They can destroy a defensive game plan. They can beat you in more ways than you can imagine.
The dual-threat QB is as much a part of college football as the marching band and the wide hash marks. Watching a truly talented dual-threat QB can make you scratch your head and wonder how anyone at all ever stops these guys.
They can throw, they can run, and they do both extremely well.
College football 2009 is loaded with dual-threat QBs across the board, whether it be a high-profile big name conference or one of the little guys' conferences trying to make some noise.
While some of you may be more familiar with some than others, here are a few of the many signal callers you may not be as familiar with who are looking to make their mark with their arms and legs this season.
Juice Williams, Senior, Illinois
The time is now for Juice Williams. Williams exploded onto the scene as an exciting freshman. He now hits the field as a senior leader in his final season for the Illini. While talent was never something missing for Williams, consistency has been a problem.
Williams is one of the fastest and smoothest players in all of college football, but he seems to have breakdowns, which have led to mixed results. It's been feast or famine for Illini fans, as two years ago it was the Rose Bowl, while last year it was no bowl at all.
Dan LeFevour, Senior, Central Michigan
We haven't heard much this past offseason about Dan LeFevour, at least not compared to last offseason. Perhaps it's that he's following an injury-plagued season, or it could be expectations for his Chippewas aren't as high.
In any case, LeFevour is a double threat to be a part of a touchdown on any play, as he's thrown for 74 TDs and run for another 32 in his career. He's hoping to return to the form of 2007, when he threw for over 3,600 yards and ran for over 1,100.
Matt Grothe, Senior, South Florida
During Matt Grothe's time at USF, the Bulls have always seemed to find themselves climbing up the rankings and playing meaningful games. While Grothe may not be the most gifted athlete in the country, he isn't lacking when it comes to heart.
Grothe is the type of leader who shows up not just for every game but on every single play. He's been the leader on the ground and in the air and has never shied away from the hit. His teammates always seem to rally around him, as he plays his best under pressure.
Colin Kaepernick, Junior, Nevada
Colin Kaepernick put up monster numbers calling the signals for the Wolf Pack and running and throwing out of the pistol offense. Kaepernick was the first sophomore since Marshall Faulk to win the WAC Offensive Player of the Year award.
The junior under center threw for 2,849 yards and had 22 touchdowns while running for 1,130 yards and finding the end zone 17 more times.
Austin Davis, Sophomore, Southern Miss
Last year as a freshman, Davis flew very much under the radar, meanwhile smashing freshman records of the Golden Eagles' most famous alum, Brett Favre. Davis ran the show for one of the more talented young offenses in the country, and he didn't disappoint.
Davis threw for 23 TDs and ran for another nine, exceeding just about any expectation put on him. With him leading the offense along with all-world wideout Andre Brown, the future is very bright at Southern Miss.
Zac Robinson, Senior, Oklahoma State
The Oklahoma State Cowboys won't be sneaking up on anyone this year after the effort they put out last year. Zac Robinson was large and in charge, as he made he most of his stable of weapons to burst onto the college football scene.
Robinson threw for over 3,000 yards and 25 touchdowns and ran for 562 yards and another eight TDs. The expectations should be big for OSU, and Robinson is a big reason for it.
Terrelle Pryor, Sophomore, Ohio State
While many say the expectations are in line for young Mr. Pryor, his being named the Big Ten preseason Player of the Year makes us believe otherwise. While Pryor is certainly destined for greatness, can he bring the Buckeyes to the promised land?
If the Buckeyes don't get back to the title game this year or at all under Pryor's leadership, it's doubtful it will be because of Pryor's talent. Pryor certainly has been blessed with all of the tools, but can he survive another full season's worth of Big Ten play?
Tim Tebow, Senior, Florida
College football's ultimate player isn't just a threat in the air and on the ground; he's also one of the best motivational speakers in the game. Tebow does it all.
Forget that he already enters this season with a Heisman Trophy and two national titles under his belt. Tebow has over 6,300 passing yards with 67 touchdowns and 2,037 rushing yards with 43 touchdowns. Of course, his numbers could even be bigger if he wasn't such an unselfish player.
These are by no means all of the dual threats out there, and hopefully we get a chance to cover all of them over the 2009 season.
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