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Sports >  Whitworth

A legacy of elite frontmen: New lead slingers take the reins at Washington State, Eastern and UW, schools where excellent QB play is the standard

UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 1, 2022

Cameron Ward will start at Washington State. Michael Penix Jr. will do so at Washington. Gunner Talkington is now the starter at Eastern Washington. All three are out to prove this fall that they are the next frontman to lead his team to great seasons. Because at these programs, through exhaustive recruiting and rigorous development and retention, excellent quarterback play has become the standard.
Sports >  Whitworth

Top 40 countdown: John Friesz, Jason Gesser and Ryan Leaf set the standard for greatness among local college QBs over the past 40 seasons

It's pretty much a given that the Golden Age of College Quarterbacking in our neck of the gridiron extends from the early 1980s to today. In that span, the college programs of the Inland Northwest have produced 10 NFL draft picks, five Walter Payton Award winners and 26 of the 30 winningest quarterbacks in the schools' collective histories. So 40 pretty good years. Let's see if we can come up with the best quarterbacks, from 1 to 40.

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