Where Cam Ward Ranks among 2024 ESPN top 10 college football quarterbacks

Cam Ward is included in the ESPN article "Ranking the top 10 college football quarterbacks in 2024."

Oct 21, 2023; Eugene, Oregon, USA; Washington State Cougars quarterback Cameron Ward (1) looks to
Oct 21, 2023; Eugene, Oregon, USA; Washington State Cougars quarterback Cameron Ward (1) looks to / Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports
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The addition of Cam Ward as a transfer to Miami is expected to elevate the Hurricanes in 2024. Ward is included in the ESPN article "Ranking the top 10 college football quarterbacks in 2024." The QBs were ranked with ESPN reporters giving 10 points for first place, nine for second, down to one point for 10th.

Ward comes to Miami with high expectations. FanDuel ranks Ward as the ninth favorite to win the Heisman Trophy and first among ACC Players. Ward has a lot of talent to work with on offense in 2024. Henry Parrish and Mark Fletcher return for Miami as the top two rushers.

Xavier Restrepo returns after setting a Miami single season record with 85 receptions. Second-leading receiver Jacolby George who was second on Miami in receiving, led the Hurricanes with eight touchdown receptions in 2023. Restrepo has a chance to set Miami career records for receptions and receiving yards in 2024.

If Ward reaches the numbers he had with Washington State in 2024, he can break Miami single season records. Bernie Kosar holds the Miami single season record with 3,642 passing yards in 1984. Steve Walsh has the Miami single season TD pass record with 29 in 1988. Miami should be more consistent passing with Ward in 2024.

"10. Cameron Ward, Miami
2023 stats: 3,735 yards passing, 25 TD passes, 7 INTs, 144 yards rushing, 8 TD rushes, 65.2 QBR
Points: 19
In what might have been the most dramatic quarterback transfer of the offseason, Washington State's Cam Ward entered the portal, declared for the NFL draft -- in what now appears to have been a leverage play -- and finally opted to stay in school at Miami. Ward's talent is obvious. He had several incredible moments for the Cougars over the past two seasons and was an FCS revelation at Incarnate Word before that. But consistency has been an issue. He threw for 3,735 yards last season, but over a five-game winless stretch in the middle of the season, (he) tossed just four touchdown passes.

Washington State was aware very early last season that it would likely be Ward's final season in Pullman. The Cougars didn't have the NIL firepower to keep him around and the collapse of the Pac-12 made his departure nearly a sure thing. This could be a make-or-break year for Ward in terms of his NFL outlook. He would have been a late-round prospect had he stayed in the draft, but if he improves his consistency, he could be considered a top-three-round type of player. -- Bonagura"

Kyle Bonagura, ESPN

Ward has been one of the most discussed QBs and transfers during the 2024 offseason. If Ward can become more consistent in 2024, he has a chance to move into the 2025 NFL Draft first round. The NFL Mock Draft Database projects Ward as the 45th best prospect in 2025.

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Ward will have a lot more attention on him at Miami than he did with Washington State. The season opener at Florida will garner a lot of attention nationally. Games versus Louisville and Florida State to end October should be the biggest tests for Ward and Miami in 2024. Miami should be an ACC title contender with Ward at QB.