Monday, December 27, 2010

FCS Final QB Matchups

The FCS Title Game will be on January 7th. Today, I begin my breakdown series where I compare Delaware and Eastern Washington by position leading into the final. Today I start at the QB position.



Delaware: Pat Devlin has had a spectacular season for the Blue Hens. Devlin, an FBS transfer, has been a solid leader at UD, and despite being banged up at times, has posted 216 yards per game. He picks up 8 yards per completion, so with the rushing of Andrew Pierce, Devlin sets up the offense on every completion for first down conversion success. He has completed just over 68% of his passes this season and has compiled 2812 yards on the season through the air. Devlin has also averaged 11 TD passes for every pick (22 TDs and only 2 picks on the season). This will be the final collegiate game for Devlin, who transferred to Delaware out of Penn State. If injury hits, Trevor Sasek is the backup. He has completed 20 of 32 passes for 199 yards and 1 TD this season in relief of Devlin. He is the likely starter in 2011, as he is only a freshman.

Eastern Washington:  The Eagles also boast an FBS transfer at QB in SMU transfer Bo Levi Mitchell. Mitchell tossed 4 TD passes in the semi-final win over Villanova. He has passed for just over 228 yards per game on the season. He averages just a shade under 7 yards per pass completion, and Taiwan Jones puts the final touches on drives on the ground. Mitchell completes 58.7% of his passes and has piled up 3194 yards passing with 34 TDs and 14 picks on the season. His INT numbers are higher due to a higher volume of pass attempts, with 462 in 2010. Mitchell is a junior this season, and has one more shot at winning the title. There is no set backup at the position, as both Nick Gauthier and Anthony Vitto have very limited experience. No matter, as Mithcell will be back in the saddle in 2011.

Edge Goes To: Mitchell, EWU...Mithcell gets the edge, as with the injury to Jones at RB during the semi-final, Mitchell was the man against Villanova. He is a beast in big games, and has seriuos skill. There is not much seperating the two, but Devlin is not the gunslinger that Mitchell can be. Both great QBs on great teams, but one gets the edge on pure tenacity.

Coming tomorrow, the RB comparison...

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