Regardless of where you stand currently on the Josh Jackson for QB1 debate at the moment, everyone can pretty much agree that he had a relatively solid freshman season. Watching him play though, I would think to myself 'this guy's a lot better than this, right?"
Take for instance the Clemson game: Jackson has 2 INT's, one goes through the hands of Murphy on a bubble screen and the other is an insane one-handed grab by a D-Lineman. The state line says 29-44, 251 YDS, 1 TD, 2 INT, but anybody watching that game knows his play was better.
It got me thinking, how does Jackson's freshman year compare to the big time QB's? Jackson missed a lot of plays, but no way did other freshman QB's make those consistently.
Here's a look at Josh Rosen's freshman year at UCLA:
That's pretty good but his team also went 8-5 in the Pac-12 with a cupcake schedule....
So next, here's Sam Darnold's:
Percent 67.2 <-- this is stupid high, like Tom Brady status!
That's even better, and he won a Rose Bowl. But, Darnold doesn't run. He's a one dimensional pocket passer.
This is what Trace McSorley did his first year, playing in a similar offense to Fuente's: (14 games)
INT 9 <-- 3 interceptions were off "dropped balls" i.e. Clemson example
Bottom line, Jackson was pretty damn good considering, especially running the ball. His numbers may not stack up entirely, but he's certainly in the ballpark and considering the injuries and inexperience of last year's offense, he's headed in the right trajectory.