Not even 12 hours after Brady Quinn “shocked” the college football world by winning the Maxwell Award, and some asinine Buckeyes fan writes an article quite nearly devoid of all substance or integrity.
Dave Berk of bucknuts.com says
Like most college football fans I’m still scratching my head on how the Maxwell Award goes to a quarterback with two losses and inflated numbers…What should have been the final piece of the puzzle during Thursday nights College Football Awards soon became the biggest joke of the night and possibly the season….
Look at all the numbers and not just the passing yards posted by the two….
Smith earned Big Ten offensive player of the year honors by throwing for 30 touchdowns and amassing 2,740 total yards….
Quinn had 35 touchdowns and passed for 3,278 yards but needed 135 more attempts to account for the extra yards. When you break it down, Quinn only averaged 5.7 yards more per play in those 135 plays.
Dave Berk is right. I’ve seen the light. By all means, let’s “look at ALL the numbers.”
So Mr. Berk wants to talk “inflated numbers”? This season Troy Smith has faced a schedule in which 10 of Ohio State’s 12 opponents were unranked. Of the three Heisman finalists–Smith, Brady Quinn and Darren McFadden–Troy Smith has faced the least number of ranked teams. Per Jeff Sagarin, Ohio State’s strength of schedule is ranked 38th in the country, and Notre Dame’s is 20th.
Is this the part in the analysis where, per Mr. Berk’s instructions, we throw out the passing yards as immaterial? I suppose we’d have to for Troy Smith’s benefit, given that his 209 yards passing per game ranks 33rd in the nation while Quinn’s 273 ypg is ranked 8th. As Mr. Berk points out, however, we should look at Smith’s 2,740 total yards for a more accurate barometer of greatness. After all, those 2,740 yds rank Smith 32nd in the nation. Pretty impressive.
Although not quite as impressive as Brady Quinn’s 3,343 total yards that ranks him still 8th in total offense out of all Div I-A players.
An oft-quoted stat in Troy Smith’s Heisman candidacy is his TD-INT ratio of 30-5. What’s conveniently disregarded is that Brady Quinn’s TD-INT ratio of 35-5 not only leads all Div I-A QBs, it’s a ratio surpassed by only one QB in the last decade (Phillip Rivers, NC State, 2003).
Speaking of these 5 interceptions, I need a clarification from Buckeyes fans. You’re always more than willing to trudge out (again) Troy Smith’s fewer pass attempts to support your arguments in regards to his “superior” efficiency–completion percentage, TDs-per-attempts, etc. Is there any OSU homer with a shred of character who’s willing to actually follow through on that entire analysis and point out that this also means Smith interception-per-attempt ratio is in fact worse than Quinn’s?
Smith currently has 30 TDs and 5 INTs on 199 pass completions. Quinn has 35 TDs and 5 INTs on 274 completions. If you projected these numbers out and had Troy Smith completing as many passes as Brady Quinn, Smith would have 41 TDs…and 7 INTs.
SACKS AND RUNNING GAME
Troy Smith plays behind an offensive line that’s surrendered 11 sacks all season, less than one per game. Brady Quinn has been sacked 30 times, and that doesn’t even take into account the hurries and knockdowns. Ohio State’s ground game is ranked 18th in the country, racking up more than 180 ypg, while ND’s 76th-ranked rushing “attack” accounts for a whopping 124 ypg. If Quinn had an o-line that protected him three times as well, and a Top 20 rushing game to take some of the load off his shoulders, does anyone honestly think we’d even be having a legitimate discussion about Troy Smith’s Heisman chances?
Mr. Berk calls Troy Smith “the most important player to his team’s success.” Well, if that’s one of the criteria for the Maxwell, the Heisman, or whatever, then why the hell are we talking about Smith again? Ohio State without Troy Smith still has those receivers, still has that o-line, still has that rushing game, still has that receiving corps, and still has that stifling defense. Without Smith, the Buckeyes are at worst #2 in the Big Ten and still headed to a BCS Bowl.
And the Irish? Hell, forget just two losses. Notre Dame without Brady Quinn is sitting at home right now with a 4-8 record. THAT is what you call an MVP.
Troy Smith will win the Heisman because he’s arguably (although not definitively) the best player on the #1 team in the country–nothing more, nothing less. Statistically, he’ll be the least impressive QB in my lifetime (and I’m 35 years old) to win the Heisman. I still can’t figure out why exactly he won the Davey O’Brien Award as the outstanding QB in the country, given that aside from ranking 4th in quarterback efficiency, he doesn’t rank higher than 32nd in any major statistical category.
Three QBs are more efficient than Smith is. Thirty-two QBs have passed for more yards. Thirty-one QBs have more total offensive yards. Thirty-six QBs have more completions. And yet Mr. Berk insists the upcoming Heisman ceremony “will prove Smith is the number one player in the country.”
Indeed, Mr. Berk. Just like it did with other vaunted Heisman-winning QBs like Eric Crouch, Chris Weinke, Danny Wuerffel, Charlie Ward, and Gino Torreta.
Let the mass hypnosis continue. Troy Smith for Heisman! (I assume his handlers have reminded him to wear platform shoes to the ceremony. With NFL scouts watching and all, something has got to make up for that extra two inches the OSU media guide gives the kid.)