I like this. David Ubben with Espn.com ranked the top five quarterbacks in the Big 12 and Jerrod Johnson is ranked number one. After that, I quit reading! Whoop!
Here is what Ubben had to say about Johnson.
Johnson topped our overall players rankings, so there’s no surprise he leads the quarterback rankings too. He threw a league-most 30 touchdowns and ran for more than 500 yards and eight scores. He needs to improve his accuracy (59.6 completion percentage), but you could probably say that about every college quarterback. The talent around him at receiver and running back makes his job easier, and he sounds ready to make the jump. Better numbers won’t do anything to validate him as a star. All that’s left is to win games — more than the six the Aggies won in 2009.
O, I can’t wait for College Football Season to begin!
As you can see, he also ranks Johnson as the best player in the Big 12. Yup… it could be a really sweet season. Here are Ubben’s comments from that post, the Top 25 players in the Big 12!!!
No. 1: Jerrod Johnson, QB, Texas A&M
2009 numbers: Third in the Big 12 with 3,579 passing yards. Led the Big 12 and finished No. 5 nationally with 30 touchdown passes, while throwing just eight interceptions. He also rushed for 506 yards and eight touchdowns on 145 carries.
Most recent ranking: Johnson was unranked in the past offseason’s ranking of the conference’s top 40 players.
Making the case for Johnson: I remember sitting down to make this list over a month ago and complaining that unlike the 2009 season, there wasn’t a clear candidate for the conference’s best player. When people say “Jerrod Johnson,” that’s not the first thing people think. There are still plenty of people outside College Station whose response would be, “Who?” Six wins in 2009 is a part of that.
But looking at his production last season, it’s clear that he is the Big 12’s best player and the top performer at its most important position. Only one quarterback (Blaine Gabbert) threw for more yards and only one quarterback (Austen Arnaud) ran for more yards. Johnson has plenty of talent around him to help produce those numbers, but he’s the guy that makes it all go. He’s big, smart, elusive and does whatever is necessary to move the ball.
He’ll have the ball in his hands a lot in 2010, but he’ll have the Aggies’ fate, too. If he plays well, they’ll have a chance at winning the division for the first time in a decade. If he plays poorly, they won’t improve much past six wins.