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.
|Year||Team||QB||Points Per Game||W-L||Successor||Points Per Game||W-L|
|2005||Virginia Tech||Marcus Vick||33.8||11-2||Sean Glennon||25.8||10-3|
|2004||Virginia Tech||Byran Randall||30.8||10-3||Marcus Vick||33.8||11-2|
|2003||NC State||Philip Rivers||37.6||8-5||Jay Davis||24.0||5-6|
|2001||Clemson||Woody Dantzler||30.8||7-5||Willie Simmons||25.4||7-6|
|2000||Florida State||Chris Weinke||39.3||11-2||Chris Rix||33.6||8-4|
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.
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