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From Heisman winners to first-year starters, these quarterbacks will look to make an impact on the college football world this season. Did your favorite quarterback make the list?

Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater was the Most Outstanding Player of the 2013 Sugar Bowl.
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2012-13 STATS
COMP ATT YARDS TD INT TEAM RECORD 2013 WATCH LISTS
287 419 3,718 27 8 11-2 Maxwell, Camp, O Brien

What to Know:

  • Bridgewater was the 2013 Sugar Bowl's Most Outstanding Player with two touchdowns and 266 yards in Louisville's 33-23 victory against Florida.
  • He recorded six 300-yard games and two 400-yard games during the 2012 season.
  • Bridgewater was named the Big East Offensive Player of the Year in 2012.

 

Taysom Hill will lead the Cougars in his first year as the starting quarterback.
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2012-13 STATS
COMP ATT YARDS TD INT TEAM RECORD 2013 WATCH LISTS
42 71 425 4 2 8-5 None

What to Know:

  • He completed 24 of 36 passes for 235 yards and one touchdown and had 19 carries for 80 yards in BYU's 6-3 victory against rival Utah State on Oct. 5, 2012.
  • Hill lettered in basketball, track and field, and football for Highland High School (Idaho).
  • Hill completed a mission to Sydney, Australia for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

 

Northern Illinois' Jordan Lynch led the nation in 100-yard rushing games.
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2012-13 STATS
COMP ATT YARDS TD INT TEAM RECORD 2013 WATCH LISTS
237 394 3,138 25 6 12-2 Maxwell, Camp, O Brien

What to Know:

  • Last year, Lynch became the first player in FBS history to run for more than 1,500 yards and pass for more than 3,000 yards in a season.
  • That same year, Lynch set the FBS record last season for rushing yards (1,815) and 100-yard rushing games by a quarterback (12).
  • In his Northern Illinois bio, Lynch says he admires 1972 U.S. Olympic track team member and former seven-time American record holder Steve Prefontaine.

 

Johnny Manziel became the first freshman to win the Heisman last season.
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2012-13 STATS
COMP ATT YARDS TD INT TEAM RECORD 2013 WATCH LISTS
295 434 3,706 26 9 11-2 Maxwell, Camp, O Brien

What to Know:

  • Manziel broke the SEC record with 5,116 yards of total offense, which was the 10th best single season effort in NCAA history.
  • Last season, he became the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy.
  • Manziel is the only player in NCAA history to earn 5,000 total yards and 1,000 rushing yards in a single season.

 

Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota will lead the Ducks in his second season as a starter.
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2012-13 STATS
COMP ATT YARDS TD INT TEAM RECORD 2013 WATCH LISTS
230 336 2,677 32 6 12-1 Maxwell, Camp, O Brien

What to Know:

  • Mariota is the first freshman quarterback since 1989 to be named to the first team All-Pac-12.
  • He went 27 of 34 for 377 yards and tied a school-record six passing touchdowns in victory at California last season.
  • Mariota had 400 yards of total offense, completing 20 of 23 passes for 304 yards and four touchdowns and ran for 96 yards in win at USC in 2012.

 

Braxton Miller was named the Big Ten Conference's Most Outstanding Player in 2012.
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2012-13 STATS
COMP ATT YARDS TD INT TEAM RECORD 2013 WATCH LISTS
148 254 2,039 15 6 12-0 Maxwell, Camp, O Brien

What to Know:

  • Miller set a school record with 3,310 yards of total offense in 2012.
  • He rushed for a school-quarterback record 1,271 yards and 13 touchdowns six 300-yard games and two 400-yard games during the 2012 season.
  • In addition to football, Miller also lettered in basketball at Wayne High School (Ohio).

 

Miami's Stephen Morris hopes to return the Hurricanes to the postseason.
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2012-13 STATS
COMP ATT YARDS TD INT TEAM RECORD 2013 WATCH LISTS
245 421 3,345 21 7 7-5 Maxwell, O Brien

What to Know:

  • Morris set Miami's single-season record for total offense with 3,415 yards in 2012.
  • Morris set an ACC single-game passing record, throwing for 566 yards in a 44-37 victory over North Carolina State on Sept. 29, 2012.
  • Morris' 2012 completions are second-most in Miami (Fla.) history, while 421 attempts set single-season school mark.

 

Casey Pachall of TCU returns as the starter after a tumultuous 2012 season.
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2012-13 STATS
COMP ATT YARDS TD INT TEAM RECORD 2013 WATCH LISTS
64 97 948 10 1 7-6 Maxwell, Camp, O Brien

What to Know:

  • Pachall is the nation's top active quarterback in career pass efficiency with a 163.1 rating (min. of 15 attempts per game and 15 games played).
  • In 2010, Pachall was backup to starting quarterback Andy Dalton, now of the Cincinnati Bengals.
  • Pachall's four career 300-yard games place second all-time at TCU, behind only Dalton (5, 2007-10).