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The 10 best college quarterbacks to play at DC, Maryland or Virginia schools

The 10 best college quarterbacks to play at DC, Maryland or Virginia schools

College football may not be as ingrained in the culture of the DMV as it is in the south or the midwest, but we still have had our fair share of elite talent and it all starts under center. Some of the biggest name quarterbacks in the sport's history have played at local schools. Here are the ten best.

10. Ricky Dobbs (Navy)

A rare dual-threat quarterback for Navy, Dobbs helped the Midshipmen earn back-to-back wins over Notre Dame. In his senior season, Dobbs threw for 1,527 yards and rushed for 967. He was a perfect 4-0 against Army.

9. Malcolm Perry (Navy)

Keenan Reynolds may boast the record for most rushing yards for a quarterback, but even he did not have a season like Perry's 2019 in which he rushed for 2,017 yards. Perry only really took over as the quarterback in his senior season which begs the question just how many yards he could have racked up for his career had he taken the starting job earlier?

8. Matt Schaub (Virginia)

When Schaub finished his college career, he had 23 school records with Virginia. He was named the 2002 ACC Player of the Year and still holds the ACC record for completion percentage with 67.0.

7. Boomer Esiason (Maryland)

Maryland was the only school to offer Esiason a scholarship and he certainly made the most of it. By the time he left for the NFL, he had set 17 school records.

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6. Tyrod Taylor (Virginia Tech)

Taylor was supposed to redshirt his sophomore season in 2008, but when Virginia Tech lost its season opener to East Carolina, Taylor’s redshirt was pulled and he helped lead the Hokies to a 10-4 overall record and an ACC title. Virginia Tech won three conference titles in Taylor’s four years in Blacksburg and by the time he was done, he had school records in wins, passing yards and total offense. He accounted for 66 total touchdowns and earned ACC Player of the Year honors in 2010.

5. Shawn Moore (Virginia)

The only Virginia quarterback to have his number retired, Moore is the best quarterback in UVA history. His best season came in 1990 when he led the ACC in pass completion percentage (59.8), passing touchdowns (21) and total yards (2,568). He also led the nation in passing yards per attempt (9.4) and quarterback rating (160.7). Not surprisingly, he was named the ACC Player of the Year for 1990. He would finish fourth on the Heisman ballot for that year.

4. Jack Scarbath (Maryland)

Byrd Stadium is the house that Scarbath built. Literally, he was a construction worker and helped pour the cement for the Stadium in his freshman year. The Hall of Fame quarterback helped lead Maryland to a 10-0 record in 1951, his junior season, and an unclaimed national title. He was the runner-up for the Heisman the following season.

3. Keenan Reynolds (Navy)

Reynolds is in the record book for the most rushing touchdowns (88) and most rushing yards for a quarterback (4,559). Those are national records, not school ones. In his time with Navy, he led the Midshipmen to a 7-1 record against the other service academies, including four wins against Army.

2. Michael Vick (Virginia Tech)

To some, Vick’s legal history is enough to remove him from this list. From a pure talent perspective, however, few players in the history of college football were as dynamic. Vick helped lead the Hokies to their only national title berth and could have been one of the all-time greats of the sport had he not left for the NFL after his sophomore year. Think of all the highlights we have of just two years of Vick under center. Imagine what he could have done with four.

1. Roger Staubach (Navy)

Staubach is the only service academy quarterback to win the Heisman Trophy. He did it in 1963, passing for over 1,400 yards. He is one of only four players in history to win both a Heisman Trophy and a Super Bowl MVP.

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President Trump favors college football being played in 2020 amid coronavirus pandemic

President Trump favors college football being played in 2020 amid coronavirus pandemic

President Donald Trump wants to see college football played this fall despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

"The student-athletes have been working too hard for their season to be cancelled," Trump tweeted on Monday.

Trump's post was a quote tweet response to Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence, arguably the brightest star in college football and likely No. 1 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. Lawrence was one of many notable players across the country to tweet the hashtag #WeWantToPlay on Sunday following multiple reports that the college football season could be canceled or postponed as early as this week.

Following Sunday's reports that the season likely won't happen, Lawrence was one of several stars from multiple Power 5 teams that joined a Zoom call Sunday evening to attempt and organize a plan for players to express their opinion on the why they should play and ultimately save the season. 

