QB Passing Leaders Bowl Games

December 30, 2010

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Bowl Game Passing Leaders To Date (end 29/12)

RK  NAME                            TEAM    RESULT                                 COMP   ATT       YDS        TD          INT         RAT

1Blaine Gabbert,              MIZZ      L 24-27 at IOWA               41           57           434         1              2              134.7

2Bryant Moniz,                 HAW L 35-62 at TLSA                      24           47           411         3              4              128.6

3Corey Robinson,            TROY W 48-21 vs. OHIO                 32           42           387         4              0              185.0

4G.J. Kinne,                        TLSA W 62-35 vs. HAW                   17           31           343         3              0              179.7

5Kellen Moore,                  BSU W 26-3 vs. UTAH                     28           38           339         2              1              160.7

6Robert Griffin III,          BAY L 14-38 vs. ILL                            30           41           306         1              0              143.9

7Chandler Harnish,         NIU W 40-17 at FRES                       17           26           300         1              0              175.0

8Ryan Colburn,                  FRES L 17-40 vs. NIU                        28           38           288         2              0              154.7

9Nick Foles,                        ARIZ L 10-36 vs. OKST                     32           50           280         1              3              105.6

10Ryan Lindley,                 SDSU W 35-14 vs. NAVY               18           23           276         2              0              207.8

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What’s Happening in DC?

December 18, 2010

When Jim Zorn was ousted in Washington and replaced with Mike Shanahan, you got the feeling the Redskins were going to get their ship readied and stabilised. But this season has seen anything but. From the Haynesworth distraction to the overly-veteran backfield and now the baffling QB juggle. McNabb was brought in to be the leader and the quarterback, and we have seen plenty of the McNabb that made him a legend in Philly. But we have seen inconsistency and a sign of wearing tread on the tires. Mid-season we saw McNabb benched because his command of the 2 minute offense and ‘stamina’ were not up to scractch. Now, with 3 games left, Shanahan has benced McNabb, instead to start veteran backup Rex Grossman. Shanahan has indicated it is all about making decisions for 2011, meaning he has seen all he needs to of Donovan and wants to see what Rex and John Beck have to offer. Strange times indeed. They will have a chance to draft a highly ranked QB in 2011, but which young QB wants to walk into that mess!

When the coaching carousel stops, how do QBs know whether to stay on for another go, or to get off and try something new? QBCentral looks at some cases around the NCAA to see how we would handle them.

Case 1: My HC is on the hot seat and although I had a great season this past year, a bowl loss could see him fired.  Problem is, his system suits me perfectly and the coach many are wanting here runs a totally different system.

Sound like anyone we know? So Denard, how to handle it. If Rich Rodriguez returns to AA, then no problem, go about your business in 2011 and win a Heisman. If he gets canned, start keeping your eyes out. A Jim Harbaugh hire spells doom for your future and it is time to find a spread offense friendly to you. You have a redshirt left to burn, so use it wisely to transfer to another BCS Div 1 program.

Case 2: Mr HC is constantly rumoured to be ready to jump to the NFL or to his Alma Mater. I am one of the best QBs in the country and among the favourites to be #1 overall in next year’s draft if I come out early.

Well Mr Luck, if Harbaugh goes, so should you. In fact, I don’t see any reason to stay except if you dream for Heisman glory. If your season in 2010 didn’t coincide with Cam Newton, maybe you would have the hardware already. Time to declare, there are many NFL teams ready to make you their brand.

Case 3: My well-respected coach has decided to resign and we have a new sheriff in town. He is a defensive guy, so I am eagerly awaiting the announcement of his OC. He has said he wants to go pro-style, which suits me, so should I wait around, or seek greener pastures, after all, I wasn’t too comfy filling those big shoes.

Wait and see John Brantley. Who knows what Muschamp has up his sleeve. With the rumours of the exodus of the spread in Gainesville, then perhaps this is the fresh start you need. Stay put in Florida for now and see what happens. Otherwise, time to look Mid-Major.

Case 4: I came in as a touted freshman, but ended up as the backup to a guy who still has eligibility left. I am contemplating leaving town for a fresh start. Now I hear there is a new OC coming in who will be HC in a year.

Ok young Brunetti, you still have time on your side. If Holgerson is really coming into town, then a fresh set of eyes gives you a shot. Are you afraid of some competition? If not, time to throw down and make Morgantown your town. If you end up on the wrong end at the end of spring, take the bus to another locale and see what is on offer, time is on your side.

Case 5: I foolishly declared for the draft as an underclassman last year and now am in the unemployment line.

Too late Jevan Snead. Too late.

Cam Newton had undoubtedly the best season by a collegiate player this year. He also had the biggest scandal. For Heisman voters, the two never converged as the Auburn QB romped away with the prestigious award ahead of Stanford passer Andrew Luck. Whether or not he keeps the award, well, that is yet to be determined, but as of now, he is both eligible and a Heisman winner, and in a month, could be a National Champion.

The Heisman follows up the Davey O’Brien, Maxwell and Walter Camp awards, giving the first year sensation a swag of hardware to take home.

See ESPN.com’s Heisman Coverage here.