Top 10 Greatest Option Quarterbacks in College Football History


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10. Donovan McNabb

When Paul Pasqualoni’s Orangemen teams pounded opponents on the ground in the 1990s, it wasn’t premised on a bruising tailback like in bygone Syracuse seasons with Jim Brown, Ernie Davis, Floyd Little and Larry Csonka. Rather, it was legendary Donovan McNabb that led the way and led the way in unforgettable fashion. McNabb, whose only other scholarship offer to play quarterback was from Nebraska, is arguably a top 3 choice for best all-around option QB on this list. In addition to rushing for 1,561 yards and 19 TDs in four years as a starter, McNabb also passed for 8,389 yards and a Big East record 77 TDs. It’s little wonder that he was a three-time conference offensive player of the year (1996–1998) and led the Orangemen to the Fiesta Bowl and Orange Bowl in his junior and senior seasons, respectively.