Tabling the Issue: How Does Everett Golson Do?

One of the things I wanted to do this off season is see where Everett Golson fits in among his peers, and, thanks to the statistics nerds at www.und.com, I was able to pull all the data I needed (except for 1998) (WTH?) from the source, as it were. So, with a data-set of 21 years, I looked at each QB’s Total Passing Yards (TPY), Attempts (Atts), Completions (Comps), Completion Percentage (%), Touchdowns (TD’s) and Interceptions (INT’s). To qualify, a quarterback had to start four games in a season. So, without further ado, please, if you will, this:

YEAR QB TPY ATTS COMPS % TD's INT's
1992 Mirer 1876 234 120 .513 15 6
1993 McDougal 1541 159 98 .616 7 5
1994 Powlus 1729 222 119 .536 19 9
1995 Powlus 1853 217 124 .571 12 7
1996 Powlus 1942 232 133 .573 12 4
1997 Powlus 2078 298 182 .611 9 7
1998 Jackson 1740 188 104 .553 13 6
1999 Jackson 2753 316 184 .582 17 14
2000 LoVecchio 980 125 73 .584 11 1
2001 Holiday 784 144 73 .507 3 7
2002 Holiday 1700 257 129 .502 10 5
2003 Quinn 1831 332 157 .473 9 15
2004 Quinn 2586 353 191 .541 17 10
2005 Quinn 3919 450 292 .649 32 7
2006 Quinn 3426 467 289 .619 37 7
2007 Clausen 1254 245 138 .563 7 6
2008 Clausen 3172 440 268 .609 25 17
2009 Clausen 3722 425 289 .680 28 4
2010 Crist 2033 294 194 .592 15 7
2010 Rees 1106 164 100 .610 12 8
2011 Rees 2871 411 269 .655 20 14
2012 Golson 2405 318 187 .588 12 6

A few things jump right out: 1.) how good was Brady “The Mighty” Quinn? 2.) how gaudy (and futile) were Jimmy Clausen’s numbers? and 3.) how different things could have been for Dayne Crist if…. if….. dammit, Dayne. But when you look at players getting their first starts, Everett’s numbers are surprising, even to an unabashed Golson fan such as myself. His 2405 total passing yards bests the first seasons of Ron Powlus (1729), Brady Quinn (1831), Dayne Crist (2033) and Jimmy Clausen (2007). 2405 is eighth-best going back to 1992 which, again, is not too shabby given the company.

When you look at rushing numbers, though, Golson’s numbers really become more interesting. They add a dynamic missing with other Irish signal callers. His 298 (net) rushing yardsand six touchdowns put him fourth on a list going back to 1992, one that sees 2001 Carlyle Holiday in first with 666 (net), 1999 Jarious Jackson in second with 464 (net) and seven touchdowns and 2000 Matt LoVecchio in third with 300 (net) and two touchdowns.

Three times (here, here, and here) I either extolled Golson’s duality or compared him to Kevin McDougal, whose 85 net rushing yards and four touchdowns now seem meager by comparison. But remember LAST offseason? When Tony Rice said this?

You know what, he may be right…

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  • https://twitter.com/#!/GrantlandX Grantland-X

    What I like about those numbers is that 2011 Tommy showed more capability of moving the offense and then in 2012 cut down on the high turnovers (not listed). Also, I like Everett Golson’s numbers when you can’t see the fumbles (hopefully that problem gets solved moving forward.

    We SHOULD be in fine shape when it comes to the QB position this year.

  • canuck75

    Great to see the chart. Funny how mediocre Mirer and McDougall’s numbers look. I remember both of them fondly.
    As you say, how great was Brady!
    But to your point, I too am an unabashed Everett fan. Last summer I was in Myrtle Beach and a guy saw my ND t shirt and said to me with the biggest grin on his face,”wait till you see our boy!”
    He will be great this year, which will open up the running lanes for everyone. Can’t wait.

    • Bayou Irish

      Hey Canuck75, thanks for reading and commenting! I think the “mediocrity” of Kevin’s numbers (and Mirer’s) can be viewed in the context of the game in general and Notre Dame football in particular. If you look at the total passing yards from 1992 up to Brady Quinn’s first year, you’ll see an average of 1725 TPY per season, if you use a calculator. Starting with BQ’s first year through 2012, the average TPY jumps to 2575, reflecting, I think, better quality passing QBs (no offense, Kevin, Matt, et al.) and a shift towards more passing under recent coaches, especially Weis and Kelly.