Ranking The 10 Best Big 10 Football QBs Of All Time

Ranking The 10 Best Big 10 QBs Of All Time

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Scanning through history, the Big 10 has produced some of the country's finest quarterbacks since Michigan joined the conference in 1917, officially making it the Big 10. Here are the top 10 quarterbacks to ever go through a Big 10 program. (Note: Available stock photos for a few players could not be found.)

10. Kerry Collins - Penn State

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10. Kerry Collins - Penn State

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Before playing 16 professional seasons in the NFL, Kerry Collins put together an incredible body of work at Penn State, which included 1994 season that saw him complete 66.7 percent of his passes for nearly 2,700 yards and 21 touchdowns.

9. Antwaan Randle El - Indiana

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9. Antwaan Randle El - Indiana

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Antwaan Randle El would also make a list of the most exciting Big 10 players. His dual-threat ability was put on display in his very first game as a freshman against Western Michigan as he accumulated 467 total yards and threw for three scores. He was given the Chicago Tribune Silver Football award in his senior season of 2001.

8. Bob Chappius - Michigan

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8. Bob Chappius - Michigan

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Bob Chappius broke the Big 10 record for total offense twice: 1946 and 1947. This was after his fortunate escape from World War II. He finished second in the Heisman Trophy race in his senior season of '47 and was inducted into the CFB Hall of Fame in 1988.

7. Leslie (Les) Horvath - Ohio State

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7. Leslie (Les) Horvath - Ohio State

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Leslie Horvath played two seasons at Ohio State and then entered dentistry school in 1943. His coach, Carroll Widdoes, convinced him to return in 1944, which led to one of the greatest single-season performances in Big 10 history. Horvath capped off that season with the conference's second Heisman Trophy.

6. Bob Griese - Purdue

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6. Bob Griese - Purdue

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Bob Griese initially chose Purdue over other schools because he could earn a degree while playing football, basketball and baseball. Football quickly trumped the others, though, as he marched his way to an outstanding Boilermaker career. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1994.

5. Chuck Long - Iowa

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5. Chuck Long - Iowa

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After three years at Iowa, Chuck Long was assumed to go pro. However, he stuck around for his senior season of 1985 and put together a performance that saw him finish second in the Heisman Trophy voting, falling 45 points short of the great Bo Jackson.

4. Eric Crouch - Nebraska

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4. Eric Crouch - Nebraska

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By the time Eric Crouch departed from Nebraska, he owned nearly all of the school's all-time records and won the Heisman in 2001. Despite the fact Crouch didn't do this in the Big 10, he (and one other Cornhusker) finds himself on the list.

3. Tommie Frazier - Nebraska

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3. Tommie Frazier - Nebraska

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Tommie Frazier was frequently injured during his time at Nebraska, so his full potential remained undiscovered for the most part. Despite that shadow, he finished his career at Nebraska with a record of 45-4 and won two consecutive national titles in 1994 and 1995.

2. Troy Smith - Ohio State

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2. Troy Smith - Ohio State

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Troy Smith is the Big 10's most recent Heisman Trophy winner. This kid beat rival Michigan an impressive three times during his years at Ohio State and completed 67 percent of his passes his senior season. The Big 10 has seen many dual-threats come and go, but Smith was far-and-away the purest passer of them all, propelling him in front of the rest.

1. Drew Brees - Purdue

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1. Drew Brees - Purdue

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Any argument here? Didn't think so. Here's a list of the conference records Drew Brees held at the time he left Purdue: passing yards (11,792), touchdown passes (90), completions (1,026), attempts (1,678) and total offensive yards (12,693). Brees' All-American awards make him eligible for the CFB Hall of Fame when his pro days are over.

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