Ranking The Best College Football Quarterbacks In 2017

16. Brent Stockstill: Middle Tennessee

To the casual fan, Stockstill is likely the biggest unknown of any player mentioned within this piece. Though he hovers around the 6-foot mark, Stockstill plays much bigger than his size would indicate. The redshirt junior had a magnificent sophomore campaign. Despite missing three games due to injury, Stockstill still threw for 3,233 yards and 31 touchdowns. This includes a three-touchdown, 399-yard passing performance versus a very staunch Vanderbilt defense, and a four-touchdown day in a 51-45 victory at Missouri. Stockstill’s body of work is simply spectacular. Playing under his father (and head coach) Rick Stockstill, he’s completed 65.1-percent of his pass attempts. In 23 games, he’s accrued 7,229 yards and 61 touchdowns. Only Mason Rudolph, Luke Falk, and Baker Mayfield have thrown for more yards over the last two seasons.

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15. Jake Bentley: South Carolina

Bentley is a fascinating case. He graduated from high school following his junior year — which enabled him to enroll early at South Carolina. Plagued by shaky quarterback play, head coach Will Muschamp turned to the true freshman (who should’ve been a senior in high school) during Week 7 of last year. He proceeded to lead the Gamecocks to three-straight victories. With Bentley in command of the offense, South Carolina won four of its last seven games — thus clinching an appearance in a bowl game. Bentley had terrific command of the offense, demonstrated extreme polish for such a young player, and gave South Carolina a true building-block for the future. In seven games, the 6’4″ sophomore threw for 1,420 yards and nine touchdowns. Now firmly entrenched as the starter, expect him to contend for All-SEC honors.

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