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By David Coulson, FCS Executive Director

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Appalachian State was a couple of hours away from playing Richmond for a spot in the NCAA Division I football championship game on a Friday night at Kidd Brewer Stadium last December.

But instead of being a bundle of nerves before one of the most important games of the season, Armanti Edwards was curled up with a blanket, taking a nap near the locker room doors.

The most dangerous player in the Football Championship Subdivision awoke from that snooze to post one of the most incredible performances in NCAA history, rushing for 315 yards and two touchdowns on 31 carries and hitting 14-of-16 passes for 182 yards and three more scores as the Mountaineers pummeled Richmond 55-35.

A week later, Edwards - after another nap - sparked Appalachian State to an unprecedented third consecutive national championship with a 49-21 crushing of Delaware.

"We have a lot of time before the game," Edwards said of his pre-game ritual. "It helps me relax, so I can be well-rested for the game."

This soft-spoken assassin of defenses rarely shows much emotion and is as calm as a sloth in a Central American jungle. But once he turns on the turbochargers of his 6-foot, 181-pound frame, he becomes a defensive coordinator's worst nightmare.

"Armanti Edwards is the best player we've faced (last) year," said former Richmond coach Dave Clawson, now the offensive coordinator at Tennessee. "He made plays in space that no one has made against us. I wouldn't want to trade places with a defensive coordinator in the Southern Conference in the next two years."

Clawson was one of many to join the Edwards admiration society during the past two seasons.

"The guy can beat you with his legs, as well as beating you with his arm," said Spider defensive lineman Bryan DeMoss, who was one of the defenders chasing Edwards in vain throughout that semifinal night.

It didn't take long for Edwards, a native of Greenwood, S.C., to turn heads after arriving as an under-recruited quarterback at Appalachian State, which had just won its first national championship in 2005.

As a true freshman, he won a starting job before the third game of the season, and became one of just six Division I quarterbacks (and only the second freshman) to rush for more than 1,000 yards (1,153) and pass for better than 2,000 (2,251) in the same season, joining a prestigious list that includes Vince Young of Texas, Woody Dantzler of Clemson, Brad Smith of Missouri, Barrick Nealy of Texas State and David Dinkins of Morehead State.

Edwards also became only the second freshman quarterback to lead his team to the national championship game (Chad Pennington of Marshall also accomplished the feat in 1995), and the first freshman to win the title.

While preparing for his encore as a sophomore, Edwards nearly had his season end before it began. On a long run during a team scrimmage on the final day of training camp, Edwards landed on his left throwing shoulder as cornerback Justin Wozeah tried to strip the ball and tackled Edwards from behind.

"I fell on the ball and landed on my shoulder and Justin fell on me," said Edwards.

With a date at Michigan just a week away, Edwards rehabilitated an injury that was diagnosed as a grade-one strain of the AC joint.

Most people wouldn't have suspected that Edwards was hurt in any way as he rushed 17 times for 62 yards and completed 17-of-23 passes for 227 yards and three touchdowns in ASU's monumental 34-32 upset of the Wolverines.

Despite re-injuring the AC joint and chipping a bone in the shoulder in the third quarter as he dove in a futile effort to recover his own fumble, Edwards led the Mountaineers down the field in the final minute to set up Julian Rauch's 24-yard field goal to give Appalachian State its final lead.

"I was going on adrenaline," Edwards said.

He missed two games before returning in the Southern Conference opener against Wofford. Another hit on the injured shoulder forced Edwards to the sidelines in the second quarter, as the Mountaineers had their Division I-long 17-game winning streak ended by the Terriers, 42-31.

"It was frustrating," said Edwards, who was on the bench for two more games. "But it helped me to be more patient."

When Edwards returned, his lack of activity was quickly apparent when he contributed two interceptions and a fumble to a shocking 38-35 loss - ASU's first home setback after six years and 30 straight wins.

But needing to win its final four regular-season games to earn a share of the Southern Conference championship and reach the playoffs, Edwards began to regain his form. The Mountaineers added four victories in the playoffs as Edwards finished the year with 1,948 yards passing, 1,588 yards rushing and accounted for 38 touchdowns.

While Edwards has a championship resume that is the envy of all FCS quarterbacks, there is a deep pool of talented players waiting to make their mark in 2008, replacing one of the best senior classes of signal-callers that the FCS has ever produced.

