Reigning Heisman Trophy winner Caleb Williams comes in as the top quarterback in college football, but who's next?
With a large pool of talent at the quarterback position in college football this year, we ranked the top five signal-callers in the nation ahead of the 2023/24 season.
As the heavy +500 favorite on to win the Heisman Trophy in back-to-back seasons, Caleb Williams has cemented himself as one of the best college football quarterbacks in recent memory.
He began his playing career at Oklahoma before transferring to USC and putting up monster numbers last season.
Williams threw for 4,537 yards while completing 66.6% of his passes for 42 touchdowns and a staggeringly low five interceptions. He also added 382 yards and an additional 10 touchdowns on the ground.
If Williams can take that next step and get his Trojans into the CFP, we’ll be looking at a stellar career and maybe the number one overall pick in next year’s NFL draft.
Just like Williams, Drake Maye also burst on to the scene a season ago and put up impressive numbers himself.
The major difference between the two was team performance, as Maye’s Tar Heels ended up losing their final four games last season. It may be tough for him to get the recognition he deserves due to not being on a top team, but he’s still an enormous talent.
Completing 66.2% of his passes last campaign, Maye tossed the rock for 4,321 yards and 38 touchdowns to just seven interceptions.
He proved to be even more dynamic with his legs than Williams, accounting for 698 rushing yards and seven rushing touchdowns.
Maye, +1000 to win the Heisman Trophy, certainly has the tools to put this team on his back, but he’ll need some more help from guys around him if he wants to have any team success.
A talented left-hander, Michael Penix Jr. finally got through a full college football season 100% healthy and boy was it impressive to watch him put his talents on display.
It was also his first season at the University of Washington as a Husky after beginning his college career in Indiana and remaining there from 2018-2021.
Penix Jr. might not be a very dynamic quarterback with his legs, in part due to the past injuries, but his arm talent alone has garnered the attention of the football world.
He threw for 4,641 yards last season to the tune of 31 touchdowns and eight interceptions, all while completing 65.3% of his passes.
This upcoming season will be a big test for Penix Jr. individually regarding his NFL hopes and he is +1400 to claim the Heisman Trophy.
All of these guys have the ability to carry the bulk of the load on their respective teams, but it seemed like Jordan Travis did so last season more than just about anyone else.
He amassed 3,631 total yards between the air and the ground along with 31 total touchdowns as well.
Now Travis - +1100 to win the Heisman Trophy - will be the man leading the way for a Florida State team with extremely high expectations this season.
He’s been with the Seminoles since 2019 after starting out at Louisville, so it truly is now or never for the 6 '1'’, 212 lb. signal caller.
He’ll have to be ready from the jump as FSU opens up this campaign against an always talented LSU squad.
A common theme here has been transferring, as each of these quarterbacks on this list has done so with the exception of Drake Maye.
It seems like Bo Nix has been around forever after tossing the rock for Auburn from 2019-2021. He then became a Duck and had a resurgence last season which not many people expected.
Nix set career-highs a season ago in completion percentage (71.9%), passing yards (3,593), passing touchdowns (29), rushing yards (510) and rushing touchdowns (14).
He was one of the most dynamic dual-threat quarterbacks in all the land and he’ll try to cap off his college career with a strong showing in his fifth season of college football.
Nix is +1400 to win the Heisman Trophy this season.