Quarterback A: 406 of 685 (59.3 percent) 4,426 yards, 32 TDs, 23 INTs.
Quarterback B: 329 of 604 (54.5 percent) 4,272 yards, 26 TDs, 23 INTs.
You’d rather have quarterback A, right?
Quarterback A: Jimmy Clausen
Quarterback B: Matthew Stafford
Stats courtesy of ESPN Insider, which points out that as much as Jimmy Clausen hasn’t lived up to the hype machine that came with him (and that he helped create), he is positioned to become a very prolific quarterback in college football this year, and one of the reasons why I’m really high on the Irish this season.
It’s also a big reason why I wasn’t that high on Stafford and the “consensus” that he was the #1 pick in the draft. For all the tools that Stafford reportedly has, he certainly has been lacking in the toolbox. Sure, SEC defenses are awfully tough, but a 26/23 TD/INT ratio isn’t befitting of $50 million guaranteed. And it wasn’t like he was throwing to terrible WRs or had no running game to support him. At least Clausen can point to the inept Notre Dame offensive line and one of the most feeble rushing attacks in college football.
As much as I’m still on the fence about Clausen as a leader and as a quarterback, he could finally become the quarterback that his coach/propaganda-ist Steve Clarkson made him out to be. The entire Clausen family and its quarterback aspirations are counting on him…
Filed under: CFB, Football | Tagged: #1 Pick, Jimmy Clausen, Matthew Stafford, Notre Dame