College Football: Top 10 returning QBs in the 2022-23 season

The 2022-23 college football season is slowly approaching, and there will be some Quarterbacks to watch next season. Quarterbacks such as Heiman winner Bryce Young, C.J. stroud, and Caleb Williams will be on this list. But it was some quarterbacks that didn’t make the list, such as Spencer Rattler, Dillion Gabriel, and Tanner Mordecai.

10. K.J. Jefferson, Arkansas

A name that was new to some college football fans last season was K.J. Jefferson; now, people remember the name coming into the 2022-23 season. Last season, Jefferson threw for 2,676 yards, 21 touchdowns, and 4 interceptions. Jefferson can also make plays with his legs as he rushed for 664 yards and 6 touchdowns. I still have some concerns with his deep-ball accuracy, but I am willing to look past that and put him at number 10 on this list.

9. Tyler Van Dyke, Miami

Van Dyke hype came after replacing D’eriq King after he suffered an injury. Van DYke put up solid numbers throwing for 2,931 yards, 25 touchdowns, and 6 interceptions. Putting Tyler Van Dyke at number 9 on this list may upset some college football fans, considering his draft stock is rising a ton. But I have him at this spot because I believe the other Quarterbacks are better than him. Though I expect him to be better next year, put up some good numbers, and win games in Miami.

8. Sam Hartman, Wake Forest 

Hartman has improved every year of his collegiate career. In 2021 Hartman put on a show throwing for 4,228 yards and 39 touchdowns, but he was careless with the ball throwing 14 interceptions. Not to mention his completion percentage and passer rating both can be better. Hartman ranks in the bottom half for completion percentage and 44th for passer rating. With Hartman being a gunslinger, I expect his numbers to be similar this upcoming college football season.

7. Jake Haener, Fresno State

After last season college football fans know the name Jake Haener as he lit defenses up last season. Haener threw for 4,096 yards, 33 touchdowns, and 9 interceptions. Haener is a bit of a gunslinger, so he isn’t afraid to let it fly and make a mistake that can hurt his team a bit-he also isn’t as efficient throwing the ball as other college qbs as he ranked 24th in passer rating last season. But his football IQ, Athleticism, accuracy, and solid arm talent can make up for his deficiencies.

6. Stetson Bennet IV, Georgia

A name that was new to many college football fans was Stetson Bennett. You know I was not a big Stetson Bennett believer last season if you are familiar with me. But I can’t say anything bad about him after winning the national championship last season. Bennett threw for 2,862 yards, 29 touchdowns, and 7 interceptions. Bennett was efficient with the ball and proved that he is more than just a game manager. Bennett will again have to put haters (not me) to rest as people will expect him to fall off a cliff with Georgia losing a lot of talent to the NFL draft.

5. Grayson McCall, Coastal Carolina

McCall’s previous season was impressive, throwing for 2,873 yards, 27 touchdowns, and only 3 interceptions. McCall is exceptionally accurate as he led college football in passer rating last season. In addition, McCall has all the tools a coach would want in a college quarterback-he has accuracy, good decision making, and the ability to escape the pocket.  McCall has improved every season, and I have no doubt he will improve this upcoming college football season.

4. Devin Leary, NC State

Devin Leary is a quarterback that I think has floated under the radar of college football fans. In 2021 Leary threw for 3,433 yards, 35 touchdowns, and 4 interceptions. Leary was a leading catalyst for NC State’s successful season last year. Leary has only gotten better every year he has played, and with him being efficient with his passes, I expect his name to be among the top quarterbacks in college football next year.

3. Caleb Williams, USC

When Caleb Williams took the field against the Texas Longhorns last season, he put the college football world on notice. Williams led the Oklahoma Sooners from a 28-7 deficit after halftime in that game.  After that game, Williams took the starting job and finished the season with 1,912 yards, 21 touchdowns, and 4 interceptions. In addition, Williams also rushed for 442 yards and 6 touchdowns. I know Williams stats aren’t better than the other players he’s in front of on this list, but he did start in only 11 games. When Williams starts every game in 2022, he will prove to be one of the top quarterbacks in the country.

2. C.J. Stroud, Ohio State

C.J. Stroud had big shoes to fill after replacing Justin Fields last year, and it’s safe to say he filled them. Stroud was on fire last season, throwing for 4,435 yards, 44 touchdowns, and 6 interceptions. Those numbers earned stroud to be a Heisman finalist, big ten player, and quarterback of the year. Though college football defensive coordinators have a year of experience against stroud, that won’t stop him from picking defenses apart.

1. Bryce Young, Alabama

The 2021 Heisman trophy winner will be looking to go back to back next season. Young ended last season with 4,872 yards, 47 touchdowns, and 7 interceptions.  Those numbers won him the Heisman, but they also won Young the Maxwell Award and the Manning Award. Young will try to lead Alabama back to the college football playoffs once again this season.

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