4. Ryan Stanley, FAMU (2016-2019)
Playing quarterback at Florida A&M is tough. Expectations are always high, and for much of the last decade, they have rarely been met.
Ryan Stanley four seasons in Tallahassee were filled with ups and downs for both he and the program. The team struggled his first two seasons as the quarterback tried to find consistency, but continued to show promise.
That pattern continued in 2018 as Willie Simmons took over. There were times when Stanley looked like the best passer in the league, and then times when he looked like a liability, often within the same game.
It all came together for Stanley as a senior, however, as he led FAMU to a 9-2 record which included several game-winning drives in the fourth quarter. He broke several program records while throwing for 23 touchdowns to just seven interceptions while completing just over 60 percent of his passes. That performance won him MEAC Offensive Player of The Year honors.
Stanley leaves FAMU as the MEAC’s all-time leader in pass completions (711), ranked second with 1,174 attempts and 8,637 yards passing and fourth in touchdowns with 64.