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07/18/17- Quinton Flowers, Sr, South Florida, 6-0, 210
South Florida is the overwhelming choice to win the American Athletic Conference in a media vote, with Memphis favored to win the West Division. The Bulls went 11-2 and finished last season ranked 19th in the nation. But Temple won the East and the conference by beating Navy in the title game. New USF coach Charlie Strong, who replaces Willie Taggart, brings back many of last season's key players, including star quarterback Quinton Flowers. USF received all 30 first-place votes to win the East and 26 to win the conference. UCF was picked second, followed by Temple, Cincinnati, East Carolina and Connecticut. Memphis got 22 first-place votes in the West. Houston was picked second, with six first-place votes, followed by Navy, Tulsa, SMU and Tulane. - AP College Football

07/13/17- Jarrett Stidham, rSo, Auburn, 6-2, 214
Great expectations await Auburn QB Stidham...According to one set of published Heisman Trophy odds this week, the leading candidate from the SEC is a guy who has never taken a snap in the conference. It's not Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts, or any number of talented SEC running backs such as LSU's Derrius Guice, Georgia's Nick Chubb or the Crimson Tide's Bo Scarbrough. The top Heisman candidate, at 15-to-1 odds, is Auburn sophomore quarterback Jarrett Stidham. Hey, no pressure, kid. The former Baylor quarterback is expected to immediately transform an Auburn offense and make the Tigers a legitimate threat to Alabama in the SEC West. Auburn is showing up as top-10 timber in some preseason publications. "Jarrett Stidham is a very talented young man," Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said at SEC Media Days on Thursday in Hoover, Ala. "I think that's a common sense deal."

Since going 12-2 and winning the SEC in 2013 -- losing to Florida State in the BCS title game -- the Tigers have gone a pedestrian 23-16, usually struggling in the passing game. Auburn failed to score 20 points in any of its five losses last season. When healthy, junior quarterback Sean White has done some good things, so Malzahn hasn't yet anointed a No. 1 quarterback. But Stidham-as-savior is Auburn's theme heading into camp. The former five-star recruit dazzled in a mop-up role and as a late-season injury replacement at Baylor in 2015, completing 75 of 109 passes for 1,265 yards, with 12 touchdowns and two interceptions. "I've got a lot of history with Stidham," Malzahn said. "We actually recruited him in high school. He's a good athlete. He's a lot better athlete than people think. He's got a 35-, 36-inch vertical. He runs a 4.6. "In our league, you have to escape. Things are going to break down. The defensive lines are too good." - The Sports Xchange

07/13/17- Baker Mayfield, rSr, Oklahoma, 6-0, 218
Oklahoma is the preseason favorite to win another Big 12 title after coach Bob Stoops' surprise retirement. The Sooners, who last season won their record 10th Big 12 title under Stoops, got 19 of 32 first-place votes in the preseason media poll released Thursday in advance of the league's media days next week. Lincoln Riley became the youngest FBS head coach when the 33-year-old offensive coordinator was promoted after Stoops stepped down last month. The Sooners have senior quarterback Baker Mayfield, the Heisman Trophy finalist who was named the Big 12 preseason offensive player of the year. Oklahoma State got 12 first-place votes, while Kansas State was picked third with the remaining top ballot. Texas and TCU completed the top half of the poll, followed by West Virginia, Baylor, Texas Tech, Iowa State and Kansas. - AP College Football

07/11/17- Malik Zaire, rSr, Florida, 6-0, 225
Florida hoping QB Zaire pumps up sagging offense...The Florida Gators have finished in the national top 15 in total defense in each of the past nine seasons. The problem in many of those years, especially lately, has been offense. More specifically, quarterback. The Gators have been searching for excellence and consistency at the position since Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow completed his eligibility after the 2009 season. Perhaps Notre Dame graduate transfer Malik Zaire is the answer. "He didn't come here to hold a clipboard," Florida coach Jim McElwain said Tuesday at SEC Media Days in Hoover, Ala. "If you're afraid of competition, you can just run away."

