• Alabama's Bryce Young is the best QB in college football. No CFB signal-caller is better at processing defenses and getting through progressions.
• USC's Caleb Williams has been playing at a Heisman-winning level this season. No quarterback has broken more tackles on the ground, and he owns a 75.0-plus PFF grade as a passer and runner.
• Clemson's D.J. Uiagalelei cracks the top 10, as his 19 big-time throws ranks first among FBS quarterbacks.
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Key Stat: 88.2 passing grade on non-first-read throws since 2021, second-best in the nation.
There is no one better at processing defenses and getting through progressions. Young is a natural when it comes to making plays when knocked off rhythm and rarely allows the defense to make a play on the ball.
Key Stat: 0.42 broken tackles per attempt this season, highest among Power Five QBs.
As many expected, Williams has played at a Heisman-winning level for Lincoln Riley’s USC Trojans. The true sophomore currently boasts the third-lowest turnover-worthy play rate on 10-plus-yard throws, and he’s been a weapon in the ground game. No quarterback has broken more tackles on the ground, both in the designed run game and after he's scrambled from the pocket. He owns a grade above 75.0 as a passer and runner, something only 11 quarterbacks can say this season.
FBS QBs with a PFF passing and rushing grade above 75.0
|Name||Team||Snaps played||Overall Grade||Passing Grade||Rushing Grade|
|Collin Schlee||Kent State||398||90.4||83.8||83.4|
Key Stat: 38 touchdown passes on vertical throws since 2021, the most in the FBS.
Stroud finds himself in arguably the best situation in all of college football, and he’s taking advantage of it. No quarterback in the country has had more open targets downfield. On 10-plus-yard throws to a receiver with a step or more of separation, he’s gone 30-of-38 for 834 yards and 11 touchdowns this year.
Key Stat: 5.8% quarterback-fault incompletion rate, the lowest in the FBS.
McCarthy has been everything Michigan fans were hoping for. One of the most impressive aspects of his play is his off-platform arm talent. Rather than just tucking and running, he has a knack for keeping his eyes downfield and looking to throw on the move when under duress. Outside of the pocket this year, McCarthy is 20-of-22 for 258 yards and four touchdowns.
Key Stat: QBs vs. Alabama in 2022 have combined for four big-time throws. Ewers has three of the four, and he only played the first quarter.
Injuries have limited Ewers to just over two games as a Longhorn, but he’s certainly looked the part in that small sample. While he's made a few bad decisions under pressure, his high-end moments have been as good as any in college football. He can make throws from arm angles that few can and has natural zip. When Ewers has been on the field, Texas has had the most efficient offense in the Power Five. He looks like the spark the program needed.
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Key Stat: 604 deep passing yards in 2022, third-most in the FBS.
Hartman was able to return to the field sooner than expected after an undisclosed health matter put his season in doubt, and he picked up right where he left off. The slow mesh point run-pass option (RPO) offense has been very successful with Hartman at the helm. He’s averaging 9.9 yards per attempt on RPOs this season and has delivered a 7.9% big-time throw rate in the process — top-10 marks among FBS quarterbacks.
Key Stat: 495 deep passing yards off play action in 2022, most in the FBS.
While Hooker is in one of the most quarterback-friendly offenses in college football, he’s executing it very efficiently. Coach Heupel’s offense is an up-tempo, play-action-heavy offense. If they get single-high coverage, they’re attacking vertically on the outside. Hooker is averaging an astounding 15.6 yards per attempt against single-high in 2022.
Key Stat: 19 big-time throws in 2022, most in the FBS
The Clemson junior has already surpassed his 2021 big-time throw total this year, and he still has half a season left to play. A large chunk of the Tigers’ passing attack is built on go balls down the sideline, and Uiagalelei is hitting them with perfect timing and placement.
Key Stat: 92.5 play-action passing grade in 2022, second in the FBS.
Coastal Carolina’s play-action concepts have been lethal when paired with its dynamic run game, thanks to the accuracy of quarterback Grayson McCall. On play-action concepts this year, the Chanticleers passer is 56-of-72 for 919 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Key Stat: 96.2 deep passing grade, third-best in the FBS
Maye is a heady player who can win downfield with his arm or on the ground with his legs. His knowledge of the game is well beyond his years. He understands when to run and will throw receivers open when needed. He also shows command in collapsing pockets, effectively sells the fakes in UNC’s offense and plays with confidence. Through Week 6, Maye is the highest-graded non-draft-eligible quarterback in the Power Five.
Key Stat: 91.2 passing grade against the blitz in 2022, highest in the FBS
Tagovailoa has taken massive strides with the Terps over the last couple of years. This year, he’s consistently delivering accurate and anticipatory throws when the play is going according to plan and staying composed when things start to break down. Tagovailoa’s grade against the blitz says a lot about his poise behind center.
Highest PFF passing grade vs. the blitz (min. 50 dropbacks, FBS QBs)
|Matt McDonald||Bowl Green||66||90.9|
|Chase Brice||App State||60||90.8|