What defines a greatness in quarterbacking? The answer will vary.

Some coaches want a game manager while others need a play maker. One coach might want a quarterback with a strong arm and a pocket presence, while another coach may look at escape ability and speed.

The only two things that every coach can agree on is having a player under center who is a leader and a winner.

On this the first day of college football, I give you the best leaders and winners that have played the quarterback position at Utah, Utah State and BYU over the last 35 years.

Who made the list and who got cut? Take a look.

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25. Diondre Borel

School: Utah State

Time at USU: 2007-2010

Borel spent three seasons as the Aggies' starting quarterback and threw for nearly 6,700 yards and 36 touchdowns. Borel was impressive with his legs as well; he rushed for 1,398 yards and 18 scores.

24. Eric Hipple

School: Utah State

Time at USU: 1976-1979

Hipple was a huge part of two Aggies PCAA conference championship teams. Hipple threw for more than 5,300 yards and 32 touchdowns from 1977-1979. Hipple also rushed for 11 touchdowns in those three seasons. For his efforts, Hipple was drafted as the 85th pick in the 1980 NFL draft.

23. Larry Egger

School: University of Utah

Time at Utah: 1985-1986

Egger won eight of his first 10 starts before the wheels fell off with the Utes, losing 11 of 13 games over two seasons.

Even though the Utes struggled, Egger continued to put up huge numbers. He finished top 10 nationally in each of his two seasons in both passing yards and passing touchdowns and finished his Utah career throwing for 5,749 yards and 39 touchdowns.

22. Brent Snyder

School: Utah State

Time at USU: 1987-1988

Snyder spent the 1987 and 1988 seasons as the Utah State starter. Even though the Aggies didn’t find much success during those years, Snyder finished in the top 10 nationally in touchdown passes and passing yards in each season.

For his career, Snyder passed for more than 6,100 yards and accounted for 43 touchdowns, including four rushing scores.

21. Frank Dolce

School: University of Utah

Time at Utah: 1991-1992

As the Utes' starting quarterback, Dolce led the University of Utah to 13 victories and a trip to the Copper Bowl in 1992. As a senior, Dolce completed 58.4 percent of his passes to lead the WAC. He also accounted for 22 touchdowns, which was good for second in the conference and seventh nationally. Dolce finished his Utah career throwing for 4,813 yards and 30 touchdowns.

20. Brett Ratliff

School: University of Utah

Time at Utah: 2005-2006

Ratliff started 15 games in his career at the Utah and won 10.

In his first start against archrival BYU, Ratliff was unstoppable, leading the Utes to a 41-34 overtime win. He threw for 240 yards and four touchdowns while adding 112 yards rushing and another score.

Start No. 2 might have been even more impressive, as Ratliff and the Utes crushed the 24th-ranked Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 38-10 in the Emerald Bowl. On that day Ratliff completed 30 of 41 passes for 381 yards and four touchdowns.

As a senior, Ratliff was second in the MWC in passing yards with 2,796 and finished second in touchdown passes with 23 while leading Utah to an eight-win season.

19. Mike Fouts

School: University of Utah

Time at Utah: 1995-1996

Fouts spent two very successful years as the starter at Utah. As a junior, he won seven of his last nine starts, including a 34-17 drubbing of BYU in Provo in the last game of the season to clinch a share of the WAC title.

Fouts had an even better season as a senior leading the Utes to eight wins, including seven in a row and a spot in the Copper Bowl. For his career, Fouts threw for 5,434 yards and 39 touchdowns.

18. Brandon Doman

School: Brigham Young

Time at BYU: 1998-2001

Doman would be higher on this list had he started more than 16 games.

Doman won his first 14 starts, which included the first 12 of the 2001 BYU season. As a senior, Doman led the MWC and top 7 nationally in passing yards, total yards, passing touchdowns, total touchdowns and passer efficiency rating.

During his time as a Cougar, Doman threw for 4,354 yards and 35 touchdowns while rushing for more than 600 yards and 11 scores.

17. Kevin Feterik

School: Brigham Young

Time at BYU: 1996-1999

Feterik was the BYU starting quarterback during the Cougars' transition from the WAC to the MWC, and he put up huge numbers along the way.

