I Think Brady Quinn is the Most Overrated Player in College Football

Career Game Logs

While watching this year’s Notre Dame vs. USC game I couldn’t help but notice how much Brent Musberger (and frankly the rest of the sports media) spoke about Brady Quinn and how he is probably the top NFL prospect in college football. I must admit that the kid has some good stuff, but I am puzzled by how much credit he gets for leading the Fighting Irish. I’ve only seen him play twice this year and they both happen to be losses…bad losses. A 47-21 loss at home to Michigan and last night’s 44-24 loss at USC. This made me want to look back at how he’s done over the year’s in big games, and here is what I found:

2003 (Freshman Year)
Wins: At Pittsburgh, home against Navy, home against Brigham Young, and at Stanford
Losses: at Michigan, home against Michigan State, at Purdue, home against USC, at Boston College, home against Florida State and at Syracuse.

Best Game: 23-39 for 350 yards and 2 touchdowns in a loss at Boston College.
Second Best Game: 29 of 59 for 297 and 1 touchdown (4 interceptions) in a loss at Purdue.

2004 (Sophomore Year)
Wins: home against Michigan, at Michigan State, home against Washington, home against Stanford, at Navy, at Tenessee
Losses: at Brigham Young, home against Purdue, home against Boston College, home against Pittsburgh, at USC, at Oregon State

Best Game: 26 of 46 for 432 yards and 1 touchdown in a loss at home to Purdue.
Second Best Game: 17 of 32 for 266 yards and 4 touchdowns in a 38-3 win vs. Washington

2005 (Junior Year)
Wins: at Pittsburgh, at Michigan, at Washington, at Purdue, home against Brigham Young, home against Tennessee, home against Navy, home against Syracuse, at Stanford
Losses: home against Michigan State, home against USC, at Ohio State

Best Game: 32 of 41 for 467 and 6 touchdowns in a win home against Brigham Young
Second Best Game: 33 of 60 for 487 yards and 5 touchdowns in a loss at home to Michigan State

2006 (Senior Year)
Wins: at Georgia Tech, home against Penn State, at Michigan State, home against Purdue, home against Stanford, home against UCLA, at Navy, home against North Carolina, at Air Force, home against Army
Losses: home against Michigan, at USC

Best Game: 20 of 36 for 319 yards and 5 touchdowns at Michigan State
Second Best Game: 23 of 35 for 346 yards and 4 touchdowns home against North Carolina

Career vs. USC (0-4)
2003: lost at USC 45-14 – 15 of 34 for 168 yards and 1 touchdown
2004: lost at home 41-10 – 15 of 29 for 105 yards and 1 touchdown
2005: lost 34-31 at home – 19 of 35 for 264 yards, 2 touchdowns (1 passing and 1 rushing) and 1 interception
2006: lost at USC 44-24 – 22 of 45 for 274 and 3 touchdowns

Career vs. Michigan (2-2)
2003: lost at Michigan 38-0 – 3 of 10 for 36 yards and 1 interception (first career game)
2004: won at home 28-20 – 10 of 20 for 178 yards, 2 touchdowns and 3 interceptions
2005: won at Michigan 17-10 – 19 of 30 yards and 2 touchdowns
2006: lost at Home 47-21 – 24 of 48 for 234 yards, 3 touchdowns and 3 interceptions

Other Big Games:
2003: lost at home 37-0 to Florida State – 20 of 52 for 175 and 3 interceptions
2004: won at Tennessee 17-13 – 12 of 23 for 118 yards and 1 touchdown
2004: lost at home to Purdue 41-16 – 36 of 46 for 432 yards and 1 touchdown
2005: lost at Ohio State 34-20 – 29 0f 45 for 286 yards
2005: won at home vs. Tennessee 41-21 – 20 of 33 fo r295 and 3 touchdowns

The Armed Forces
2001 (1-0): won at home vs. Navy 27-24 – 14 of 27 for 137 and 1 touchdown
2002 (1-0): won at Navy 27-9 – 11 of 20 for 130 yards
2003 (1-0): won at home vs. Navy 42-21 – 22 of 31 for 284 yards, 4 touchdowns and 1 interception
2004 (3-0): won at Navy 38-14 – 18 of 25 for 295 yards, 4 touchdowns (3 passing and 1 rushing); won at Air Force (39-17) – 14 of 19 for 207 yards and 4 touchdowns; won at home vs. Army 41-9 – 22 of 30 for 218 yards, 3 touchdowns and 1 interception

Doesn’t seem like he really wins that many big games. How can we give him this much credit if he can’t pull one out against a good opponent?

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