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College Football Fans React To Bold Quarterback Rankings

Alabama's Bryce Young holds up the Heisman Trophy.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - DECEMBER 11: The 2021 Heisman Trophy Winner quarterback Bryce Young from Alabama speaks at the 2021 Heisman Trophy Winners press conference at the at Marriott Marquis Hotel on December 11, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)

With the 2021 college football season now in the rearview mirror, it's time to take stock of what players are returning next year. As usual, one of the most intriguing positions to take a look at is quarterback.

A number of the top signal-callers from this past year are moving on the NFL. Kenny Pickett, Matt Corral and Mark Willis are turning pro, creating opportunities for younger college quarterbacks to seize the reins in 2022.

This week, Anthony Treash of Pro Football Focus did his best to rank the quarterbacks returning next season. However, his rankings came with a fair amount of controversy.

To no one's surprise, Heisman Trophy winner Bryce Young came in atop Treash's list. Oklahoma transfer Caleb Williams ranked next at No. 2, following a strong second half to his freshman season.

After the top two names, PFF listed South Carolina's Spencer Rattler as the third-best returning quarterback in college football. The appearance of the former Sooners signal-caller came as quite a surprise, considering he had his fair share of struggles and was even benched in 2021.

College football fans and media members immediately met the PFF rankings with pushback. Many suggested other names that should've cracked the top-3, with the most popular choice being Ohio State's C.J. Stroud.

Stroud seems like an obvious choice to be one of college football's most talented returners in 2022. In his first season as a starter, the Buckeyes quarterback became a Heisman Trophy finalist and showed tremendous progress over the course of Ohio State's campaign.

Stroud did come in at No. 4 on the PFF quarterback rankings. He was followed by Wake Forest's Sam Hartman, Coastal Carolina's Grayson McCall, Virginia's Brennan Armstrong, Oklahoma's Dillon Gabriel, Pittsburgh's Kedon Slovis and Miami's Tyler Van Dyke.

The full Pro Football Focus list and cases for the top returning college quarterbacks can be found here.