So, seeing ESPN gush over Winston and Manziel, I thought I'd do some research. I found some interesting stuff.
Winston: 128/183 (69.9%), 2177 yards, 23 TD / 4 INT
Manziel: 184/252 (73%), 2594 yards, 22 TD / 8 INT
Aside from a large number of interceptions for Manziel, those stats are pretty impressive, right? And Braxton, despite looking great, hasn't been getting much national media attention because he missed a few games. Well, we can still make a comparison of our quarterback play to theirs. That's right -- I'm bringing Kenny G into it.
Miller: 89/126 (70.6%), 1083 yards, 11 TD, 2 INT
Guiton: 67/97 (69.1%), 690 yards, 13 TD, 2 INT
TOTAL: 156/223 (70%), 1773 yards, 24 TD, 4 INT
Obviously, we're a power running team, while A&M is an air-raid team and FSU throws the ball a lot more frequently than we do. Our offense revolves around the zone read and short passes, so our yards per attempt are much lower than Winston and Manziel's, but overall the stats are pretty comparable, especially the TD/INT ratio, which is the best one between the three.
But we all know that Johnny Football's trademark is his legs. So let's compare QB rushing stats.
Manziel: 89 carries, 497 yards (5.6 YPC), 6 TD
Winston: 44 carries, 126 yards (2.9 YPC), 3 TD
Miller: 86 carries, 403 yards (4.7 YPC), 2 TD
Guiton: 28 carries, 209 yards, 3 TD
OSU TOTAL: 114 carries, 612 yards (5.4 YPC), 5 TD
So, Johnny Football has been about as efficient rushing the football as Braxton and Kenny have been. He's completing a higher percentage of his passes, for a higher average per catch, but despite all of the extra attempts, he's thrown for two fewer touchdowns than Braxton/Kenny, with four more picks. So, our quarterbacks have been more efficient this season than the guy who ESPN is saying should win another Heisman.
As for Winston, he's been GREAT through the air. Braxton/Kenny have the same completion percentage and number of interceptions thrown, with one more TD pass, but far fewer yards through the air. But, when you factor in the QB running game, they more than make up for it.
Also, Mariota is seen as the Heisman frontrunner (much to the chagrin of ESPN), and with good reason. He's averaging nearly 10 yards per carry(about 500 yards total), and has nine touchdown runs. And while he hasn't thrown a pick, he's completing 64% of his passes, with 20 touchdowns. Call me crazy, but I think that, if you combine Braxton and Kenny's stats, they're pretty solid compared to Mariota's.
The other thing is that Manziel, Winston, and Mariota are all the focal points of their offenses. Even with a healthy Braxton, it seems like our focal point is Hyde, and when Guiton was in, Jordan Hall carried a LOT of the load.
I'm not really sure where I'm going with this, but I'll just say that I think these stats show that, even with our backup playing for three full games, our quarterbacks can hang with the best in the country, and don't get nearly enough credit for it.
Oh, and just for the hell of it, here are McCarron's stats. The player who I think is the most overrated player in college football.
McCarron: 145/209 (69.4%), 1862 yards, 16 TD, 3 INT, (-20) rushing yards, 0 rushing TD's.