Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Big 12 coaches wowed by Weeden
By David Ubben
Brandon Weeden has completed 73.1 percent of his passes this season for 3635 yards and 31 scores.
Brandon Weeden picked a good week for one of his best performances of the season: completing 31 of 37 passes for 423 yards and five touchdowns in windy West Texas conditions to help beat Texas Tech, 66-6. It was the worst loss in Red Raiders' history.
His play so far has made a big impression on Big 12 coaches, who lavished more praise on Weeden than any other conference player has received all season.
"Wow. I've been around some good quarterbacks and coached against some good ones, but the young man was absolutely flawless," Texas Tech Tommy Tuberville said. "He threw the short routes. He took advantage of some things. We changed pretty much our whole defense going into that game, we were going to try and make him think in the pocket and have to come up with some answers to things we were doing. It didn't take him long. He threw long passes very well. He was able to get in some runs versus what we were doing that were successful.
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"Anything that we did, just didn't turn out right, and it was mainly because of him."
Weeden sat the majority of the fourth quarter, and it was the third time this season Oklahoma State had at least 59 points in a conference game and fifth time overall.
Tuberville, who coached at Miami in the late 1980s, compared Weeden to a former quarterback of his: Vinny Testaverde, who won the 1986 Heisman Trophy, Davey O'Brien Trophy, Maxwell Award and was the No. 1 overall selection in the 1987 NFL Draft before playing in the NFL for two decades.
"He's not going to move around much. We tried to do everything we possibly could to get in his face, but nothing really fazed him," Tuberville said. "He's much improved from last year."
Weeden completed 24 of 35 passes for 356 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions against the Red Raiders in a 34-17 win last season.
"He looks like he's just the offensive coordinator out there on the field," Tuberville said. "He understands what the offense is and what it can do, and how to change it against certain defenses to even make it better. ... He's one of those special guys that comes along very rarely."
The task of defending Weeden this week goes to Paul Rhoads and Iowa State. Rhoads is well aware of what he's getting himself into after seeing Weeden's body of work this season.
"They are maybe as well oiled of a machine that I've seen for quite some time," he said. "Weeden has no weaknesses to his game. The only thing I'd question with him is why he didn't come out to the NFL a year ago. He is a special, special player that just doesn't miss any throws."