Ganz's big season earns him title of 'statistical stud'

December, 17, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

I know I've been accused by some of my loyal readers in Nebraska for overlooking the accomplishments of senior quarterback Joe Ganz throughout the season.

It's not that Ganz is lacking for superlatives. After all, he received the ultimate compliment from his coach, Bo Pelini, who described him with a concise two-word description: "a stud." That probably means more to Ganz than anything I could write about him.

But Ganz has been sometimes underrated because of all of the other quarterbacks in the Big 12 this season. It's been easy for the others to be forgotten when players like Heisman Trophy winner Sam Bradford of Oklahoma, Texas' Colt McCoy and Texas Tech's Graham Harrell highlight the Big 12.

It made me think about how good Ganz's statistics would look if they were compared with some of the other top quarterbacks from major conferences from around the country. So I analyzed his statistics against those posted by the all-conference quarterbacks of the other five FBS conferences affiliated with the BCS.

I looked at Ganz with North Carolina State's Russell Wilson, Florida's Tim Tebow, Penn State's Daryll Clark, West Virginia's Pat White and USC's Mark Sanchez as a matter of comparison.

Ganz's numbers hold up pretty well. I guess I could call him "a statistical stud."

Top BCS quarterbacks
 Pass YardsTDs (pass)INTsRatingRush yardsTDs (rush)TDs resp. for
Joe Ganz3,3322310156.72257529*
Russell Wilson 1,769161134.28342420
Tim Tebow2,515282176.745641240
Daryll Clark2,319174145.23265926
Mark Sanchez2,7943010159.120232
Pat White1,510186135.64919826
*Includes one TD reception by Ganz

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