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Texas, Oklahoma Among Top Five 2023 QB Unit Rankings

We’ve reached the quietest portion of the year-round schedule that is college football, which means it’s just about time for rankings lists of all sorts to start hitting the headlines.

On Monday, On3’s Jesse Simonton started a new series, ranking the top position units in college football starting with, of course, quarterbacks.

Simonton notes that these rankings aren’t the top quarterbacks in the country, but the top quarterback rooms in college football, with depth playing a major factor.


USC tops the list with Caleb Williams at the helm and five-star freshman Malachi Nelson right behind. Lincoln Riley and the Trojans are followed by LSU, who has a strong duo of Jayden Daniels and Garrett Nussmeier to fall back on.

At No. 3, the Texas Longhorns break onto the scene with three incredibly talented options to choose from. Here’s what Simonton had to say about Steve Sarkisian’s group.

“Steve Sarkisian has stacked a trio of blue-chippers on top of one another, building an envious QB room in Austin,” Simonton says. “Quinn Ewers grabbed the starting job by the horns this spring, but Maalik Murphy looked like one of the best backups in America entering the summer, too. Oh, and then Texas also has Arch Manning waiting in the wings as insurance, just a 5-star third-stringer with real tools and legit upside.

Then, two spots behind the Longhorns at No. 5, is Oklahoma.

“While Brent Venables’ top offseason priority is to fix the Sooners’ leaky defense, Oklahoma should feel really good about its two QB options entering 2023,” Simonton says. “Former UCF transfer Dillion Gabriel is back for a second season in Norman after throwing for over 3,100 yards and 25 touchdowns last season, but the veteran is being pushed by 5-star freshman Jackson Arnold, who some consider one of the most ready-made QBs in a loaded 2023 class. Either way, Venables has two nice options entering a pivotal fall for the Sooners.

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