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Best Units FSU Faces: Quarterbacks

This is the start of a new series where I will be going through FSU’s schedule and determining which team they play has the best individual units. I will begin with quarterbacks and go from there. For quarterbacks I will be looking at starters only due to the fact that they are the only ones that see the field barring injury or other extenuating circumstances.

#1: Louisville

Lamar Jackson easily finds his way to the top of the list as the reigning Heisman winner. He was fantastic for Louisville last year as he accrued 3543 yards, 30 passing touchdowns, and just nine interceptions. He also gashed opposing defenses for 1571 yards and 20 touchdowns with his legs in 2016. Florida State felt the brunt of his fantastic year when he accounted for 362 yards and 5 touchdowns as Louisville dismantled FSU 63-20 in the Bluegrass State. Toward the end of last year Jackson’s play regressed back toward the mean and he has lost some weapons around him but combine the fact that he was the best player in the nation last year and the fact that FSU’s schedule isn’t chalk full of elite quarterbacks like it was last year and Jackson easily finds his way to the top of the list.

#2: Alabama

Jalen Hurts easily slots into the second spot on this list after an impressive freshman campaign. He threw for 2,780 yards to go along with 23 touchdowns and 9 interceptions. He also accounted for 954 yards and 13 touchdowns with his legs. Hurts started as as a true freshman for Alabama last year and led the Crimson Tide to the national title game, which is impressive in and of itself. Hurts has room to improve in the passing game, just as people said about Lamar Jackson after his freshman year at Louisville. He might find himself further down the list if FSU played a strong slate of quarterbacks this year, but they do not. FSU’s defense, as most do, has struggled to defend dual threat quarterbacks well so the top two guys on this list will definitely present a challenge for the ‘Noles.

#3: Syracuse

This might raise a couple eyebrows and some disagreement but Syracuse’s starter, Eric Dungey, is a very good college quarterback that has and can put up big numbers in Dino Baber’s air raid offense. Dungey was injured when Florida State played Syracuse last year and that almost certainly played a large part in why FSU ran away with that game so easily. In just 8 full games last year, Dungey threw for 2,679 yards, 15 touchdowns, and just 7 interceptions. In the 8 full games he played, he was held under 300 yards passing just twice, and under 250 yards only once.

#4: NC State

#5: Clemson

#6: Florida

#7: Duke

#8: Miami

#9: Wake Forest

#10: Boston College

#11 Louisiana Monroe

#12: Delaware State

Ethan Vaughan

I am a freshman at Florida State University where I am on course to double major in Entrepreneurship and Finance. I am originally from Plant City, FL and attended high school there. I have been a Florida State fan since I was born. I have a special affinity for FSU Basketball and hope to see the program continue to grow.



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