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July 29, 2013

Top 10 all-time quarterbacks in Texas college football

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In the NFL, Layne was a six-time Pro Bowler and a three-time NFL champion. They simply don't make them like Bobby Layne anymore. In fact, one could easily make an argument for him to be a bit higher on this list.

7. Andre Ware, Houston (1987-89): The lowest ranked Heisman Trophy winner on this list, Ware's college career essentially boiled down to one brilliant junior season in 1989. That year he became the first African-American quarterback to win the Heisman and added the Davey O'Brien Award -- given to college football's most outstanding quarterback -- for good measure. 

In those days, the Houston Cougars were a force to be reckoned with in the SWC. Ware ran the "Run and Shoot" offense to perfection, throwing for 4,699 yards and 44 touchdowns in his junior year alone. In 1989, he set a whopping 26 NCAA records. That year the Cougars finished ranked 14th nationally and Ware declared for the NFL draft. To put it lightly, Ware was a dud in the NFL, as he became one of many draft disappointments for the Detroit Lions in recent history.  He did, however, find success in the Canadian Football League, where he led the Toronto Argonauts to a Grey Cup Championship in 1997.

6. Don Meredith, SMU (1956-59): Before he was a legend with the Dallas Cowboys and in the broadcast booth, "Dandy Don" Meredith was turning heads on the Hilltop at SMU. A three-year starter for the Mustangs, Meredith was a two-time All American and a fan favorite. Famous for his personality, students jokingly referred to their school as "Southern Meredith University" during the years Meredith was on campus. He actually played linebacker his freshman season because of excessive depth under center. But after Meredith threw for two touchdowns and ran for another in a win over Texas his sophomore year, that was all coach Bill Meek needed to see and Meredith was the starter from then on. 

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