Jake Locker Versus Tim Tebow; The Final Verdict Is Out

matt christensenContributor IDecember 8, 2009

SEATTLE - DECEMBER 05:  Head coach Steve Sarkisian and quarterback Jake Locker #10 of the Washington Huskies leave the field after defeating the California Bears 42-10 on December 5, 2009 at Husky Stadium in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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The season is over and Jake Locker and Tim Tebow have both played out their full regular season. I bring this up because this summer I wrote a article stating the fact that Jake Locker is the superior to Tim Tebow. 

Now that Locker has played a full season along with Tebow I can start comparing the two.

Tim Tebow has led the Florida Gators to a 12-1 record and a BCS bowl birth, he is the face of college football and has been for three years so do not jump the gun and say im a Tebow hator. Tebow and the Gators had a succesful season but their chances of the BCS national championship ended as they fell to a fierce Alabama team and would lose 32-13.

Tebow would throw for 2413 yards, 18 touchdowns and 5 interceptions. Tebow aslo used his feet and strength to add, 859 yards on the ground and 13 touchdowns. That is 3272 total yards and 31 total touchdowns. Tebow has the privilege to play against some very week and unmatched opponents such as Charleston Southern, Troy, and Florida international. While I agree Washington had the chance to go againts Idaho and WSU, Locker played well againts LSU, Notre Dame, USC, and CAL. While none of those are elite teams they they werevery good and were no push overs. Tim Tebow had no easy road as he had to go against some fierce defenses such as Alabama, LSU, and Arkansas.

Jake Locker had a breakout season at Washington where he was forced to learn West Coast offense. Locker was inheriting a team that went 0-12 without him would bring them to a 5-7 record. He would throw for 2800 yards, 21 touchdowns, and 11 interceptions, he got it done on the ground with 388 yards and 7 touchdowns. That is 3188 yards, and 28 total touchdowns. While Tebow has 84 more total yards then Locker and three more touchdowns he also has one more game played. In conclusion Tebow has averaged 251.7 yards per game. Locker has only played 12 games and has averaged 265.6 yards per game. Tebow has 31 total touchdowns in 13 games that is 2.3 touchdowns a game. Locker has 28 touchdowns in 12 games that is 2.3 touchdowns a game. The stats above favor Locker in everything besides rushing this is due to the fact that Washington’s head coach has held locker back so Locker can learn how to grow in a pro style offense something Tebow is unable to do as of now. It is clear to me that Washington and went 5-7 and Florida went 12-1. But Tebow also had the arguably the best defense in the nation on his team while Locker had one of the worst.

Standing alone it is clear Locker is the better Quarterback I’m not talking about the teams around them no but when you take the time to compare the stats it favors Locker this year. Locker is being praised of being a top ten draft pick if he chooses to go into the NFL this year as he has a quick throwing motion and is able to read coverage’s better than Tebow.

Locker runs the west coast that many NFL Quarterbacks run it is an offense that involves timing and precision and Quarterbacks are forced to make adjustments at the line. Tebow runs a common college offense called the spread. It involves 4 or 5 wide receiver sets on the field at all times making it easy for the Quarterback to find open targets. It also spreads out the defense making running lanes available for the Quarterback. It is becoming increasingly clear that Locker is the better Quarterback and I know few can argue