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Texas leads in producing current starting college, NFL QBs


If your team -- whether it be in the NCAA or NFL -- is looking for a quarterback, it needs to look in California and Texas.

We took a geographical look at the starting quarterbacks for the 32 NFL teams and the 128 FBS teams, and found that almost half of the NFL's starters (15 of 32) went to high school in California or Texas and that those states provided more than a quarter (34) of the FBS starters. (There are 18 college starters and eight NFL starters from Texas, and 16 and seven, respectively, from California.) When you add Florida to the mix at the college level, 38 percent (48) of the FBS starters come from those three states.

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To pinpoint it even further, the Dallas Metroplex and Southern California (L.A. and San Diego areas) have produced the most FBS starters (eight), with South Florida (Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties) second with seven. The Atlanta, Phoenix and San Francisco Bay metropolitan areas have produced five each.

Southern California leads the way in the NFL with three starters.

While Florida has produced the third-most college starters, only one NFL starting quarterback, the New York Jets' Geno Smith, went to high school in the state. Interestingly, two of the three quarterbacks taken in the first round in May -- the Jacksonville Jaguars' Blake Bortles and the Minnesota Vikings' Teddy Bridgewater -- are from Florida. Bortles is from Oviedo High, which is an Orlando suburb, and Bridgewater is from Miami Northwestern.

Some other points of interest:

» Texas has produced the most starters at "Power Five" conference schools, with 10. Florida is second with seven, while California and Georgia have produced six each.

» Georgia has produced the fourth-most starters in the FBS ranks, with nine. Tied for fifth at six are Alabama, Ohio and -- surprisingly -- Indiana.

» California and Texas are the only states that have produced more than two NFL starters.

» One high school, Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas, has two alums starting at quarterback in college football (at Houston and Iowa). Incredibly, there are two high schools that have two alums starting in the NFL: Austin (Texas) Westlake, with Drew Brees and Nick Foles, and New Orleans Isidore Newman School, with the Manning brothers.

» One current college starter went to the same high school as a current NFL starter: Vanderbilt's Stephen Rivers attended Athens (Ala.) High, as did his brother, San Diego Chargers star Philip Rivers.

» Central California is fertile farmland, and also fertile quarterback-producing territory. Bakersfield has produced two college starters and one NFL starter. There is a college starter from Modesto. And there also are current NFL starters from Chico and Turlock.

» Pennsylvania has produced two current NFL starters but only one FBS starter.

» Idaho has produced two college starters, and both are top-flight dual-threat guys: Arizona State's Taylor Kelly and BYU's Taysom Hill.

Here's a state-by-state look, first with the FBS starters, then with the NFL starters. The asterisked quarterbacks are discussed at the end of the state-by-state breakdowns.


School: Player. Hometown/High school
Florida State: Jameis Winston. Hueytown/Hueytown.
Georgia Tech: Justin Thomas. Prattville/Prattville.
Middle Tennessee: Austin Grammer. Tuscaloosa/American Christian Academy.
Southern Miss: Nick Mullens. Hoover/Spain Park.
Troy: Brandon Silvers. Gulf Shores/Gulf Shores.
Vanderbilt: Stephen Rivers. Athens/Athens.


Louisiana Tech: Cody Sokol. Phoenix/Desert Vista.
New Mexico State: Tyler Rodgers. Peoria/Liberty.
UCLA: Brett Hundley. Chandler/Chandler.
UNLV: Blake Decker. Mesa/Mountain View.
Wyoming: Colby Kirkegaard. Phoenix/Arcadia.

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Arkansas: Brandon Allen. Fayetteville/Fayetteville.
Arkansas State: Fredi Knighten. Little Rock/Pulaski Academy.
SMU: Neal Burcham*. Greenbrier/Greenbrier.


Army: Angel Santiago. Rancho Cucamonga/Etiwanda.
California: Jared Goff. Kentfield/Marin Catholic.
Eastern Michigan: Reginald Bell Jr. Los Angeles/Dorsey.
Fresno State: Brian Burrell. Bakersfield/Bakersfield.
Georgia State: Nick Arbuckle. Ventura/St. Bonaventure.
Hawaii: Ikaika Woolsey. Richmond/Salesian.
Indiana: Nate Sudfeld. Modesto/Modesto Christian.
Louisiana-Monroe: Pete Thomas. El Cajon/Valhalla.
Miami: Brad Kaaya. West Hills/Chaminade College Prep.
Nevada: Cody Fajardo. Anaheim/Servite.
Oregon State: Sean Mannion. Pleasanton/Foothill.
San Diego State: Quinn Kaehler. Pleasant Hill/California.
San Jose State: Blake Jurich. Santa Cruz/Scotts Valley.
UAB: Cody Clements. La Habra/La Habra.
USC: Cody Kessler. Bakersfield/Centennial.
Utah: Travis Wilson. San Clemente/San Clemente.


