One of them could be the next Patrick Mahomes or Lamar Jackson
By Donovan Dooley December 27, 2019
A new era of football has emerged. Black quarterbacks have transformed the sport.
And while doing so, they have helped to reconstruct an image of the black signal-caller that was misguided.
Next up are some of the best black quarterbacks who are taking over the college game and may become the next NFL stars.
KELLY BRYANT, SENIOR, MISSOURI
After becoming a starter at Clemson, Kelly Bryant decided to take his career to Columbia, Missouri, where he became the man for the Missouri Tigers. Bryant’s season was slightly hampered by nagging injuries but he still managed to throw for 15 touchdowns and 2,215 yards in 2019. The dual-threat talent was able to compile a 138.6 passer rating and 62% completion rate.
JUSTIN FIELDS, SOPHOMORE, OHIO STATE
Ohio State Buckeye Justin Fields was a Heisman Trophy finalist as a true sophomore. The Georgia transfer left for Ohio State and had a dynamic first season for the Buckeyes. He threw for 2,953 yards and 40 touchdowns while only throwing one interception this season. Fields ranks in the top five of FBS quarterbacks in passing efficiency and passing touchdowns. He’s also rushed for nearly 500 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns. Fields will help lead Ohio State against Clemson in one of the college football playoff semifinals.
TYLER HUNTLEY, SENIOR, UTAH
Tyler Huntley of Utah is second in FBS in completion percentage (73.7%) and ranks in the top 10 in the FBS in both yards per completion and passing efficiency. He has thrown for 2,966 yards and 18 touchdowns on the season and ended his 2019 campaign with a 181.8 passer rating. Huntley also ranks in the top 25 of FBS quarterbacks in passing yards. He led the Utah Utes to an 11-win season and will looks to cap off his career against the Texas Longhorns in the Valero Alamo Bowl.
JALEN HURTS, SENIOR, OKLAHOMA
Jalen Hurts’ historic journey in college football culminated in a stellar 2019 season that resulted in him becoming a Heisman Trophy finalist. The Oklahoma quarterback finished the regular season first in the FBS in passing yards per completion, third in passing efficiency, fourth in completion percentage and sixth in passing yards. Hurts threw for 3,634 passing yards and 32 touchdowns while completing 71.8% of his passes. He also ran for more than 1, 200 yards and 18 touchdowns in his senior campaign. Hurts led Alabama to a national title while he was the quarterback for the Crimson Tide in 2017.
KELLEN MOND, JUNIOR, TEXAS A&M
Kellen Mond will lead Texas A&M into a showdown with the Oklahoma State Bulldogs in the Texas Bowl. After a stellar career for the Aggies, Mond finished the 2019 season with 2,802 yards passing and 19 touchdowns. He accumulated a 131.3 passer rating and completed 61.3% of his passes for the Aggies.
JAMIE NEWMAN, JUNIOR, WAKE FOREST
Jamie Newman led the Wake Forest Demon Deacons to an 8-4 record this season and a matchup with Michigan State in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl. The dual-threat quarterback passed for 2,693 yards in 2019 with 23 touchdown passes. Newman finished in the top 30 of all FBS quarterbacks in passing touchdowns and completed 62.3% of his passes. He ended the regular season with a 146.7 passer rating while rushing for close to 500 yards.
BRYCE PERKINS, SENIOR, VIRGINIA
Bryce Perkins ranks in the top 20 of FBS quarterbacks in passing yards. He has thrown for 3,215 yards in 2019 while connecting on 18 passing touchdowns. Perkins finished the season completing 64% of his passes and accumulating a 131.5 passer rating. He rushed for close to 750 yards with 11 rushing touchdowns. He helped lead the Virginia Cavaliers to the ACC title game this season and will hope to lead UVA to a win in the Capital One Orange Bowl against Florida.
KHALIL TATE, SENIOR, ARIZONA
Khalil Tate, the dual-threat quarterback for Arizona, threw for more than 1,500 yards and rushed for more than 1,000 yards in 2017. This season, Tate ended the year throwing for 1,954 yards and 14 touchdowns. The Wildcats quarterback also rushed for just over 400 yards and completed 60% of his passes.
Donovan Dooley is a Rhoden Fellow and a multimedia journalism major from Tuscaloosa, AL. He attends North Carolina Agricultural & Technical University.