Zaire's potential impact is one of the big questions in the SEC as Florida tries to win its third SEC East title in three years under McElwain. He is 19-8 at Florida -- inheriting a team that had gone 11-13 in the previous two seasons -- but there's also this: Florida has scored more than 20 points in only half of its 22 games against major conference teams in the past two seasons. McElwain has mostly tasked his offense to just not mess things up, but he needs a more dynamic attack moving forward to truly make the Gators a playoff contender. "What I am excited about is I truly believe the strength of our football team is the offensive line," McElwain told the SEC Network. "We're at the point right now where, you know what, it's time to go. We've got some real parts." - The Sports Xchange

07/11/17- Nick Fitzgerald, rJr, Mississippi State, 6-4, 227
Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen has developed a reputation as a quarterback whisperer during his coaching career. The veteran coach has helped produce several star QBs as an assistant and a head coach, including Alex Smith (Utah), Tim Tebow (Florida) and Dak Prescott (Mississippi State). Now he has another budding standout in junior Nick Fitzgerald. The 6-foot-5, 230-pounder returns after throwing for 2,423 yards and 21 touchdowns and running for 1,375 yards and 16 touchdowns. At SEC media days on Tuesday, Mullen discussed the traits he looks for in a young quarterback during recruiting. The coach said, "You really want to look for guys who have the traits that are hard to coach. If they have a skill set: the leadership, the mental and physical toughness, intelligence in processing information, decision making. Those are sometimes things that are harder to coach." - AP College Football

07/11/17- Jacob Eason, So, Georgia, 6-5, 212
Georgia names Eason starting QB...There won't be a quarterback competition when Georgia opens fall camp next month as coach Kirby Smart officially named sophomore Jacob Eason the starter on Tuesday. Eason was pushed in spring drills by incoming freshman Jake Fromm but Smart stomped out any controversy with the announcement during SEC media festivities at Hoover, Ala. "Jacob Eason is our starter going into the season. Jake Fromm's got to do something to beat him out," Smart said. "Very similar to a lot of positions. You've got to beat them out. But we're very excited about both of them. Including Brice (Ramsey), we have three talented players." Eason passed for 2,430 yards and 16 touchdowns against eight interceptions last season.

The highly regarded Fromm was rated the No. 3 quarterback prospect nationally by 247Sports.com and rivals.com last season. He passed for 277 yards and two touchdowns in Georgia's spring game to increase speculation that he narrowed the gap. But it wasn't enough for Smart to transition away from Eason as the starter. "Will Jake Fromm push Jacob Eason? Yeah, he already has," Smart said. "I think he's made Jacob respect the game and understand the importance of knowing the ins and outs of every play. Jake does that." Ramsey, the No. 3 quarterback, has 582 career passing yards and four touchdowns. The senior actually decided to transfer from Georgia in March before returning to the program in June. - The Sports Xchange

07/11/17- Logan Woodside, rSr, Toledo, 6-1, 201
2017 Preseason Maxwell Award Watchlist: QB Logan Woodside, Toledo,...Woodside shattered nearly every Toledo passing record in the books in 2016. He led the nation with 45 touchdown passes, 16 more than the previous best in Rocket history. He connected on 69.1 percent of his passes for 4,129 yards, an average of more than 317 yards per contest and another school record. He earned first-team All-MAC honors and was named a contender for the Heisman Trophy by the Heisman Trophy Trust. Most importantly, he directed the Rockets to nine wins, pacing an offense that scored at least 31 points in 11 of 13 games. - Toledo Football

07/11/17- Malik Zaire, rSr, Florida, 6-0, 225
2017 Preseason Maxwell Award Watchlist: QB Malik Zaire, Florida,...Zaire, who enrolled in UF's mass communications graduate program on June 26, has been named to the Maxwell Award Watch List for the third-straight year. In 2016 at Notre Dame, the Kettering, Ohio product competed in seven games and completed 8-of-18 passes for 92 yards. In addition, he totaled 34 yards on the ground on 20 rushing attempts. Two season ago in 2015 for the Fighting' Irish, Zaire started the first two games of the season before suffering a season-ending ankle injury at Virginia. During those first two contests, Zaire completed 26-of-40 passes for 428 yards and four TDs on the season. Not to mention, he rushed for 103 yards on 19 carries. - Florida Football

