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Oregon State Football: The Top 5 Quarterbacks The Beavers Will Face In 2021

The gunslingers that the Beavers will need to tame in 2021.

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1. Kedon Slovis (USC)

USC’s Kedon Slovis.
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From what early reports look like, the 2022 NFL Draft may look similar to the 2021 NFL Draft in terms of an early run on quarterbacks that all have star potential. In most experts eyes, USC’s Kedon Slovis is towards the top of that group. Slovis tossed for 1,921 and 17 scores in just six games in 2020, all while completing 67% of his passing attempts and leading the Trojans to a 5-1 mark. He’s easily the Pac-12’s best gunslinger.

2. Jayden Daniels (Arizona State)

Arizona State’s Jayden Daniels.
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Arizona State’s Jayden Daniels continues to be one of the biggest potential players in the Conference of Champions, with the ability to break open a game at any moment. He’s a dual-threat talent who can beat you through the air and on the ground and has really improved his all-around protection of the football. He scored 9 times overall in 2020 in only four games for the Sun Devils, setting up a huge 2021 campaign.

3. Chevan Cordeiro (Hawai’i)

Hawai’i’s Chevan Cordeiro.
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Hawai’i’s Chevan Cordeiro is one of those players you just can’t not enjoy watching play, especially after you learn that he’s a native of Honolulu, who is now starring for his hometown Rainbow Warriors. Like most Hawai’i quarterbacks of yesteryears, Cordeiro can obviously sling the ball, as he totaled 2,083 yards and 14 touchdowns through the air last season. The key for Cordeiro is that he’s developed a great knack to disappear out of the pocket, which rewarded him with another 7 scores in 2020.

4. Jarrett Guarantano (Washington State)

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Tennessee’s Jarrett Guarantano.
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A transfer from Tennessee, Jarrett Guarantano will likely take over the QB1 role at Washington State and try to resurrect what’s been a hit-or-miss career during his time in Knoxville. The 6’ 4”, 230-pounder looks the part of a pro prospect, yet has failed to live up to his four-star recruit billing during his time in the SEC. Guarantano needs to improve his touchdown-to-turnover ratio through the air (6 TD’s, 4 INT’s in 2020), but a fresh start in Pullman might do the trick.

5. Sam Noyer (Colorado)

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Colorado’s Sam Noyer.
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A native of Beaverton, Oregon, Sam Noyer will lead the Buffs in 2021, finally at the quarterback position after a career of moving around the field. A former safety and special teams player, Colorado utilized the team-oriented in any way they could, but he found a home as a multi-tooled gunslinger and led the Buffaloes to a surprise 4-2 mark in 2020. He needs to bring up his pass completion percentage (55.0%) and scoring ratio through the air (6 TD, 7 INT), yet his ability to also run and add 5 scores on the ground turn him into a very unique match-up.