Other notable names such as Ohio State's Justin Fields, Alabama's Najee Harris, and Oregon's Penei Sewell were on the call, according to ESPN. Since then, college football players have reportedly attempted to unionize as one final push to save the season.

Lawrence also explained in detail on Sunday why he feels there should be a college football season. The Clemson QB tweeted Sunday night saying he believes that canceling the season would actually put college football players more at risk of the contracting virus.

"Players being safe and taking all of the right precautions to try to avoid contracting covid because the season/ teammates safety is on the line. Without the season, as we’ve seen already, people will not social distance or wear masks and take the proper precautions," Lawrence wrote on his Twitter thread. 

While the outlook for the 2020 college football season doesn't look promising, Lawrence and several of the sport's biggest names are not going down without a fight. And based off President Trump's tweet, it looks as if he's on the players' side.

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College football players attempt to unionize as hope for a season dies out

College football players attempt to unionize as hope for a season dies out

With the 2020 college football season seemingly hanging on by a thread, players around the NCAA are ushering one final push in hopes of playing a season this fall.

With the Big Ten and Pac-12 expected to cancel or postpone their seasons on Tuesday, the rumors have earned a response from some of the biggest names in the sport who took to Twitter to share their stance on the coming season. Among their sentiments and concerns, the most notable response was the players’ proposal of a college football players association – a union which could push to save the college football season and demand the proper treatment and safety precautions in the process.

Late Sunday night, a graphic began to circulate within the college football world and was ultimately shared by notable players such as Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence, Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields, Oklahoma State running back Chuba Hubbard, Alabama running back Najee Harris and numerous others. 

The image showcased the logos of all five Power Five conferences above the two trending hashtags coined by players recently: #WeAreUnited and #WeWantToPlay.

Their call to unionize also featured a further explanation of their hopes and wishes for these efforts.

  • “We all want to play football this season.”
  • “Establish universal mandated health and safety procedures and protocols to protect college-athletes against COVID-19 among all conferences throughout the NCAA”
  • “Give players the opportunity to opt out and respect their decision”
  • “Guarantee eligibility whether a player chooses to play the season or not”
  • “Use our voices to establish open communication and trust between players and officials; ultimately create a college football players association”
  • “Representative of the players of All Power 5 Conferences”

Sunday’s efforts became the first NCAA-wide attempt to unite across conferences in the wake of COVID-19. Previously, Pac-12 players threatened to opt out until economic, racial justice and safety issues were addressed while Big Ten athletes released a list of safety and COVID-related demands for themselves and their families. Both conferences’ players aired their concerns through articles in the Players’ Tribune. Now, the efforts are much larger as they transcend conference borders in a final push from players following the anticipated cancelations on Tuesday. 

The attempt to unionize is only the second ever in college football and comes six years after Northwestern’s football team tried to form the first union in the NCAA to fight for better health protections, compensation and other benefits. After gaining support on a regional level, their plan was ultimately shot down on a larger scheme.  

While many players have expressed their strong desire to play, a number of others chose to opt out of the coming season for health and safety concerns. Minnesota wide receiver Rashod Bateman, Penn State linebacker Micah Parsons, Miami defensive lineman Gregory Rousseau, Maryland quarterback Josh Jackson, Purdue wide receiver Rondale Moore, Michigan State defensive end Jacub Panasiuk, Virginia Tech cornerback Caleb Farley, Illinois running back Ra’Von Bonner, Auburn linebacker Chandley Wooten and Pitt defensive tackle Jaylen Twyman are just some of the notable names who chose to forgo the upcoming season. But the remaining players demand the opportunity to take the field this fall even though the leagues believe risk of playing a season during a global pandemic is too much to wager.

The pushback on college administrators and conference leaders has come from more than just the athletes. Coaches have expressed a similar desire to play and supported the players’ attempts to unionize and fight back against their conferences. Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh released a statement of his own amidst Monday’s rumors and said, “I am not advocating for football this fall because of my passion or our players desire to play but because of the facts accumulated over the last eight weeks since our players returned to campus on one 13. I am advocating on August 10 that this virus can be controlled and handled.”

He continued to list nine coronavirus-related facts that support his claim of why college football could happen safely this fall and ended with similar hashtags that the players used: #WeWantToPlay and #WeWantToCoach.

But no matter how powerful the final unionizing efforts from the players and coaches may be, it seems their attempts to save college football are too little, too late with conferences ready to pull the plug on their seasons in a matter of hours. 

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