07/11/17- Mike White, rSr, Western Kentucky, 6-3, 215
2017 Preseason Maxwell Award Watchlist: QB Mike White, WKU,...White, the reigning C-USA Newcomer of the Year, led the Hilltoppers to a second consecutive C-USA Championship last season, his first as WKU's starting quarterback. White was one of only two signal callers in the nation to average more than 10 yards per pass attempt as he set WKU's single-season passer rating record. WKU finished as the nation's top scoring offense with White throwing for 4,363 on 280-of-416 passing. His touchdown pass-to-interception ratio of 5.3-to-1 was also the highest among all quarterbacks with 400 or more pass attempts. - Western Kentucky University Football

07/11/17- Clayton Thorson, rJr, Northwestern, 6-3, 220
2017 Preseason Maxwell Award Watchlist: QB Clayton Thorson, Northwestern,...Thorson was named to the Maxwell Award Watch list for the first time and is among four Big Ten quarterbacks, including J.T. Barrett (Ohio State), Trace McSorley (Penn State) and Wilton Speight (Michigan. He was named an Honorable Mention All-Big Ten selection in his second season as the Wildcats' signal caller, setting a new NU single-season record with 22 touchdown passes. Thorson's 3,182 passing yards were the most ever by a NU quarterback in his sophomore season and the fourth most in NU single-season history. He threw for three touchdown passes five times, becoming the first Northwestern quarterback to accomplish the feat since at least 1999, while his six consecutive games with at least 250 passing yards from Oct. 15 to Nov. 19 were the most by a Wildcat since Brett Basanez accomplished the feat in five-straight games in 2005. The Wheaton, Illinois, native already ranks seventh in school history with 29 career passing touchdowns and is 10th with 4,704 career passing yards. - Northwestern Football

07/11/17- Brent Stockstill, rJr, Middle Tennessee, 6-0, 209
2017 Preseason Maxwell Award Watchlist: QB Brent Stockstill, Middle Tennessee,...Stockstill, a redshirt junior, is 21st nationally among active players in career passing yards and fourth in passing yards per game. He owns the Middle Tennessee career records in touchdown passes (61), 300-yard passing games (14), 400-yard passing games (2) and passing yards per game (303.3). "It is an honor to even be on a list with some of the top football players in the country," Stockstill said. "I appreciate the recognition for our program." Stockstill suffered a broken collarbone against UTSA last season and missed the final three games of the regular season before returning for the Hawaii Bowl, where he threw for 432 yards and four touchdowns. Despite missing the final 3-1/2 games of the regular season, Stockstill still threw for 3,233 yards and 31 touchdowns. He averaged 323 yards passing per game and completed 61 percent (262-of-414) of his pass attempts. Stockstill has completed 65 percent of his 907 career passing attempts while throwing for 7,279 yards in two seasons. - Middle Tennessee Football

07/11/17- Wilton Speight, rJr, Michigan, 6-5, 243
2017 Preseason Maxwell Award Watchlist: QB Wilton Speight, Michigan,...As a rising senior, Speight has played in 19 contests with 12 career starts under center. He is a two-year letter winner and was recognized as a 2016 All-Big Ten (third team) selection by the coaches and media. In his first year as a starter last fall, Speight was named a Davey O'Brien Quarterback Award semifinalist and was voted by the U-M coaching staff as the team's Most Improved Player. Speight threw for 2,538 yards (211.5 per game) and 18 touchdowns in 2016, completing 204-of-331 passes (62 percent). - Michigan Football

07/11/17- Brandon Silvers, rSr, Troy, 6-2, 214
2017 Preseason Maxwell Award Watchlist: QB Brandon Silvers, Troy,...A native of Orange Beach, Ala., Silvers led the Sun Belt and finished 35th nationally with 23 touchdown passes last season. Heading into his fourth year as Troy's starting quarterback, Silvers has amassed 7,394 passing yards and 54 touchdowns in his career, while completing 64.7 percent of his passes. A versatile threat under center, Silvers has also rushed for 365 yards and 11 touchdowns in his career. He completed 63.7 percent of his attempts during the 2016 season, the sixth-best among quarterbacks with at least 450 attempts, and is the NCAA record holder with his 69.5 completion percentage as a freshman. Silvers led a Troy offensive attack that paced the Sun Belt averaging 33.7 points and 260.5 passing yards per game last season, while ranking second in total offense with 429.6 yards per game (a mere four overall yards behind Appalachian State). - Troy Football

