College Football Preview 2007: Quarterbacks

With the 2007 NFL Draft officially in the books, we turn our attention back to the college game. Here are the top 10 signal callers to watch out for in 2007.

1. Brian Brohm, Louisville – Big, smart, strong-armed quarterback. The 6'4 Brohm enters his senior season as the most prized signal caller in the nation. In just two years as a starter for the Cards, Brohm has passed for 6,751 yards and 41 touchdowns. But with Steve Kragthorpe now calling the shots for Louisville, Brohm's best season might be ahead of him. The former Tulsa coach loves to spread his guys out and throw it around the field. Brohm is widely considered one of the early favorites for the Heisman Trophy.

2. Andre Woodson, Kentucky – Very similar to JaMarcus Russell in that they are both massive (6'5 230) and have freakish arm strength. The only difference is that Woodson is a little more polished as a passer right now. In his first full season as a starter, Woodson exploded onto the scene to the tune of 3,515 yards, 31 touchdowns and only 7 interceptions. Gaining chunks of yards through the air while playing in the toughest conference in the nation, Woodson displayed a bevy of weapons in his arsenal. Deadly accurate, tough to tackle and extremely intelligent, Woodson will definitely be a nightmare for SEC opponents this fall on his way to becoming a first round pick.

3. Nate Longshore, California – As a sophomore, Longshore was impressive and then some. The 6'5 233 pound, California native made the most of his opportunity to start, tossing for 3,021 yards with 24 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. Under the tutelage of quarterback guru Jeff Tedford, Longshore's game will only improve. With a great supporting cast and a spectacular offensive system, Longshore and the Bears will be lighting up the scoreboard all season long.

4. Chad Henne, Michigan – A three-year starter for the Wolverines, Henne enters his senior season with a career 7,777 yards passing and 70 touchdowns. In addition, he's also led Michigan to two Rose Bowl appearances. In 2007, the experienced Henne aims to finally push Michigan over the hump and put the boys in Maize and Blue into the National Championship game. If Michigan enjoys an undefeated season, Henne will be a big reason why.

5. John David Booty, USC – It seems like he's been there forever, but John David Booty finally enters his senior season at SC. After being handed the most coveted job in college football last year, Booty led his Trojans to an 11-2 record, highlighted by an impressive 36 point victory over eventual SEC West champ Arkansas. This season, Booty still holds the keys to the most explosive offense in the country. With a ridiculous amount of talent in his backfield, and budding superstars Patrick Turner and Vidal Hazleton ready to catch his passes, the final year of Booty's career promises to be the most spectacular. Booty is a smart quarterback that rarely makes the wrong throw, and under his direction he will produce another high-powered offense.

6. Erik Ainge, Tennessee – After bursting onto the scene with a monster freshman year, Ainge stumbled his way through a miserable sophomore campaign. Riddled by injuries and inconsistent play, the sophomore slump was in full swing in Knoxville. Enter offensive expert David Cutcliffe. Ainge and Cutcliffe teamed up to revitalize the Vols offense in 2006, where Ainge threw for 2,989 yards, finding the endzone 19 times with only 9 picks. With his sophomore slump well in his rearview mirror, the lanky senior – 6'6 200 lbs, aims to enjoy a break out senior season.

7. Colt Brennan, Hawaii – With numbers similar to those found in most of our NCAA dynasties, it's hard to ignore what Colt Brennan is doing down in paradise. In 2006, the Laguna Beach native put up a ridiculous stat line that read 5,549 yards, 58 touchdowns and just 12 interceptions. Despite how outrageous, amazing, or Arena Footballesque his stats may have been, Brennan might actually better his numbers in 2007. The early Heisman Trophy favorite will routinely find himself chucking the rock 40+ times a game. Engineering June Jones' run & shoot offense, this gunslinger will certainly be hangin' 10, err, 6, on defenses all season long.

8. Curtis Painter, Purdue – Nobody outside of West Lafayette has any idea who Curtis Painter is, but that's about to change. Last season, the first year starter quietly threw for close to 4,000 yards as a sophomore, finishing the year with 3,985 yards through the air. While running the offense for a team that finished just 8-6 may have kept him from being noticed, his poise in the pocket and big time arm strength will make sure the country knows his name in 07.

9. Chase Daniel, Missouri - Don't look now, but another Texas-native, dual threat quarterback is causing nightmares for defenses in the Big 12. Daniel was the key component to the Tigers wide-open, spread offense in 2006. The junior completed 64% of his passes for 3,527 yards and 28 touchdowns. On the ground, he chipped in with 598 yards and 4 touchdowns. Due to his great speed and elusiveness, Daniel posses the threat of running or throwing all over any given defense.

10. Colt McCoy, Texas – McCoy was burdened with the unenviable task of replacing one of the most legendary quarterbacks to ever play college football. So what did he do? Tied the NCAA record for touchdown passes thrown by a true freshman, with 29. Not bad for "Vince's replacement." With his leading receiver returning, fans can expect more of the same from McCoy in 07. With an absolute cannon for an arm and an all or nothing attitude, Colt will once again provide big offensive plays for the Longhorns in 2 A.V. (After Vince).

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