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August 19, 2006
Top backups a nice luxury for some coaches
Let's say you're a college football coach in a major conference – the Big 12, maybe.
Hypothetically, you have to kick your starting quarterback off the team days before the start of fall camp.
The departure leaves your national-title aspirations in jeopardy. However, this season, you can take a backup quarterback from any team in the country to start for your team for one season. Who will it be?
Our list includes the nation's leader in passing efficiency, a Bowl MVP, the nation's fourth-leading player in total offense and three former five-star recruits.
Would you take Arizona State's Rudy Carpenter, who was the nation's most efficient passer in 2005 despite spending the first half of the season on th bench. LSU's Matt Flynn, Oregon's Brady Leaf and Louisville's Hunter Cantwell also stepped up when injuries struck their teams.
What about rolling the dice with a redshirt or true freshman? LSU's Ryan Perrilloux, Southern California's Mark Sanchez and Georgia's Matthew Stafford are oozing with talent but waiting for their turn under center.
Backup quarterbacks can be the most popular player on campus, but these 10 would be popular on any campus as the starting quarterback.
Who else made the list and where did they fall ? Here are Rivals.com's top 10 backup (as of today) quarterbacks:
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