Big Ten Football Preview: Quarterback Rankings

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11. Maryland Terrapins: Caleb Rowe, Junior

Oct 4, 2014; College Park, MD, USA; Maryland Terrapins quarterback Caleb Rowe (7) throws during the third quarter against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Byrd Stadium. Ohio State Buckeyes defeated Maryland Terrapins 52-24. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

What an interesting year it will be for the Terps. It seems as if C.J. Brown had been at Maryland forever, but he has now moved on and now it’s time for Rowe to take over the signal-calling duties. Rowe suffered a torn ACL last October, causing him to have to sit out during spring practice. He does have some quality experience though. Rowe’s best season came in 2013 when he threw for 989 yards and five touchdowns in seven games. He will need to fend off redshirt junior Perry Hills and Oklahoma State transfer Daxx Garman, but Rowe is currently the favorite.

10. Iowa Hawkeyes: C.J. Beathard, Junior

Beathard brings a new dynamic to the Iowa Hawkeyes offense that they haven’t seen before. He overtook Jake Rudock at quarterback because of his canon for an arm. In nine games last season. Beathard completed 52 passes for 645 yards, five touchdowns, and only two interceptions. He also pretty mobile for a quarterback and can evade defenders if necessary. The starting spot is all his and now it’s time to see what he’s really made of.

9. Minnesota Golden Gophers: Mitch Leidner, Junior

Leidner will enter the upcoming season as the starting quarterback for the Golden Gophers, after leading the team to an 8-5 record in his first full season as the starter. Last season, he completed 122 passes for 1,798 yards, 11 touchdowns, and eight interceptions. Leidner definitely has some areas he needs to improve upon, including accuracy, but the bigger issue for Minnesota will be surrounding him with playmakers.