November 15, 2007

Fritch's Big 12 Tour: QB excellence

One spot. Four quarterbacks. Two weeks to go. When it comes to selecting the first-team All-Big 12 quarterback, the race between Sam Bradford, Chase Daniel, Todd Reesing and Graham Harrell will typify the top 10 scoring offenses each commands this season: It'll be a shootout. Yes, the Big 12 has a nation-leading four Davey O'Brien semifinalists, yet three of them won't garner the prize position on their own all-league squad. What does it mean?



"It says an awful lot about our league to have so many talented quarterbacks," Missouri coach Gary Pinkel said.



Examine the gaudy numbers and these guys can't help but to keep tumbling over each other in all of the important categories. Bradford, the only freshman O'Brien semifinalist, leads the nation in passing efficiency (180.4) with juniors Harrell (third) and Daniel (11th), and sophomore Reesing (15th) following in order in league stats.



Nobody in the nation averages more passing yards (443.5) or total yards (436.6) than Harrell, whose 43 touchdown passes are far ahead of Bradford (28), and Daniel and Reesing (26 each). Yet Reesing has made the fewest mistakes (4 INTs) and guides the nation's second leading scoring offense (45.9) for the only remaining undefeated BCS team. Meanwhile, Daniel ranks fifth nationally in passing yards (330.6), fourth in total offense (355.4) and unlike the others only gets better as the game wears on (75.0 completion percentage in the fourth quarter) for the one-loss Tigers.



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