1. This little nugget won’t settle the perennial argument about who should come out early for the NFL draft, but five quarterbacks who finished in the top 10 in Total QBR this season are fifth-year seniors. That would be Brandon Allen of Arkansas (1st), Kevin Hogan of Stanford (5th), Brandon Doughty of Western Kentucky (6th), Trevone Boykin of TCU (8th) and Jake Rudock of Michigan (10th). Running backs, with the limited number of carries in their bodies, should get to the NFL as soon as financially prudent. But Total QBR reiterates that older = smarter, and quarterbacks who aren’t smart don’t have long NFL careers.
2. Two years ago Drew Mehringer was a graduate assistant at Ohio State. Now he’s a Big Ten coordinator, hired by Rutgers head coach (and ex-Buckeyes assistant) Chris Ash. My colleague Dan Murphy wrote a piece Monday on Mehringer’s sudden rise. To me, Mehringer’s move says as much about the Scarlet Knights as it does about Mehringer. Hiring a 28-year-old coordinator is the province of schools that are rungs on the ladder, not the top of the climb. Rutgers may be 4-12 in its two seasons in the Big Ten, and it might hire assistants as if it’s a mid-major, but whatever you say, it’s still in the Big Ten.
3. Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin is taking heat because the Aggies haven’t challenged for the SEC West title since his first season, 2012. Texas A&M is 17-15 (.531) in the SEC in that time. That said, Sumlin’s overall record in College Station of 36-16 (.692) ranks third in the last 100 years of Aggies coaches who worked more than one season. The two coaches ahead of him, Dana X. Bible and R.C. Slocum, are both in the College Football Hall of Fame. Somehow, Mark Richt’s career at Georgia just crossed my mind.