College football: Top seasons by freshman starting quarterbacks

Oklahoma has two of the top seasons by a freshman quarterback in college football history. Here's a look at a few of the other top seasons by freshman quarterbacks.
by Ryan Aber Published: August 25, 2013

Colt McCoy (2006): After replacing Vince Young at quarterback, McCoy helped get the Longhorns back in the national championship picture as a freshman, throwing for 2,570 yards, 29 touchdowns and just seven interceptions. After he started out 9-1 as a starter, including a 28-10 win over Oklahoma, McCoy was hurt against Kansas State and the Longhorns dropped that game and the Texas A&M game to end the regular season.

Chad Henne, Michigan (2004): Henne never matched his freshman numbers with the Wolverines, throwing for 2,743 yards and 25 touchdowns in helping Michigan to a 9-3 season.

Michael Vick, Virginia Tech (1999): The redshirt freshman electrified college football, helping the Hokies to an undefeated regular season while finishing third in Heisman Trophy voting. In a Sugar Bowl loss to Florida State for the national championship, Vick still put up 322 yards of total offense.

by Ryan Aber
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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