Less than two months from the start of August camp, we decided to look at the college programs that return their starting quarterback along with the same quarterbacks coach in 2010.
Conventional widsom leads most people to believe that quarterback is the most important position in football and experience certainly helps the overall performance of the quarterback.
It should be noted, however, that it is possible to play for a BCS national championship with a first-year starting quarterback. (Tee Martin, Mike Vick, Craig Krenzel, Matt Flynn, Todd Boeckman, Greg McElroy, Cam Newton, and Darron Thomas)
In 2011, forty programs will have the same combination of quarterbacks coach / starting quarterback as a year ago.
Here is the breakdown by conference:
ACC:Duke (Kurt Roper / Sean Renfree), Wake Forest (Tom Elrod / Tanner Price)
Big East:Cincinnati (Mike Bajakian / Zach Collaros), South Florida (Peter Vaas / B.J. Daniels), Syracuse (Nate Hackett / Ryan Nassib)
Big Ten:Illinois (Paul Petrino / Nathan Scheelhaase), Michigan State (Dave Warner / Kirk Cousins), Northwestern (Mick McCall / Dan Persa), Penn State (Jay Paterno / Rob Bolden), Purdue (Gary Nord / Rob Henry)
Big 12:Baylor (Philip Montgomery / Robert Griffin), Oklahoma (Josh Heupel / Landry Jones), Texas A&M (Tom Rossley / Ryan Tannehill)
Conference USA:East Carolina (Lincoln Riley / Dominique Davis), Houston (Kliff Kingsbury / Case Keenum), UAB (Tyson Helton / Bryan Ellis), UCF (Charlie Taafe / Jeff Godfrey)
MAC:Akron (Ron Powlus / Patrick Nicely ), Bowling Green (Warren Ruggerio / Matt Schilz), Eastern Michigan (Ken Karcher / Alex Gillett), Toledo (Scott Isphording / Austin Dantin), Western Michigan (Ryan Cubit / Alex Carder)
MWC:Air Force (Blane Morgan / Tim Jefferson), Colorado State (Daren Wilkinson / Pete Thomas), San Diego State (Brian Sipe / Ryan Lindley)
PAC-12:Arizona (Frank Scelfo / Nick Foles), Oregon (Mark Helfrich / Darren Thomas), Oregon State (Danny Langsdorf / Ryan Katz), USC (Clay Helton / Matt Barkley), Utah (Brian Johnson / Jordan Wynn), Washington State (Todd Sturdy / Jeff Tuel)
SEC:Georgia (Mike Bobo / Aaron Murray), Mississippi State (Les Koenning / Chris Relf), South Carolina (G.A. Mangus / Stephen Garcia), Tennessee (Jim Chaney / Tyler Bray)
Sun Belt:FIU (Scott Satterfield / Wesley Carroll), North Texas (Mike Canales / Derek Thompson), ULM (Todd Berry / Kolton Browning)
Independents:Army (Ian Shields / Trent Stillman), Notre Dame (Charley Molnar / Dayne Crist), BYU (Brandon Doman / Jake Heaps)