February 17, 2009

Top true freshman quarterbacks since 2004

With Steve Threet, moving on it's likely a true freshman will start at quarterback for Michigan next fall. Perhaps the newbie can follow in the footsteps of Chad Henne, who tops this list as the best rookie QB since 2004

Top 8 True Freshman QBs Since 2004


Chad Henne
Michigan (2004)

The true freshman started all 12 games and led Michigan to a 9-2 regular season and a share of the Big Ten title with a 7-1 mark. The Freshman All-American completed 240 of 399 attempts (60.2 percent) for 2,743 yards, a U-M single-season record 25 touchdowns and just 12 interceptions. In the Maize and Blue's Rose Bowl loss to Texas, he tied a single-game Michigan record with four touchdown passes.


Erik Ainge
Tennessee (2004)

In six starts (nine appearances overall), Ainge helped spark an SEC Championship run. He completed 109 of 198 attempts (55.1 percent) for 1,452 yards with 17 touchdowns and nine interceptions in earning Offensive Freshman of the Year honors from The Sporting News. Ainge missed the season's final four games due to injury.


Robert Griffin
Baylor (2008)

The Big 12 Freshman of the Year, Griffin started 11 games for the Bears in 2008, leading them to a 4-7 mark. The first Baylor quarterback to throw for and rush for at 10 scores in the same season, Griffin completed 160 of 267 attempts (60.0 percent) for 2,091 yards with 15 touchdowns and three interceptions. He also rushed for 843 yards and 13 scores on 173 carries (4.9-yard average).


Terrelle Pryor
Ohio State (2008)

Taking over as the starter in Week 4, Pryor led Ohio State to an 8-2 record. The Jeanette, Pa., native was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year after throwing for 1,311 yards with 12 touchdowns and four interceptions on 100 of 165 passing (60.6 percent). He added 631 yards rushing and six touchdowns on 139 attempts (4.5 yards per carry).


Nate Davis
Ball State (2006)

Before he became a household name in 2008, Davis was just another true freshman starter in 2006. Playing in all 12 games and starting seven, Davis tied a then-school record with 18 touchdown passes. He completed 150 of 244 attempts (61.2 percent) for 1,975 yards and tossed just nine interceptions.


Shaun Carney
Air Force (2004)

The first freshman quarterback in Air Force history to start the season opener, Carney made nine starts in 2004 and completed a then-UA record 61.1 percent of his passes for 1,315 yards with 11 touchdowns and six interceptions. An adept runner, he totaled 331 yards rushing and scored twice on 144 carries.


Juice Williams
Illinois (2006)

An honorable mention Freshman All-American, Williams began showing early in his career just how dangerous he would become as a dual-threat signal-caller. The Chicago native threw for 1,489 yards with nine touchdowns and nine interceptions on 103 of 261 passing (39.5 percent) while also rushing for 576 yards and two scores on 154 carries (3.7-yard average).


Bo Levi Mitchell
SMU (2008)

A starter in all 12 games for the Mustangs, Levi threw for three touchdowns in his collegiate debut. Though SMU went 1-11, Levi was one of the bright spots. He completed 236 of 410 attempts (57.6 percent) for 2,865 yards with 24 touchdowns and 23 interceptions in June Jones' run-and-shoot offense.


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