10 best college football quarterbacks returning for 2023 season

Caleb Williams, USC Trojans. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
Caleb Williams, USC Trojans. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images) /
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Grayson McCall, Coastal Carolina Chanticleers
Grayson McCall, Coastal Carolina Chanticleers. (Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images) /

College football is in a great place with how many talented quarterbacks are returning in 2023.

Despite losing potentially four first-rounders to the 2023 NFL Draft, college football is in good hands at the quarterback position anyway.

Some returned to school because they wanted to get better. Others, well, maybe a few of them did not have a choice in the matter. Regardless, they are all chasing the same thing, which is an opportunity to play for a College Football Playoff National Championship. Georgia remains an absolute buzzsaw, but even the Dawgs will have to make a change at the quarterback position.

These are the best returning quarterbacks in college football, as well as a few honorable mentions.

Honorable Mentions: Jayden Daniels (LSU), Dillon Gabriel (Oklahoma), Devin Leary (Kentucky), Cam Rising (Utah), Will Rogers (Mississippi State)

Table of Contents

  • Introduction: The toughest barnyard animal bleeds teal while bronzing out at Myrtle Beach.
  • Page 2: At one time, Barry McCockiner’s son was going to be the Houston Texans’ No. 1 pick.
  • Page 3: This guy is a big reason why the Greenies have not been this ferocious since 1949.
  • Page 4: After overlooking TCU, will it be a national title or spoiled milk for this former 5-star?
  • Page 5: This Seminoles quarterback will not steal your crab legs, only our heart in ACC play.
  • Page 6: Slow Mesh be damned, this super old guy now rocks some gold on his dome, bro!
  • Page 7: This Auburn transfer might actually deserve his preseason Heisman praise for once.
  • Page 8: The energy for this southpaw is off the charts tucked away in the Pacific Northwest.
  • Page 9: He may play at a basketball school, but he will be a better pro than his older brother.
  • Page 10: Don’t you dare lay a painted fingernail on this Trojan boy’s Heisman Trophy, son!

College football: 10 best returning quarterbacks heading into the 2023 season

Grayson McCall opted to stay put at Coastal Carolina after Jamey Chadwell bailed

While Grayson McCall did enter the transfer portal, he decided to play in Coastal Carolina’s bowl game anyway before opting to return to the Chanticleers. Although his former head coach Jamey Chadwell left Conway, South Carolina for Liberty, there are plenty of reasons to get behind the toughest barnyard animals you will ever come across. McCall will make so Coastal Carolina proud.

The Sun Belt superstar is one of the best and most accomplished quarterbacks in the Group of Five. Though his NFL Draft stock did take a hit last season, he could see it trending back to good in 2023, now playing for former North Carolina State offensive coordinator Tim Beck. Across the board, you will not find a more seasoned starting quarterback who has stayed at the same school.

Given that he has been on our radar for quite a while, McCall has an outside shot at contending for major trophies during awards season. The best thing he can do is take it game by game, proving to everyone Coastal Carolina is a program here to stay. If this team wins double-digit games, McCall will probably be a day-two pick in 2024. The Group of Five is his oyster for this upcoming season.

If any Sun Belt team were to ever win the Group of Five, why not McCall’s Coastal Carolina squad?

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