Naming the best college football quarterbacks from every state.
There are over 100 quarterbacks across every FBS and FCS roster each season. The majority of those signal-callers will experience some form of success during their collegiate career, while only a select few will be good enough to take their talents to the pros. The next level is usually the NFL, though some may end up in the CFL or the AFL. But where do these great college quarterbacks come from?
Some states — California, Ohio — are obviously represented by a larger number of college quarterbacks, but that doesn’t mean those states have necessarily produced the absolute best quarterbacks to have graced the NCAA. In fact, some of the greatest college quarterbacks of all time were born in the smallest states, while others weren’t born in the USA at all.
Florida great Tim Tebow is easily one of the best signal-callers to grace an NCAA field, but he doesn’t represent the state of Florida here because he was born in the Philippines. Let’s take a tour around the country and pick the best college quarterback born in every state.
Alabama: Jameis Winston – Florida State Seminoles
The state of Alabama has produced some excellent college quarterbacks. Kenny Stabler, Pat Sullivan and Philip Rivers are three names that come to mind when thinking about Alabama-born signal-callers. However, the best quarterback born in the Yellowhammer State is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Jameis Winston, and it isn’t even close.
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“Famous” Jameis was born in a small town called Bessemer, which also produced the legendary running back Bo Jackson. As a senior at Hueytown High School, Winston was considered by ESPN to be the best overall quarterback recruit in the country. After receiving countless accolades during his high school career, Jameis decided to sign with Florida State as part of their 2012 recruiting class.
Winston redshirted during his first year in Tallahassee but became the starting quarterback for the 2013 season. He performed very well, leading the Seminoles to a 13-0 record and becoming the youngest player ever, and only the second freshman ever, to win the Heisman Trophy. He concluded the season by leading FSU to a 34-31 victory over Auburn in the National Championship game.
Jameis’ sophomore season was nearly a repeat of his freshman year. He once again led FSU to a 13-0 record and into the National Championship game, this time against the Oregon Ducks. He also finished sixth in the Heisman voting. Unfortunately, the Ducks crushed the Seminoles by a score of 59-20, Winston’s only loss in his entire college career.
Success seems to follow Winston at every level, as he proved during his amazing two-year stint at FSU. It’s clear no Alabama-born college quarterback tops the achievements of Jameis Winston.