October 14, 2010

Despite errors, Radcliff has been one of MAC's best QB's

For Central Michigan fans who spent the last four years watching Dan LeFevour lead the CMU offense, 2010 has been a bit of a change. With CMU sitting at a disappointing 2-4 overall, much of the blame has been passed on to redshirt sophomore quarterback Ryan Radcliff, a talented gunslinger who had the unenviable task of replacing #13. While he has made his share of mistakes, and he will be one of the first ones to point them out, he should not shoulder the blame for the team's slow start. In fact, Radcliff has statistically been one of the MAC's best quarterbacks in the league, and as he continues to gain experience, the 6-foot-2 Sherwood, OH native will continue to mature into a better quarterback. Putting things into perspective, this is where Radcliff ranks among the MAC's quarterbacks.

* Radcliff leads CMU as the #4 scoring offense in the MAC (26.3 PPG) and the #1 rated pass offense with 286.7 yards per game.

* CMU leads the MAC in total offense with 414.5 yards per game.

* CMU has allowed the second most sacks in the MAC.

*Radcliff leads the MAC in passing yards per game and is ranked #3 in pass efficiency.

Radcliff's Stats:
6 games, 135-231 (58.4%) for 1703 yards, 10 touchdowns and 8 interceptions. Passer rating of 127.7.

REST OF THE MAC

Chandler Harnish, Northern Illinois

6 games, 80-112 (71.4%) for 927 yards, 8 touchdowns and 1 interception. Passer rating of 162.7.

Boo Jackson, Ohio

6 games, 64-105 (61%) for 752 yards, 8 touchdowns and 6 interceptions. Passer rating of 134.5.

Austin Dantin, Toledo

6 games, 82-125 (65.6%) for 830 yards, 5 touchdowns and 6 interceptions. Passer rating of 125.

Alex Carder, Western Michigan

5 games, 125-208 (60.1%) for 1290 yards, 10 touchdowns and 7 interceptions. Passer rating of 121.3.

Zac Dysert, Miami (OH)

6 games, 132-199 (66.3%) for 1223 yards, 5 touchdowns and 6 interceptions. Passer rating of 120.2.

Alex Gillett, Eastern Michigan

6 games, 72-131 for 857 yards, 7 touchdowns and 5 interceptions. Passer rating of 119.9.

Chester Stewart, Temple

6 games, 71-132 (53.8%) for 831 yards, 4 touchdowns and 4 interceptions. Passer rating of 110.6.




Statistically speaking CMU has the #3 ranked passer in the MAC, and the two quarterbacks ranked ahead of him (Harnish, Jackson) are both seniors with previous seasons of starting experience. So, while it's painfully obvious that the MAC is a down year at the quarterback position, Radcliff has arguably been the most impressive underclassmen. And can any Chippewa fan honestly say they would feel any more confident with any other underclassmen quarterback leading Central Michigan?

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