100

So, this popped up on Twitter yesterday.

David Wunderlich breaks that down.

Really, though, there are two main paths when you look at the full list.

One is to be a four-year starter (or close to it) in a pass-oriented offense. Aaron Murray, Danny Wuerffel, Drew Lock, Leak, and Peyton Manning all fit this mold.

The other is to be at least a good enough passer while getting ten or more rushing touchdowns a year. Tebow, Prescott, and Fitzgerald fall in here, and that’s really where you see Mullen’s influence.

Most coaches don’t run their quarterbacks like Mullen or his mentor Urban Meyer do. If they do, then the quarterback in question is generally not a great passer. There are some notable exceptions, like Cam Newton and Nick Marshall for Gus Malzahn or Johnny Manziel for Kevin Sumlin, but these are exceptions and not the rule.

Longevity really does count here too.

That’s why Tagovailoa (96) and Burrow (91) came up just short.  You know who else projects just short?

In 2018, Feleipe Franks racked up 24 passing and seven rushing for 31 total touchdowns. If Franks could’ve matched that count in his final two years of eligibility, he could combine his 91 touchdowns under Mullen with his nine from 2017 to surpass the century mark.

In other words, in terms of evaluating quarterback coaches, it’s one of those stats that means a lot less than it sounds.

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  1. Most teams use their running backs to get that tough 1 or 2 yards at the goal line. That stat tells me that MuLLLet doesn’t trust his running backs to get the tough yards when he needs them.

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  2. Yurdle

    Isn’t this more about how to stop Mullen than about his QB developing prowess? He has to have a QB who can run to make his system go.

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  3. What were those QBs combined records vs Kirby’s defenses?

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  4. Normaltown Mike

    Nick Marshall and good passer in same sentence?

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  5. Dawg19

    Fromm would have made this list had he stayed, and he certainly wasn’t in a pass-happy offense.

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  6. Dawg93

    Looking at this list, I immediately wondered why/how David Greene never eclipsed 100 TDs after not only starting for 4 years but also playing in 4 bowl games and 2 SECCG’s. Shockingly, he only had 77 total TDs (72 passing, 5 rushing). And the crazier stat is comparing his passing yards to the other guys on this list who were primarily passing QBs:

    Greene: 11,528
    Murray: 13,166
    Manning: 11,201
    Wuerffel: 10,875
    Leak: 11,213
    Lock: 12,193

    Outside of Murray’s total passing yards, Greene is in the ballpark or surpassed those other guys. IMO those TD numbers are a massive indictment of the Richt offense when he was calling the plays. Greene played in 51 games and Murray in 52, but Murray had over 1,600 yards more passing yards and SIXTY more TDs. (“RUN THE DAMN BALL, BOBO!!”)

    I know some will miss the point and reply with “but, but, but Greene had more wins AND an SEC title” . . . special teams and defense from 2001-2004 were remarkably better than they were from 2010 to 2013.

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    • Rocketdawg

      We also kicked a lot of FG’s and won low scoring defensive games in the early Richt years where we averaged 40 a game in the late Bobo years. The game changed between 2004 and 2011.

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    • FlyingPeakDawg

      There is a reason we are known as RBU not QBU.

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  7. Busta

    And this’ why neither Trask nor Jones will take MuLLLen to the promise land. One isn’t a runner and the other is too small for the QB killer to continually run into defenses every other play. After seeing so many SEC QBs who often run get their seasons ended, what 5 star kid wants to play in a system that will definitely make that happen? I can hear MuLLLen’s recruiting pitch now sounding like a pimp…”Will you die for me?”.

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  8. Biggus Rickus

    Chris Leak’s most productive season happened before Mullen arrived. There’s also the problem of Nick Fitzgerald, who was essentially Matt Jones, a perfectly fine player, but entirely one dimensional (and not the dimension you generally want in a QB).

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  9. Mayor

    Mullet’s offense under Corch and later as his own OC was QB intensive. When getting near the end zone the QB would either run the ball in or throw it in. Of course the QB would score a lot of TDs. Most teams would hand it to a RB. That’s the reason for the statistical disparity.

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