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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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Out of Joe Flacco's shadow, QB Tyrod Taylor signs new deal with Bills

Out of Joe Flacco's shadow, QB Tyrod Taylor signs new deal with Bills

Patience and opportunity have paid off for Tyrod Taylor, once Joe Flacco’s backup quarterback with the Ravens. The Bills announced Friday they had signed Taylor to a new contract, a six-year deal worth $90 million, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

During four seasons with the Ravens (2011-14) when Flacco never missed a game, Taylor never stopped believing he could be a starter in the NFL.

He finally got his chance last season with the Bills, and Taylor responded by throwing 20 touchdown passes with just six interceptions, completing 63.7 percent of his passes with a quarterback rating of 99.4.

That was enough to convince the Bills they needed to lock up Taylor with a new deal. He just turned 27 years old August 3, and with a year of starting experience under his belt, Taylor’s career should still be trending up.

Week 1 will be even more interesting when the Bills visit M&T Bank Stadium to face the Ravens in the season opener. Incentive won’t be a problem for the Bills.

They are coached by Rex Ryan, who was passed over by the Ravens in 2008 for the head coaching job when they hired John Harbaugh. Ryan remained on Harbaugh’s staff as the defensive coordinator for one season, before leaving to become the Jets’ head coach.

But would Ryan love to beat Harbaugh, his friend and former boss, in Week 1? You bet. Would Taylor love to show his former team just how much he has grown as a quarterback? No doubt.

Taylor has done quite well since leaving the Ravens. In Week 1, we’ll see if the Ravens can keep Taylor from leaving Baltimore with a victory.

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Will more confident Tyrod Taylor spoil Ravens' season opener?

Will more confident Tyrod Taylor spoil Ravens' season opener?

Will Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor spoil the Ravens’ season-opener?

We are months away from Week 1, but the Bills will open the regular season visiting M&T Bank Stadium. Taylor, the former Ravens backup quarterback, had a solid 2015 season in his first year with the Bills  as their starting quarterback – 20 TD passes, six interceptions, 63.4 percent completion percentage, and 99.4 quarterback rating.

Taylor expects to play better in 2016, entering the season with more confidence and experience.

“I definitely feel more in charge, more of a command, being able to speak up,” Taylor told the Buffalo News at a recent golf outing hosted by former Bills quarterback Jim Kelly. “And guys listen because they know the preparation that I put in, the preparation we put in as a unit, and they see the vision of what we want to be.”

During Taylor’s four seasons as the Ravens’ backup, Joe Flacco never missed a start, so Taylor took few meaningful snaps. However, Flacco always insisted that if Taylor ever got a chance to play, he would capitalize on his opportunity. Taylor did exactly that in 2015, winning the starting job in Buffalo, and leading them to an 8-8 season.

In the second year of a three-year, $3.35 million contract, Taylor is one of the NFL’s better quarterback bargains, and he wants a long-term deal to secure his future. Plenty of Taylor’s former teammates wish him well. However, the Ravens won’t be rooting for Taylor in Week 1.