When people imagine being a football player, the position they often imagine themselves playing the quarterback position. The quarterback takes the field and commands the respect of his teammates. Because expectations on quarterbacks are so high, many fail but others are able to take their opportunity and create a lasting legacy for themselves. College football quarterbacks in particular have left their marks on the game.
The first quarterback that has to be mentioned on this list is Tim Tebow. Many have a negative opinion of Tebow for his professional football failures and sports news media hype but no one can deny that he was an amazing quarterback for Florida. He is one of the few players that stays four years at the college ranks and that really enhances his stats. In his four seasons, Tebow threw for over 9,000 yards and 88 touchdowns. Those stats are impressive enough as it is but Tebow was also a menace running the ball, gaining just under 3,000 yards and punching it in 57 more times. These stats are ridiculous and Tebow brings even more to the table with two Maxwell awards, an All American selection and a Heisman trophy.
Following Tebow closely in the discussion is former Nebraska quarterback Tommie Frazier. Frazier was an amazing athlete at Nebraska and ended his career throwing for 3,500 yards and 43 touchdowns. Frazier was also a good scrambler like Tebow, rushing for just under 2,000 yards in his career with 36 touchdowns. What really separates Frazier from others is his accolades and leadership. Frazier was a consensus All American and won the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm award in 1995. Frazier also led the Cornhuskers to two consecutive division one national championships during his tenure.
The final quarterback that has a claim to this honor is Davey O’Brien. Playing college football way back in the 1930s, O’Brien was a driving force for the Horned Frogs. In 1938, he had an amazing season throwing for 1,500 yards and 19 touchdowns, a lot for the time. O’Brien also knew how to scramble, rushing for 400 yards and three touchdowns. O’Brien also led TCU to the national championship that season and became the first player to be a consensus All American and win both the Maxwell and Heisman trophies in the same season. The award given out to the best quarterback in college football every year is also given in O’Brien’s name.
While there are unlimited quarterbacks that could be highlighted on this list, these three quarterbacks deserve to be some of the first ones mentioned.