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Top 10 Worst Quarterbacks in College Football | The Sports Report Girl

Top 10 Worst Quarterbacks in College Football

October 6, 2009 by Dion Rabouin  
Filed under College Football, Football, SRG's Blog

While most other writers are sizing up the Heisman race, putting together lists of the best quarterbacks college football has to offer, I’ve decided to go in the opposite direction. This is the list of 10 guys who, if there were a college fantasy football league, would still be left on the waivers in week 10. These are the kind of QBs that get a coach fired and send the boosters heading for the hills.

Because even fighters that suck are given badass nicknames, I’ve decided to give them each a moniker that I think truly reflects their unique set of skills.

10. Danny “Better than Jack Elway” Sullivan (Arizona State) – A mind-boggling 5.8 yards per attempt and 51 percent completion percentage earn Sullivan a spot on the list. He completed all of 10 passes against Georgia in ASU’s biggest game of the season and has managed to even underwhelm ASU fans who pray for 7-5 seasons.

9. Taylor “Someone had to replace Graham Harrell” Potts (Texas Tech) – With Texas Tech’s freewheeling, throw-the-ball-every-play offense, Potts has managed 7.7 yards per completion. His stats actually aren’t that bad, he’s completing more than 67 percent of his passes, but to watch him is to loathe him. The phrase “couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn” has never been more true. He makes Tech fans long for the days of Kliff Kingsbury.

8. Ryan “Bullet” Lindley (San Diego State) – To truly show how hard San Diego State is working to overcome Lindley’s horrific play at quarterback, I present Exhibit A: Last week against New Mexico State, Lindley was 7-for-27 for 123 yards…and the Aztecs won. Want Exhibit B? Week 1 against UCLA he was 18-for-45 with three interceptions. He is that bad.

7. Juice “Totally not a mistake” Williams (Illinois) – Remember two years ago when Juice Williams and Illinois won the Big 10 and everyone was singing the praises of Ron Zook, Williams and the Illinois spread offense? Then they got destroyed by the Trojans in the Rose Bowl and went 5-7 in 2008. Right now Juice is projected to throw for 1557 yards…for the entire year. Oh wait, word just came out that he’s been benched.

6. Mike “The Punisher” Hartline (Kentucky) – He’s been punishing his coaches, his teammates and Kentucky fans all year for believing in him. In five games, he’s barely passed for 600 yards and he has more interceptions (6) than touchdowns (5). I guess UK used up all their recruiting points getting Andre Woodson, because this guy is terrible.

5. Larry “Supernova” Smith (Vanderbilt) – The word phenom comes to mind. Smith has a staggering 87.02 QB rating this year. To give you an idea of how bad this is, Chris Todd of Auburn, who is terrible, has a QB rating of 160. After a recent resurgence, Smith has the Commodores knocking on the door of the SEC basement again. But let’s be honest, Vandy was never meant to be good at sports.

4. Kyle “On the money” Parker (Clemson) – As the signal caller for Clemson, Parker has not only managed a 102.42 quarterback rating – good for eighth worst in all of FBS – but until last week at Maryland, he’d never managed to complete 50 percent of his passes in a single game. Against Middle Tennessee State in week one, he threw for 159 yards, while completing nine-of-20 passes.

3. Cody “Chip off the old block” Hawkins (Colorado) – I really hate to include him in this list because he’s actually a talented football player and he’s got the skills to be a good quarterback. But my God he’s been abysmal this season. He’s literally in the bottom 15 of every important statistical category for quarterbacks there is. He’s 12th from the bottom in INTs, 13th from the bottom in QB rating, 10th from the bottom in yards per pass attempt, 12th from the bottom in completion percentage and that’s out of 114 quarterbacks. He’s got no line, no receivers and no running game to speak of, but even that’s no excuse for losing 54-38 to Toledo.

2. Marshall “Call me Marino” Lobbestael (Washington State) - Statistically the worst quarterback in all of FBS football. Ranks dead last in QB rating, touchdowns, completion percentage, yards per completion and not sucking percentage. He got his spot taken by a freshman last week and had said freshman not been knocked out of the game, he would still be sitting on the bench. Were the number one quarterback on the list not so cringe-inducingly awful, he would certainly take the cake.

