Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Scouting the Bleacher Report Top 25 QBs of 2013, Part 3

Today, A11 Football Magazine will continue to take a look at the Bleacher Report’s list of the Top 25 quarterbacks for the 2013 college football season, and how they would stack up in the upcoming A11 Football League.

Today’s story looks at the quarterbacks in spots 11-15…

15. Logan Thomas, senior, Virginia Tech – Thomas has the size to thrive in the A11FL (6-foot-6, 254 pounds), given how many hits a quarterback in the league might take. He also has the statistics that coaches like. Through the weekend, Thomas’ career record as a starter for the Hokies is 21-10, and he has thrown for 6,794 yards and 41 touchdowns, and added 1,085 yards and 22 scores on the ground. Thomas’ best season was as a redshirt sophomore in 2011, as he completed 59.8 percent of his passes for 3,013 yards, 19 touchdowns and 10 interceptions, ran for 469 yards and 11 touchdowns, and guided Tech to an 11-3 record.

14. Jordan Lynch, senior, Northern Illinois – Lynch has the one intangible that coaches love – he’s a winner. He guided Northern Illinois to the Orange Bowl last year, and, in his first year as a college starter, put up the stats A11FL coaches would drool over – 3,138 yards, 25 touchdowns, six interceptions and a completion percentage of 60.2 passing, and 1,815 yards and 19 touchdowns rushing. So far in 2013, Lynch (6-foot, 216 pounds) hasn’t missed a beat, posting 662 yards and seven touchdowns through the air and 404 yards and two scores on the ground in three games.

13. Devin Gardner, junior (RS), Michigan – Following a highly-successful Wolverine quarterback in Denard Robinson, Gardner is getting his first shot at a full season as a starter at the collegiate level. He has shown the versatility that A11FL coaches will need – and want – to see. In 29 games at Michigan, Gardner has thrown for 2,281 yards and 20 touchdowns, ran for 476 yards and 14 scores and caught 17 passes for 268 yards and four scores. In four games to date in 2013, he has thrown for 801 yards, seven touchdowns and eight interceptions, and is Michigan's second leading rusher with 301 rushing yards (five touchdowns).

12. Brett Hundley, sophomore (RS), UCLA – Hundley, in just his second collegiate campaign, is seeing his star rising quickly thanks to both his passing and running prowess. In three games to date this season, he has thrown for 848 yards, eight touchdowns and three interceptions, while running for 157 yards and two more scores. As a redshirt freshman last year, Hundley (6-foot-3, 222 pounds) displayed the qualities A11FL coaches will be looking, throwing for 3,740 yards, 29 touchdowns, 11 interceptions and completing 66.5 percent of his passes, and rushing for 355 yards (702 gained, 347 lost) and nine scores.

11. Derek Carr, senior, Fresno State – Carr (6-foot-3, 218 pounds) is the little brother of David Carr, an ex-Bulldog and former No. 1 overall pick in the National Football League Draft. He has gotten off to a strong start to his senior season, posting 1,121 yards, 12 touchdowns and only one interception in three games. Carr also has run for 43 yards on eight attempts in 2013. While Carr put up silly passing numbers the last two full seasons (7,648 yards and 63 touchdowns combined in 2011-12), his lack of high-end mobility (73 rushing yards on 123 carries, including sacks, in 2011-12) most likely would be a turnoff for A11FL coaches.

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