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Troy 64: The Air Region - Quarterbacks

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troy64_blackbracket_full_64In our quest to find the greatest USC football player of all-time, we turn first to the leading men: the quarterbacks.

They carry all the blame when things go wrong and enjoy most of the glory when things go right and things definitely went right for the bulk of these men of Troy.

With two Heisman winners and some of the most impactful players to put on the cardinal and gold, this region is one of the most competitive and could easily produce the overall winner.

No. 1: Matt Leinart

Leinart is the number one seed for a reason. He is the gold standard at the position not just for the Trojans, but for the nation. The Heisman Trophy may be his biggest individual achievement, but it just begins the list of accolades which could go on for pages: three-time All-American, Rose Bowl MVP, National Championship MVP, Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Year, AP Player of the Year, LA Sportsman of the Year, Sporting News Sportsman of the Year, Manning Award winner, Johnny Unitas Award winner, Walter Camp Award winner, Archie Griffin Award winner, all-around winner. In fact, the Trojans won all but two of the games he ever started — both of those by less than three points. He set 16 school records at USC and his career completions, touchdowns, yardage and offense totals are third among Trojan quarterbacks all-time. Not only was he prolific — his 99 touchdowns are second in the Pac-12 record books behind only Matt Barkley — but he was efficient as well. Leinart set an NCAA record with an interception rate of just 1.85%.

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No. 8: Mark Sanchez

Sanchez’s Trojan career was short, but effective and left fans yearning for more. As a sophomore he challenged incumbent started John David Booty, but saw limited action. In his one year as a starter during his junior season, he earned first team All-Pac-10 honors and was an All-American honorable mention. He led the Trojans to an 11-1 record, which should have been enough to earn a place in the national championship game, though they were snubbed. Instead, Sanchez torched the Penn State Nittany Lions in the Rose Bowl. With 413 passing yards, which rank second in Rose Bowl history, he was named the MVP of the Granddaddy of Them All.

Troy64: Matt Leinart vs. Mark Sanchez

  • Matt Leinart (97%, 188 Votes)
  • Mark Sanchez (3%, 5 Votes)

Total Voters: 193

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