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June 4, 2008

Rivals.com's top 10 non-BCS quarterbacks

MORE: Buzz around LeFevour picking up

The nation knows all about the star quarterbacks at "Big Six" schools. But don't forget about the little guys. Dan LeFevour leads that charge. Here are the top 10 non-Big Six quarterbacks.

Top 10 Non-BCS Quarterbacks
1. Dan LeFevour, Central Michigan, 6-3/226, Jr.
HIGH SCHOOL: Lisle (Ill.) Benet Academy
BUZZ: Last season, he became the second QB in I-A history to throw for 3,000 yards and rush for 1,000 yards in same season. Vince Young is the other.

2. Max Hall, BYU, 6-1/201, Jr.
HIGH SCHOOL: Mesa (Ariz.) Mountain View
BUZZ: The nephew of former NFL QB Danny White, Hall leads the team considered most likely to bust the BCS bubble this fall. He threw for 3,848 yards and 26 TDs last season.

3. Nate Davis, Ball State, 6-2/217, Jr.
HIGH SCHOOL: Bellaire (Ohio) High
BUZZ: Davis has a strong arm and put it to good use for the Cardinals last season, throwing for 3,667 yards and 30 TDs (against just six picks). He also has good mobility and can run when needed.
4. Chase Holbrook, New Mexico State, 6-5/246, Sr.
HIGH SCHOOL: Hurst (Texas) L.D. Bell
BUZZ: Holbrook, who began his career at Division I-AA Southeastern Louisiana and followed coach Hal Mumme to New Mexico State, threw for 3,866 yards and 26 TDs last season. He threw for 4,619 yards in 2006.
5. Tom Brandstater, Fresno State, 6-5/220, Sr.
HIGH SCHOOL: Turlock (Calif.) High
BUZZ: Brandstater, like many Fresno State quarterbacks before him, gradually has improved over the course of his career. He threw for 2,654 yards last season and is primed for a big season this fall.
6. Rusty Smith, Florida Atlantic, 6-5/212, Jr.
HIGH SCHOOL: Jacksonville (Fla.) Sandalwood.
BUZZ: A strong case can be made that the strong-armed Smith is the third-best quarterback in Florida, behind only Florida's Tim Tebow and USF's Matt Grothe. He threw for 3,688 yards and 32 TDs last season.
7. Brian Johnson, Utah, 6-1/210, Sr.
HIGH SCHOOL: Baytown (Texas) Lee
BUZZ: When healthy, Johnson is one of the best dual-threat quarterbacks in the nation. A severe knee injury suffered late in the 2005 season still hampers his rushing ability, but he's a solid passer.
8. Chase Clement, Rice, 6-1/210, Sr.
HIGH SCHOOL: San Antonio (Texas) Alamo Heights
BUZZ: He threw for 3,377 yards and 29 TDs last season and should graduate with every important Rice career passing record. He's also a good runner and led the Owls in rushing last season.
9. Trevor Vittatoe, UTEP, 6-2/215, Soph.
HIGH SCHOOL: Bedford (Texas) Trinity
BUZZ: Had solid first season as the starter in 2007, throwing for 3,101 yards and 25 TDs as a redshirt freshman. Of note is that he threw just seven picks. He really came on strong at the end of the season.
10. Colin Kaepernick, Nevada, 6-6/215, Soph.
HIGH SCHOOL: Turlock (Calif.) Pittman
BUZZ: Kaepernick became the starter because of an injury, and he took advantage. He runs a bit awkwardly but has huge strides and rushed for 567 yards last season. He also threw for 2,038 yards and 19 TDs.

NOTE: Keep an eye on SMU's Justin Willis, who should be a great fit for new coach June Jones' offense. But Willis was suspended and missed spring practice.

MORE: Buzz around LeFevour picking up



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