As a junior, Feterik led the WAC in passing yards and passing efficiency rating while finishing second in passing touchdowns and completion percentage. Feterik was even better during his lone season in the Mountain West. He led the conference in every major quarterbacking statistical category.

Feterik finished his BYU career having passed for more than 8,000 yards and 53 touchdowns

16. Jose Fuentes

School: Utah State

Time at USU: 1999-2002

Fuentes spent three seasons as the starting quarterback in Logan and left as the Aggies all-time leader in passing yards with 9,168. Fuentes also accounted for 61 touchdowns, including an 18-yard touchdown reception during his sophomore year.

15. Anthony Calvillo

School: Utah State

Time at USU: 1992-1993

Calvillo spent two seasons as the Aggies' starting signal caller and played in some huge games. As a senior, he led the Aggies to five straight wins to end the season and win the Big West Conference championship. During that stretch, Utah State beat BYU 58-56 in one of the most memorable games in Aggie history.

For his two seasons as the Aggie starter, Calvillo threw for more than 5,400 yards and accounted for 43 touchdowns, including eight on the ground.

14. John Walsh

School: Brigham Young

Time at BYU: 1991-1994

Walsh was the Cougars' starting signal caller for two full seasons before leaving Provo early for the NFL. Before he left, Walsh put up very impressive numbers, leading the nation in passing yards and passing touchdowns in 1994.

For his BYU career, Walsh threw for almost 8,400 yards and accounted for 69 touchdowns, including three on the ground.

13. Mike McCoy

School: University of Utah

Time at Utah: 1992-1994

McCoy’s name littered the national leader board for quarterbacks during his two seasons as the Utes' starter. Utah also found great team success during McCoy’s time under center, including the two famous 34-31 victories over the hated BYU Cougars and the Utes' first bowl win in 30 years.

As a junior, McCoy led the WAC in yards and was second in completion percentage. His 4,146 passing yards also finished second nationally. As a senior, McCoy finished top 10 nationally in both completion percentage and yards while leading the country in passing touchdowns. For his career, McCoy finished with 7,759 passing yards and 51 touchdowns.

12. Chuckie Keeton

School: Utah State

Time at USU: 2011-current

Keeton has spent two years in Logan to this point and has already become an Aggie legend. As a sophomore, Keeton led the Aggies to an 11-win season — the most wins ever in one season for an Aggie team — accounting for 35 touchdowns and nearly 4,000 yards.

To this point, Keeton has thrown for 4,573 yards and 38 touchdowns to go along with 912 yards and 12 more scores on the ground.

11. Steve Sarkisian

School: Brigham Young

Time at BYU: 1996-1997

Sarkisian led BYU to the NCAA’s first-ever 14-win season and a no. 5 ranking as a senior. That year, Sarkisian led the nation in completion percentage and passing efficiency rating while finishing second in both passing yards and passing touchdowns. He was WAC Offensive Player of the Year that season and named second team All-American.

During his two-year Cougar career, Sarkisian passed for more than 7,400 yards and 53 touchdowns.

10. John Beck

School: Brigham Young

Time at BYU: 2003-2006

Beck led the MWC in completion percentage, passing yards, total yards, passing touchdowns and total touchdowns in both his junior and senior seasons. Beck was the MWC Offensive Player of the Year as a senior and a second team All-American.

Beck was responsible for one of the greatest plays in BYU history, throwing a touchdown pass to Johnny Harline with no time left to beat the archrival Utah.

For his Cougar career, Beck threw for more than 11,000 yards and almost 80 touchdowns.

9. Brian Johnson

School: University of Utah

Time at Utah: 2004-2008

Johnson was the starting quarterback on one of the best teams in University of Utah history: the 2009 Sugar Bowl, undefeated team.

The Sugar Bowl year was also Johnson's best year. He was named the MWC Offensive Player of the Year and finished sixth nationally in completion percentage.

For his career, Johnson threw for 7,853 yards and 57 touchdowns as well as running for 848 yards and 12 scores. Johnson’s career numbers still place him in the top seven in MWC history in completion percentage, passing yards, touchdowns and passing touchdowns.

8. Max Hall

School: Brigham Young

Time at BYU: 2007-2009

Hall spent three seasons as the starter in Provo and is the all-time leader in wins by a quarterback at BYU with 32.