Ricky Santos, the 2006 Payton Award winner from New Hampshire, 2007 Payton victor Jayson Foster (Georgia Southern), 2007 Payton finalists Josh Johnson (San Diego) and Eric Sanders (Northern Iowa), NFL first-round draft choice Joe Flacco (Delaware), Nick Hill of Southern Illinois and Kevin Hoyng of Dayton were among those that finished their stellar careers in 2007

But Nathan Brown of Central Arkansas, Dominic Randolph of Holy Cross, Eastern Washington's Matt Nichols, Cal Poly's Jonathan Dally, Rodney Landers of James Madison, Elon's Scott Riddle, Rhett Bomar of Sam Houston State and Liam Coen of UMass are some of the quarterbacks looking to carry on the tradition in 2008.

Below is a ranking of the top 20 quarterbacks heading into the new season, with several categories of ratings:

1. Armanti Edwards, Appalachian State, Junior, 6-0, 181

Edwards scares defensive coordinators with his talent to run as well as any back in FCS and his ability to throw effectively as well. He is still learning the finer points of reading defenses and running the spread offense - an even scarier thought for opponents.

2. Nathan Brown, Central Arkansas, Senior, 6-2, 212

Brown made a nice adjustment going from Division II to FCS, and is now considered one of the top pro QB prospects coming out of the next draft class. He's mobile enough to avoid pass rushers and be a bit of a running threat, and possesses one of the strongest arms in FCS. Brown has also led several impressive comebacks for the Bears. The senior, who passed for 3,084 yards and 26 TDs, and 10 interceptions last year, missed three games in 2006 with a broken bone in his throwing hand but still managed 1,858 yards and 18 TDs.

3. Dominic Randolph, Holy Cross, Senior, 6-2, 212

Randolph quickly established himself as a special player as a sophomore, helping the Crusaders turn around their fortunes. He possesses a strong arm, is mobile, and has shown the ability to pull out games in the clutch as well as anyone in FCS. Threw for 3,604 yards and 30 TDs with eight interceptions last year after being slowed by injuries in 2006.

4. Matt Nichols, Eastern Washington, Junior, 6-2, 220

Nichols spent much of his freshman campaign running for his life, but settled in as a sophomore to become one of the most improved players in FCS. If he has protection, Nichols is one of the most dangerous throwers in FCS. After throwing for 1,749 yards with eight TDs and 17 interceptions as a redshirt freshman, he erupted for 3,744 yards, 34 TDs and just nine picks last year to become the Big Sky offensive MVP. Some EWU observers think Nichols is further along at this time in his career than 2005 Payton Award winner and former teammate Erik Meyer.

5. Jonathan Dally, Cal Poly, Senior, 6-0, 185

Dally made an immediate impact last year as a JC transfer, beating out the now-departed Matt Brennan and finishing second to San Diego's Josh Johnson in NCAA passing efficiency. Dally is one of the new breed of QBs who can beat you with both his arm (2,238 yards) and legs (763 yards), and leads an offense that ranked second in total offense a year ago.

6. Rodney Landers, James Madison, Senior, 6-0, 215

Landers is probably the only QB in FCS that can be mentioned in Armanti Edwards' class as a runner, though the two have different styles. Landers (1,273 yards, 12 TDs) is a physical performer, who can punish defenses. He is still developing as a passer (1,678 yards) and his throwing ability could be a key to the Dukes' title aspirations. His 2,698 yards of total offense was a single-season school record.

7. Scott Riddle, Elon, Sophomore, 6-1, 205

Riddle came out of nowhere to pass for a school record 3,738 yards and 31 TDs as a freshman, taking the Phoenix to the brink of a SoCon co-championship and the playoffs. The super-soph needs to improve his mobility and cut down on interceptions (13 in 2007) this season.

8. Rhett Bomar, Sam Houston State, Senior, 6-2, 218

Few players have entered FCS with as much publicity as Bomar. The Oklahoma transfer responded with 2,209 yards and was brilliant at times in his first year at SHSU, but struggled at others and was hampered by the Bearkats' futile efforts to achieve offensive balance. This strong-armed passer must improve his TD-to-interception ratio (10-6) and cut down on mistakes to reach his potential this season. Was the MVP of the 2006 Holiday Bowl for the Sooners in a 17-14 win over Oregon, and passed for 2,018 yards and 10 TDs that year.

