Here we go…
Want to add a reason to re-examine the football future? Of course you do. Start here:
Check out these numbers, from Quarterback A and Quarterback B.
Quarterback A: 406 of 685 (59.3 percent), 4,426 Yds, 32 TDs, 23 INTs
Quarterback B: 329 of 604 (54.5 percent), 4,272 Yds, 26 TDs, 23 INTs
Quarterback A — with the more impressive totals — is Jimmy Clausen of Notre Dame.
I don’t know about you, but I saw this one coming a mile away.
The No. 1 pick in April’s NFL Draft, Georgia’s Matthew Stafford.
And it’s a fair comparison, because
… Clausen’s development is as real as Stafford’s when you consider surrounding talent compared to strength of schedule…
Uh hunh. All that surrounding talent. Georgia placed a whopping two players on the 2007 first team All-SEC football team, Moreno and Velasco. That talent gap must come as a complete shock to Tom Lemming.
Now Sprow may be on to something when he mentions strength of schedule. Young Master James faced exactly one top twenty team last season. His passer rating in that contest? A magnificent 47.48.
Throw in the fact that Georgia won twice as many games in Stafford’s first two years as did Notre Dame in Clausen’s, which means Jimmy was likely forced into a lot more passing situations than was Staff, and you’re not left with a whole lot to gleam from those stats.
Of course, I could be completely wrong about this. Clausen, under the tutelage of the man with the Super Bowl rings, could be poised to surpass all of Stafford’s accomplishments as a junior (given Notre Dame’s schedule, that’s not as preposterous as it sounds) and then go on to sign the most lucrative rookie contract in the history of the NFL. After all, the numbers don’t lie, right?