Editor's note: This is the 12th installment in Bleacher Report's CFB 250 for the 2013 season. This signature series runs through December, with National College Football Lead Writer Michael Felder ranking the best players at every position. You can read more about the series in this introductory article. See the CFB 250 page for more rankings.
Who is the nation’s top dual-threat quarterback?
The idea has evolved from a runner who could throw a little to a quarterback who is adept at doing both. This advancement in the art of quarterbacking has led to increased production from the position and, more importantly, put incredible stress on defenses.
To define a “dual-threat” QB” for the purposes of the B/R CFB 250, we went to the numbers. If rushing yards comprised 15 percent or more of the quarterback’s total production, he fell into the dual-threat category. If they accounted for less than 15 percent, "pocket QB" was the classification.
Accuracy, arm strength, decision-making and elusiveness were the criteria used to evaluate these quarterbacks. Decision-making was quite interesting because, through packaged plays, zone-read and option plays, run-threat quarterbacks have plenty to process on any given play. If there were any ties, the edge went to the player we would rather have.
Keep in mind, these dual-threat quarterbacks are rated on their performance in college, not NFL potential. But to see where these players may go in the NFL draft (whether they are eligible in 2014 or later), check out Bleacher Report draft expert Matt Miller's projections at the end of each slide.