- Todd McShay, Scouts Inc.
A quick study of modern-day college football national champions shows the importance of the quarterback position:
2004: USC, Matt Leinart
2003: USC, Carson Palmer; LSU, Matt Mauck
2002: Ohio State, Craig Krenzel
2001: Miami (Fla.), Ken Dorsey
2000: Oklahoma, Josh Heupel
1999: Florida State, Chris Weinke
1998: Tennessee, Tee Martin
1997: Michigan, Brian Griese
1996: Florida, Danny Wuerffel
1995: Nebraska, Tommie Frazier
Championship caliber teams do not necessarily need dynamic playmaking quarterbacks (Krenzel and Heupel prove that theory). Sure, it helps to have a Leinart or a Wuerffel, but the common thread of this history lesson is that leadership and stability reign supreme at the quarterback position.
As Oklahoma, Ohio State, Florida State and Tennessee are finding out, teams need stability at quarterback to compete for the national title.