With Matt Barkley and Landry Jones announcing they’re staying put, College Football’s 2012 quarterback class became pretty darn strong. Both of their decisions could have a major impact on the 2012 national title race. They aren’t the only great quarterbacks coming back in 2012. Below is my Top 5 Best College Football Quarterbacks 2012. The first 3 are head and shoulders above the rest (in my opinion).
Top Quarterbacks Picks for 2012[singlepic id=1 w=125 h=125 float=left]1. Matt Barkley – Southern California
USC head coach Lane Kiffin was open about how strongly he felt that Barkley was already NFL ready. But Barkley decided he wanted to follow in the footsteps of former Trojan QB, Matt Leinart, and play four years. Let’s just hope he doesn’t have the same career in the NFL. Barkley is an absolute weapon. He has great arm strength and is very accurate. He waited out the 2 years of probation and, with him coming back, USC will enter the season as one of the favorites to win it all. Barkley is my early favorite to win the Heisman.[singlepic id=3 w=125 h=125 float=left]2. Landry Jones – Oklahoma
Jones’ upside isn’t as high as Barkley because I don’t think his arm is as good. However, I do think he has the potential to be a quality NFL quarterback. After replacing Sam Bradford, who was injured, as the starter in 2009, Jones has put up numbers no other QB in school history has matched. He’s thrown for over 4,400 yards the past 2 seasons. Don’t expect him to have any sort of drop-off in 2012. Much like Barkley, he will be a Heisman frontrunner.[singlepic id=4 w=125 h=125 float=left]3. Aaron Murray – Georgia
Murray has a big arm and threw for 3,149 yards in 2011. He was one of the most improved quarterbacks in the country. He is every bit as good as Matthew Stafford was at this point in his career. The only questions now are can he lead Georgia to a BCS Bowl and will he continue to improve? I believe the answer is “yes” to both of those questions.[singlepic id=5 w=125 h=125 float=left]4. A.J. McCarron – Alabama
We witnessed something special in the BCS Championship Game this past January. McCarron grew up right before our eyes. He played an excellent ballgame against one of the best defenses I have ever seen – LSU. In the first match-up with the Tigers, McCarron was awful. A great college quarterback is one that learns from his mistakes. He is mature beyond his years and I believe he’s only going to get better.[singlepic id=6 w=125 h=125 float=left]5. Tyler Wilson – Arkansas
I really like Tyler Wilson’s game. I think he has some decent upside and NFL potential. Arkansas had a high powered offense in 2011, and Wilson was a major reason for that. He’s a bit inconsistent and makes some mistakes. But he more than makes up for them. 3,638 yards, 24 touchdowns, and only 6 interceptions don’t lie. The next step for Wilson is playing well in big games (i.e. vs. Alabama, LSU).