Oklahoma State will travel to College Station this weekend to take on the Aggies of Texas A&M who are led by an ex wide receiver turned quarterback named Ryan Tannehill. Tannehill wasn't the quarterback when the Aggies came to Stillwater last year, so I thought it would be interesting to see what this kid was all about last season and hopefully decide what level of fear we should have heading in to Saturday.
Oct 23, 2010 @ Kansas
Texas A&M QB RyanTannehill came in for the Aggies on the road against Kansas and completed 12/16 passes for 155 yards and 3 touchdows. He had mostly played wide receiver up until this point and had only thrown 13 passes prior to this game. If you're curious, Brandon Weeden had 389 yards and 3 touchdowns in Lawrence about a month later.
Oct 30, 2010 vs. Texas Tech
Tannehill has a career day against the Red Raiders in College Station throwing for 449 yards, 4 TD's and 1 INT. Texas A&M's leader in career yards passing, Jerrod Johnson, watches the entire game from the sideline as the Aggies new full time QB takes center stage.
Nov 6, 2010 vs Oklahoma
Tannehill throws for 225 yards, 2 scores and 2 INT's in a 33-19 Aggie victory, but it's the "Wrecking Crew" that shines in the Aggie victory.
Nov 13, 2010 @ Baylor
Once again, Tannehill has a good but not great day with 280 yards and 1 TD. Down 16 points, the Aggies score 21 unanswered points and roll to a 42-30 win. "Wrecking Crew" gives up 30 points to Baylor. RB Cyrus Gray gets the game ball with 4 TD's.
Nov 20, 2010 vs. Nebraska
Nebraska QB Martinez gets hurt and the Aggies roll to a 9-6 victory. Tannehill completed 19 passes for 172 yards. The start of a trend?
Nov 25, 2010 @ Texas
The Aggies win again, with little help from their QB. Tannehill completed 14 passes for 128 yards and a TD in a 24-17 win over the Longhorns. Game ball once again goes to Cyrus Gray, who rushed for 223 yards and 2 long touchdowns.
So what does all of this mean?
Probably very little but it is interesting to see Tannehill's decline as the season progressed. I think that is typical in college football when you don't really have tape to watch. Even a mildly capable quarterback can look great when there is limited tape to watch. Tannehill's best game in 2010 came against Texas Tech, which just so happened to be his first start at QB.
He's had a couple of good performances so far this season, against SMU and Idaho so it should be interesting to see if he picks up where he left off last year, against a Big 12 defense.