Washington: Cyler Miles. Denver/Mullen.


Boston College: Tyler Murphy. Wethersfield/Wethersfield.


Florida: Jeff Driskel. Oviedo/Hagerty.
Florida International: Alex McGough. Tampa/Gaither.
Houston: John O'Korn. Fort Lauderdale/St. Thomas Aquinas.
Iowa: Jake Rudock. Fort Lauderdale/St. Thomas Aquinas.
Iowa State: Sam Richardson. Winter Park/Winter Park.
Marshall: Rakeem Cato. Miami/Central.
Memphis: Paxton Lynch. Deltona/Trinity Christian.
North Carolina State: Jacoby Brissett. Palm Beach Gardens/Dwyer.
Northwestern: Trevor Siemian. Orlando/Olympia.
Toledo: Phillip Ely*. Tampa/Plant.
USF: Mike White. Fort Lauderdale/University School.
Wake Forest: John Wolford. Jacksonville/Bishop Kenny.
Western Kentucky: Brandon Doughty. Coconut Creek/North Broward Prep.
West Virginia: Clint Trickett. Tallahassee/North Florida Christian.


Alabama: Blake Sims. Gainesville/Gainesville.
Auburn: Nick Marshall. Rochelle/Wilcox County.
Georgia: Hutson Mason. Marietta/Lassiter.
Georgia Southern: Kevin Ellison. Mt. Airy/Habersham Central.
Louisville: Will Gardner. Douglas/Coffee County.
LSU: Anthony Jennings. Marietta/Marietta.
Old Dominion: Taylor Heinecke. Suwanee/Collins Hill.
UCF: Justin Holman. Lithonia/Stephenson.
Virginia: Greyson Lambert. Jesup/Wayne County.


Oregon: Marcus Mariota. Honolulu/St. Louis.


Arizona State: Taylor Kelly. Eagle/Eagle.
BYU: Taysom Hill. Pocatello/Highland.


Connecticut: Chandler Whitmer*. Downers Grove/South.
Illinois: Wes Lunt. Rochester/Rochester.


Ball State: Ozzie Mann. Muncie/Delta.
Bowling Green: James Knapke*. Fort Wayne/Bishop Leurs.
Cincinnati: Gunner Kiel. Columbus/East.
Northern Illinois: Matt McIntosh. Evansville/Reitz.
Purdue: Danny Etling. Terre Haute/South Vigo.
Western Michigan: Zach Terrell. Fort Wayne/Homestead.

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Kansas State: Jake Waters. Council Bluffs/St. Albert.


Kentucky: Patrick Towles. Fort Thomas/Highlands.

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Louisiana-Lafayette: Terrance Broadway. Baton Rouge/Capitol.
Mississippi State: Dak Prescott. Haughton/Haughton.
Tulane: Tanner Lee. New Orleans/Jesuit.


Central Michigan: Cooper Rush. Lansing/Lansing Catholic.
Idaho: Matt Linehan. Orchard Lake/St. Mary's.
Michigan: Devin Gardner. Inkster/Inkster.


Minnesota: Mitch Leidner. Lakeville/South.


Florida Atlantic: Jacquez Johnson. Starkville/Starkville.


Kansas: Montell Cozart. Kansas City/Bishop Miege.


Ohio: Derrius Vick. Lincoln/Southeast.


Arizona: Anu Solomon. Las Vegas/Bishop Gorman.


Rutgers: Gary Nova. Ramsey/Don Bosco Prep.
Temple: P.J. Walker. Elizabeth/Elizabeth.
Wisconsin: Tanner McEvoy. Oradell/Bergen Catholic.


New Mexico: Cole Gautsche. Rio Rancho/Cleveland.


Buffalo: Joe Licata. Williamsville/South.
Syracuse: Terrel Hunt. Middle Village/Christ the King.


Appalachian State: Kameron Bryant. Cary/Panther Creek.
Duke: Greg Boone. Weddington/Weddington.
North Carolina: Marquise Williams. Charlotte/Mallard Creek.

OHIO (6)

Akron: Kyle Pohl. Germantown/Valley View.
Clemson: Cole Stoudt. Dublin/Coffman.
Kent State: Colin Reardon. Poland/Poland Seminary.
Miami (Ohio): Andrew Hendrix. Cincinnati/Moeller.
Michigan State: Connor Cook. Cuyahoga Falls/Walsh Jesuit.
Missouri: Maty Mauk. Kenton/Kenton.


Air Force: Kale Pearson. Tulsa/Union.

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Boise State: Grant Hedrick. Independence/Central.


Maryland: C.J. Brown. Harmony/Seneca Valley.


