In a conference more known — in my humble opinion — for producing top-notch running backs, you can’t ignore the fact that the Jayhawk Conference produces some darn good QBs too. I got an e-mail from Hutch SID Steve Carpenter about a pair of former Blue Dragon QBs — Chris Todd at Auburn and Shaun Hill of Maryland and now the SF 49ers — who are playing really good right now. Todd is the starter at Auburn for former Iowa State coach Gene Chizik and Hill is in a battle with Alex Smith for the Niners staring job.
The whole thing got me thinking — who is the greatest Jayhawk QB of all-time? My Jayhawk knowledge isn’t limited by any means, but I can only go back to the early 1990s and talk intelligently about it — although I’m thinking, MAYBE, the best was Chris Windsor of Garden City C.C. Windsor was the 1994 NJCAA player of the year (the only QB from the Jayhawk to win that honor) and led the Busters to the national championship game — a 26-20 loss to Dixie State in which Garden City running back Cory Dillon (yes, that Cory Dillon) got tackled on the Dixie 1-yard line as time expired. Ouch. Windsor went on to play for Southern Mississippi, then in the Canadian Football League and Arena Football League. Kelly Stouffer was another great Garden City QB from back in the day.
That being said, I think you could also make a good argument, now, for Hill — considering the success he’s had at the highest level.
Who else? Recently, Butler’s Zac Taylor, Fort Scott’s Greg Cross and Highland’s Billy Bob Orsagh come to mind. Hit me with an e-mail or a comment and let me know what you think.