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OK, OK, you get the point. Much of Landry's hype comes from his ridiculous stat line, and his statistical accumulation has a lot to do with the offense he runs.
But, does he rely solely on the "system" or is he actually an elite college quarterback? Sure, he gets to make more throws than anyone else, but he still has to throw the ball on target, right?
What separates a stat machine from an NFL first-rounder? Is he Graham Herrell or Mathew Stafford?
Decision making is the true test of an elite quarterback. Does he make a lot of bad throws? How is he on third down? Is he poised in the pocket even when he knows he is about to get rocked? Is he cool under pressure?
For this subjective metric, things don't look pretty for Landry. With more than 20 games of eligibility remaining, Landry's 31 career interceptions (in 31 games) rank him twelfth on the all-time Big 12 leaderboard. He needs only 15 more to take the top spot.
Yes, more passing attempts also means more interceptions, but his 1:1 ratio of interceptions thrown to games played is far from desirable. Ask Bob Stoops how he feels about having to plan for, on average, Landry to throw one interception every game. Maybe snag his heart pills while you're at it.
Third down, another crucial judgement point for quarterbacks, isn't Landry's specialty, either.
Last season, he led the team to a 44.5 percent third-down completion rate, good for 32nd in the national. Andrew Luck, Colin Kaepernick, Cam Newton and Kellen Moore all ranked in the top 10, well above the 50 percent benchmark.
This year, the team is up only one percent. Who's near the top of the list in 2011? Russell Wilson and Brandon Weeden.
I am listing the names of other top signal-callers for a reason. They are in the elite class that Landry has been thrust into by both the media and local expectations. It is these players that Landry will be judged against.
Landry is a step behind this list of Heisman favorites in most aspects. So far.