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September 28, 2011

QB geography: Where are the starters from?

Almost half - 59 of 120 - of the starting quarterbacks for FBS teams this season are from three states, and five states have produced almost two-thirds of the nation's starting quarterbacks.

Not surprisingly, California (25), Texas (19) and Florida (15) rank first through third in producing this season's starting quarterbacks. When Ohio (eight) and Virginia (seven) are added, that's 74 starters - or 62 percent. No other state has more than five, and, in all, 29 states have produced at least one starter.

Last season, the "big three" states had 60 starters; in 2009, that number was 54.

In this season's high school ranks, the "big three" have 19 of the top 40 prospects. California has seven of the top 40, with Florida and Texas each having six. In each of the past two years, 18 of the nation's top 40 were from those three states.

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"It's a better-than-normal crop this year," Rivals.com national recruiting analyst Mike Farrell says of this cycle's quarterback group. "We have our first five stars at the position since 2009 and the depth in the Rivals250 is solid. The last two years have been down overall, so it's good to see a resurgence."

And in terms of NFL starters this weekend, there were five each from California and Texas and four from Pennsylvania. There were none from Florida.

Here is a look at this season's FBS starters: (* -- see notes at bottom):

School: Player. Hometown/High school
Alabama: A.J. McCarron. Mobile/Saint Paul's
Auburn: Barrett Trotter. Birmingham/Briarwood Christian
Georgia Tech: Tevin Washington. Wetumpka/Wetumpka
Mississippi State: Chris Relf. Montgomery/Carver
Vanderbilt: Larry Smith. Prattville/Prattville

Duke: Sean Renfree. Scottsdale/Notre Dame Prep

Arkansas: Tyler Wilson. Greenwood/Greenwood
Kent State: Spencer Keith. Little Rock/Pulaski Academy
Memphis: Taylor Reed. El Dorado/El Dorado

Boston College: Chase Rettig. San Clemente/San Clemente
Bowling Green: Matt Schilz. Pasadena/Maranatha
Colorado: Tyler Hansen. Murrieta/Chaparral
Colorado State: Pete Thomas. El Cajon/Valhalla
Connecticut: Johnny McEntee. Anaheim/Servite
Florida Atlantic: Graham Wilbert. Valencia/Valencia
Fresno State: Derek Carr. Bakersfield/Bakersfield Christian
Idaho: Brian Reader. Salinas/Palma
Iowa State: Steele Jantz. Grass Valley/Nevada Union
Louisiana Tech: Nick Isham. Westlake Village/Westlake
Middle Tennessee: Logan Kilgore. Sacramento/Jesuit
Navy: Kriss Proctor. Big Bear Lake/Big Bear
Nebraska: Taylor Martinez. Corona/Centennial
Nevada: Tyler Lantrip. Sacramento/Jesuit
New Mexico State: Matt Christian. Carlsbad/Carlsbad *
Oregon State: Sean Mannion. Pleasanton/Foothill
San Diego State: Ryan Lindley. Lakeside/El Capitan
Tennessee: Tyler Bray. Kingsburg/Kingsburg
Tulane: Ryan Griffin. West Hills/Chaminade College Prep
UCLA: Richard Brehaut. Rancho Cucamonga/Las Osos
UNLV: Caleb Herring. Perris/Citrus Hill
USC: Matt Barkley. Santa Ana/Mater Dei
Utah: Jordan Wynn. Oceanside/Oceanside
UTEP: Nick Lamaison. West Covina/South Hills *
Washington: Keith Price. Bellflower/St. John Bosco

Kansas State: Collin Klein. Loveland/Loveland
Northwestern: Kain Colter. Denver/Cherry Creek *

Arkansas State: Ryan Aplin. Orange Park/Fleming Island
East Carolina: Dominique Davis. Lakeland/Kathleen
Florida: John Brantley. Ocala/Trinity Catholic
Florida International: Wesley Carroll. Fort Lauderdale/St. Thomas Aquinas
Georgia: Aaron Murray. Tampa/Plant
Marshall: Rakeem Cato. Miami/Central
Miami: Jacory Harris. Miami/Northwestern
Michigan: Denard Robinson. Deerfield Beach/Deerfield Beach
New Mexico: Tarean Austin. Tampa/Hillsborough
South Carolina: Stephen Garcia. Tampa/Jefferson
Toledo: Austin Dantin. Tallahassee/Leon
UCF: Jeff Godfrey. Miami/Central
USF: B.J. Daniels. Tallahassee/Lincoln
Western Kentucky: Kawaun Jakes. St. Augustine/St. Augustine
West Virginia: Geno Smith. Miramar/Miramar

Air Force: Tim Jefferson. Atlanta/Woodward Academy
UAB: Bryan Ellis. Fort Valley/Peach County

Hawaii: Bryant Moniz. Wahiawa/ Leilehua

Notre Dame: Tommy Rees. Lake Forest/Lake Forest
Purdue: Caleb TerBush. Metamora/Metamora Township

