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Top 10 Dual-Threat College Football QBs of 2014

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Top 10 Dual-Threat College Football QBs of 2014

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College football is ever-changing, but the idea of the dual-threat quarterback is something that has remained constant. In today's game, offenses operate at a rapid pace and teams look for players who are able to play multiple roles. More than ever, offenses are dictated by a quarterback's ability, both through the air and on the ground. Here are 10 dual-threat quarterbacks who are capable of giving opposing defenses nightmares on Saturdays.

10. Keenan Reynolds, Navy

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10. Keenan Reynolds, Navy

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Navy is well-known for its ability to run the triple option, not its passing game. But last season, Keenan Reynolds passed for over 1,000 yards and eight touchdowns. This doesn't seem like much, but he only threw 128 passes with 68 of them being completions. Getting back to why he's considered a top dual-threat QB, Reynolds rushed for 1,346 yards and 31 touchdowns, which tied him for first among FBS players.

9. Cody Fajardo, Nevada

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9. Cody Fajardo, Nevada

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Now a senior, Nevada QB Cody Fajardo has been the team's starter since his redshirt freshman season. 2012 was Fajardo's best season, amassing 2,786 passing yards and 1,121 rushing yards totaling 32 touchdowns. Last year, Fajardo rushed for 621 yards and eight touchdowns, which are strong numbers for a college QB. The Wolf Pack will be relying on Fajardo to bounce back from a 2013 season in which they won only four games.

8. Taysom Hill, BYU

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8. Taysom Hill, BYU

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BYU's junior quarterback, Taysom Hill, will look to feed off some of the success he had in 2013. Hill accounted for over 4,000 yards of total offense, including 1,344 on the ground. The Cougars will rely on Hill once again, and it will be interesting to see if they utilize him more as a rusher or passer due to his 19 passing touchdowns and 14 interceptions.

7. Everett Golson, Notre Dame

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7. Everett Golson, Notre Dame

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In 2012, Everett Golson led the Fighting Irish to the national championship game where they lost to Alabama. In 2013, Golson was suspended for academic reasons, but he was readmitted for the 2014 season. Now a senior, Golson instantly boosts Notre Dame's offense due to his playmaking ability. In 2012, Golson amassed over 2,500 total yards, including six rushing touchdowns. The key for Golson will be whether he's able to reach his 2012 form.

6. Dak Prescott, Mississippi State

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6. Dak Prescott, Mississippi State

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Just a sophomore in 2013, Mississippi St. QB Dak Prescott impressed by accounting for 23 total touchdowns, 13 of which were rushing. Prescott ran for 829 yards and passed for almost 2,000 last season, and he will counted on to do much of the same in a tough SEC. Prescott has strong players around him, including Jameon Lewis, so he should be able to use an expanding offense to his advantage in 2014.

5. Devin Gardner, Michigan

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5. Devin Gardner, Michigan

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2013 was Devin Gardner's first full season as Michigan's starting quarterback. Overall, he put up impressive numbers including 2,960 yards passing and 21 touchdowns. But his ability to run with the ball is what makes defenses nervous. Before last season, Gardner split time at WR, so his athleticism is what allowed him to rush for 483 yards and 11 touchdowns last season. Now a senior, Gardner is seeking to put together a consistent season.

4. Brett Hundley, UCLA

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4. Brett Hundley, UCLA

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UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley had a tough decision to make after his redshirt sophomore season in 2013. Coming off of two outstanding seasons, Hundley decided to return for one more. Last year, Hundley threw for 3,071 yards with 24 touchdowns and rushed for 748 yards and 11 scores. With Hundley returning, UCLA has a great shot at winning the Pac-12, and he is a front-runner in the preseason Heisman race.

3. Nick Marshall, Auburn

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3. Nick Marshall, Auburn

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Senior Nick Marshall hasn't always been a QB in college; he actually started his collegiate career at CB. The move, made last season, panned out, and Marshall led the Tigers to some improbable wins and the national championship game before falling to Florida State. Last year, Marshall passed for nearly 2,000 yards and 14 touchdowns while rushing for over 1,000 yards and 12 touchdowns in Auburn's fast-paced offense.

2. Braxton Miller, Ohio State

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2. Braxton Miller, Ohio State

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Ohio State's offense begins and ends with quarterback Braxton Miller. Quarterbacks dictate a team's offense, and that couldn't be more prevalent than with the Miller and the Buckeyes. Miller took over OSU's offense during his freshman season in 2011 and hasn't looked back. In that time, he has passed for over 5,000 yards and rushed for over 3,000, totaling 84 touchdowns. If he can stay healthy, Miller should be up for the Heisman trophy.

1. Marcus Mariota, Oregon

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1. Marcus Mariota, Oregon

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Like Hundley, Marcus Mariota chose to return to Oregon after his redshirt sophomore season. Mariota, who hurt his knee toward the latter part of the year, will lead an explosive Oregon offense for the third year in a row. In 2012, Mariota accounted for 32 touchdowns through the air, 752 rushing yards and five rushing touchdowns. Last year, he passed for 3,665 yards and 31 touchdowns while rushing for 715 yards and nine scores.