THEISMANN- THESE GUYS AT OHIO STATE CAN’T PLAY QUARTERBACK; THE NEXT GREAT OSU CORNER?; BATTLE FOR BACKUP QB?
By Jim Baird | AM Football Briefing
THEISMANN — THESE GUYS AT OHIO STATE CAN’T PLAY QUARTERBACK: Former Notre Dame quarterback Joe Theismann spoke with NDInsider and offered the following assessment of Ohio State’s QB play: “The guys at Ohio State (in 2015) really couldn’t play quarterback. That was their problem”…“When you don’t have a ‘1,’ you have a couple of 2’s, you don’t know what you’re going to do with them. One becomes a quarterback, and the other you’re not sure of. I think that was Urban (Meyer)’s situation…The guys at Ohio State were just OK. The Notre Dame guys are actually passers. If somebody from Ohio State takes offense to that, I don’t care.”
For the record, JT Barrett racked up 307 yards and a touchdown against one interception as Ohio State handed Notre Dame its largest loss of the season 44-28 in the Fiesta Bowl. A redshirt junior, Barrett has passed for 3826 yards, 45 touchdowns against 14 interceptions in his career, while rushing for 1620 yards and 22 touchdowns. Those numbers compare favorably to a lot of college quarterbacks, but let’s look at just one: Theismann.
Theismann’s senior season in 1970 was his best at Notre Dame. He set then school records for passing yards (2429) and touchdowns (16), against 14 interceptions. As a redshirt freshman at Ohio State, Barrett was more deadly through the air — accounting for more yards (2834), more touchdowns (34 – an OSU school record), and less interceptions (10). Add in Barrett’s rushing numbers from that season, 938 yards and 11 touchdowns vs Theismann’s 384 and 4 respectively, and the gulf in performance grows. Sure, it’s not an exact science comparing numbers between different eras of college football. That said, JT’s stats are on track for a college hall of fame career, and compare quite favorably to those lobbing criticism from South Bend. Not bad for a guy who ‘couldn’t really play quarterback.’
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