Indiana: Edward Wright-Baker. Jeffersonville/Jeffersonville
Kentucky: Morgan Newton. Carmel/Carmel
Minnesota: MarQueis Gray. Indianapolis/Ben Davis
Northern Illinois: Chandler Harnish. Ossian/Norwell

IOWA (1)
Iowa: James Vandenberg. Keokuk/Keokuk

Western Michigan: Alex Carder. Shawnee Mission/Shawnee Mission Northwest

Army: Trent Steelman. Bowling Green/Bowling Green.
Louisville: Will Stein. Louisville/Trinity
Troy: Corey Robinson. Paducah/Lone Oak

Louisiana-Lafayette: Blaine Gautier. Lutcher/Lutcher

Temple: Chester Stewart. Hyattsville/DeMatha Catholic

Michigan State: Kirk Cousins. Holland/Holland Christian
Penn State: Rob Bolden. Orchard Lake/St. Mary's

Akron: Clayton Moore. Louisville/Louisville
Southern Miss: Austin Davis. Meridian/West Lauderdale

Illinois: Nathan Scheelhaase. Kansas City/Rockhurst
Kansas: Jordan Webb. Union/Union

Arizona State: Brock Osweiler. Kalispell/Flathead

Oklahoma: Landry Jones. Artesia/Artesia

California: Zach Maynard. Greensboro/Grimsley
Maryland: Danny O'Brien. Kernersville/East Forsyth

OHIO (8)
Ball State: Keith Wenning. Coldwater/Coldwater
Buffalo: Chazz Anderson. Pickerington/Pickerington
Central Michigan: Ryan Radcliff. Sherwood/Fairview
Cincinnati: Zach Collaros. Steubenville/Steubenville
Eastern Michigan: Alex Gillett. Clyde/Clyde
Miami (Ohio): Zac Dysert. Ada/Ada
Ohio State: Braxton Miller. Huber Heights/Wayne
Ole Miss: Zack Stoudt. Dublin/Dublin Coffman

Ohio U.: Tyler Tettleton. Norman/North
Oklahoma State: Brandon Weeden. Edmond/Santa Fe

Wyoming: Brett Smith. Salem/West Salem

Pittsburgh: Tino Sunseri. Pittsburgh/Central Catholic
Syracuse: Ryan Nassib. Malvern/Malvern Preparatory School

Rutgers: Chas Dodd. Duncan/Byrnes

TEXAS (19)
Arizona: Nick Foles. Austin/Westlake
Baylor: Robert Griffin. Copperas Cove/Copperas Cove
Houston: Case Keenum. Abilene/Wylie
Louisiana-Monroe: Kolton Browning. Mabank/Mabank
LSU: Jarrett Lee. Brenham/Brenham
Missouri: James Franklin. Corinth/Lake Dallas
North Texas: Derek Thompson. Glen Rose/Glen Rose
Oregon: Darron Thomas. Houston/Aldine
Rice: Taylor McHargue. Leander/Vista Ridge
San Jose State: Matt Faulkner. Flower Mound/Marcus
SMU: J.J. McDermott. Katy/Cinco Ranch
Stanford: Andrew Luck. Houston/Stratford
TCU: Casey Pachall. Brownwood/Brownwood
Texas: Case McCoy. Graham/Graham
Texas A&M: Ryan Tannehill. Big Spring/Big Spring
Texas Tech: Seth Doege. Wolfforth/Frenship
Tulsa: G.J. Kinne. Mesquite/Gilmer
Utah State: Chuckie Keeton. Houston/Cypress Creek
Wake Forest: Tanner Price. Austin/Westlake

Clemson: Tajh Boyd. Hampton/Phoebus
Florida State: EJ Manuel. Virginia Beach/Bayside
North Carolina: Bryn Renner. Springfield/West Springfield
N.C. State: Mike Glennon. Chantilly/Westfield
Virginia: Michael Rocco. Lynchburg/Liberty Christian Academy
Virginia Tech: Logan Thomas. Lynchburg/Brookville
Wisconsin: Russell Wilson. Richmond/Collegiate

Boise State: Kellen Moore. Prosser/Prosser
BYU: Jake Heaps. Sammamish/Skyline
Washington State: Marshall Lobbestael. Oak Harbor/Oak Harbor *

New Mexico State: Christian replaced Andrew Manley (who played high school ball in Hawaii) when Manley was lost for the season with an injury.
Northwestern: Colter will lose the starting spot to Dan Persa (who played high school ball in Pennsylvania) when Persa is healthy.
UTEP: Lamaison will regain his starting spot when he returns from injury, which could be this week.
Washington State: Lobbestael will lose the starting spot to Jeff Tuel (who played his high school ball in California) when Tuel is healthy.

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Mike Huguenin is the college sports editor for Rivals.com. He can be reached at mhuguenin@rivals.com.

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