I have always believed you win championships with quality quarterback play. Earlier this year I assessed the quarterbacks of the SEC and the ACC. How would they stack up nationally as far as BCS conference? The SEC has turned into a "lines of scrimmage" league and the quarteback has been a manager more than a "go to guy" in recent memory. But could we be overlooking this position and it's importance? I think so and have made that point several times. You need quality quarterback play to finish the job and win a BCS championship.Alot of coaches (especially in the SEC) win games with a great defense and a QB who is a manager. College footballalso has guys who win a bunch with a guy who resembles a gunslinger. In my opinion a championship quarterback has these three qualities.1. Leadership- sometimes this is hard to quantify , but easily recognizable in the field of play. The quarterback position is a natural leadership opportunity but some guys shy away from it.
2. 3rd Down "money down"production-Its a quarterbacks job to move the chains and more times than not he is going to have to throw for it, or even run.We usually measure a team's success by third down conversions andthe quarterback by his completion percentage on the " money down".
3. Red Zone efficiency- Teams are looking for touchdowns not field goals in thered zone. Quarterback's need to take care of the ball inside the opponents 25 but also attack the defense as well. QB's that find the end zone in the red area are usually title worthy.
Here are the top five returning BCS 3rd down quarterbacks
1. Casey Pachall, TCU
2. Bryn Renner, North Carolina
3.Tyler Bray, Tennessee
4.AJ McCarron, Alabama
5.Tajh Boyd, Clemson
Here are the top five returning BCS red zone quarterbacks
1. Braxton Miller, Ohio State
2. Keith Price, Washington
3. Tyler Bray, Tennessee
4. Bryn Renner, North Carolina
5. Teddy Bridgewater, LouisvilleQuick Reads- -Don't underestimate the importance of AJ McCarron's play at quarteback for the Alabama Crimson Tide. He did not have the opportunites to make plays like manyguys on lesser teams. He shined howeverwhen called upon, andhe got it done.-Tajh Boyd has a great opportunity to build of last year's experience. He has won and ACC title and now needs to take the next step in his quarterback evolution.-Urban Meyer gets a guy who when he had the chance to throw in the red zone (7-10) all he did was throw touchdowns. 7. Meyer is going to elevate Miller and the Buckeyes will suprise plenty of people in the Big 10. -Tyler Bray had a limited body of work and his health may be directly tied to Derek Dooley's job status. To put the numbers up on third down and in the red zone like he did with the worst ground game in the country shows his potential. -Teddy Bridgewater has the chance to be the best in the Big East. Once Charlie Strong settled on Bridgewater he did not disappoint. The unsettling situation at offensive coordinator was not a distraction for this true freshman.Follow me on twitter @bradyack.