1) Marcus Mariota, Oregon: Marcus Mariota is one of the nation’s top signal caller’s in all of College Football. Blessed with a cannon and soft touch for an arm, he’s equally dangerous with his legs and can carve you up on the ground. In 2012, as a redshirt freshman he led the Ducks to Pac-12 North Championship and Fiesta Bowl win over Kansas State. Last Season in 2013, Mariota threw for 3,665 yards with 31 touchdowns. On the ground he was superb rushing for 715 yards and nine touchdowns. Mariota will be one of the greatest QB’s ever don Oregon green when its all said and done. Mariota enters the 2014 season as one of the front runners for the Heisman Trophy.
2) Brett Hundley, UCLA: Hundley is a very good quarterback for a UCLA team that is rising not only in the Pac-12 but nation wide. Hundley along with Head Coach Jim Mora Jr are leading a bruin revival in Los Angeles. In 2012, Hundley burst onto the scene leading the Bruins to date in the Pac-12 Championship game where they were upended by Oregon. During that season, Hundley threw for 3,740 yards and 29 touchdowns. His Sophomore campaign was even better as he led his team to 10-3 record. Hundley is a pro-style quarterback and can make every throw. There is no doubt he posses all the tools to make an impact on the next level.
3) Sean Manion, Oregon State: Manion is everything you want from a potential NFL Pocket Passer Quarterback. He’s big, strong, accurate and will hang in the pocket while taking a vicious hit in the chops as he reads a defense. He is a three year starter and has improved his decision making and his ability to lead his team. In 2013, Manion enjoyed an outstanding season, throwing for 4,662 and 37 touchdowns. He isn’t going to wow with his athletic ability but has the smarts to decipher a defense to pieces. Manion is the reason that Beavers will be looking to make some noise in the Pac-12 this season.
4) Taylor Kelly, Arizona State: Nothing about Taylor Kelly isn’t going to excite you but he has that it factor that so important to quarterback. Plain and simple Kelly is winner and Arizona State feeds off its gritty and tough leader. Kelly is duel threat quarterback that can hurt you with his arm and legs. He was a big reason why the Sun Devil’s won the Pac-12 South last season. In 2013, Kelly threw for 3,635 yards and 24 touchdowns. Kelly also has the privilege in throwing to one of the nation’s top playmakers in Jaelen Strong.
5) Kevin Hogan, Stanford: Hogan is under center for one of the most physical and imposing teams in the country. Hogan has a rifle for an arm and will pass the test from the neck up as quarterback who can succeed on the next level. He started out as a backup but midway through the season he got his chance to start and never looked back. He’s guided his team to two straight Rose Bowl appearances in 2012 and 2013. Stanford won 11 games last year and Hogan was a key reason why. He threw for 2,630 yards and 20 touchdowns in 2013 and we’ll be the focal point of Stanford’s offensive attack this year.
6) Cody Kessler, USC: Kessler is one of the more underrated signal callers playing for one of the most prestigious teams in all of College Football. Kessler has faced stiff competition against talented quarterbacks Max Wittek and Max Browne. He led a Trojan resurgence towards the end of last season. He led USC to 10 wins and threw four td’s in a Bowl victory over Fresno State. Kessler threw for 2,968 yards and 20 touchdowns this past season. He played mistake free football down the stretch to end the season and Kessler’s play could very well be why the Trojans could be primed for a big 2014.