Ranking the 10 Best QB Units in College Football

Ranking the 10 Best QB Units in College Football

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After 13 quarterbacks were selected in the 2014 NFL Draft, we are sure to see some new faces on the gridiron this college season. With a handful of potential stars returning, here's a look at the top 10 QB units headed into the 2014 season.

10. North Carolina

Marquise Williams,  North Carolina
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10. North Carolina

Marquise Williams, North Carolina
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The quarterback competition will be a good one for the Tar Heels. Ranked 24th in preseason polls, returning starter Marquise Williams has his work cut out for him if he wants to beat out redshirt freshman Mitch Trubisky and Kanter Coker. Either way, the Tar Heels have a deep, athletic bench.

9. Nebraska

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9. Nebraska

Tommy Armstrong, Nebraska
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The 16th ranked team in the nation during preseason has at least four quality options to run their offense. Tommy Armstrong leads the way, but redshirt freshman Johnny Stanton and true freshman Zack Darlington will compete for the Cornhuskers.

8. Washington

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8. Washington

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Another team with four capable options, sophomore Cyler Miles will get the nod if he returns. Sophomores Jeff Lindquist and redshirt freshman Troy Williams will battle for the backup spot and keep Washington athletic at the QB position.

7. LSU

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7. LSU

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Sophomore Anthony Jennings will lead the No. 9 Tigers' run-heavy offense. Watch out for freshman Brandon Harris, though; if he can get acclimated with the offense quickly enough, we could seeing him on the field quite a bit. Both players are athletic and should help to keep LSU ranked in the top 10.

6. Stanford

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6. Stanford

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Not only does the preseason No. 7 have one of the top QBs in college football in Kevin Hogan, but they also have the 2013 fourth ranked pocket passer in Ryan Burns. Although they haven't had to use a backup in a while, Stanford definitely has options.

5. Notre Dame

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5. Notre Dame

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Brian Kelly is known to use more than one quarterback depending on how a game goes. Golson's return has him starting for the No. 15 Fighting Irish, but don't be surprised to see athletic freshman Malik Zaire getting some snaps.

4. Michigan State

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4. Michigan State

Connor Cook, Michigan State
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With impressive performances in the Big Ten Championship Game and Rose Bowl last season, Cook displayed the poise and resiliency to make big plays in a high-pressure environment with the game on the line. With backups like Damian Terry, who could be added in run packages, and Tyler O'Connor, the Spartans are stocked at the QB position.

3. Oklahoma

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3. Oklahoma

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After Trevor Knight's performance against Alabama in the Sugar Bowl, he's a shoo-in to stay the starter for the eighth-ranked Sooners. What's intriguing is the battle for the backup spot as athletic redshirt freshman Cody Thomas and true freshman Justice Hansen will battle it out. If the Sooners can keep their momentum going from last season, this is going to be a squad to watch out for.

2. Alabama

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2. Alabama

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The powerhouse Crimson Tide are looking to replace one of the greats in AJ McCarron. Although there are four capable guys battling for the starting position, junior transfer Jacob Coker seems to be the odds-on favorite. With senior Blake Sims, sophomore Alec Morris and freshman David Cornwell, Alabama has one of, if not the deepest roster in college football and will be competing for another national championship.

1. Auburn

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1. Auburn

Nick Marshall, Auburn
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You know you have a deep squad when your third string quarterback is known as one of the best leaders of your team. That's the case with Jonathan Wallace, who backs up Nick Marshall and Jeremy Johnson for the third-ranked team in the nation. Auburn's deep depth chart has them hoping to compete for the second year in a row for a national title.

Bonder Carthen is a Cleveland Browns writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @BonderIII, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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