Over the next few weeks, I'd like to introduce the country to its representatives in the IFAF World Cup. For the first installment, we'll look at the glamour position ... the quarterback.
Jeff Ballard, TCU (Division I-A)
Measurables: 6-feet 1 inch, 212 lbs.
Hometown: Friendsworth, Texas
Born: November 4, 1983
Stats: 329-for-539 (61%), 4,190 yards, 27 TD, 12 INT
Ballard took over the reins at Texas Christian in 2005, leading the Horned Frogs to a 51-50 overtime victory over conference rival Brigham Young. TCU would not lose under Ballard in 2005, as he led his school to nine straight victories, including a 27-24 win over Iowa State in the EV1.net Houston Bowl.
In 2006, Ballard extended his winning streak as a starter to 12 games before his Horned Frogs were bested by the Brigham Young Cougars, 31-17. In total, Ballard went 20-2 as a starter at TCU, throwing for over 4,000 yards and 27 touchdowns against just 12 interceptions.
Rocky Pentello, Capital (Division III)
Hometown: Columbus, Ohio
Stats: 64% completion rate, 12,569 yards, 36 TD
In 2006, Pentello led Division III football with 3,625 passing yards. As the four-year starter at Capital, Pentello compiled a 36-11 record and has thrown for 12,569 yards in his career, ranking him the 12th-highest in college football history.
Adam Austin, Arizona (Division I-A)
Measurables: 6 feet 3 inches, 217 lbs.
Hometown: Mundelein, Illinois
Born: November 20, 1983
Stats: 55-for-116 (47%), 549 yards, 2 TD, 6 INT
Austin split time in the desert in 2006, but in his six games of action, he only completed over 50 percent of his throws once, a 6-for-9 performance against hapless Stanford.