EJ Manuel, John Brantley and 5 QBs Who Have Underachieved in 2011
With a month of college football in the books and teams across the nation showing who they are for better or worse, the same can be said for some of the more disappointing quarterbacks as we enter the second week of October.
In the following slideshow, the five quarterbacks mentioned haven’t really played up to their expected potential with poor play that has their respective fan bases grumbling for a change at the position under center for the rest of the season.
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EJ Manuel, Florida State
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Stats: 952 Yards, Eight Touchdowns, Six Interceptions
Even though the Seminoles came into 2011 with very high expectations after a solid 2010, EJ Manuel and Florida State have been disappointing. Manuel was knocked out of the game with a shoulder injury during the Oklahoma loss. He didn't play in the loss to Clemson two weeks ago. And he didn't start in the loss to Wake Forest. However, he did come in for the final three quarters and had very mixed results. He threw for 286 yards and two touchdowns, but also threw a pair of costly interceptions that added to the Seminoles' embarrassing total of five giveaways against the Demon Deacons.
FSU has now dropped three straight, including two in a row in the ACC. They are a distant memory for the BCS hunt and are teetering on the edge of ACC relevance.
John Brantley, Florida
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Stats: 942 Yards, Five Touchdowns, Three Interceptions
While most believed that new offensive coordinator Charlie Weis could revive the senior quarterback’s career in the swamp, Brantley hasn’t really been able to grasp the new scheme for the Gators offense.
His best game this season has been a two-touchdown game against Tennessee two weeks ago.
Brantley was knocked out of last week's blowout vs. Bama due to a lower leg injury. He missed another blowout loss to LSU and the Gators aren't sure when they'll get their veteran leader back.
Garrett Gilbert, Texas
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Stats: 247 Yards, Touchdown, Two Interceptions
While Gilbert was to fill the role that Colt McCoy left in Austin after he moved on to the Cleveland Browns, the young quarterback was unable to do so.
Gilbert transferred out of Texas to play at another school this week.
Stephen Garcia, South Carolina
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Stats: 844 Yards, Four Touchdowns, Nine Interceptions
The old ball coach, Steve Spurrier, has made the best decision for the South Carolina program for possibly the remainder of the season by inserting Connor Shaw into the quarterback role.
The disappointing play of Garcia was just too much to deal with as the Gamecocks fell to Auburn last week. He completed just 9-of-23 passes and was picked off twice in the loss.
Shaw backed up Spurrier's choice this week vs. Kentucky as he passed for over 300 yards and four touchdowns.
Ryan Tannehill, Texas A&M
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Stats: 1139 Yards, Six Touchdowns, Five Interceptions
While you can’t blame all of Texas A&M’s recent problems on the senior quarterback, Tannehill has shown some ineffectiveness in the team’s last two games against Oklahoma State and Arkansas.
In those games, he threw twice as many interceptions (four) as touchdowns (two).
He's currently trying to get back on track against Texas Tech.