O'Brien Award Snubbed Tyrod

The Davey O'Brien Foundation released their semifinalists for the 2010 Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award today. It came as a surprise to me that Tyrod Taylor was not among the final 16 quarterbacks. Through eight games I believe Tyrod can hold his own against any quarterback in America. No, he isn't going throw for 3,500 or even 2,500 yards in a season, he doesn't play in an offense that generates gaudy or even flashy statistics. However, he makes the most of his opportunities and produces big plays.

Passing Rushing
Name Team CMP ATT CMP % YDS AVG TD TD % LNG INT INT % RAT ATT YDS AVG LNG TD TD %
Andrew Luck STAN 133 200 66.5 1728 8.6 19 9.5 81 5 2.5 165.43 35 253 7.2 52 2 5.71
Andy Dalton TCU 127 194 65.5 1635 8.4 14 7.22 52 5 2.58 154.92 59 374 6.3 47 4 6.78
Blaine Gabbert MIZZ 181 269 67.3 1899 7.1 11 4.09 68 3 1.12 137.85 41 0 0 12 2 4.88
Cam Newton AUB 90 138 65.2 1364 9.9 13 9.42 94 5 3.62 172.08 157 1077 6.9 71 14 8.92
Colin Kaepernick NEV 120 176 68.2 1480 8.4 10 5.68 48 5 2.84 151.89 97 669 6.9 57 12 12.37
Darron Thomas ORE 109 179 60.9 1539 8.6 17 9.5 84 5 2.79 158.87 42 269 6.4 35 2 4.76
Denard Robinson MICH 97 143 67.8 1319 9.2 9 6.29 74 5 3.5 159.09 137 1096 8 87 9 6.57
Kellen Moore BSU 105 151 69.5 1567 10.4 16 10.6 58 1 0.66 190.35 8 -11 -1.4 6 0 0
Kirk Cousins MSU 141 212 66.5 1948 9.2 14 6.6 55 4 1.89 161.72 28 -71 -2.5 8 0 0
Landry Jones OKLA 195 292 66.8 2094 7.2 17 5.82 46 5 1.71 142.81 22 -96 -4.4 18 0 0
Matt Barkley USC 138 211 65.4 1869 8.9 20 9.48 61 4 1.9 167.3 14 13 0.9 27 0 0
Ricky Stanzi IOWA 124 182 68.1 1732 9.5 16 8.79 66 2 1.1 174.88 33 -14 -0.4 17 2 6.06
Robert Griffin III BAY 180 270 66.7 2373 8.8 18 6.67 94 4 1.48 159.53 76 384 5.1 36 6 7.89
Ryan Mallett ARK 145 215 67.4 2040 9.5 15 6.98 85 7 3.26 163.65 21 -31 -1.5 7 2 9.52
Taylor Martinez NEB 66 111 59.5 1046 9.4 8 7.21 79 3 2.7 156.99 100 870 8.7 80 12 12
Terrelle Pryor OSU 134 203 66 1775 8.7 18 8.87 65 6 2.96 162.81 79 408 5.2 66 3 3.8
Tyrod Taylor VT 106 166 63.9 1602 9.7 15 9.04 69 3 1.81 171.13 85 527 6.2 72 3 3.53

Let's ignore accumulator statistics and focus on averages instead.

Yards per attempt (AVG): 3rd
Touchdowns per attempt (TD %): 6th
Interceptions per attempt (INT %): 12th (lower is better)
QB rating (RAT): 4th
Yards per rush (AVG): 8th
Touchdowns per rush (TD %): 13th
Completion percentage (CMP %): 15th

When compared to the 16 semifinalists Tyrod rates favorably. He's not last in any category, but he's one of the least accurate passers and does rate last in touchdowns per rush among the semifinalists with a rushing score. However, his top three rank in yards per attempt, in my opinion, nullifies his low completion percentage. If Tyrod's throwing for more yards on fewer completions then he's making bigger plays. That's good by me. He's only had a handful of designed rushing plays called for him in the red zone, so the low touchdowns per rush isn't shocking.

To put it bluntly, Tyrod is taking care of the football, scoring points and burning defenses with his legs. He should have been a semifinalist.

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Comments

the national media

will stay away from any Hokie because of the JMU loss until it comes time to prove that Boise deserves a shot at the MNT

"I don't know what a Hokie is, but God is one of them.' So I'm going with God. I'm going with Virginia Tech." Lee Corso Aug 23, 2000

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The DOB has a bunch of clowns

TT has more passing TDs than 7 of the guys on the list. Has fewer ints than all but 3. Has a higher passer rating than all but 3. More rushing yards than all but 4. Anyone that has negative rushing yards shouldn't be on this list.

#Let's Go - Hokies

does college tally

rushing yards with sacks included? that would explain the negative yardage.

"I don't know what a Hokie is, but God is one of them.' So I'm going with God. I'm going with Virginia Tech." Lee Corso Aug 23, 2000

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That is correct.

I didn't think it was necessary to remove the negative sack yardage, because you can easily see which quarterbacks are dual threats from the discrepancy in yardage.

If he continues at this pace and we win out...

He deserves to go to NYC. Has any team who lost to a 1-AA gone on to win their conference and go to a BCS/Alliance bowl?

I checked the DOB voting site

In fan voting TT was 60th on the list with only 15 votes. Fan voting only counts for 5% of the voting but could have an influence on the other voters. Needed more publicity to get the fan voting up.

#Let's Go - Hokies

JMU Loss

I can't help but to think that no matter what he did/does the loss to JMU screws him out of any real national recognition. And that sucks.

how about draft

do you think any teams give him a chance for a 5-7th rounder? Just on the fact he plays like Vick, Vick is having a great year, and he went to the same school as Vick. (plus he is from Tidewater like Vick).

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I think he'll get a shot.

I don't know if he'll be drafted, but I think there will be teams interested in him. The Wildcat is all the rage in the NFL, and I think Tyrod could be a do it all guy like Brad Smith on the Jets. As far as being a full time quarterback, he's going to have to get together with a coaching staff willing to wait on his upside. I think the coaches have done him a disservice in getting him NFL ready. The only physical tool he's lacking is height.