre Dame (1968-1970) 4. Andrew Luck, Stanford (2009-2011) 5. Peyton Manning, Tennessee (1994-97) 6. Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M (2012-13) 7. Dan Marino, University of Pittsburgh (1979-1982) 8. Jimmy Clausen, Notre Dame (2007-09) 9. Roger Staubach, Navy (1962-64) 10. Vinny Testaverde, University of Miami (1983-86) SHOP Mystery Signed Memorabilia Mystery Signed Football 8x10 Photo Mystery Signed Baseball Jersey Mystery Signed Football Jersey Mystery Signed Baseball 8x10 Photo LATEST What is Donovan McNabb's Net Worth in 2024? Are There any Vegan NFL Players? What is Andy Dalton's Net Worth in 2024? Is Weed Allowed in the NFL? Why Former NFL Player Ricky Williams Quit Football New Orleans Saints' Trade for Ricky Williams: A... What Happened to Jason Campbell? What Happened to Cedric Benson? Who is the Youngest NFL Player Ever? How Did Jason Pierre-Paul Lose His Fingers? Do Any NFL Players Have Diabetes? Where There Openly Gay NFL Players? When did Boomer Esiason Retire from the NFL? What is Boomer Esiason's Net Worth in 2024? What is Doug Flutie's Net Worth in 2024? What Is Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's Ownership o... Robert Griffin III: An Insane Rookie Year and H... The Top 10 Fantasy Football Picks of 2024 Is Nick Bosa the Best Bosa Brother In the NFL?:... Legacy of Defeat: The Top 10 Worst Teams in NFL... The Top 10 Greatest Defenses in NFL History How 'Sauce' Gardner Earned His Iconic Nickname Alex Collins: A Tragic Loss in the World of Foo... Is Eddie George the Best Ohio State RB Ever? Andre Rison: A Rollercoaster Ride Through Legal... The Enduring Love Story of Peyton Manning and A... Tony Romo and Candice Crawford: A Journey of Lo... Drew and Brittany Brees: Navigating Fame, Famil... Jason and Kylie Kelce: A Heartwarming Tale of L... Chad Ochocinco's Name Changes: A Journey Throug... Rob Gronkowski: The Unmatched Legacy of the Ult... A Deep Dive: How Robert Kraft Has Made Billions... A.J. Brown: Turning the Eagles Franchise Around Is Terry Bradshaw an Underrated Hall of Fame Qu... Puka Nacua's Meteoric Rise in the NFL: A Phenom... Deshaun Watson's Make or Break 2024-25 Season: ... The Dynamic Watt Brothers: TJ and JJ Growing Up... The Journey of Devin and Jason McCourty: From C... Shaquill and Shaquem Griffin: The Dynamic Footb... A Look Into the Lives of Seth and Stephen Curry... Shannon and Sterling Sharpe: The Story of NFL B... The Family Legacy of John Harbaugh: A Story of ... How Did Marshawn Lynch Get His Nickname "Beast ... Terry Bradshaw: A Legendary Influence on FOX Sp... Who Owns the Jacksonville Jaguars? Kareem Hunt: The Rise, Fall, and Rise of a Star Where Was Puka Nacua Born? What Year Did Colin Kaepernick Start Playing Fo... How Skip Bayless Ignited the Controversial Care... FAN ARCH PODCAST NETWORK Mystery Signed Memorabilia

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College football has a long history of incredible quarterbacks who have made huge impressions on the sport. This complete assessment and ranking of the top future NFL quarterbacks is based on their signature statistics, accomplishments, playing style, strengths, and landing spots for each quarterback.

1. Kellen Moore, Boise State (2008-2011)

  • Record as starter: 50-3
  • Total TDs: 142
  • QB rating: 169.0
  • Career Awards: 7th in Heisman voting (2009), 4th (2010), and 8th (2011)
  • Championships: 3 WAC

One of the more impressive college careers we have ever seen. Such numbers Moore became one of college football's most successful passers to date, tallying 152 touchdowns to his name. Moore's impact on Boise State's program makes him one of the best college football quarterbacks ever.

2. Marcus Mariota, Oregon (2012-2014)

  • Record as starter: 36-5
  • Total TDs: 134
  • QB rating: 171.8
  • Awards: Heisman Trophy (2014) Consensus All-American
  • Titles: 1 Pac-12 champ

His electric playmaking ability, combined with his deadly efficiency as a signal-caller at Oregon, quickly elevated him to the top of college football. The Heisman Trophy, the Pac-12 title, his effect on Oregon's offense, and his leading it to a national championship game put Mariota in that conversation.

3. Joe Theismann, Notre Dame (1968-1970)

While at Notre Dame, Joe Theismann's play and quarterback leadership helped fuel Fighting Irish football's greatness. The success of Theismann also went beyond the field, becoming apparent through his leadership skills and commitment to others.

4. Andrew Luck, Stanford (2009-2011)

  • Record as starter: 31-8
  • Total TDs: (Not specified)
  • QB rating: (Not specified)
  • Awards: Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year (2010, 2011)

Stanford was where we fully appreciated how intelligent, precise, and strong Luck's arm might be. He can still make a strong case for being one of the most NFL-ready college quarterbacks ever, and he was undeniably historically impactful during his time in college football; leading Stanford to two BCS bowl games made that clear.

5. Peyton Manning, Tennessee (1994-97)

  • Record as starter: 39-6
  • Total TDs: 101
  • QB rating: 147.1
  • Awards: Consensus All-American
  • Championships: One SEC title

Manning's remarkable record when starting and plenty of accomplishments to show for his time at Tennessee. He left a tremendous legacy on the Tennessee football program that cements him among the greatest college QBs ever.

6. Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M (2012-13)

  • Record as starter: 20-6
  • Total TDs: 93
  • QB rating: 164.1
  • Honors: Unanimous All-American (2012), Heisman Trophy.

His style was so dynamic and electric, that the Texas A&M quarterback was awarded college football's top prize, The Heisman Trophy. That, coupled with his impact on the Aggies offense and ability to lead that team, make him one of the greatest college QBs of all time.

7. Dan Marino, University of Pittsburgh (1979-1982)

The incomparable arm strength and accuracy of Dan Marino at the University of Pittsburgh transcended him to rare air as one of college football's best quarterbacks ever. That leaves a lasting legacy that includes setting all kinds of school records, making him one of the best college football quarterbacks ever played.

8. Jimmy Clausen, Notre Dame (2007-09)

Clausen's clutch play and ability to bring Notre Dame back under head coach Charlie Weis make him one of the best quarterbacks in college history. His production and improved play were noticed, resulting in a third-place finish for the Heisman Trophy.

9. Roger Staubach, Navy (1962-64)

  • Record as starter: 16-10-1
  • Total TDs: 36
  • QB rating: 132.1
  • Accolades: 1963 recipient of the Heisman Trophy, consensus All-American

Roger Staubach's exceptional quarterback play and leadership at the United States Naval Academy is what earned him the prestigious Heisman Trophy.

10. Vinny Testaverde, University of Miami (1983-86)

  • Record as starter: 21-3
  • Total TDs: 56
  • QB rating: 152.9
  • Honors: 1985 Heisman Trophy, Consensus All-American

All of his honors helped turn Vinny Testaverde from the starting quarterback at the University of Miami into a college football legend.

These are the top 10 best college football quarterbacks of all time, who have proven their quality by skill and leadership, molding titles to be remembered. Their exceptional careers and their reputations for enduring college football greatness are secure.

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