2. Bucky Richardson (1987-1988, 1990-1991)
Bucky Richardson led Texas A&M to two Southwest Conference titles in his five years as the Texas A&M quarterback. More of a running quarterback than a passing one, he was second in the SWC and 3rd in the NCAA in rush yards per attempt in 1990.
The Aggies went to a bowl game in every season he played, winning the 1987 Cotton Bowl over No. 12 Notre Dame and the 1989 Holiday Bowl over No. 13 BYU (this was the only game Richardson played that season, having missed the entire regular season due to injury. He promptly returned to lead the Aggies to a 65-14 win). In that game Richardson threw a touchdown, ran for a touchdown, and caught a touchdown. The Aggies rout still stands as the largest margin of victory in Holiday Bowl history, and their 65 points are still the most ever scored in the bowl.
Like Kubiak before him, Richardson played at the same time as several college greats including Desmond Howard, Ty Detmer, and Marshall Faulk, and he finished 10th in Heisman voting in 1991. The Aggies finished first or second in the conference every year that Richardson played, an accomplishment that has not been done by an Aggie quarterback since. They also finished top 20 in the country every year of Richardson’s career, finishing as high as 12th.