|PaulSF's Top 10 All-Time Pac-10 QBs|
|9||Norm Van Brocklin
Two weeks ago, I tried to explain why Justin Roper and Chris Harper, who both opted to transfer in May, were simply collateral damage in the process of finding the next great Oregon quarterback, Jeremiah Masoli. Masoli, the Ducks' clear-cut No. 1 heading into the 2009 season, joins a very prestigious list of signal callers who have lined up under center in Eugene.
But how prestigious? While researching Oregon's QB history, I became curious about how the Ducks' list stacks up against the rest of the conference. The Pac-10 has produced some of the greatest QBs to ever play the game. But which Pac-10 school deserves the conference's title of Quarterback U?
It's obviously not an easy question to answer. It's almost impossible to settle on a method for measuring a quarterback's success. Do we base it on statistics? Individual success? Team success? Awards and accolades? Collegiate or professional career?
Every pundit has his method, and I won't claim mine is superior. But after digging through the expanse of statistics and data warehouses scattered throughout the depths of the Internets, I feel learned enough on the subject to rank each Pac-10 team's all-time quarterback list. Check out the rankings after the jump.
After spending some time researching each team's list, I developed what I believe is a fair method for ranking the Pac-10's quarterback alumni lists. In general, part of my evaluation was based on how impressive the list looked at first glance. For instance, if a team has 10 NFL QBs but I hadn't heard of nine of them, that, to me, didn't make it any more impressive than a team that's produced four NFL quarterbacks with three having had long, successful careers. I also tried to keep it balanced between professional and collegiate success. Some teams have had All-American quarterbacks flop in the NFL, while other teams have had back-up college QBs go on to have solid NFL careers. I tried to balance it out.
Keep in mind, this is very subjective and based solely on my own opinions and research. But, without further ado, here are my rankings:
There are, of course, other factors than just looking at the big names on each team's list. Here are a few interesting tidbits I found:
- Stanford has the most College Football Hall of Fame quarterbacks (Elway, Plunkett, Brodie and Albert)
- Oregon and UCLA have the most Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterbacks (UCLA: Aikman and Waterfield; Oregon: Fouts and Van Brocklin)
- Stanford has had the most quarterbacks taken in the NFL Draft (19).
- Oregon's list leads all Pac-10 schools' in total Pro-Bowl appearances (17).
- Nine Pac-10 QBs have been selected No. 1 overall in the NFL Draft: Bobby Garrett (Stanford, 1954), George Shaw (Oregon, 1955), Baker (OSU, 1963), Plunkett (Stanford, 1971), Bartkowski (Cal, 1975), Elway (Stanford, 1983), Aikman (UCLA, 1989), Bledsoe (Wazzu, 1993) and Palmer (USC, 2003).
Okay, so now that you have all the facts and have seen my breakdown, it's your turn to chime in. Which Pac-10 school really is the conference's Quarterback U?