Exxedera’s Top 10 FBS Quarterbacks For 2019.

The 2019 college football season is only a few days away and that means we’re only a few days away from the start of quarterbacks making electrifying plays with their arms and legs.

Last year’s national championship featured the top two quarterbacks in the nation, but who landed at #1? Who else landed on our list? Read below and find out

#1. Tua Tag

#2. Trevor Lawrence, Clemson

#3. Jake Fromm, Georgia

#4. D’eriq King, Houston

#5. Jalen Hurts, Oklahoma

#6. Justin Herbert, Oregon

#7. Jacob Eason, Wasington

#8. Shea Patterson, Michigan


Year Two Will Prove If Jimbo Fisher Made A Good Move Or Mistake

Texas A&M head coach Jimbo Fisher is entering his second year as the head man in college station. Expectations are sky high after Fisher signed a lucrative deal over a year ago to come over from Florida State where he enjoyed a national championship following the 2013 season.

His annual success at Florida State made previously made him a highly mentioned candidate to one day succeed former boss Nick Saban at Alabama. Nonetheless he resisted against the temptation and actually chose the route of clashing against the Crimson Tide year in and year out as SEC West foes.

In his first year as head coach of Texas &M Fisher was able to lead the Aggies to a 9-4 record, their best record since 2013 when former Heisman trophy winner Johnny Manziel was still on campus. Two of their four losses came at the hands of the two teams who faced off in the National Championships, Clemson and Alabama. They also lost two heartbreakers to Mississippi State and Auburn but there’s still reason to believe A&M is definitely headed in the right direction heading into the 2019 season. The loss against Clemson was only a two-point loss and their loss to Auburn was a four point defeat however the Aggies defeated two top 15 teams in Kentucky and LSU.

Texas A&M’s win against LSU showed how much the Aggies have in the tank in order to go the length of the entire season improving. The Aggies defeated the Tigers 74-72 in the longest college football game in history that ended in seven overtimes.

Is It Too Early To Believe In The Niners?

The San Francisco 49ers have gone through years of futility following the departure of former head coach Jim Harbaugh. The current University of Michigan HC was only with the 49ers for four seasons but in three of those four his team reached the NFC Championship Game.

In the four seasons following his departure the Niners have only managed 17 wins, an abysmal total for a team that was close to taking home a championship six seasons ago. The team has been marred with quarterback problems since Harbaugh’s departure, beginning with

Is Holding Out Becoming A Trend Amongst NFL Stars?

Every NFL offseason fans are glued to their television’s to see which big names have made the biggest moves (Changing teams through free agency, draft, etc) but now they have to begin to watch for another reason. NFL stars are now beginning to hold out of training camp, part of the season or even the whole season (More on that later) in order to receive better contracts that fit them in regard to how much they individually mean to their team.

The Le’veon Bell Effect

New York Jets running back is basically the face of the holdout committee. He used his leverage as a superstar player to basically give the Pittsburgh Steelers an ultimatum a year ago: Pay me or I’ll sit for an entire season. The Steelers decided against paying Bell a salary exceeding $14 million per year, while Bell also decided against signing a franchise tag for the second year in a row.

In the end, Bell forfeited his entire salary for the season while the steelers missed out on the postseason even after getting off to a 6-2-1 start to last season. Surely the Steelers missed Bell’s presence as a playmaker out of the backfield. Although rookie James Connor rushed for 973 yards and 12 touchdowns, it wasn’t the same as having Le’Veon Bell pour in 1,300 yards as well as 85 receptions as he did in the 2017 season.

His decision to sit came as a reward to him and also his body when he signed a deal with the New York Jets that was in the same $14 million range as the Steelers offered but the difference was the Jets offered way more in guaranteed money which is a big deal to a running back that’s nearing 30 and just led the league in touches a couple of seasons ago. Now he may have taken himself out of yearly playoff contention, but he’s getting more money for the repeated beating his body is going to take over the next half decade+

How Long Can Tom Brady Play At A High Level?

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has cemented his status in the National Football League (NFL) as arguably the greatest player to ever play the game.

He won his first Super Bowl when I was just five years old and I’ve watched him continue to dominate the league over the years. He won his latest Super Bowl this year when I was 22 years old. It’s been wild to watch him grow before my eyes, literally from Kindergarten through college, and what’s even wilder is the fact that he’s won six Super Bowls in that span.

He and head coach Bill Belichick have combined for over 200 wins together as a pair together, leading the next HC-QB combo by almost 100 wins which means another combo (Brees-Payton or Roethlisberger-Tomlin) would need six perfect regular seasons to accomplish this and neither quarterback is going to even play another six seasons. Oh yea and Brady accomplished the perfect regular season in 2007, guiding the Pats to a 16-0 regular season while winning the league’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) award. He lost that year’s Super Bowl along with another one in 2012, however his dominance when it matters compares to the GOAT’s in other sports as well.