9. Jake Phillips, William & Mary, Senior, 6-3, 225

Despite a disappointing 4-7 season for the Tribe, Phillips was a bright light, throwing for 2,801 yards and 19 TDs. The then-junior beat out talented Mike Potts, now in an NFL camp, for the starting job. Phillips has a strong arm, nifty touch and a good pocket presence.

10. Liam Coen, Massachusetts, Senior, 6-1, 220

Coen was hampered by an knee injury as a junior and couldn't repeat the form that had taken the Minutemen to the national title game in 2006. He finished with 2,997 yards and 30 TDs through the air in '07, but was intercepted 14 times and saw his completion rate drop from 66% to 63%.. Coen can be lethal when his line gives him protection, and FCS' active career leader in TD passes (66) has very good touch.

11. Antwon Young, Villanova, Junior, 6-4, 215

Young was leading the CAA in passing midway through the season when a bad step taken he tore his ACL heading out of the tunnel for the second half of the William & Mary game. Young is almost perfect as a spread QB with his ability to run and throw (1,192 yards, 14 TDs), and should improve dramatically in his decision-making ability and confidence this season.

12. Chris Pizzotti, Harvard, Senior, 6-5, 225

It took awhile for Pizzotti to beat out Liam O'Hagen as the starter, but once he did, Pizzotti caught fire and gave the Crimson offense a more dynamic appearance. The big and gifted senior is one of the rare Ivy League players to be granted a fifth year of eligibility after missing all of 2005 with an injury. He threw for 2,034 yards, with 14 TDs and only four interceptions last year, including 316 yards and four TDs in the Ivy League championship- clinching victory over Yale.

13. Sean Schaefer, Towson, Senior, 6-1, 205

Schaefer was among the top QBs in the country his first two years as a starter, but struggled as a junior when injuries slowed him and sidelined others in the Tiger attack. He is the current active leader nationally in yards passing (8,358 yards) and is dangerous in the two-minute drill, but needs to return to 2006 form.

14. Brock Smith, Liberty, Senior, 6-2, 245

This strong-armed, dropback passer blossomed as a junior to throw for 2,226 yards with 19 TDs and seven interceptions. Smith threw for just 1,376 yards with seven TDs and five interceptions the previous year. He is drawing some NFL interest for his ability as a traditional pocket passer, but needs to improve his mobility.

15. Michael Dougherty, Brown, Senior, 6-1, 185

Dougherty emerged from nowhere to become the Ivy League's top passing threat last season, throwing for 3,039 yards and 19 TDs with 11 interceptions. He gained attention with back-to-back games of over 400 yards passing against Rhode Island and Holy Cross, despite having just 47 yards passing before last season. Dougherty isn't one of the bigger QBs around, but makes up for it with his gritty play.

16. Allan Holland, Eastern Kentucky, Senior, 6-1, 245

The Wake Forest transfer Holland beat out three-year starter Matt Greco for the starting job, and was a key to EKU's 2007 success by throwing just four interceptions (201 attempts at one point without a pick) with 14 TDs to complement the Colonel running game. Led EKU to its first playoff berth in 10 years

17. Derrick Fourroux, McNeese State, Junior, 6-2, 200

Fourroux isn't the smoothest QB in FCS, but he has proven himself as a winner in his first two years as a starter, leading the Cowboys to an 18-6 record. Fourroux serves as a dual threat, excelling both as a runner (550 yards last year) and a passer (2,054 yards).

18. Lance Kriesien, Northern Arizona, Senior, 6-3, 225

Another of the FCS QBs that is well-equipped for the spread offense, Kriesien passed for 2,583 yards and ran for 686 after replacing Payton Award runner-up Jason Murrietta. Kriesien only tossed 10 TD passes, however, and was intercepted seven times. This versatile athlete caught four TD passes from Murrietta in 2005 and 2006.

19. Cameron Higgins, Weber State, Sophomore, 6-2, 190

This Hawaiian product came from out of nowhere as a redshirt freshman to beat out Alabama transfer Jimmy Barnes for the starting QB job, passing for 1,959 yards with 17 TDs and nine interceptions after taking over in the third game of the season. Higgins passed for 334 yards and four TDs in WSU's record- setting 73-68 win over Portland State.

