1 Trevone Boykin, TCU - A killer through the air and on the ground, Boykin’s got more Heisman buzz than anyone entering this offseason and was our easy choice for No. 1.
2 J.T. Barrett, Ohio State - On the to-do list this offseason: Rehab from a fractured ankle and beat a sudden Ohio State legend in Cardale Jones for the starting Buckeyes gig. But it’s our opinion that Barrett’s the best of any OSU quarterback; he’s a close No. 2 to Boykin.
3 Cody Kessler, Southern Cal - Tied Matt Barkley’s single-season Pac-12 and school records with 39 touchdown passes. Didn’t throw an interception until mid-October.
4 Dak Prescott, Mississippi State - A midseason Heisman contender who struggled down the stretch, Prescott won’t catch anybody by surprise in 2015. The biggest thing he’s got going for him is Dan Mullen’s QB-friendly offense, which complements very well what Prescott’s good at.
5 Cardale Jones, Ohio State - How can we properly rank Jones, who we’ve seen start three games? Then again, given what we’ve seen (huge arm, impossible to bring down, charismatic), we had no choice but to put him in the top five. Jones’ surprise announcement that he was returning to school Thursday is a real treat for college football fans.
6 Braxton Miller, Ohio State/TBD - The best scrambler on the list, but Miller’s never been an ace passer. His injured right shoulder will limit him this spring and he might be rusty in his return, wherever that is. Still, a proven leader, producer and winner.
7 Deshaun Watson, Clemson - Played in eight games as a true freshman. Fragility is a concern, but Watson’s a superb passer (68 completion percentage, 14 TDs to two picks) and can really run.
8 Connor Cook, Michigan State - A strong-armed pocket passer with accuracy issues in 2014 who’ll have to make do without his favorite receiver and Michigan’s state running back, who are off to the NFL. The pro perception is likely greater than the college reality with Cook, but he’s capable of going off.
9 Christian Hackenberg, Penn State - Pro-style quarterback with serious 2016 NFL Draft buzz and elite arm talent. However, as a sophomore he struggled to get acclimated to a new coaching staff and an inexperienced offensive line. If the line improves, Hackenberg will have a monster fall.
10 Anu Solomon, Arizona - Won the starting job in fall camp and proved to be a perfect fit for Rich Rodriguez’s offense. The TD/INT ratio needs to improve, as does the completion percentage, but the rising junior’s still mostly a blank slate with a live arm and good mobility.