Who beat out Robert Griffin as the nation's best freshman QB?

December, 22, 2008
12/22/08
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

I've already received a bunch of letters from readers -- and not just from Baylor fans -- wondering what Phil Steele was smoking when he picked another freshman quarterback in front of Baylor's Robert Griffin for his first-team freshman All-America team.

Steele's magazine is a must-buy for me every season and I find myself checking his Web site regularly for updates. This guy knows his stuff and I'm not going to argue with his choice of Kellen Moore of Boise State in front of Griffin.

But I will place the statistics of the freshmen quarterbacks who ranked among the top 75 nationally in pass efficiency and let you make your own determination.

By the Numbers: Freshmen Quarterbacks at a Glance
Name, schoolAttCompPctIntPass TDPass YdsRatingRush YdsRush TDW-L
Kellen Moore,
Boise State
370 259 70.0 9 25 3264 161.5 -20 1 12-0
Robert Griffin,
Baylor
267 160 59.9 3 15 2091 142.0 843 13 4-8
Russell Wilson,
N.C. State
252 139 55.2 1 16 1769 134.3 342 4 6-6
Chandler Harnish,
No. Illinois
171 98 57.3 7 7 1342 128.6 478 4 6-6
Austin Davis,
Southern Miss
454 261 57.5 8 23 3128 128.6 508 9 7-6
Bo Levi Mitchell,
SMU
410 236 57.6 23 24 2865 124.4 -140 1 1-11
Note: Statistics are complete through games of Sunday night.

I think Steele was right, although Griffin makes a strong argument.

I'm curious what the readers think.

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