20. Josh Skelton, Fordham, Junior, 6-5, 220

Skelton's development mirrored that of his team, as Fordham made its surprising run to the Patriot League title while the QB passed for 2,650 yards, 22 TDs and 11 interceptions as a sophomore. Skelton broke into the starting lineup as a freshman midway through the 2006 season, throwing for 960 yards and six TDs. He is good as a dropback passer, but has surprisingly good mobility, is a good decision maker, and should only get better with more experience this season.

Others quarterbacks to watch: Ryan Alexander, Davidson; Ryan Berry, South Dakota State; Cole Bergquist, Montana; Brett Burke, Monmouth; Erik Cwalinski, Robert Morris; Bradley George, Texas State; Cole Ingle, Drake; Cody Kirby, Missouri State; Brandon Landers, Grambling; Bryant Lee, Southern; Kevin Rombach, Duquesne; Bryan Savage, Hofstra; Lee Sweeney, Tennessee Tech; Eric Ward, Richmond; Vashon Winton, Delaware State.

TOP TRANSFERS

1. Ryan Perrilloux, Jacksonville State, Junior, 6-3, 233

The highly publicized but troubled Perrilloux gets a second chance after being kicked off LSU's club. Perrilloux was the heir apparent to Matt Flynn for the Tigers, and won MVP honors last year in last year's SEC championship win over Tennessee. Considered the top quarterback recruit in the country three years ago, Perrilloux will replace Cedric Johnson at JSU (Johnson was removed from Jacksonville State for violating team rules). Perrilloux's presence should give a shot in the arm to the Gamecock offense, and make them one of the favorites in the Ohio Valley Conference.

2. Bobby Reid, Texas Southern, Senior, 6-3, 220

Another uber-transfer, Reid showed flashes of brilliance at Oklahoma State before falling out of favor and being at the center of coach Mike Gundy's embarrassing tirade last fall. Reid is considered a strong NFL talent with his ability to both pass and run. He threw for 1,275 yards in seven games last season, after starting 13 contests and firing for 2,266 yards passing, with 24 TDs and 500 yards rushing in 2006.

3. Dennis Brown, Norfolk State, Junior, 6-3 202

Brown has made a quick impression at NSU as the heir apparent to Casey Hansen, who has graduated on to the Philadelphia Eagles. The strong-armed UConn transfer made a pair of starts as a freshman, but was out-dueled for the starting job last season. An athletic player with a strong arm, Brown was a track and field star in high school.

4. Antonio Henton, Georgia Southern, Sophomore, 6-1, 236

After transferring from Ohio State, Henton returns to the state where he won a state championship as a prep. He will be in an immediate battle for the starting position for a team that lost the multi-talented Jayson Foster. Henton had some off-field baggage as a prep and at Ohio State, but possesses the arm and legs that could be perfect for coach Chris Hatcher's pass-happy system.

5. Rob Schoenhoft, Delaware, Junior, 6-6, 238

Schoenhoft has one of the biggest chores of any newcomer this season as the replacement to Joe Flacco, a first-round pick by the Baltimore Ravens. The Ohio State transfer, who was being asked to move to tight end by the Buckeyes, has size and a nice arm, but looked somewhat lost during spring practice. Schoenhoft is battling redshirt freshman Lou Ritacco for playing time.

6. Matt Malouf, Samford, Sophomore, 6-3, 212

Malouf is hoping that putting himself under the wing of former Heisman Trophy winner Pat Sullivan, his new coach, will spark a career that had become sidetracked at Memphis. Malouf, a promising passer, played 12 of 13 games as a freshman for the Tigers and was battling for the starting job this spring before deciding to transfer.

7. Tribble Reese, Charleston Southern, Senior, 6-4, 205

Reese received an NCAA waiver granting a final year of eligibility at CSU after transferring from Clemson, where the strong-armed passer was struggling for playing time. With last year's starters Eli Byrd and Sidney Bryant having left the program, Reese will now battle JC transfer A.J. Toscano and redshirt freshman Gab Gilmour for the starting job,

8. Cody Kempt, Montana State, Sophomore, 6-2, 210

Kempt is the son of former MSU linebacker Mychel Kempt, who played in Bozeman from 1985-89. The younger Kempt played sparingly as a freshman at Oregon before transferring, but he threw for more than 4,000 yards in his final two years of high school. With skills as a runner and a passer, he fits in well with the spread attack being installed by the Bobcats.

