As all the hype and attention channels its way like a bullet train towards the NFL Draft, I thought it was time to look at the contenders who can step in the shadow of Joe Burrow. That is why I thought I would give you an early look into the college QB Class of 2020.
These are my five to watch in college football for 2020:
5. BROCK PURDY – IOWA
After what was noted as a great freshman season, Brock Purdy can be labelled as the reason why Iowa State had such a fantastic year, reaching the Camping World Bowl against Notre Dame.
In this list of the five quarterbacks to watch, Purday had the most yardage with 3,982 which ranked him 5th in the country. He worried number four ranked Oklahoma with five touchdowns and nearly won the won game with a two-pointer. Out of the five listed, Purdy is not classed as a rusher, but his passing speaks for itself. An aerial general who likes to get to his receivers quickly.
4. IAN BOOK – NOTRE DAME
He burst onto the scene in 2018 to help Notre Dame to the playoffs and became the first player in the school’s history to throw for at least 2,500 yards and 30 touchdowns and with 546 yards rushing and four touchdowns from the ground last season, he is as dangerous from there as he is in the air.
Book as the second highest ranking for touchdowns thrown out of the five listed with 34, being intercepted only six times. He was an integral part of why Notre Dame won the Camping World Bowl when he completed 20/28 for a touchdown and no interceptions. Further greatness is expected in 2020.
3. TREVOR LAWRENCE – CLEMSON
Tipped by some pundits to be the stand-out quarterback for 2020, Lawrence sits third on this list. He did not have the greatest start to the 2019 season, but pulled it back with some great performances. Lawrence finished the season with 3,665 yards and 36 touchdowns. The Clemson Quarterback is also the second most productive rusher in this list with 563 yards and nine touchdowns.
It was just unfortunate for Lawrence and Clemson that they came up against a rampant Joe Burrow and LSU in the National Championship. He is going to have a good season and you would not be wrong to think that Lawrence and Clemson could go one step further this year. He’s a good quarterback, just ask Michigan how good after that 56-27 victory.
2. SAM EHLINGER – TEXAS
He is number two on this list and has over 10,000 career yards thrown at FBS level and increased on his stats from 2018. In 2019 he threw for 3,663 yards and 32 touchdowns as he led his Texas team to win the Valero Alamo Bowl against Utah.
Ehlinger is no slouch on the ground either. Last year he rushed for 663 yards in 2019 for seven touchdowns, which took his career rushing tally to over 1,500 yards.
An outstanding prospect who goes into his senior year, but could we see a clamber for his services once he hits the NFL Draft. I personally think there will be a lot of chatter about him once that happens.
1. JUSTIN FIELDS – OHIO STATE
He might be a surprise number one to most of you. However, he absolutely warrants his place as the number one Quarterback on this list. After his arrival he made an immediate impact to lead Ohio State to dominate on offense. Fields threw for 3,273 yards and 41 touchdowns in 2019, the best on this list.
His accuracy is phenomenal and cannot be called into question. He threw only three interceptions all season and the season before that he threw none. Fields is an intelligent player and tactically minded. He can also audible as good as any quarterback I have seen at this level. It is close between Fields and Ehlinger, but for me Justin Fields is the quarterback to watch in college football next season. This is why he is my number one in this QB Class of 2020.
My notable mentions will be for D’Eriq King and Shane Buechele. They narrowly miss out on my top five. However, I think they can definitely be among the best quarterbacks in college this year. All in all, it is a very strong QB Class of 2020.
It is going to be a great season. I don’t want to get ahead of myself, but I genuinely believe that in the five players above we are possibly looking at some great talent which will one day soon hit the NFL.
Written by Neil Simmons
Neil Simmons is the Commissioner of the British Fantasy Football League and the British Fantasy Conference. You can follow along the progress of this league here. You can also follow along on twitter @BritishFFL and will also be covering Britball this season.
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