Notre Dame: Everett Golson. Myrtle Beach/Myrtle Beach.
South Carolina: Dylan Thompson. Boiling Springs/Boiling Springs.
Tennessee: Justin Worley. Rock Hill/Northwestern.


Mississippi: Bo Wallace. Pulaski/Giles County.
Navy: Keenan Reynolds. Madison/Goodpasture Christian.
Pitt: Chad Voytik. Cleveland/Cleveland.

TEXAS (18)

Baylor: Bryce Petty*. Midlothian/Midlothian.
East Carolina: Shane Carden. Houston/Episcopal.
Nebraska: Tommy Armstrong Jr. Cibolo/Steele.
North Texas: Josh Greer. Arlington/Arlington.
Ohio State: J.T. Barrett. Wichita Falls/Rider.
Oklahoma: Trevor Knight. San Antonio/Reagan.
Oklahoma State: J.W. Walsh*. Denton/Guyer.
Rice: Driphus Jackson. Cedar Hill/Cedar Hill.
TCU: Trevone Boykin. Mesquite/West Mesquite.
Texas: Tyrone Swoopes*. Whitewright/Whitewright.
Texas A&M: Kenny Hill. Southlake/Carroll.
Texas-San Antonio: Tucker Carter. Allen/Allen.
Texas State: Tyler Jones. Stephenville/Stephenville.
Texas Tech: Davis Webb. Prosper/Prosper.
Tulsa: Dane Evans. Sanger/Sanger.
Utah State: Chuckie Keeton. Houston/Cypress Creek.
UTEP: Jameill Showers. Killeen/Shoemaker.
Virginia Tech: Michael Brewer. Austin/Lake Travis.

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Massachusetts: Blake Frohnapfel. Stafford/Colonial Forge.
Penn State: Christian Hackenberg. Fork Union/Fork Union Military Academy.


Colorado: Sefo Liufau. Tacoma/Bellarmine Prep.
Colorado State: Garrett Grayson. Vancouver/Heritage.
Washington State: Connor Halliday. Spokane/Ferris.


Stanford: Kevin Hogan. Washington, D.C./Gonzaga College Prep.


South Alabama: Brandon Bridge. Mississauga, Ontario/St. Marcellinus.

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Team: Player. Hometown/High school
San Diego Chargers: Philip Rivers. Athens/Athens.


Houston Texans: Ryan Fitzpatrick. Gilbert/Highland.

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Arizona Cardinals: Carson Palmer. Rancho Santa Margarita/Santa Margarita Catholic.
Green Bay Packers: Aaron Rodgers. Chico/Pleasant Valley.
Kansas City Chiefs: Alex Smith. La Mesa/Helix.
Minnesota Vikings: Matt Cassel. Chatsworth/Chatsworth.
New England Patriots: Tom Brady. San Mateo/Junipero Serra.
Oakland Raiders: Derek Carr. Bakersfield/Bakersfield Christian.
San Francisco 49ers: Colin Kaepernick. Turlock/Pitman.


New York Jets: Geno Smith. Miramar/Miramar.


Carolina Panthers: Cam Newton*. Atlanta/Westlake.


Chicago Bears: Jay Cutler. Monroeville/Heritage.


St. Louis Rams: Shaun Hill. Parsons/Parsons.


Denver Broncos: Peyton Manning. New Orleans/Isidore Newman School.
New York Giants: Eli Manning. New Orleans/Isidore Newman School.


Baltimore Ravens: Joe Flacco. Audubon/Audubon.

OHIO (2)

Cleveland Browns: Brian Hoyer. Cleveland/St. Ignatius.
Pittsburgh Steelers: Ben Roethlisberger. Findlay/Findlay.


Atlanta Falcons: Matt Ryan. Philadelphia/William Penn Charter.
Jacksonville Jaguars: Chad Henne. West Lawn/Wilson.


Cincinnati Bengals: Andy Dalton. Katy/Katy.
Detroit Lions: Matthew Stafford. Dallas/Highland Park.
Indianapolis Colts: Andrew Luck. Houston/Stratford.
Miami Dolphins: Ryan Tannehill. Big Spring/Big Spring.
New Orleans Saints: Drew Brees. Austin/Westlake.
Philadelphia Eagles: Nick Foles. Austin/Westlake.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Josh McCown. Jacksonville/Jacksonville.
Washington Redskins: Robert Griffin III. Copperas Cove/Copperas Cove.


Buffalo Bills: E.J. Manuel. Virginia Beach/Bayside.
Seattle Seahawks: Russell Wilson. Richmond/Collegiate School.


Tennessee Titans: Jake Locker. Ferndale/Ferndale.


Dallas Cowboys: Tony Romo. Burlington/Burlington.

INJURY NOTE: The Panthers' Newton missed Week 1 with a rib injury but is expected back in the lineup this week.

Mike Huguenin can be reached at You also can follow him on Twitter @MikeHuguenin.



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