1. Jonathan “Big Air” Crompton (Tennessee) – Probably the worst SEC quarterback I’ve seen in years. He’s a worse passer than Kodi Burns of Auburn and Burns is only allowed to run the ball. Tennessee’s head coach Lane Kiffin has done a great job of putting Crompton in position to not screw things up since his 13-for-26, three interception, zero touchdown, 93 yard performance against UCLA. Against Florida, I don’t think Kiffin even called a play with a receiver further than five yards from the line of scrimmage, even though the Volunteers were behind literally the entire game. In that game, Crompton threw the ball 19 times, again for 93 yards. He followed that up with 222 yards passing against perennial FBS juggernaut University of Ohio (yes, you read that right).

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25 Responses to “Top 10 Worst Quarterbacks in College Football”
  1. Shawn says:

    Agree with Crompton. He also made #1 recruiting bust – http://13psi.com/top-5-recruiting-busts/

  2. OU Alum says:

    It’s Ohio University, not University of Ohio. Ohio University is the only true OU out there (University of Oklahoma, University of Oregon).

  3. the dude says:

    Illinois did not win the big11ten a couple years ago… they finished tied for 2nd with a Michigan team that beat them. It was a travesty that they went to the Rose Bowl – they still suck.

  4. Patrick says:

    How ignorant are you? Really? This is honestly one of the worst sports lists I’ve ever seen. Taylor Potts is first in the nation in passing yards and second in the nation in passing TD’s and all of this is with almost an entire game (out of four) missing due to a concussion. “This is the list of 10 guys who, if there were a college fantasy football league, would still be left on the waivers in week 10.” Taylor Potts is the fourth rated fantasy QB in the nation! Are you playing in a 3 team league or are do you just like to go with guys that score less points against inferior competition? He may not be a top 10 QB but he’s not a bottom 10 either. This is why we don’t let girls talk about football, sweety.

  5. James says:

    “But let’s be honest, Vandy was never meant to be good at sports.”

    Should have been something along the lines of “But let’s be honest, Girls were never meant to be good at blogging about sports.” Since you’re into falsehoods, and all that.

  6. TommyDore says:

    Uh Duh Vandy was “never meant to be good at sports” eh? SEC baseball championships more SEC MBB championships than Uga asnd Ole Miss combined about a million WBB NCAA tourneys and SEC WBB tourney championships line the trophy cases. At least Ur hot if not that bright.

    I will say this Larry Smith is playing terrible football and I can’t disagree with his rating.

  7. Clay says:

    Wow, you slam Chris Todd of Auburn–number 8 in the nation in pass efficiency? Either you are a Bama fan or you don’t watch college football. Which is it?

  8. Real Man says:

    “if there were a college fantasy football league”

    Um, there are plenty of college fantasy football leagues out there. Go hit Google once and a while…

  9. King Henry says:

    “But let’s be honest, Vandy was never meant to be good at sports.”

    Aww, look, it’s a girl’s opinion…were girls ever meant to report on sports?

    *Count it!*

    All shenanigans aside, Vandy went to and won their bowl game last year and has been in the upper echelon of SEC basketball and baseball for most of this decade. If you want to pander to the state school rednecks who think Candy (the only SEC charter school remaining) should leave the conference, then mission accomplished. If you’re trying to sound intelligent or informed, thanks for playing…

  10. SRG says:

    Yeah… but I don’t know one single person who plays college fantasy football. As far as I’m concerned, it’s barely real!

  11. SRG says:

    Oh yeah… because when I think of the SEC, I think of baseball and basketball.
    The SEC is and always will be FOOTBALL.
    Now, if they were in the ACC or Big East, you’d have a point.

  12. DR says:

    Time to straighten out a few idiots:

    1. Vanderbilt having more mens basketball tournament appearances than Georgia and Ole Miss is hardly an accomplishment. They’ve made the tournament 10 times. Yippee. How many final fours and/or nat’l championship appearances do they have? Oh yeah, none. Also, this is a football column and meant to extend to real sports, so please no one bring up the Commodores women’s volleyball prowess.

    2. Chris Todd from Auburn is absolutely pitiful. I watched him against Tennessee last week and he barely outplayed Crompton. Todd is number 8 in pass efficiency because he doesn’t throw the ball further than five years ever and he’s been feasting on chumps for five weeks. He’s 51st in passes attempted this season and he splits time with Kodi Burns. Give me a break.

    3. Taylor Potts has the lowest yards/completion average of any TTU QB this century. Look it up. Hence the Kingsbury reference. He, like any TTU QB, has a ridiculous amount of passing yards/tds because Tech throws the ball every play.

    4. Apologies for the Ohio University and Big 11 Ten champions remarks. Those were legitimate screw ups on my part. I remembered the Illini playing in the Rose Bowl and forgot that was the year Ohio State got embarrassed by the Gators and vacated their Rose Bowl spot.

