Here at YB11, I will be covering the Big 12, Pac-12, ACC and Big East conferences. Each week, we'll put two of the conferences in a head-to-head battle and break down specific players, coaches and anything else we feel like comparing.
As college football fans, we like to compare. We compare coaches, strategies, wins and losses. We even like to peg one player against the next.
Taking the Big 12 and the ACC, let's look at the quarterback position. Who is the best and who is the worst from each conference? While completely objective, I take a look at answering that very question, and then invite you to share your opinion on who is the best and who leaves something to be desired.
Landry Jones (Big 12, Oklahoma)
Jones' stats speak for themselves: 12,379 career passing yards, No. 5 on the all-time Big 12 career passing list, 93 career touchdowns. The list goes on and on for Jones.
As an Oklahoma fan, it's hard not to love No. 12. As a fan of any team that plays Oklahoma, it's hard not to worry about that very same player. Jones knows how to put the ball in the air and score, especially considering the fact that he doesn't have much to work with on the receiving end (minus Kenny Stills).
He'll be sorely missed when he graduates from Oklahoma, but in the meantime, Sooner fans can sit back, relax and enjoy the show.
Logan Thomas (ACC, Virgina Tech)
The redshirt junior out of Lynchburg, Virginia had an impressive 2011 season. He ended the season with 3,013 passing yards, 19 touchdowns and a second-team All-ACC selection to back his numbers up.
He made his first career start at Virginia Tech against Appalachian State. By the end of that game alone, he had 149 yards and two touchdowns. If Thomas continues on his current path, Hokies have a lot to look forward to.
Wes Lunt (Big 12, Oklahoma State)
In the wake of Brandon Weeden at Oklahoma State stands true freshman Wes Lunt. To call Lunt the "worst" in the Big 12 is a little unfair, but he is also the only starting quarterback in the Big 12 who currently has never played in a collegiate game. Even Baylor's quarterback has a game under his belt, which puts Lunt at a bit of a disadvantage.
However, Lunt did set a record at his high school in Rochester, Illinois with a 590-yard passing game. Whether that transfers to the collegiate field has yet to be determined, but it will most likely be a growing year for Lunt and the Cowboys.
Tevin Washington (ACC, Georgia Tech)
Washington earns his spot as the worst quarterback in the ACC for a variety of reasons. Washington is a flexbone guy with a low completion percentage (49.3 percent in 2011). Some might even say he plays more like a glorified running back than a quarterback.
His decision-making is often frustrating, as quite a few of his decisions have cost the Jackets dearly in execution. All in all, Washington isn't a bad athlete, he's just not a great quarterback.
Now that you know who sits at the top and bottom of my list in both the Big 12 and the ACC, I want to know your thoughts. Who is the best quarterback in your opinion? The worst? And check back next week when we match two conferences up once again.
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