Interesting won - loss numbers but the underlying stats seem more relevant here.
What the W-L records omit are things like whether any progress is being made in terms of a young QB's development. Don't see any progress being made in Pryors case. It almost seems like he's regressing.
TOP QBS AFTER 12 GAMES
Few great quarterbacks take over as starters without a few slip-ups. Among the best quarterbacks in college football right now, and two stars of the past to whom Terrelle Pryor is often compared -- Vince Young of Texas and Ohio State's Troy Smith -- the Buckeyes' 9-3 record with Pryor is competitive. The only other quarterback on this list who started as a true freshman, Notre Dame's Jimmy Clausen, had many more bumps in his first 12 starts.
Here are the comparisons after 12 career starts for Pryor and six other quarterbacks:
Sam Bradford, Oklahoma (10-2)
First start: 2007, first game of redshirt freshman season.
Passing: 198-for-282, 70.2 percent, 2,670 yards, 32 TDs, 7 INTs.
Rushing: 24 rushes for 8 yards, 0 TDs.
Jimmy Clausen, Notre Dame (5-7)
First start: 2007, second game of true freshman season.
Passing: 189-for-335, 56.4 percent, 1,826 yards, 13 TDs, 12 INTs.
Rushing: 167 rushes for minus-199 yards, 2 TDs.
Colt McCoy, Texas (9-3)
First start: 2006, first game of redshirt freshman season.
Passing: 191-for-278, 68.7 percent, 2,262 yards, 27 TDs, 7 INTs.
Rushing: 66 rushes for 167 yards, 2 TDs.
Terrelle Pryor, Ohio State (9-3)
First start: 2008, fourth game of true freshman season.
Passing: 114-for-194, 58.8 percent, 1,575 yards, 13 TDs, 6 INTs.
Rushing: 130 rushes for 568 yards, 7 TDs.
Troy Smith (9-3)
First start: 2004, seventh game of redshirt sophomore season.
Passing: 141-for-244, 57.8 percent, 2,056 yards, 16 TDs, 6 INTs.
Rushing: 164 rushes for 703 yards, 10 TDs.
Tim Tebow (9-3)
First start: 2007, first game of true sophomore season.
Passing: 217-for-317, 68.5 percent, 3,132 yards, 29 TDs, 6 INTs.
Rushing: 195 rushes for 838 yards, 31 TDs.
Vince Young (above), Texas (10-2)
First start: 2003, seventh game of redshirt freshman season.
Passing: 121-for-205, 59 percent, 1,528 yards, 13 TDs, 8 INTs.
Rushing: 139 rushes for 884 yards, 5 TDs.
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