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The 10 best college football QB's in the entire world for 2018 (USA Today)

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    The 10 best quarterbacks in college football

    1. Trace McSorley, Penn State
    McSorley will get his chance to shine as a solo artist without Saquon Barkley owning the spotlight in Penn State’s quarterback-friendly scheme. He’ll respond well to the challenge. Much like Baker Mayfield, McSorley combines top-level awareness, underrated athleticism and an impeccable grasp of his team’s offense in an undersized package. But also like Mayfield, he possesses a drive you can’t measure in yards, touchdowns or inches.

    2. McKenzie Milton, Central Florida
    How UCF fares as a team in the transition from Scott Frost to Josh Heupel is one of college football’s most intriguing story lines heading into September. One thing is sure, however: Milton’s going to put up numbers. The best quarterback on the Group of Five level and an outstanding fit for the Knights’ system — which will look slightly different under Heupel — Milton is a true Heisman contender coming out of the American Athletic Conference.

    3. Ryan Finley, North Carolina State
    Finley has what the NFL is looking for: intelligence, experience, a strong arm and familiarity with a pro-tempo system. That he protects the football as well as any quarterback in the country is a plus. He could stand to add some weight, but Finley has the ability and the accompanying skill talent to play his way into an All-America selection.

    4. Will Grier, West Virginia
    What’s most intriguing about Grier is his clear room for improvement. Not that he’s not already among the elite at his position: Grier threw for 3,490 yards and 34 scores in 2017, his first as the Mountaineers’ starter. It’s more about the idea that he’s only now scratching the surface of his potential. Remember that he played in just six games at Florida before stepping into Dana Holgorsen’s offense a year ago. He could explode as a senior.

    5. Jarrett Stidham, Auburn
    It’s no coincidence that Auburn is nearly unbeatable when Stidham has room to operate. As he goes, so go the Tigers. Like Grier, there’s enormous reason for optimism: Stidham got his feet wet as a freshman at Baylor in 2015 and had his down moments for Auburn in 2017, with the byproduct of this experience almost inevitably a push for all-conference and national recognition.

    6. Justin Herbert, Oregon
    It would be great to see Herbert for one full and healthy season before he shuttles off to the NFL. What we’ve seen so far are spurts of genius mitigated by the not-unexpected brushes with inefficiency and ineffectiveness. But this is also true: Oregon is garbage without Herbert and a potential top-25 team with the junior in the lineup. If healthy, Herbert will prove in 2018 why NFL scouts are already enamored with the local product’s arm, touch and smarts.

    7. Drew Lock, Missouri
    On one hand, Lock led the nation with 44 touchdowns a year ago. On the other, 18 of those scores came in games against the powerhouse defenses at Southwest Missouri State, Idaho and Connecticut. He completed 52 percent of his attempts with 11 touchdowns and seven interceptions against winning FBS competition. He hit on 63 percent of his throws on 10.7 yards per attempt with 26 scores against losing teams. So what’s the story? That Lock can pitch it as well as anyone but must also show up and perform at a higher level against the elite opponents on the Tigers’ schedule. The same can be said of Missouri as a whole, obviously.

    8. Khalil Tate, Arizona
    Tate took college football by storm after moving into the starting lineup one month into last season. His October — a stretch that began with an all-timer performance against Colorado — cemented his place in the Heisman conversation, and also overshadowed a significant decline in production during Arizona’s 1-4 close to the Rich Rodriguez era. The Wildcats’ new coach, Kevin Sumlin, brings along an offense suited to Tate’s skill set; Sumlin’s scheme will play to his dual-threat gifts, a thought that should wobble the knees of opposing Pac-12 defensive coordinators. The strides Tate has made as a passer this offseason will determine whether or not he factors into the end-of-year award mix.

    9. Jake Fromm, Georgia
    The best is still to come for Fromm, though it’s hard to overestimate the importance of his spending an entire offseason as the Bulldogs’ unquestioned starter. He’ll be better in 2018: more confident, more under control, savvier in the face of SEC defenses. Then again, he’ll have more on his plate as Georgia breaks in a new backfield and a new starter at left tackle. Fromm seems up to the challenge of becoming the face of the Bulldogs’ offense.

    10. Jake Browning, Washington
    It was just two seasons ago that Browning tossed 43 touchdowns and finished sixth in the Heisman voting. In comparison, that made his 2017 season a disappointment — even as Browning significantly increased his completion percentage and maintained a healthy per-attempt average. He could use some help from a receivers corps that must develop at least one additional deep threat. But the advantage of spending the past three seasons as Chris Petersen’s starter can’t be overlooked.

    FIVE JUST OFF THE LIST

    Jake Bentley, South Carolina

    Alex Hornibrook, Wisconsin

    Kyler Murray, Oklahoma

    Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama

    Clayton Thorson, Northwestern
     



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    Hopefully Ryan Finley will be as good as advertised this season for my Wolfpack!
     
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    Why would you want Grier? A certain OSU poster said that Haskins will be the best QB in the conference and will be a Heisman candidate THIS YEAR.
     
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    Need more tape on Haskins. Haven’t seen a JT-less offense since 2015.
     
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    Gawd I can’t wait for the season to start.
     
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    If a Buckeye fan said that about Haskins he's got his Homer Glasses super glued to his head.
     
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    AlaskaGuy, Good luck to your Huskies this season. They look like the real deal to me!
     
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    Well I hope he's right but you'll never see me make claims like that. Of course I want them to have a great season. But I have no idea what a players gonna do throughout the season.
     
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    Murray will be in the top 5 by seasons end.
     
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    Ryan Finley #3. That's pretty good. Funny chit.
     
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    And Hornibrook honorable mention. lol. That guy sucks.
     
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    Tua Tua Tua.... He'll be THE MAN by years end!
     
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    No offense to cfb fans of teams represented by players on that list, but that's going to be a weak NFL QB draft class. The underclassmen with the exception of the young man from Georgia should probably not even consider coming out after the upcoming season.
     
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    I’ve seen many lists that had Brian Lewerke in the 12-15 range and thought “dear god, have mercy on our souls.”
     
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    Never heard of him.
     
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    Not a great list. Jake Browning should be higher. Trace McSorley number 1, I don't think so. Ryan Finley also seems a bit high. Tua T had one great game, but so did Cordele Jones, a few years back. I would have Will Grier and Jarrett Stidham as one and two.
     
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    Whether it's Tagovailoa or Hurt I think you'll have enough to win it all again.