Which Falcons player had the best college football career?
To make it onto an NFL team like the Atlanta Falcons you must set yourself apart in some way. The most conventional way is to dominate the competition in college football, rarely do you see someone who did not play in the college ranks make it to the pros, it is just too difficult to stand out to NFL scouts. In fact, every single player on the Falcons roster played college football, which is the norm around the league.
So, which Atlanta Falcons player had the absolute best career while playing college football?
There is one Falcons player whose college career was easily the best on the team
If you know at least a little bit about college football then you can probably guess which Falcons player it is.
Uncoincidentally, he is also the only player on the Falcons roster that has won a Heisman Trophy and is also a new member of the team who is competing for a starting role at an important position.
Okay, if you have not figured it out by now it is Marcus Mariota who easily had the most impressive college football career out of any of the Falcons players.
Over a three-year career at the University of Oregon, Mariota compiled unreal stats. He completed 66.8% of his passes for 10,796 passing yards on a total of 779 completions, while also having 105 passing touchdowns to just 14 interceptions.
In addition to his stellar work through the air, he also had a major impact on the ground as he carried the ball 337 times for 2,237 yards and 29 touchdowns.
His Heisman year came during his final year which was his junior year where he threw for 4,454 yards, averaged ten yards per attempt, and had 42 touchdowns to just four interceptions. He also was able to get 15 touchdowns on the ground.
Another guy worth mentioning is the other quarterback, Desmond Ridder, who took Cincinnati to the College Football Playoffs. During his four years with the Bearcats, he was able to compile 10,239 passing yards and 87 passing touchdowns while also accounting for 2,180 and 28 touchdowns on the ground.
Those two are really the two who stand out, especially Marcus Mariota, but some other guys worth mentioning are Troy Anderson, A.J. Terrell, Grady Jarrett, and Tyler Allgeier.
Certainly, everyone on the roster was excellent in college, or else they would not be in the position they are in right now but Marcus Mariota really stands out as a college football legend.