Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Brent Schaeffer - A Savior?

First off, it's been awhile since a post....way too long. As we approach the start of the season, I fully intend to write much more (hopefully daily). Having spent a year on the Left Coast, these yahoos could care less about college football, so this portal will be my chance to "speak my mind." While I love it out here, I do miss the water cooler chats and the unproductive Fridays and Mondays at the office during the season.

Now, moving to Brent Schaeffer. I have yet to figure out why the Ole Miss faithful thinks that Brent will lead the Rebs to the Promiseland. Eli wasn't able to get them to Atlanta, so I don't think Schaeffer stands a snowball chance in hell of getting them there. He was unable to get the job done at UT, eventually losing the job to Eric Ainge. At UT he was surrounded by talent - at Ole Miss, the talent is in The Grove. In 8 games, he completed just under 49% of his passes with 2 touchdowns and a pick. He rushed for 66 yards on 33 attempts for an average of 2 yards per carry with 2 fumbles and a touchdown. I realize that he was a true Freshman, but I just don't see why all the hype is surrounding this guy. With the amount of pressure on his shoulders, lack of production and big game experience (although the Rebs play few big games), and previous off-the-field problems, I don't see Brent ever living up to expectations. If he doesn't pan out in Oxford, I hear Maurice has a few weapons available for him to add to his arsenal.

4 Comments:

At 6:26 AM, Anonymous MarineReb said...

He's not looked at as a saviour. Have you seen the Ole Miss roster? We are excited he's here because he's the ONLY QB we have! When we signed him we had one kid on the roster (Lane was moved to TE last season)...Tapp, and he will be moved to TE. We have a true freshman that might be good (all time passing leader in the state of CA) but no one that comes close to haveing the experience BS has. No one is looking at him to be a saviour. We're just glad to have a QB on our roster.

 
At 11:22 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yea, just being the first freshman to start at UT since like the 40's is nothing, anyone could have done it.

And he wasn't beat out by Ainge, he was injured. He had the starting job over Ainge for the first 3 or 4 games I thought.

 
At 11:49 AM, Blogger Dow said...

See that's a classic Ole Miss comeback, based on incorrect and/or incomplete information with a hint of “how dare you?”. According to the University of Tennessee's official website, 1) freshmen weren't eligible until 1973, and 2) six freshman have started games at QB for Tennessee, notably including Peyton Manning, Casey Clausen, Eric Ainge, and, yes, Brent Schaeffer. Now, Schaeffer is the only freshman QB to have ever started the season opener, but he and Ainge split time from the season opener forward. Besides, starting a few games doesn’t really mean diddly-squat in the whole scheme of things, and starting at QB as a freshman is, more times than not, an indication of the team’s lack of depth than the player’s skill level. Yes, Schaeffer was injured, but to think that would have precluded him from, as you are suggesting, reclaiming the starting position is utter poppycock.

http://utsports.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/101104aag.html

 
At 6:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Yes, Schaeffer was injured, but to think that would have precluded him from, as you are suggesting, reclaiming the starting position is utter poppycock."

Yea, I hear Ainge is really "showing out" in practice. ha ha.

Let's just say, I for one am glad UT has him and we have Brent.

 

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