With two football scrimmages in the books and another one scheduled to take place today, barring an injury it is a forgone conclusion that Wyoming will have a true freshamn quaterback at the helm this season. That QB looks to be Brett Smith of Salem who was lightly recruited with just three Division I offers but he has deleivered the goods so far in his practice time this spring and fall in Laramie.. That got me to thinking, how have true freshman starting quaterbacks fared the past few seasons in college football? These stats were accumilated from the official NCAA website for the 2009 and 2010 seasons and here is how the numbers look:
In total 15 true freshman have started the majority of their teams games the past two seasons. Including former Wyomning QB Austyn Carta-Samuels in 2009 and two Wyoming opponents Jake Heap (BYU) and Pete Thomas (CSU) during the 2010 season. The results for true freshman QB’s the past two seasons not surprisingly is a mixed bag. When you look at the stats above it is clear that starting a true freshman QB is a 50/50 proposition in terms of any level of instant success. Some lead their teams to good seasons like Matt Barkley (USC, 2009), Tom Savage (Rutgers, 2009) and Jeffery Godfrey (UCF, 2010). While others take their lumps and don’t have quite enough support around them like Nick Florence (Baylor, 2009) and Ryan Williams (Memphis, 2010). What side of the coin will Brett Smith be if he wins the job as projected? With the depth and support Wyoming has right now I wouldn’t expect anything at the top or bottom of the true freshman QB bell curve but somewhere in the middle. If Smith were to have average numbers 1,932 yards with 12 TD’s and 10 INT’s while wyoming had a 5-7 or 6-6 record, would you as a Wyoming fan be happy? Given the current state of the program I would think the answer would be yes considering the offense is starting from scratch with a raw QB and a new offensive coordinator in former Bowling Green head coach Gregg Brandon.