Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Replacing a QB, Part 2

Based on the tone of most college football pundits you'd think BC was the first school that had to replace a great QB. Just look at what other ACC programs have done replacing their all conference QBs.
**2006 and 2002 are not included as the first team all ACC QBs (Ryan and Schaub) returned for a senior season.

YearTeamQBPoints Per GameW-LSuccessorPoints Per GameW-L
2005Virginia TechMarcus Vick33.811-2Sean Glennon25.810-3
2004Virginia TechByran Randall30.810-3Marcus Vick33.811-2
2003NC StatePhilip Rivers37.68-5Jay Davis24.05-6
2001ClemsonWoody Dantzler30.87-5Willie Simmons25.47-6
2000Florida StateChris Weinke39.311-2Chris Rix33.68-4

As you can see, there is no clear pattern on what works are what doesn't. NC State and Clemson turned the programs over to veterans. Florida State followed a Heisman winner with a freshman. Virginia Tech has had the most continuity, yet is not a particularly QB-centric offense or program.

My biggest fear is the Jay Davis scenario. Davis, like Crane, was a long-time backup. He struggled and the team went through a QB controversy. I think BC avoids that worst-case scenario regardless of the QB. Our defense alone should keep us above .500 and bowl eligible.


Big Jack Krack said...

Matt Flynn didn't do too badly at LSU. He was a "long-time backup" who seized the opportunity when he had the chance. He started in place of an injured JaMarcus Russell in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl and responded by leading the Tigers to a 40-3 win over Miami in 2005, after serving as the backup all year. He was a reserve in 2004 and again in 2006. He basically got his chance after 3 years as the backup - and a redshirt year. He was waiting his opportunity for 4 years.

From what I've seen of Chris Crane (not much) I think he could be very good. These other QBs look good as well. I think our coaching staff will get it sorted out.

I am personally feeling good about next year, because everyone will have us at or near the bottom of the ACC - and we'll be much better than that.

With no offense to Jay Davis - we will not struggle that much.

Sebastian said...

Does this mean the Falcons have Ryan?

Big Jack Krack said...

Very interesting, sebastian. We'll find out on April 26th - live from Radio City Music Hall in the Big Apple.

I wish Matt the best - I hope he works out his contract early, and reports to camp early - working on that playbook. That's the way to get off on the right foot with the team that drafts him, and the fans.