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September 24, 2010
QB geography: Where are the starters from?
If your favorite team is looking for a quarterback, your team's coaches -- not surprisingly -- need to head to California, Florida and Texas.
Exactly half -- 60 of 120 -- of the starting quarterbacks at FBS schools are from those three states. In addition, of the top 40 high school quarterbacks in the nation this recruiting cycle, almost half (18) hail from that trio of states.
Of the current FBS starting quarterbacks, California has the most with 23. Texas is second with 19 and Florida third with 18. Pennsylvania (eight) and Georgia and Ohio (seven each) round out the top five.
Last season, California, Florida and Texas combined for 54 starting quarterbacks.
In this season's high school ranks, California has seven of the top 40, followed by Florida with six and Texas with five. Last year, 18 of the nation's top 40 were from those three states, with California having eight, Texas six and Florida four.
Here is a look at this season's FBS starters (* -- see notes at bottom):