For 10 hours Thursday, we'll unveil different parts of our "Year of the Quarterback" special section that ran in The News-Gazette. Here's the schedule
8 a.m. - Rating them 1 through 120
9 a.m. - Juice WIlliams' last stand
10 a.m. - Bob Asmussen's awards
11 a.m. - Best moments
Noon - Ranking the Big Ten
1 p.m. - The AP voters speak
2 p.m. - Top 25 TV matchups
3 p.m. - Circle these dates
4 p.m. - Best of all-time
Best QB of all time
1. Davey O'Brien TCU
First, the most prestigious quarterback award is named for him. Second, he won the Heisman, Maxwell and Walter Camp awards while leading the Horned Frogs to the national championship. Put him on a team today in the spread and he would get about 6,000 yards of total offense.
2. Tommie Frazier Nebraska
All he did was win. Thirty-three times in 36 games. With two national championships. And a 75-yard touchdown run against Florida in the national title game. He was the MVP in three consecutive title games and the 1995 Heisman Trophy runner-up.
3. Doug Flutie Boston College
It's difficult to make the top 10 without a Heisman. And Flutie got his thanks to that magical moment against Miami in 1984. He also left the Eagles as college football's all-time leading passer.
4. Ty Detmer BYU
If you want numbers, the 1990 Heisman winner has got them. He still stands third on the all-time passing list despite fewer attempts than most everybody around him. He threw 121 touchdown passes and hit 63 percent of his throws.
5. Roger Staubach Navy
Though he did great work with the Dallas Cowboys, he is held in higher esteem because of his college career. He won the Heisman as a junior, helping Navy to a 9-1 record that included a win against Notre Dame.
6. Matt Leinart Southern Cal
In his three seasons as a starter, he finished sixth, first and third in the Heisman voting. He had 99 touchdowns and 23 interceptions with the Trojans, helping Pete Carroll's team to a BCS title-game win against Oklahoma after the 2004 season.
7. Danny Wuerffel Florida
With the help of a bunch of stars on offense, he won the Heisman and the national title in 1996. After a so-so start to his career, he threw 74 touchdown passes and 23 interceptions his final two seasons.
8. Steve McNair Alcorn State
Despite playing at a Division I-AA school, he finished third in the 1994 Heisman Trophy voting. He still holds the I-AA record for total offense and passing yards. He had 4,863 yards and 44 touchdown passes his senior season.
9. Jim Plunkett Stanford
He set the Pac-8 passing record as a junior and rebroke it in 1970, when he won the Heisman Trophy. He led Stanford to a Rose Bowl win against Ohio State, which spoiled the Buckeyes' hopes for a national title. His two Super Bowl wins don't count here.
10. Jim McMahon BYU
Before he sang and won the Super Bowl with the Chicago Bears, he was firing pass after pass for LaVell Edwards with the Cougars. As a junior, McMahon threw for 4,571 yards and 47 touchdowns, helping BYU win 11 straight. He led a 20-point comeback in the final minutes of the 1980 Holiday Bowl against SMU.
11. Archie Manning Mississippi
The original star of the Quarterback Family, his numbers weren't as big as those of Eli and Peyton. But his legend was bigger.
12. Peyton Manning Tennessee
Before he was on commercials every five minutes, he threw for 11,201 yards and 89 touchdowns with the Vols.
13. Sammy Baugh TCU
Bet you didn't think you would see two Horned Frogs in the first 13. Somebody nicknamed Slingin' has to be good.
14. Willie Totten Miss. Valley State
Here's another great nickname: Satellite. All he did in 1984 was throw 56 touchdown passes, many of them to future Hall of Famer Jerry Rice.
15. Vince Young Texas
Sorry, Reggie Bush, but if they had waited to give the Heisman out until after the 2006 Rose Bowl, you would have come in second to the Longhorn.
16. Steve Young BYU
Note the many former Cougars on the list. Maybe Max Hall makes it in the future. Young was an accurate thrower who could run. A tough combination in college and the NFL.
17. Chad Pennington Marshall
He threw for 13,423 yards and 115 TDs at Marshall, helping the team to a 13-0 1999 season.
18. Byron Leftwich Marshall
It's a good sign when your school sends out your likeness in bobbleheads as a Heisman promotion. He earned it with more than 12,000 yards for the Thundering Herd.
19. Donovan McNabb Syracuse
The Chicago Mount Carmel graduate could have been an Illini ... defensive back. All he did was set the Big East record for touchdown passes (77) while starting four years.
20. Drew Brees Purdue
The Big Ten's career total offense leader remains 15th nationally. The NFL has worked out pretty well for him, too.
21. Charlie Ward Florida State
Without the 1993 Heisman winner, Bobby Bowden still might be waiting on his first national title. Good guard, too.
22. Jack Thompson Washington St.
The Throwin' Samoan left college as the top all-time passer, setting a boatload of Pac-10 records. Not his fault the Bengals took him with the third pick.
23. Ben Roethlisberger Miami (Ohio)
Two-time Super Bowl winner helped Miami to a perfect 2003 season and a No. 10 ranking.
24. Ken Dorsey Miami
It wouldn't be a proper list without one of the Hurricanes. He makes it just ahead of Vinny Testaverde.
25. Tim Tebow Florida
With an expected huge senior season, he'll zoom toward the top of next year's list. Three national titles would be hard to beat.