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July 29, 2013

Top 10 all-time quarterbacks in Texas college football

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Like Harrell, Dalton's senior year trumped the rest. He led the Frogs to a perfect season, a Rose Bowl Championship in their second BCS Bowl berth and a No. 2 ranking in the final Associated Press poll. I firmly believe that the 2010 TCU squad could have beaten any team in the nation that year -- including Cam Newton's Auburn Tigers -- and Dalton is a huge reason why. He has continued to succeed in the NFL, earning many awards and an invitation to the 2011 Pro Bowl. Dalton is one of only three quarterbacks in NFL history to pass for over 20 touchdowns in his first two seasons and is the only Bengals quarterback to led his team to the playoffs in both of his first two seasons.

8. Bobby Layne, Texas (1944-47): Bobby Layne was an all-time great both at Texas and in the NFL. He is a member of the Pro Football and College Football Halls of Fame and his jersey number "22" is retired by both the Longhorns and the Detroit Lions, and for good reason. Layne did it all. 

A teammate of SMU legend Doak Walker at Highland Park High School, Layne burst on to the scene in Austin and was named All-Southwest Conference all four years in college. 

He set a UT career record with 3,145 passing yards -- quite an accomplishment in the run-heavy offenses of that decade. He posted a 33-8 record, including two bowl wins, two 10-1 seasons and a SWC championship in 1945. 

Layne led the Longhorns to a Sugar Bowl victory over sixth-ranked Alabama in his senior season in '48. But perhaps the win that most epitomized his importance to those Texas teams of the late 40s was the 40-27 win over Missouri in the 1946 Cotton Bowl. Layne scored every point in the winning effort, rushing for four touchdowns, passing for another two and kicking four extra points. 

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