Brady’s Super Bowl record can be compared to Kobe Bryant’s NBA Championship record (6-2 for Brady, 5-2 for Bryant) and his chances to win it all can be compared to LeBron James (Brady has gotten the Pats to eight straight AFC Championship games, while LeBron had eight straight NBA Finals appearances which different teams. He won his latest Super Bowl at age 41, which leads many to believe a decline must be in order. But many also believed that for the past 3-4 seasons yet he’s won 3 of the last five Super Bowl’s. At age 40 he led the league in passing yards and attempted while winning his third NFL MVP award (2007, 2010).

If Tom Brady can continue his high play with how young of a roster they’ve built, Brady may very well play at a high level well into age 45 honestly. That’s crazy to even think about but he hasn’t slowed down yet and he’s also blessed to play in one of the weakest divisions in football. He has won his division 16 of the last 19 season and every other quarterback in the division is playing in their second NFL season. That’s alot of youth for teams expected to compete against a team that has been built to consistently beat them year in and year out.

Will The ACC Soon Succeed The SEC As The Most Dominant Conference?

The ACC has enjoyed a handful of success recently.. Wait, that’s wrong.

Clemson has enjoyed a handful of success recently. The Tigers have enjoyed two championships in three seasons as they look to unseat Alabama for the most dominant dynasty of the modern era. Head coach Dabo Swinney has enjoyed that success, having been the Tigers head coach since 2010 and having seen many of his Tigers teams be in national championship contention (2012-15). The first turn of the corner came in 2011 when Clemson knocked off defending champion Auburn in a clash of Tigers to open up the season. From them on it’s been total domination for Clemson, culminating in their first National Championship in 2016 behind the greatness of DeShaun Watson. But they weren’t the first team to unseat an SEC Foe for the big crown.

In 2013, the Florida State Seminoles put together arguably the most underrated season of all-time. Redshirt Freshman Jameis Winston led the team to a perfect 14-0 record behind a prolific offense (They averaged 51.6 points a game) and stingy defense (They yielded 12 points per game, including giving up 31 in the National Championship). The Noles have taken steps backwards every year since and this year they had the first losing season since ___ leaving many to wonder what happened to FSU’s greatness. Well for one, a coaching change happened. Jimbo Fisher had been the head coach since previous HC Boddy Bowden retired in 2011. Then before the 2018 season, he bolted for Texas A&M and their Texas sized football stadium (A&M seats more fans than anyone in the country) and Texas sized yearly payroll. But will Fisher be as successful in the SEC as he was in the ACC?

The Rest of the ACC is rounded out by teams such as Miami, Georgia Tech, Pittsburgh, Louisville and others who have been competitive at times, yet none have pushed the National Championship bill like Clemson and FSU (Besides Miami in 2017 when they started 10-0 and were ranked #2). In retrospect, the ACC is like other conferences in that they are top heavy. The best teams win consistently and run the conference for years and years, however the same can be said of the SEC as of recent.

Alabama and Georgia are by far the cream of the crop of the SEC. Heck, the two teams have faced off in back to back years as the #1 and #2 teams in the nation, 2017 in the National Championship and 2018 in the SEC Championship. But who else in the conference has pushed these two to the brink in the past few years? The only team that comes to mind is Florida this past season, although programs such as Auburn, LSU & Mississippi State had times where they each ranked inside of the top 15 at times.

Are The Atlanta Hawks On The Verge Of A Playoff Run?

Last year the Atlanta Hawks got off to a slow start to the season before rookie Trae Young and star power forward John Collins were able to push the team to a number of late season victories where the two players were exceptional.

Collins in his second season hit a great stride averaging 19.5 point and 9.8 rebounds per game along with a trip to the NBA’s slam dunk contest during All-Star weekend. The rookie back court pair of Trae Young and Kevin Huerter combined for 29 points and 11 rebounds per game, and many feel like Trae Young may be able to average that himself this upcoming season. Huerter will have competition for his starting spot with the addition of former Duke SG Cam Reddish through the draft last month.

Speaking of the draft, the Hawks also added Virginia F De’Andre Hunter who led the Cavaliers to the 2019 NCAA championship on addition to center Bruno Fernando who helped build a program at Maryland. If these three rookies can come in and make immediate impacts, I’m sure the Hawks can make a run in the weakened Eastern Conference.