Hall threw for more than 11,000 yards and 94 touchdowns in addition to being named All-MWC for straight seasons. Hall is still the leader in MWC history in passing yards, passing efficiency rating and total touchdowns, while sitting at second in completion percentage and passing yards.

7. Scott Mitchell

School: University of Utah

Time at Utah: 1987-1989

Even though Mitchell never played on any great teams at the University of Utah, he was a great quarterback. In fact, Mitchell threw for more yards and more touchdowns than any other quarterback in Ute history, ending his career with 8,981 yards and 69 touchdowns.

Mitchell’s best season came in 1988 when he led the nation in passing yards, total yards and passing touchdowns.

6. Alex Smith

School: University of Utah

Time at Utah: 2002-2004

Smith won 21 of his 22 starts as a Ute after replacing an injured Brett Elliot in game three of the 2003 season. He led the Utes to a Mountain West Conference championship with a 10-2 record that year and a victory in the Liberty Bowl in addition to leading the MWC in completion percentage.

In 2004, Smith led the Utes to a 12-0 record as the Utes became the first non-automatic qualifying school to make a BCS game. He led the MWC in just about every major statistical category for quarterbacks and was named 2004 the MWC Offensive player of the Year. That season, Smith amassed 32 passing and 10 rushing touchdowns while only throwing four interceptions.

For his efforts in the Utes historic season, Smith finished fourth in the Heisman voting. He ended his Utah career throwing for 5,203 yards and 47 touchdowns with only eight interceptions while rushing for 1,094 yards and 15 touchdowns.

5. Marc Wilson

School: Brigham Young

Time at BYU: 1977-1979

Wilson won the WAC Offensive Player of the Year in 1977 after replacing an injured Gifford Nielson. Two years later, Wilson won the award again; he led the nation in passing yards, total yards, passing touchdowns and total touchdowns.

For his efforts, Wilson won the Sammy Baugh award, finished third in the Heisman voting and was named first team All-American.

For his career, Wilson threw for more than 8,000 yards and amassed 71 touchdowns, including eight on the ground.

4. Steve Young

School: Brigham Young

Time at BYU: 1981-1983

Young was both dominant with his feet and his arm during his time at BYU.

Young won the Sammy Baugh and Davey O’Brien awards as the nation’s best quarterback as a senior. For that season, he led the nation in completions, completion percentage, passing yards, total yards, passing touchdowns, total touchdowns and passing efficiency rating. Young finished second in the Heisman voting and was a first team All-American in 1983.

For his career, Young threw for more than 7,700 yards and 56 touchdowns in addition to nearly 1,100 yards rushing and 18 touchdowns on the ground.

He was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 2001.

3. Robbie Bosco

School: Brigham Young

Time at BYU: 1983-1985

Bosco was a junior and the starting quarterback for BYU when they won the National Championship in 1984, when he led the nation in passing yards, total yards, passing touchdowns and total touchdowns.

Bosco repeated that feat as a senior even though the Cougars weren’t as successful, only winning 11 games. For his efforts, Bosco finished third in both his junior and senior seasons in the Heisman voting.

During his BYU career, Bosco threw for more than 9,000 yards, including in bowl games, to go along with 69 touchdowns.

2. Jim McMahon

School: Brigham Young

Time at BYU: 1977-1981

McMahon broke 70 NCAA records as a Cougar, winning the WAC Offensive Player of the Year three times. He also finished top five in the Heisman trophy voting twice. '

McMahon was an All-American and the winner of both the Sammy Baugh and Davey O’Brien awards in 1981 after leading the nation in completion percentage and passing efficiency rating.

McMahon finished his career with 9,536 yards passing and 84 touchdowns and was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1999.

1. Ty Detmer

School: Brigham Young

Time at BYU: 1988-1991

Detmer led the nation in passing yards three times and ended his career as the all-time leading passer in NCAA history with more than 15,000 yards. He also accounted for 137 touchdowns, including bowl games, and won the Davey O’Brien award as the nation’s best quarterback twice.

Detmer is the only Cougar to ever win the Heisman trophy, which he did as a junior. Detmer was also only one of two Cougars named first team All-American twice.

For his remarkable career at BYU, Detmer was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2012.