07/11/17- Jarrett Stidham, rSo, Auburn, 6-2, 214
2017 Preseason Maxwell Award Watchlist: QB Jarrett Stidham, Auburn,...The National College Football Awards Association began announcing its 2017 preseason watch lists Monday with Auburn's Kamryn Pettway, Jarrett Stidham and Tray Matthews receiving preseason recognition. Pettway and Stidham are on the Maxwell Award preseason watch list for the honor presented to college football's best player by the Maxwell Football Club. Stidham, a sophomore quarterback, sat out last season after starting as a true freshman at Baylor in 2015. - Auburn Football

07/11/17- Brett Rypien, Jr, Boise State, 6-2, 205
2017 Preseason Maxwell Award Watchlist: QB Brett Rypien, Boise State,...For Rypien it is the second-straight preseason in which he has been named a candidate for the Maxwell Award. Last season, the Bronco signal-caller was named to the All-Mountain West First Team for the second year in a row, leading the Mountain West and finishing 12th nationally in passing yards (3,646), while also pacing the conference in completions (244) and attempts (394) while finishing second with 24 touchdown passes. He directed a Bronco offense that led the Mountain West and ranked 21st in the country in total offense with 472.8 yards per game, while the Bronco passing offense ranked 15th in the country and also paced the Mountain West at 298.3 yards per contest. Rypien also led the Mountain West with six 300-yard passing performances in 2016, four more than the next-closest quarterback. His efforts included two of the Mountain West's top-three passing efforts of last season, first throwing for 442 yards and three touchdowns against BYU (Oct. 20), two weeks after passing for 391 yards and five scores in the Broncos' win at New Mexico (Oct. 7). - Boise State Football

07/11/17- Mason Rudolph, Sr, Oklahoma State, 6-4, 230
2017 Preseason Maxwell Award Watchlist: QB Mason Rudolph, Oklahoma State,...Rudolph has quarterbacked OSU to a 22-6 record as a starter and has led the Cowboys to eight victories in games in which they trailed during the second half. He led all FBS quarterbacks returning in 2017 in both interception avoidance and touchdown-to-interception ratio in 2016, and he is already the owner of no fewer than 11 school records. He is in position to set OSU career records for pass attempts, pass completions, passing yards and passing touchdowns in the 2017 season and has a chance to finish his career as the most efficient passer in Oklahoma State history. - Oklahoma State Football

07/11/17- Josh Rosen, Jr, UCLA, 6-3, 220
2017 Preseason Maxwell Award Watchlist: QB Josh Rosen, UCLA,...Rosen has risen to sixth on the all-time UCLA lists for passing yardage (5,583), total offense (5,527) and completions in his first two seasons. He threw for a career-high 400 yards last season against Arizona State. It marked the 10th time in his career that Rosen had thrown for at least 300-yards in a contest, placing him second on that all-time school list. The junior threw for over 300 yards in four total games in 2016 – 343 yards at Texas A&M, 307 at BYU, 350 versus Arizona and the 400 yard effort at Arizona State. UCLA ranked 19th nationally in passing offense in the 2016 season. - UCLA Football

07/11/17- Shea Patterson, So, Mississippi, 6-1, 193
2017 Preseason Maxwell Award Watchlist: QB Shea Patterson, Ole Miss,...Patterson makes the Maxwell watch list despite playing in only three games as a true freshman last season. That's because what he did in those three games -- as well as his high school résumé -- was impressive, to say the least. In his collegiate debut, the Shreveport, Louisiana, native led the Rebels to an upset road win over No. 8 Texas A&M, directing a second-half comeback for the 29-28 victory. In three contests, he averaged 293.3 passing yards and 56.3 rushing yards per game and totaled six touchdowns with three interceptions. - Ole Miss Football

07/11/17- Jacob Park, Jr, Iowa State, 6-3, 205
2017 Preseason Maxwell Award Watchlist: QB Jacob Park, Iowa State,...A native of Charleston, S.C., Park posted prolific passing numbers after taking over signal-calling duties for the Cyclones late in the 2016 season. Park ended the year with 1,791 passing yards, 12 touchdown tosses while completing 58.8 percent of his passes, the ninth-best single-season clip in school history. In his last five games, which featured three starts, Park completed 60.5 percent of his passes, averaged 264.4 yards passing, had two 300-yard games and tossed eight TD passes. His career 138.5 passer rating is currently No. 1 in school history. Park threw for 371 yards in the season-finale vs. West Virginia, tying for the eighth-best single-game effort in school history. - Iowa State Football

