Schedule Scouting: Top 5 Quarterbacks

Rutgers is three weeks from reporting to training camp and the formal start of the 2013 season. ScarletReport.com's in-depth look at the 2013 schedule begins with the top five opposing quarterbacks for the Scarlet Knights.

Nine of the 12 quarterbacks Rutgers is set to face on its 2013 schedule have significant starting experience going into training camp. With a new-look secondary for the Scarlet Knights, Rutgers faces tough competition at the position during its year in the American Athletic Conference.


5.) Arkansas Sophomore Brandon Allen -- Allen is one of the least experienced quarterbacks Rutgers is expected to face this year, but he has dynamic weapons and learned under NFL draft pick Tyler Wilson. Allen grew up in Fayetteville, Ark., and watched as Rutgers beat the Razorbacks from his spot on the sidelines last year.

Allen filled in for Wilson during a concussion last year but did not get many opportunities to throw the ball, but is also a running threat. (Honorable mentions to Cincinnati's Brandon Kay and Eastern Michigan's Tyler Benz)

2012 stats -- 186 passing yards, one touchdown, three interceptions.


4.) UCF Junior Blake Bortles -- There is major separation with the top four quarterbacks on the 2013 schedule and Bortles is the first as a returning starter for UCF. Bortles was the keystone for a 10-win season in Orlando, Fla. The 6-foot-4 signal-caller is an all-conference player and shares his Beef O'Brady's Bowl MVP status with Mohamed Sanu.

2012 stats -- 3,059 passing yards, 25 touchdowns, seven interceptions.


3.) SMU Senior Garrett Gilbert -- Remember Gilbert from his time at Texas? He is now in his final year of eligibility after transferring to SMU and in line for a big season in a pass-happy offense. Gilbert struggles with turnovers, something Rutgers can be expected to exploit during their meeting in Dallas.

Gilbert started for Texas in 2010 and led SMU to a 7-6 record last year with more than 500 passing attempts.

2012 stats -- 2,932 passing yards, 15 touchdowns, 15 interceptions, 346 rushing yards and eight touchdowns.


2.) Fresno State Senior Derek Carr -- Kickoff in 2013 is a huge test for the secondary, which has three new starters. A name on every award watch list and 3,000 yards away from Fresno's all-time passing record, Carr should be a major focus in training camp for first-year defensive coordinator Dave Cohen.

Carr finished third in the FBS with 37 touchdown passes and had four, 400-yard games during a 9-4 season.

2012 stats -- 4, 104 passing yards, 37 touchdowns, seven interceptions.


1.) Louisville Junior Teddy Bridgewater -- Bridgewater and Carr are both major talents but only one of them has a Sugar Bowl ring and two victories over Rutgers to his name. Bridgewater's gutty performance in the Big East championship game last year will be a part of Rutgers fans' nightmares for a while. He will be looked at as a legitimate Heisman candidate in 2013 after his dominant showing in the Sugar Bowl upset over Florida.

If Carr is a big early test for Rutgers, Bridgewater is the final exam with major AAC title implications on the line at PapaJohns Cardinal Stadium.

2012 stats -- 3,718 passing yards, 27 touchdowns, eight interceptions.


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