Quarterback – we all know the value of a quarterback, be it at your local high school, your favorite college or the National Football League. You have to have a good quarterback if you want to succeed in football and that’s as true as ever in the college game.
It matters so much, that we made returning quarterback play a part of our analytics a year ago and it showed.
Last year we expected big things out of Florida State, but after quarterback Deondre Francois went down in the season opener, all bets were off for the Seminoles. The Seminoles struggled to a 7-6 record, and while having superb talent, just couldn’t get it done; without their quarterback. Backup quarterback James Blackman had a mediocre year, completing 58 percent of his passes, but worse, the Seminoles struggled on third down, having a ten year low on offensive conversions, converting only 35 percent of the time on the games biggest play.
Sure, there were other issues that contributed to a colossal collapse by the Noles, but none bigger than losing their trigger man.
We saw how Jake Fromm stepped up and took Georgia the other way after Jacob Eason went out and we saw on the last play of the season, how Tua Tagovailoa won the National Championship for Alabama.
Trigger Man! It’s the most important position on the field, it’s not even close and good to great quarterback play can take an average team to heights unseen; while poor play can take a great team to just good, or even worse.
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And – we define quarterback success by production – running or throwing. The best quarterback in our analytics may not necessarily be the best passer.
Take Georgia Tech’s TaQuon Marshall – while he won’t wow you with his throwing ability, he can flat produce touchdowns and should again in 2018. Just last year Marshall rushed for 17 touchdowns and over 1100 yards and threw another 10 touchdowns for the Yellow Jackets.
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