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State’s collection of quarterbacks off to good starts after two games

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Quarterbacks.  It’s all about the quarterbacks.

This state churns out running backs and receivers, cornerbacks and defensive ends. But everyone talks about quarterbacks. And most game plans center around the quarterbacks.

Well, two weeks into the season, guess what we have? That’s right, quarterbacks.

Both Florida and FSU have to be pleased with their new quarterbacks. USF has to be thrilled. Miami’s happy. And so on.

The best one, so far, might surprise you. The Bulls’ Quinton Flowers has a rating of 178.7, good for 14th in the nation. He’s thrown six touchdowns  and one interception.

Deondre Francois leads the state in yards with 681 for FSU. He’s thrown five touchdowns and one interception, and his win over Ole Miss was the highest any of the teams have beaten. His efficiency rating is 154.4, 38th in the country.

Then there is Luke Del Rio. His coach, Jim McElwain, will wants to see more consistency from Del Rio, but the sophomore has thrown for 576 yards with six touchdowns and one interception. His rating is 150.2, or 44th in the nation.

It’s a quarterback’s state. There have been eight Heisman Trophies won here. All by quarterbacks.

This week, the water gets deeper for FSU, which has to play LSU. Florida plays North Texas and USF visits Syracuse.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit

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