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PFF Names Texas, Oklahoma Among Top 10 QB Rooms in 2023

Pro Football Focus, or PFF, is widely considered one of the best analytical sites to use when it comes to college football. With an expansive database that covers rosters and players across the sport, PFF is a great source to help breakdown teams and players during the offseason.

On Wednesday, PFF released its Top 10 quarterback rooms in college football for the 2023 season, and two current Big 12 teams made the cut.

The No. 1 quarterback room in the country is USC, which comes as no surprise with reigning Heisman winner Caleb Williams back under center this season. Behind the Trojans at No. 2 is LSU with Jayden Daniels and Garrett Nussmeier both back in 2023.

 

Then, at No. 3, are the Texas Longhorns. Here’s what PFF had to say about the Longhorns’ QB room heading into the season.

If there’s one word to describe Texas’ quarterback room, it would be “hype.” Both incumbent starter Quinn Ewers and incoming freshman Arch Manning are among the five highest-rated quarterback recruits since 2010, according to On3’s industry rating.

Ewers was a gunslinger during his first season as a starter, which was a double-edged sword. While his 6.3% big-time throw rate ranked 12th among Power Five quarterbacks, his 67.5% adjusted completion rate stood just 59th. If he doesn’t live up to the hype this season, the Longhorns could turn to Manning, who was the No. 1 overall recruit in the 2023 class and is the next in line to his family’s quarterback dynasty. He might not even be Ewers’ backup though, as that job could belong to redshirt freshman Maalik Murphy, who impressed in the spring game and was a top-15 quarterback recruit in the 2022 class.

 

The Longhorns’ rival from across the Red River, Oklahoma, is the second Big 12 team to make the list, coming in at No. 9. Here’s what PFF had to say about the Sooners’ QB room, featuring last year’s Big 12 Newcomer of the Year, Dillon Gabriel.

The Sooners return Dillon Gabriel under center, who was second among all quarterbacks in the country last year with a 1.1% turnover-worthy play rate. He’s a top-15 quarterback in the country heading into the 2023 season.

Oklahoma also welcomes Jackson Arnold into the fold, who was a top-10 recruit in the 2023 class.

Heading into their final season in the Big 12, it appears that Texas and Oklahoma are set up to succeed at the quarterback position, at least if you ask PFF.

With a little more than 70 days until the 2023 season kicks off, we will just have to wait and see on that.

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