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July 29, 2013

Top 10 all-time quarterbacks in Texas college football

By CLINT FOSTER

At long last, college football season is on the horizon! It's so close you can almost feel the sights and sounds, the unmatched excitement and the buzzing atmosphere at your favorite school's home games. Nothing can match the thrill or the heartbreak that comes with the success or misfortune of college football.

What a wonderful time of year!

Initially, I wanted to write a prediction column in celebration of the upcoming season. But, let's be honest, predictions are a dime a dozen this time of year, and who knows how many of you actually care to hear those of some 22-year-old kid fresh out of TCU. 

So, I got to thinking. Many believe that Casey Pachall -- a friend of mine from my four years as a TCU football equipment manager -- will be the best quarterback in the Big 12 this season, assuming he can return to the same high-level of play he showed before last year's stint in substance abuse rehab. I tend to agree. 

As a history lover, and particularly a college football history lover, my next thought was: "I wonder who the greatest quarterbacks in all of Texas college football were." I love making and reading top 10 lists and, as far as I know, no such list exists. So, I took it upon myself to create one. So without further ado, I present Clint Foster's Top 10 Greatest Quarterbacks in Texas College Football History. 

Honorable Mention: James Street, Texas (1966-69); Rodney Allison, Texas Tech (1974-77); Kevin Murray, Texas A&M (1983-86); Tommy Kramer, Rice (1973-76); Kliff Kingsbury, Texas Tech (1998-2002).

10. Graham Harrell, Texas Tech (2005-08): I struggled with how high to put Graham Harrell on this list. Some might argue that because he was a "system quarterback" he doesn't belong on the list at all. But, regardless of what offense head coach Mike Leach had him running, I believe it is ludicrous to look at his stats and accomplishments and not say he was among the best that Texas college football has ever seen. 

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