Thursday, September 26, 2013

Scouting the Bleacher Report Top 25 QBs of 2013, Part 5

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 1-5…

5. Braxton Miller, junior, Ohio State – Miller (6-foot-2, 215 pounds) would fit the A11FL mold quite nicely – but he might need a little more collegiate seasoning. Miller has missed the Buckeyes’ last two games due to a knee injury, and in a little more than a game’s worth of action this year, he is 17-for-24 for 208 yards, two touchdowns and an interception passing, and has 82 rushing yards. Through 26 collegiate games, Miller has run for 2,068 yards and 20 touchdowns, while throwing for 3,406 yards and 30 scores.

4. Marcus Mariota, sophomore (RS), Oregon – Mariota (6-foot-4, 211 pounds) burst on to the college football scene in 2012 by earning Pac-12 Offensive Freshman of the Year honors. The dual pass-run threat displayed the type of playmaking ability inside and outside of the pocket that A11FL coaches would fight themselves to acquire, throwing for 2,677 yards and 32 touchdowns and running for 752 yards and five scores. Mariota has had a strong start to the 2013 season, as well, throwing for 889 yards and seven touchdowns and running for 262 yards and four touchdowns in just three games.

3. Tajh Boyd, senior, Clemson – Boyd (6-foot-1, 225 pounds) has the intangibles to be a highly successful A11FL quarterback. He has had a fast start to the 2013 college football season, not getting picked off in 90 pass attempts through three games, while throwing for 683 yards and six touchdowns, and running for 90 yards and three scores. Boyd had started 27 games in each of the previous two seasons, and in each campaign, had at least 3,800 passing yards and 33 touchdowns. In 2012, he ran for 514 yards and 10 touchdowns.

2. Teddy Bridgewater, junior (RS), Louisville – A possible top pick in the National Football League in either 2014 or 2015, Bridgewater would be a better fit for the NFL than the A11FL due to his drop-back throwing style. The 6-foot-3, 196-pounder is off to a blazing start to the 2013 season, throwing for 1,214 yards, 14 touchdowns, one interception and a 71.8-percent completion rate in four games. In 30 career collegiate games, Bridgewater has thrown for 7,061 yards and 55 touchdowns (completing 67.5 percent of his passes), and but has ran for just 128 yards on 175 carries (including sacks).

1. Johnny Manziel, sophomore (RS), Texas A&M – There are a select few quarterbacks whom one could say the A11FL was made for. Manziel, the reigning Heisman Trophy winner, is one of those quarterbacks. The 6-foot-1, 210-pounder is the complete run-pass package A11FL coaches would love to have taking snaps for their team. In 2012, Manziel threw for 3,706 yards and 26 touchdowns and ran for 1,410 yards and 21 scores. In four games in 2013, he has completed 70 percent of his passes for 1,228 yards, 12 touchdowns and four interceptions, and is second on the team with 255 rushing yards and three scores.

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