Robert Griffin of Baylor along with Terrelle Pryor of Ohio State were two of the most exciting players to watch in the 2008 season. Both razzled and dazzled their opponents at an electrifying pace especially when you consider their youth.
Things are looking up in Columbus and Waco, Great things can be expected from both of these kids in their bright, bright futures.
Given the opportunity, which one would you take if given a choice?
Let's do some evaluating shall we..
The 6'3 210 lb. Griffin from Copperas Cove, TX was the nation's youngest starting quarterback a year ago.
Boy did he excite.
Established an NCAA FBS record of 209 passes without an INT to start a career.
Finished season with 2,091 yards passing on 160-of-267 completions with 15 touchdowns and three interceptions... Pass efficiency of 142.0 ranked 27th nationally... Added 843 rushing yards (22 fewer than starting tailback Jay Finley) on 173 carries and 13 rushing TDs... Ranked sixth in Big 12 in average rushing yards... Average of 244.5 total offense yards ranked 10th in Big 12 and 31st nationally... Accounted for two-thirds of teams TDs (28 of 46) in 2008.
Griffin was fifth among nation's quarterbacks in rushing yardage (70.3 ypg) and second in rushing touchdowns (13)..
For all of you who don't know Baylor has been one of the worst football programs since the inauguration of the Big 12 if not the worst. The last time Baylor went to a bowl game was in 1994 when they were in the SWC.
The fact that Griffin was able to have such success at a program of Baylor's stature is impressive in itself, to do it as a freshman is incredible.
Now for the Buckeye kid.
Pryor surprised many (including myself) when he choose to sign with the buckeyes instead of following Rich Rodriguez at Michigan. I was certain that with Rodriguez track record with athletic quarterbacks in his system coupled with the skill set of Pryor that the two were a match made in heaven.
Guess I was wrong.
The Reigning Big 10 freshman of the year went 9-1 as a starter last year. His efficiency rating of 146.50 led the big 10. (Griffin 142.0) Pryor rushed for 631 yds. and 6 tds. (Griffin 843, 13)
Pryor connected on 100-165 (60.6) passing for 1,311 yards and 12 scores through the air. (Griffin 2,091 yards passing on 160-of-267 completions with 15 touchdowns)
On paper these two gifted underclassman are very similar. You really can not go wrong with both.
If I had to choose I would probably lean towards griffin but not by much. The deciding factor for me would be the type of offenses these two run. At OSU, Pryor runs more of a pro style offense. Baylor(true to the big 12) runs more of a wide open spread attack that allows Griffin to get out in space more and use his athleticism.
One thing is for sure, both of these now sophomores will be very fun to watch in 09 and the skies the limit for Baylor and Ohio State respectively.