This would normally be an extremely difficult argument to make, but 2012 was not a normal season, as we all know the hoops OSU had to jump through with its bevy of quarterbacks.
So here we are again, spring football is at hand, and the usual suspects are competing for the chance to lead one of the country's most potent offenses.
Or maybe not.
Seems "The Train" has established himself, with Lunt almost guaranteed a red shirt and the Walshinator relegated to Tebow duty. According to Gundy, Chelf is the man. Period. He's getting all the snaps with the first team.
While I'm not going to get my knickers in a twist about who starts, I will argue that the choice shouldn't be so clear. IMO, the difference might only be 1 or 2 wins, but those could be really SIGNIFICANT wins.
In my post game assessment of the loss at Baylor (wait, I have to go puke....ok, better now) I said this...
"I think it's funny that the QB we all liked to dog about his passing skills has the highest completion %, fewest interceptions, best average yards per completion, best average yards per game, and the best QB rating of the three."
Just so I'm clear, hear are some stats that I tweeted out Wednesday evening...
- Completion %
Walsh 66.9%...his low was 62%
Chelf 60.4%...and he didn't crest 60% until the bowl game. That's right...his 4 starts prior to pummeling Purdue yielded a completion % BELOW 60%. He produced 71% against West Virginia, but then went 52%, 51%, and 59%. That's not very good AT ALL for a QB designed to run a spread passing attack.
- Efficiency rating...this isn't even close...
Walsh 170.11...in "full" games his low was 140.4 with a high of 211.2
Chelf 147.15...in "full" games his low was 112.3 with a high of 191.1
- Yards per attempt
- Yard per completion
- Attempts to TD ratio
Walsh 12.5 to 1
Chelf 13.1 to 1
Lunt 21.8 to 1
- Attempts to interception ratio
Walsh 54.3 to 1
Chelf 32.8 to 1
Lunt 18.7 to 1
- TD to interception ratio
Walsh 4.3 to 1
Chelf 2.5 to 1
Lunt 1 to 1.2
- Average YPG for "full" games...for this, I only included games where the QB took all but a few snaps;
Lunt 380...a little misleading, as he only played two complete games (Arizona-436 & TCU-324)
Walsh 330...high of 415 against Iowa State (this stat includes ULL). Three out of 4 games he threw for 300+.
Chelf 277...high of 333 against Baylor, and that was his ONLY game over 300 yards.
- One last tidbit...Walsh was the only one NOT to throw a pick 6 in 2012