9. Connor Dixon, Duquesne, Sophomore, 6-4, 199

Dixon was a prep star near the Duquesne campus at South Park, leading his high school team to a state championship and 16-0 record. The coaching change at Michigan State that took place prior to the 2007 season helped hasten his transfer. Dixon is coming off shoulder surgery, but should give the Dukes tremendous depth at the very least.

10. Blair Peterson, Towson, Freshman, 6-3, 210

Peterson, the son of ex-Seattle Seahawks scout and former college coach John Peterson, will provide depth behind Sean Schaefer this season and potentially gives the Tigers a QB to build around in the future. The strong-armed lefty transferred from New Mexico after being recruited by Florida (among others) out of high school and serving a two-year Mormon mission.

NEWCOMERS TO FCS

1. Danny Freund, North Dakota, 6-0, 197

Freund was one of Division II's top quarterbacks, accounting for 29 touchdowns (24 passing) and 2,860 yards as a junior. With the suspension of top runner Ryan Chappell due to academics, the Fighting Sioux will need even more from Freund this season as they step up to the Great West Conference.

2. Noah Shepard, South Dakota, 6-2, 210

Shepard threw for 2,547 yards and 26 touchdowns last year in Division II, but will face a big jump in competition as the Coyotes move into the Great West in 2008.

NEW STARTERS

1. R.J. Toman, New Hampshire, Sophomore, 6-1, 195

Toman must replace 2006 Payton Award winner Ricky Santos, but showed his ability by leading the Wildcats to a pair of wins last fall, with 310 yards and four TDs in limited action. The sophomore has a good arm and a lot of offensive talent around him, but will need to show he can stretch the field.

2. Jordan Sorrells, Furman, Junior, 6-1, 204

Sorrells thrived in his previous relief efforts of now-departed Renaldo Gray, throwing a TD pass in the final seconds to beat Jacksonville State in his first collegiate game. Sorrells has a strong arm and is well-prepared as the son of Furman offensive coordinator Tim Sorrells. He has already thrown for 1,404 yards and six TDs as a collegian.

3. Ben Blanchard, The Citadel, Sophomore, 6-2, 185

Blanchard was forced into action when Payton Award candidate Duran Lawson suffered a knee injury last season, responding with 1,025 yards of total offense and a combined nine TDs in five games, three as a starter. Blanchard is surprisingly good as a runner and has a strong arm.

4. Pat Grace, Northern Iowa, Junior, 6-2, 235

Grace playing sparingly the past two years as a backup to Payton Award runner- up Eric Sanders, totaling 296 yards of total offense. But Panther coaches are high on his potential. Grace helped keep UNI in the game against Illinois State when Sanders suffered an AC joint injury, until Sanders returned to spark a 23-13 win.

5. Nick Mertens, North Dakota State, Junior, 6-1, 206

Mertens has waited patiently behind four-year starter Steve Walker, and now appears ready to lead an offense with plenty of weapons. Mertens is considered to have a stronger arm than Walker, but he must prove his leadership ability to meet the high expectations the Bison have this season.

6. Trae Rutland, Jackson State, Junior, 6-3, 230

Rutland, a transfer in 2007 from Mississippi State, is looking to replace sometimes erratic playmaker Jimmy Oliver, and has the arm to add some fire to the Tigers' attack. Rutland started five games at MSU, throwing for 453 yards and one TD as a freshman.

7. Todd Rowan, Youngstown State, Junior, 6-3, 223

Rowan has been backing up four-year starter Tom Zetts, and now gets the chance to take charge of a team that thrives on ball control. The redshirt junior, who has played in 15 career games but thrown just two passes, established himself with a strong spring. YSU also has all-purpose senior Ferlando Williams Jr., who played at WR, RB, QB and returned kicks last year.

8. Ben Hannula, San Diego, Senior, 6-2, 205

Hannula has played receiver and defensive back in college, but the athletic performer received a lot of reps at QB during spring ball as the Toreros try to find a replacement for Josh Johnson. The senior was a starter at QB in high school, and completed eight of 10 passes for 95 yards as a junior at San Diego in five games as a backup. Hannula also caught 56 passes for 549 yards and four TDs as a junior. If he doesn't start, Andrew Rolin - who missed the spring with a lower back injury - probably will.

9. Chris Dieker, Southern Illinois, Sophomore, 6-5, 227

Nick Hill blossomed into one of the top QBs in FCS as a senior, and the Salukis need a similar transformation from Dieker (or his QB competitors Joe Allaria and Bobby Brenneisen) in order to compete for another playoff berth. After Allaria began the spring as No. 1 on the depth chart, Dieker began to emerge and was 9-of-13 with 101 yards and a TD in the spring game.