The Hawks also added veteran wing presence Chandler Parsons to help out Vince Carter as he is set to enter what should be his final NBA season. It would have been great if they could have convinced Al Horford to come back to the squad but they still retain SG Kent Bazemore who was also one of the Hawks players back when they captured the number 1 seed in the East in 2015. Former Hawks Kyle Korver is still available in free agency and although many articles link him to the Lakers, the Hawks should take a long look at Korver and bring him back to help spread the floor with his top notch shooting ability.

Did The Seahawks Overpay Russell Wilson?

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is the owner of the richest contract in NFL history moment and he’s surely worth it. But did the Seahawks give him too high of a tab considering how many impact players they lost over the years?

Wilson led the Seahawks to a playoff berth in his rookie season and a super bowl title in his second. He got the Seahawks back to the promise land in his third season just to be denied at the goal line when he threw an interception in the end zone near the end of the game. Since that throw at the end of his third NFL season, Wilson has seen relatively little playoff success, although he’s been to the playoffs every year of his career besides one.

The fact that he continually gets to the playoffs leads many to believe that his four-year, $140 million contract extension was worth it. If you think about it, it sort of is. The fact that he went from super bowl appearances during the Beast Mode and Legion Of Boom era to playoff appearances following the departures of Marshawn Lynch, Richard Sherman, Kam Chancellor and others says alot about how great of a leader Wilson is. He’ll be in for a huge challenge next year as they lose their defensive leader, Earl Thomas to free agency. The Seahawks did make a great effort to improve their defense through the draft, drafting players on that side of the ball with three of their first four picks.

The biggest setback on the Seattle roster however falls on the offensive side of the football. Their offensive line is so terrible that Wilson is almost relegated to making most of his throws outside of the pocket and on the run. The Seahawks drafted WR D.K. Metcalf following the retirement of longtime receiver Doug Baldwin due to nagging injuries. Will the addition of Metcalf plus the running of RB’s Chris Carson (5th most yards in the league last season) and 2018 first round pick Rashaad Penny should be enough to will the Seahawks back to the playoffs. But is a super bowl run possible?

A run back to the Super Bowl may have been made more possible if the Seahawks had used some of that money from Wilson’s contract to sign impact players in free agency such as Eric Berry to replace Earl Thomas. Maybe they could have even pulled off a trade

Simona Halep Defeats Serena Williams To Claim First Wimbledon Title

Romanian Tennis player Simona Halep defeated Serena Williams in the 2019 Wimbledon finale by sweeping straight sets, denying Serena of her 24th grand slam title.

The win was the first Wimbledon title for Halep who previously held the number one ranking in the world (She’s held it twice). Halep made three unforced errors to Serena’s 26 in the 6-2, 6-2 defeat. At just 27 years old with plenty of accomplishments under her belt, Halep could possibly be Tennis’ next big star after defeating it’s current biggest star.

For Serena it’s the third consecutive time she’s lost on the biggest stage which is still impressive although it’s not what she’s aiming for. At 37 years old Williams is still playing as if she’s a 27 year old in her prime, with her last tournament title coming in 2017 when she won the Australian Open.

It’s Now Or Never For The Oregon Ducks

The time is now.

No more inexcusable losses, no more fast starts yet slow finishes, no more high hopes dashed. No more. The time is now.

The Oregon Ducks have been on of the most successful team in college football without a championship in the last decade plus joining programs such as Boise State, Wisconsin & Stanford as teams with a 76% or better winning percentage with no championship. They’ve reached two championship game in the span unlike the three aforementioned programs, however they lost to Auburn in 2010 and Florida State in 2014.

Those championship games were played under two separate head coaches. Chip Kelly, who is the engineer of Oregon’s fashionable uptempo spread system that swept through college football and Mark Helfrich who served as Kelly’s Offensive Coordinator before taking over the head position prior to the 2014 season. Helfrich was known as a masterful recruiter during his time as coordinator, recruiting quarterbacks Dennis Dixon, Darren Thomas, Marcus Mariota & Johnny Manziel to the Ducks (Many don’t even know Manziel was a Duck for a year), but when he became the HC he regressed as a recruiter and the state of the program following Mariota’s departure showed that.

Fast forward to 2019 and the Ducks have gone through three different head coaches in the past three seasons. The only difference this upcoming year will be that the last of the three, Mario Christobal is remaining on the sidelines as the head man for another year after a 9-4 record in his first season. Christobal, like Helfrich is known as a great recruiter and his biggest recruiting job to date may be getting QB Justin Herbert to return for his senior season. A likely first-round pick in April’s draft, Herbert threw for 3,151 yards and 29 touchdowns as a junior. Oregon navigated their way to a 5-1 record and a number 12 ranking before falling off and going 4-3 the remainder of the season. That’s almost reminiscent of the 2017 season when they began 4-1 and ended up 7-6 to end the year.