Western Kentucky senior Brandon Doughty led the nation in passing last season and could be the next quarterback from a mid-major school in the NFL. Below is a list of former small-school signal-callers currently starting in the league:
Joe Flacco, Delaware - Baltimore's No. 1 draft choice in 2008 has started every game for the Ravens and holds numerous franchise records. MVP of Super Bowl XLVII.
Tony Romo, Eastern Illinois - Signed with the Dallas Cowboys as a free agent in 2003 and became a starter three years later. Earned fourth Pro Bowl selection last season and led Cowboys to divisional round of the playoffs.
Ben Roethlisberger, Miami (Ohio) - Drafted 11th overall by Pittsburgh in 2004, ''Big Ben'' holds numerous club records and has helped the Steelers win five division titles and two of three Super Bowl appearances. Three-time Pro Bowl selection, including 2014.
Colin Kaepernick, Nevada - San Francisco's second-round pick in 2011 became the 49ers' starter the next year and led them to two playoff appearances, including Super Bowl XLVII. Has started every game since 2013 season.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, Harvard - If nothing else, the Ivy Leaguer could be considered one of the best-educated QBs. The 11-year veteran started Sunday's opener for the New York Jets and has played for five other clubs.
Derek Carr, Fresno State - A second-round pick by Oakland in 2014 and the younger brother of 2002 No. 1 overall selection David Carr. Derek threw for 3,270 yards and 21 touchdowns against 12 interceptions and started every game as a rookie for the Raiders.