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Dantzler setting the ACC on fire
By Gary Danielson
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Each Monday, ABC college football analyst Gary Danielson will break down the top quarterbacks around the country and rank his Top 10.

Woodrow Dantzler
Woody Dantzler is the fourth-rated passer in Division I-A with 691 yards and seven TDs.
Last year, when I went to Clemson and talked to Tommy Bowden about his new offense, the coach said Woody Dantzler wasn't the type of quarterback he was looking for and that he may be a wide receiver or defensive back in the spring. The amazing thing is that now Dantzler might be the hottest quarterback in college football and may do something that has never been done (2,000 yards passing and 1,000 yards rushing).

This is a lesson to all coaches and players to not to judge people too much by the numbers and the stopwatch. It's the production that counts, and Woody is off to a tremendous start. He's having the best year of any quarterback out there.

After five weeks, I'm not surprised quarterbacks continue to dominate in this pass-happy college football season. That's why this year, even though there are some tremendous running backs, a quarterback will win the Heisman.

Here are the latest Top 10 quarterbacks and their previous ranking in parentheses.

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No. 1 -- Chris Weinke, Florida State (1)
vs. Louisville: 18-29-221, 1 TD, 3 int.; rush: 3-(-9), 1 TD
Season: 87-139-1,244, 9 TD, 3 int.; rush: 16-(-45), 1 TD
He continues to make plays and runs the best team in college football. Bobby Bowden had better take care of this guy. He's the ticket for a chance at another national championship.

Game grade: B+. He wins again. This year, he had the interceptions in a win. Two years ago, he had interceptions against N.C. State and lost. I'm happy if I am Florida State: the Seminoles got through one of his bad games and they still continue to roll.

No. 2 -- Eric Crouch (3)
vs. Iowa: 10-13-0-159, 5 TD; rush: 12-93
Season: 21-38-329, 6 TD, 3 int.; rush: 36-230, 6 TD
Frank Solich told me that even at Nebraska, you have to be able to throw the ball in modern-day football. He said, "You don't have to throw it a lot, but you have to have the threat of it." Not even Nebraska's tremendous option offense is good enough to dominate a team if you are unable to throw the ball against today's defenses that stack the line of scrimmage. How would you like to be a defensive coordinator watching film and seeing Eric Crouch throw five touchdown passes?

Game grade: A+.

No. 3 -- Michael Vick (2)
Last week: Off
Season: 26-44-412, 4 TD, 1 int.; rush: 25-219, 3 TD
Shouldn't have taken a bye.

No. 4 -- Drew Brees, Purdue (4)
vs. Minnesota: 33-49-409, 2 TD; rush: 12-88, 1 TD
Season: 103-159-1,363, 9 TD, 2 int.; rush: 28-170, 3 TD
Drew still has the opportunity to do it. He has a couple of guys that have to stumble above him, but he showed why Joe Tiller kicked himself all week for not throwing the ball against Notre Dame. Now he has a chance to continue JoePa's headache. He's getting more and more familiar with his new receivers and he's going to get better as the season goes on. I hope his defense is good enough.

Game grade: A.

No. 5 -- Woodrow Dantzler (7)
at Virginia: 15-24-154, 1 TD, 1 int.; rush: 18-220, 2 TD
Season: 52-79-691, 7 TD, 1 int.; rush: 58-495, 5 TD
He runs most exciting offense in college football right now. He has a chance on a stage coming up at Florida State on Nov. 4. Keep playing towards that game and keep posting these numbers, and people will notice.

Game grade: A.

No. 6 -- Jesse Palmer, Florida (6)
vs. Kentucky: 12-19-190, 1 TD; rush: 7-38, 4 TD
Season: 68-131-1,000, 6 TD, 1 int.; rush: 20-11, 5 TD
He is more comfortable now, and Steve Spurrier is more at ease with Jesse. It looks like it is going to be a showdown with Florida State now. No one else can beat Florida.

Game grade: A. Does an Eric Crouch reversal.

No. 7 -- Marques Tuiasosopo, Washington (5)
Last week: Off
Season: 49-90-646, 3 TD, 5 int.; rush: 43-168, 2 TD
You rest, you lose.

No. 8 -- Philip Rivers, N.C. State (10t)
vs. Georgia Tech: 21-36-262, 3 TD, 2 int.
Season: 97-169-1,331, 13 TD, 4 int.
What a game. His poise at the end of that game was amazing. He got nailed and won it at the end of the game again. He should take care of offensive coordinator (and former BYU coordinator) Norm Chow, like Bobby Bowden takes care of Chris Weinke. He should be washing Norm Chow's car. He's lucky to have that offense.

Game grade: A.

No. 9 -- Carson Palmer, USC (8)
Vs. San Jose State: 22-38-338, 2 TD
Season: 57-88-700, 3 TD, 2 int.
You're still winning. You did your job, but tell the rest of the team you need more help. San Jose State was supposed to be an easy test.

Game grade: B+.

No. 10 -- Josh Heupel, Oklahoma (10t)
vs. Rice: 27-35-324, 2 TD, 2 int.; rush: 5-14, 1 TD
Season: 69-103-899, 7 TD, 4 int.; rush: 13-23, 3 TD
My first impression of Josh is still where I am at. He has the quietest big statistics that I have ever followed. It is still hard to imagine. You don't usually look to Oklahoma for quarterback statistics -- you are so used to the running attack. He continues to do great things.

Game grade: B+.

Other notables:
Major Applewhite, Texas
Jonathan Beasley, Kansas State
Drew Henson, Michigan: He showed why he is so highly thought of.
Kurt Kittner, Illinois: Is a bad call away from being on the list.
Ben Leard, Auburn
Antwaan Randle El, Indiana

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Weekend wrap-up

Arute: Big Ten troubles

Danielson: Year of the QB

Danielson: Vick beginning to resemble a certain Tiger

Danielson: Crouch looks golden

Danielson: Purdue takes the ball out of Brees' hands

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