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Thursday, April 18, 2013
Athlon ranks the Pac-12 quarterbacks

By Kevin Gemmell

Ah, lists. Gotta love 'em. And we know you do, too.

Our friends at Athlon Sports -- who brought you some of your favorite hits like ranking the Pac-12 coaches -- posted a new list this morning ranking the Pac-12 quarterbacks. Nothing stirs the pot like a list.
College football’s 2013 season is still months away, but it’s never too early to start thinking about some of the top players in the nation. With spring practice coming to a close around the nation, Athlon will rank the top quarterbacks in each conference. One important note: This is just a ranking of starters and backups weren’t included for this article. Also, some projection for how we think quarterbacks are going to play for 2013 factored into this ranking.

With quarterback competitions still raging at several schools, they had to project the starter in a few cases. But none of those projections feel like too far of a stretch.

Here's how they rank the QBs:
  1. Marcus Mariota, Oregon
  2. Brett Hundley, UCLA
  3. Taylor Kelly, Arizona State
  4. Keith Price, Washington
  5. Kevin Hogan, Stanford
  6. Sean Mannion, Oregon State
  7. Cody Kessler, USC
  8. Connor Halliday, Washington State
  9. Zach Kline, California
  10. Travis Wilson, Utah
  11. B.J. Denker, Arizona
  12. Nick Hirschman, Colorado

Some thoughts: