Football preview: The area’s best quarterbacks

Willie Bourbon
Senior • Stevenson
A three-year varsity starter, the 6-foot-1, 195-pound Bourbon is a threat through the air and on the ground. He was the team’s leading rusher in 2013. Improved footwork could lead to a reduction in interceptions in 2014.
Comp% — Yds/Att — Yds/Game — TD — Int
53 — 8.31 — 168.8 — 22 — 16

Connor McNamara
Junior • Vernon Hills
McNamara was forced into action in Week 1 of 2013 after starter Jordan Freibrun suffered an injury. Expect the Cougars to use the spread to take advantage of McNamara’s throwing and running skills.
Comp% — Yds/Att — Yds/Game — TD — Int
43 — 4.98 — 102 — 8 — 13

Trey Cervantes
Junior • Buffalo Grove
The 6-foot-2, 160-pounder took over the starting job last season. If the Bison are to return to the playoffs for the first time since 2003, it will be behind the strong arm of Cervantes.
Comp% — Yds/Att — Yds/Game — TD — Int
62 — 6.22 — 60.5 — 5 — 5

Jack Beneventi
Senior • Fenwick
The transfer from Benet is ranked No. 2 among senior QBs in the state. The Iowa-bound Beneventi (6-foot-6, 200 pounds) may have Division I cornerback Aaron Garland (Connecticut) as one of his receivers.
Comp%  — Yds/Att — Yds/Game — TD — Int
N/A — N/A — 148 — 7 — N/A

Lloyd Yates
Senior • Oak Park-River Forest
Scout.com ranks the Northwestern-bound Yates as the state’s fifth best senior QB. The 6-foot, 179-pounder is a prototypical spread QB and is a dual threat on the ground (117 carries, 935 yards, 10 TDs) and through the air.
Comp% — Yds/Att — Yds/Game — TD — Int
63.1 — N/A — 178 — 20 — 4

Tom Fiedler
Senior • Lyons
The 6-foot-3, 178-pound left-hander enters his third season as starter and has led Lyons into the playoffs each season. He has yet to make a college commitment. View highlights at tomfiedler14.com.
Comp% — Yds/Att — Yds/Game — TD — Int
59.6 — N/A — 178 — 16 — 2

Brian Collis
Junior • Maine South
After starting 10 games as a sophomore and helping the Hawks to two wins in the Class 8A playoffs as a sophomore, the 6-foot-2, 185-pound Collis led Maine South to the title at a 7-on-7 tournament at the University of Notre Dame this summer.“Our goals are super high here, and we are not easy on any quarterbacks,” Maine South offensive coordinator Charlie Bliss said. “But he can handle the pressure.”
Comp% — Yds/Att — Yds/Game — TD — Int
62 — 7.4 — 160.9 — 23 — 6

Fitz Stadler
Senior • Glenbrook South
It’s easy to spot Stadler on the field. At 6-foot-8, he towers over most players, including the linemen. Stadler, who is 220 pounds, is blessed with a strong arm and was drawing interest from Division I programs after he started as a junior for the 7-3 Titans, helping them reach the playoffs. Instead, Stadler, a right-handed pitcher, chose to commit to play baseball at Arizona State University.
Comp% — Yds/Att — Yds/Game — TD — Int
48 — 9.7 — 160.5 — 17 — 4

Tommy Galanopoulos
Senior • Niles West
A three-year starter for Niles West, Galanopoulos is the team’s unquestioned leader. He’s smart and can make all the throws. More importantly, he’s has helped make the Wolves winners, leading them to the playoffs the last two years. It’s the first time Niles West has earned consecutive postseason berths since 2003-2004.
Comp% — Yds/Att — Yds/Game — TD — Int
62 — 9.1 — 207.5 — 24 — 6

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