Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Scouting the Bleacher Report Top 25 QBs of 2013, Part 4


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 6-10…

10. Kevin Hogan, junior, Stanford – At 6-foot-4 and 228 pounds, Hogan has just scratched the surface of his on-field potential. And if his first few collegiate starts are any indication, A11FL coaches will be looking to snap Hogan up. In 2012, in just 10 games (five starts), Hogan completed a whopping 71.7 percent of his passes for nine touchdowns and just three interceptions, while finishing second on the team in rushing with 263 yards and two scores. So far in 2013, he has completed 62.9 percent of his passes for 546 yards, seven touchdowns and two picks in three games, while running for 69 yards and a 5.8-yard average.

9. Taylor Martinez, senior, Nebraska – Martinez (6-foot-1, 210 pounds) has improved as a passer over the years, while continuing to be the big-time running threat that makes him a prime A11FL candidate. In 2012, he posted career-highs in completion percentage (62.0), passing yards (2,871), touchdown passes (23) and rushing yards (1,019). Martinez has started three of four Cornhusker games so far in 2013, and is completing 66.2 percent of his passes for 528 yards, nine touchdowns and one interception, and has run for 101 yards.

8. Aaron Murray, senior, Georgia – More of a drop-back passer than a runner, Murray’s game is impressive, but not necessarily a fit for the A11FL. He has posted big-time passing numbers so far in three games in 2013, completing 72 percent of his passes for 1,040 yards, seven touchdowns and two interceptions, but he has just 11 net rushing yards (53 gained, 42 lost). In his previous 41 games at Georgia – all starts – Murray (6-foot-1, 208 pounds) put up 10,091 yards and 95 touchdowns through the air, but had just 210 rushing yards in 233 attempts (includes sacks).

7. David Fales, senior, San Jose State – Fales (6-foot-3, 220 pounds) took a circuitous route to becoming the starter at SJSU, having spent the 2009 season at Nevada (didn’t play), then 2010-11 at Monterey Peninsula College. As a junior in 2012, Fales displayed his big-time passing ability (72.5 completion percentage, 4,193 yards, 33 touchdowns, nine interceptions), and he has posted 880 yards, six touchdowns and three interceptions through the air in three games in 2013. But he is a classic drop-back passer (minus-173 rushing yards in 16 games with the Spartans), so his A11FL future doesn’t look bright.

6. A.J. McCarron, senior, Alabama – The measurables all say McCarron will be a solid professional – he’s 6-foot-4 and 214 pounds, he led the nation in passing efficiency as a junior (173.08), and has won back-to-back national championships as a starting quarterback. So far in 2013, McCarron has thrown for 702 yards, six touchdowns and two interceptions in three games, and, prior to this season, he went one stretch of 291 pass attempts without throwing a pick – the second-longest streak in Southeastern Conference history. Like Murray and Fales, however, McCarron isn’t much of a runner, meaning he most likely isn’t a good fit for the A11FL.

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