07/11/17- Trace McSorley, rJr, Penn State, 6-0, 201
2017 Preseason Maxwell Award Watchlist: QB Trace McSorley, Penn State,...McSorley was also a second-team All-Big Ten choice by the conference's coaches and media, while also being named the Big Ten's Breakout Player of the Year by Athlon Sports and the Maxwell Football Club's Bryan Westbrook Tri-State Player of the Year. He earned the Grange-Griffin Most Valuable Player award as MVP of the Big Ten Championship game after throwing for a Big Ten Championship game-record 384 yards and four touchdowns. McSorley turned in one of the top quarterback campaigns in program history, breaking the Penn State season record for passing yards (3,614), passing touchdowns (29) and total offense records (3,979). McSorley threw TD passes to 10 different receivers, marking the first time since 1971 a Penn State quarterback found 10-plus pass catchers for scores. He has thrown a touchdown in a school-record 15 consecutive games. - Penn State Football

07/11/17- Tanner Mangum, Jr, Brigham Young, 6-3, 215
2017 Preseason Maxwell Award Watchlist: QB Tanner Mangum, BYU,...Last year, Mangum led the Cougars to a Poinsettia Bowl victory in his only start after earning Touchdown Club of Columbus National Freshman of the Year honors in 2015. He set BYU freshman records with 3,377 yards passing and 23 touchdowns while also recording five games of 300-plus passing yards. - BYU Football

07/11/17- Daniel Jones, rSo, Duke, 6-4, 210
2017 Preseason Maxwell Award Watchlist: QB Daniel Jones, Duke,...During the 2016 season, Jones' first as a starter, he completed 270-of-430 (.638) passes for 2,836 yards with 16 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He also rushed 141 times for 486 yards (3.45) and seven scores en route to amassing 3,322 total offensive yards, the most by a Duke rookie in program history. Jones, a 6-5, 215-pound native of Charlotte, N.C., is one of two returning quarterbacks in the ACC to have produced 2,500 or more passing yards, 15 or more passing TDs, 450 or more rushing yards and five or more rushing TDs a season ago, joining Louisville's Lamar Jackson, recipient of the 2016 Heisman Trophy. - Duke Football

07/11/17- Lamar Jackson, Jr, Louisville, 6-2, 200
2017 Preseason Maxwell Award Watchlist: QB Lamar Jackson, Louisville,...Jackson, the youngest player to win the Heisman Trophy last season, became the school's first Maxwell Award winner after he accounted for 5,114 yards of total offense and 51 touchdowns in guiding the Cardinals' offense to finish third nationally in total offense and sixth in scoring. The native of Pompano Beach, Fla., set the school record with 1,571 yards rushing and passed for 3,543 yards. - Louisville Football

07/11/17- Jalen Hurts, So, Alabama, 6-1, 214
2017 Preseason Maxwell Award Watchlist: QB Jalen Hurts, Alabama,...Finished 13-1 as the Tide's starting quarterback in 2016 ... selected as a Freshman All-American by USA Today and ESPN ... earned SEC Offensive Player of the Year accolades from the conference coaches and the Associated Press ... completed 62.8 percent of his passes and boasted a 139.1 quarterback rating ... his 185.3 passing yards per game ranked ninth in the SEC while his 248.9 yards per game of total offense led all freshmen in the SEC and ranked seventh overall ... his 63.6 rushing yards per game ranked fourth among SEC freshmen (running backs included) and first for freshmen quarterbacks in the conference. - Alabama Football

07/11/17- Will Grier, rJr, West Virginia, 6-1, 204
2017 Preseason Maxwell Award Watchlist: QB Will Grier, West Virginia,...Grier transferred to West Virginia from Florida and sat out in 2016 to fulfill NCAA residency requirements. As a redshirt freshman at Florida in 2015, he played in six games, started five and led the Gators to a 6-0 record and a Top 10 ranking. He completed 106-of-161 passes for 1,204 yards and 10 touchdowns. He threw for a season-high 283 yards and two touchdowns against Tennessee. - West Virginia Football

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