1. Jameis Winston (Florida State)
Winston won the 2013 Heisman Trophy and led the program to a national title, as the Seminoles set a college football record for points in a season a year ago—averaging 51.6 points per game.
Football experts are already forecasting the redshirt sophomore to be taken with the first overall selection in the 2015 NFL draft.
He’s certainly capable of improving on his fantastic numbers of a year ago, considering Florida State welcomes back six other players that landed on the 2013 Coaches All-ACC 1st or 2nd Team Offense.
2. Marcus Mariota (Oregon)
Mariota ranked seven in the country in passing efficiency last season—completing 245 of 386 passes for 3,665 yards.
Last year he threw 31 touchdowns to just four interceptions, which played a big part in setting a Pac-12 record by throwing 353 passes without throwing a pick.
Entering his third year under center in Eugene, Mariota will likely lead the program to double-digit wins for a seventh consecutive season.
3. Brett Hundley (UCLA)
College football handicappers heard a big roar out of Westwood in early January, as Bruins quarterback Brett Hundley announced that he’ll return for his junior season.
The Chandler, AZ, native ranks third in school history with 7,914 yards of total offense, which includes throwing for 3,071 yards last year.
4. Bryce Petty (Baylor)
The Bears’ offense gained national notoriety by putting up video-game numbers early on during the 2013-14 campaign, with the group being led by Petty under center.
He completed 62 percent of his passes for 4,200 yards and 32 touchdowns, while limiting his mistakes in throwing just three interceptions.
The reigning Big 12 Conference Offensive Player of the Year has a great opportunity to potentially win college football’s biggest award this season.
5. Rakeem Cato (Marshall)
The junior signal-caller has thrown a touchdown pass in 32 consecutive games, which is the longest streak of its kind in major college football.
Cato has an opportunity to break the NCAA record in that statistical category that was set by current Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, who managed to toss a score in 38 straight contests during his time at NC State and Wisconsin.