The Great State Debate Day 1
ESPN HS presents the Great State Debate looking at where the best quarterbacks are grown.
For this Great State Debate, ESPNHS has narrowed the field to the final five, researched the numbers and made a case for each state, but this is a debate nobody can argue better than the football fans who hail from the homes of the sport's greatest quarterbacks.
Texas joins Alabama, California, Ohio and Pennsylvania in the debate.
Why will Texas win?
Here's a sample:
No state has come on stronger in the quarterback category in the past 15 years than the Lone Star State. Once better known for producing running backs, Texas high school products now fill the rosters of NFL and major college teams. And now Texas has become a fertile recruiting area for colleges seeking top signal-callers.
Mitch Sherman looks at the education of high school quarterbacks and the influence of 7-on-7.
Here's a sample:
The spread offense has roots in Texas, and by no coincidence, so does the burgeoning popularity of 7-on-7 football, which features no linemen and only the most agile linebackers.
Primarily, it's receivers against defensive backs. And a quarterback, the most important position. Since Texas instituted a state 7-on-7 championship, staged annually in July, the quarterback success rate in the nation's second-most populous state has skyrocketed.
In the 2011 NFL regular season, 12 of 55 quarterbacks to start a game played high school football in Texas. California had 11, and only one other state, Pennsylvania with six, counted more than three. How much of that QB success relates directly to Texans' embrace of 7-on-7 football?
"It's huge," DeSoto (Texas) coach Claude Mathis said. "The crowds we have at these games, it's crazy. For these kids now, that's the only thing you do in the summertime. We're serious about it."
But wait, there's more. Brandon Parker looks at how state rules can have a big impact in development of high school players.
Here's what Brandon found out:
"Not to knock other states, but it's just a different culture," Arlington Martin coach Bob Wager said. "Players are more developed because the commitment is greater."
Another major factor in Texas' favor: During the offseason, athletic teams have a period built into their daily school schedule to use as the coach sees fit. Rather than a PE class, the athletes have a 60-minute block that allows them to do conditioning, practice or study film with their coaches and teammates.
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BIG 12 SCOREBOARD
Final Washington State 45 Colorado State 48 Final 20 Fresno State 20 25 USC 45 Final Buffalo 24 San Diego State 49 Final Tulane 21 Louisiana-Lafayette 24
Final Pittsburgh 30 Bowling Green 27 Final Utah State 21 23 Northern Illinois 14
Final Marshall 31 Maryland 20 Final Syracuse 21 Minnesota 17 Final Brigham Young 16 Washington 31
Final Rutgers 16 Notre Dame 29 Final Cincinnati 17 North Carolina 39 Final Miami (FL) 9 18 Louisville 36 Final Michigan 14 Kansas State 31
Final Middle Tennessee 6 Navy 24 Final Ole Miss 25 Georgia Tech 17 Final 10 Oregon 30 Texas 7 Final 14 Arizona State 23 Texas Tech 37
Final Arizona 42 Boston College 19 Final Virginia Tech 12 17 UCLA 42 Final Rice 7 Mississippi State 44 Final 24 Duke 48 21 Texas A&M 52
Final Nebraska 24 22 Georgia 19 Final UNLV 14 North Texas 36 Final Iowa 14 16 LSU 21 Final 19 Wisconsin 24 9 South Carolina 34 Final 5 Stanford 20 4 Michigan State 24 Final 15 UCF 52 6 Baylor 42
Final 13 Oklahoma State 31 8 Missouri 41 Final 12 Clemson 40 7 Ohio State 35