    5. I wrote this and I am male and obviously know more about sports than you chowderheads (Calvin & Hobbs reference intended) so let’s chill with the girls don’t know sports remarks.

  13. King Henry says:

    “Oh yeah… because when I think of the SEC, I think of baseball and basketball.
    The SEC is and always will be FOOTBALL.
    Now, if they were in the ACC or Big East, you’d have a point.”

    Yet again with the poor facts…the Big East isn’t even good at baseball! And while the ACC is pretty good, the SEC is regarded as even more dominant in baseball than they are for football. That is to say, though the SEC is both #1 in football and baseball virtually every year as far as ranking the conferences, they are often a more significant outlier in dominance amongst the baseball conferences than football conferences.

    And while the Big East, largely by virtue of having an ungodly amount (16) of teams playing basketball in their conference, is generally regarded as the best basketball conference, the SEC typically isn’t far behind. Florida has won two of the last four national championships (back-to-back three and four years ago) and has the winningest program in college hoops history (Kentucky) primed for a comeback. They certainly trump the Big 10 and Pac-10.

    So yeah, as far as revenue sports in a given conference, hoops and baseball definitely do matter in the SEC and Vanderbilt, for all the jokes about “not having an athletic department”, is a perennial player in both sports.

  14. Dylan Murphy says:

    In my opinion its pretty much impossible to truly rate college quarterbacks. There’s no parody in conferences and schedules, and when your team is dominant around you, it automatically makes you a better player. Also, check out my new sports blog! dmsportsnation.blogspot.com

  15. Dylan Murphy says:

    I really think it’s impossible to rate college QBs. There’s not enough parody in conferences, schedules, and overall team talent. QBs become that much better when they have the talent of a USC or OSU surrounding them. Check out my sports blog! dmsportsnation.blogspot.com

  16. BigBlueFan says:

    Hartline should be #1 because is his truly awful. Also, Kentucky has only played 4 games. Their bye week was week 2.

  17. Clay says:

    DR, you are obviously alone in your opinion about Chris Todd. He was added today to the Maxwell Award watch list (guess what that award is for?). He is averaging almost 16 yards per completion, almost 9 yards per attempt (nearly DOUBLE of what you ignorantly posted), and as already mentioned, is in the top 10 in passing efficiency. You’re beating a schedule that consists of La Tech, who will likely end up winning the WAC; Mississippi State, who was 4 inches from beating top 5 LSU; WVU, who will likely win the Big East; and Tennessee, who yielded over 100 yards more offense to Auburn than they did to #1 Florida (You know Tebow? He passed for 115 yards against Tenn, no TDs and he threw a pick. Oh, and that was at HOME. Todd? 218 yards passing, 1 TD, no picks. On the ROAD).

    Nobody is claiming that’s the toughest schedule in the conference, but according to computers, it barely trails big-bad Alabama and is VASTLY harder than Florida’s schedule to date.

    So you argument “he doesn’t throw the ball further than five years ever and he’s been feasting on chumps for five weeks” and “splits time with Kodi Burns” show’s both your overall ignorance and your lack of understanding of WIDE RECEIVER Kodi Burns’ roll.

    Start posting facts with your argument–not your bias.

  18. WSU... WTF... says:

    I don’t agree with “the lobster” being number 2. He should be NUMBER 1. I watched the guy almost start crying after the offensive coordinator was yelling at him and then he got a “talking to” by Wulff. Either that or the fact I yelled he was a pussy and can’t play for shit from the side line, seeing I was int he front row on the 50. Either way, WSU’s savior, “The lobster” should not only have been benched like Lopina, but thrown in prison for his incident last year with alcohol. But athletes get away with everything. Even in the NFL you can get away with manslaughter. What a great message for kids…

  19. JH Arnold says:

    I would have to vote for Joe Cox from the University of Georgia. Joe Cox should have been removed from the QB position the fourth game of the season. But the UGA keeps playing him.

  20. RT75 says:

    Who’s DR? Obviously, the elevator doesn’t go to the top floor and doesn’t know anything about football, let alone quarterbacks. Won’t go to this website again.

  21. SRG says:

    Ahh… you see one post you don’t like and you give up on the entire site? Shame on you!

  22. Jim Iowa says:

    Ricky Stanzin is worse than all of these!!!!!!!!!!!!

  23. Jim Iowa says:

    Not Ricky Stanzin RICKY STANZI


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