10. Rob Florian, Dayton, Senior, 5-9, 164

Kevin Hoyng developed into one of the best players in Dayton history as a senior, running the spread to perfection. But with Hoyng graduating to an NFL tryout, Florian must learn quickly as the new starter. A fifth-year player, the senior can rely on a solid arm, but doesn't have Hoyng's running ability.

QUARTERBACKS ON THE HOT SEAT

1. Matt Barr, Western Illinois, Sophomore, 6-2, 210

The Leathernecks have almost everything in place to win the Missouri Valley Conference title, if they can get more production and more consistency from this young starter. Barr had 1,690 yards of total offense but tossed just four TD passes to go with six interceptions last year. He had under 100 yards passing in six games, but rebounded to throw for 484 yards in his last two against Southern Illinois and Youngstown State.

2. Cole Bergquist, Montana, Senior, 6-2, 206

Bergquist has at times looked like he is ready to enter the pantheon of great Grizzly QBs in his first three years, but has been inconsistent at others. With the graduation of all-time leading Montana rusher Lex Hilliard and an experienced group of receivers, Bergquist will need to be at his best to carry the Grizzlies in 2008. He threw for 2,623 yards with 20 TDs and eight interceptions last year.

3. Robert Irvin, Penn, Senior, 6-5, 220

Irvin tried unsuccessfully to play through a shoulder injury early last year before being shut down after two games and undergoing surgery. Without him, the one-dimensional Quaker offense struggled. If Irvin is at full strength, Penn should challenge Harvard and Yale for the Ivy League title. Irvin passed for 2,128 yards with 10 TDs in 2006, but has been picked off 19 times in his career.

4. Antonio Hefner, Tennessee State, Senior, 6-2, 205

The one-time South Carolina transfer had the Tigers in contention for the OVC title in 2006, but suffered through an injury-plagued junior campaign. If the athletic runner and passer can return to form, TSU has a chance to be in the title mix again. Hefner missed the final four games with leg injuries and was out for two games in 2006. He has thrown 19 TDs but 20 interceptions in two years.

5. T.J. Mitchell, Hampton, Junior, 6-3, 189

Mitchell was suspended in the spring after throwing for 2,309 yards and 17 TDs last season. If the Pirates have Mitchell on hand, they will be dangerous on offense. Without him, the attack could be one-dimensional.

BEST QUARTERBACK DEPTH

1. Villanova

With Antwon Young coming off knee surgery, Chris Whitney looms as a great backup with a promising future. Wildcat coaches would like to redshirt Whitney, who started five games as a true freshman and passed for 616 yards and five TDs.

2. Northern Arizona

Not only do the Lumberjacks have a dual threat in Lance Kriesien, one of the top QBs in the Big Sky Conference, but Kriesien is being pushed by Ole Miss transfer Michael Herrick and fifth-year player Corey Slater, back from an injury-plagued 2007 season. Herrick, a sophomore, spent two years at Ole Miss and was the all-time leading passer in California prep history. Slater is a former SMU player, starting a pair of games as a sophomore. Waiting in the wings is a talented freshman, Cary Grossort.

3. Portland State

The Vikings have had one of the deepest quarterback corps in recent years and things are the same in 2008, with Tygue Howland and Drew Hubel battling for the starting job. Hubel passed for an FCS record-tying nine TDs against Weber State last year as a freshman.

4. Appalachian State

When Armanti Edwards arrived as a freshman, he was actually considered the lesser prospect to fellow freshman Coco Hillary. Edwards won the starting job for the Mountaineers from now-graduated Trey Elder, and Hillary was switched to receiver and redshirted his first year. Now a sophomore and with ASU lacking a quality backup, the speedy Hillary took the majority of the snaps at quarterback in the spring and will provide insurance in case Edwards is plagued by injuries again. Gifted freshman DeAndre Pressley will likely redshirt.

5. Duquesne

The Dukes have one of the top QBs nationally in Kevin Rombach (2,515 yards of total offense, 21 TDs), and a player in Scott Knapp who threw for 2,853 yards and 28 TDs as the starter in 2006 and could find himself in an NFL camp next year. Now they have added strong-armed Michigan State transfer Connor Dixon to the mix.

06/27 10:53:56 ET



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