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Ainge? Overrated?! You're Joking, Right? RIGHT?!

Bumped from the diaries. Good stuff, from charter RTT member, Aerobab.

-- Joel

Yeah, yeah...thanks to Mr. Albert Gore and his invention of the internets, any buffoon can post whatever garbage-filled opinion that he/she desires.  

"AGray", Sports Illustrated staffer/blogger, has taken the opinion that Erik Ainge is one of the most overrated players of the upcoming 2007 season.  Perhaps he knows of his outrageous assertion and is only looking to "throw bombs" to increase traffic to/through his blog?

Although "AGray" (blatantly?) skewed the statistics in his favor to state his case (he is forgetting that a hobbled-Ainge only played a single series (perhaps 2?) in the LSU game), he obviously didn't run his logic against any other SEC quarterbacks from 2006.  I don't have time to do a full-rundown, so I picked the quarterback of the reigning SEC/BCS Champion Florida Gators; Chris Leak, since he is, you know, the greatest. Quarterback. Evah.

Ainge
Com-Att  Com%   YDS  YPG  TD  INT
131-204 (64.2%) 1513  252    7    5    (6 games)
132-210 (62.9%) 1516  217    7    5    (7, incl. LSU)

Leak
121-194 (62.3%) 1557  195  11    9     (8 games!)

The numbers speak for themselves in this comparison.  However, there are a few things that aren't seen here.  Of the "7" games that Ainge started, he only threw interceptions in two of those (2-UF, 3-Bama).  Leak threw at least 1 INT in 7 of his 8 games.

If Ainge had been healthy all season long, would his stats have been better?  Yeah, most likely.  Will we ever know? Nope.  I'm also befuddled at  why "AGray" only looked at conference stats.  For the 2006 season Ainge's official stats look like this:

233-348 (67.0%) 2989  249  19    9    (12 games, incl. LSU)

Overrated after "The Season of Which We Do Not Speak", I'd say so. Overrated after the 2006 season?  Not so much. Well, not when your team finishes as #12 and #20 in passing offense and passing efficiency, respectfully, in D-I football.

I'd love to post more stats of where UT's passing offense (Ainge) is in relation to the other SEC teams and national teams, but you can look for yourselves at the above link, or here.  Mr. "AGray" certainly needs to take a look.

Class dismissed.

UPDATE: Numbers! And colors! After the jump.

TEAM
Quarterback
Opponent Comp. Att. Comp. % Yds TD INT
TENNESSEE CUMULATIVE SEC STATS
Erik Ainge Team GP Comp. Att. Comp. % Yds TD INT
UF 17 32 53.1 183 0 2 UT  6 131 204 64.2 1513 7 5
UGA 25 38 65.8 268 2 0 UF 8 121 194 62.4 1557 11 9
Bama 28 46 60.9 302 0 3 UGA 7 87 163 53.4 1215 4 11
SC 21 29 72.4 254 2 0 SC # 8 136 221 61.5 1585 8 8
LSU* 1 6 16.7 3 0 0 VU 8 117 210 55.7 1466 9 12
VU 21 26 80.8 266 2 0 UK 8 177 280 63.2 2163 15 5
UK 19 33 57.6 240 1 0 Bama 8 143 253 56.5 1784 10 8
SEC Total 132 210 62.9 1516 7 5 Aub 8 108 182 59.3 1299 7 6
SEC Total* 131 204 64.2 1513 7 5 MSU # 8 111 246 45.1 1500 8 11
Ole Miss 8 69 148 46.6 953 7 6
FLORIDA LSU 8 153 229 66.8 1940 17 6
Chris Leak Ark # 8 83 160 51.9 1284 13 9
UT 15 25 60.0 199 3 1 SEC Pass/Yr Avg. 120 208 57.2 1522 10 8
UK 15 26 57.7 267 2 1
Bama 14 20 70.0 174 2 0
LSU 17 26 65.4 155 0 1 Notes:
Aub 9 17 52.9 108 1 1 1.) Red indicates that a player did not participate in a particular game for a
substantial amount of time either due to injury, gimmick play, clean-up duty, etc.
UGA 14 28 50.0 163 1 1
VU 18 25 72.0 237 1 3
SC 19 27 70.4 254 1 1 2.) #  - Summation of stats from a multiple/combined QB system.
SEC Total 121 194 62.4 1557 11 9
3.) Primary QB statistics only, unless Note 2 applies.
GEORGIA
Matthew Stafford 4.) MSU QB situation was AFU.  I got tired of figuring them out, so #'s aren't totally accurate when applying Notes 1 and 2.
SC 8 19 42.1 171 0 3
Ole Miss 7 18 38.9 91 0 0
UT* 2 5 40.0 11 0 1 5.) Tebow's passing stats in 8 SEC games:  5-10, 76 yds, 2TD 0 INT.  Awesome!
VU 9 13 69.2 86 0 0
MSU 20 32 62.5 267 2 3
UF 13 33 39.4 151 0 2 CUMULATIVE SEC AVERAGES/GAME
KY 16 28 57.1 230 1 3   Comp. Att. Comp. % Yds TD INT
Aub 14 20 70.0 219 1 0 UT  22 34 64.2 252 1.2 0.8
SEC Total 89 168 53.0 1226 4 12 UF 15 24 62.4 195 1.4 1.1
SEC Total* 87 163 53.4 1215 4 11 UGA 12 23 53.4 174 0.6 1.6
SC # 17 28 61.5 198 1.0 1.0
SOUTH CAROLINA VU 15 26 55.7 183 1.1 1.5
Blake Mitchell UK 22 35 63.2 270 1.9 0.6
MSU 12 22 54.5 91 0 1 Bama 18 32 56.5 223 1.3 1.0
UGA 16 22 72.7 156 0 0 Aub 14 23 59.3 162 0.9 0.8
Ark 15 21 71.4 213 2 1 MSU # 14 31 45.1 188 1.0 1.4
UF 24 33 72.7 275 0 0 Ole Miss 9 19 46.6 119 0.9 0.8
SEC Total 67 98 68.4 735 2 2 LSU 19 29 66.8 243 2.1 0.8
Ark # 10 20 51.9 161 1.6 1.1
Syvelle Newton Avg/Game 15 27 57.7 196 1.2 1.0
MSU* 1 1 100.0 54 1 0
Aub 21 35 60.0 240 2 1 Conclusions on Erik Ainge:
UK 14 22 63.6 171 0 1
VU 11 18 61.1 133 2 1 1.) Completions/Game: +7 over SEC Avg. GOOD!
UT 16 29 55.2 230 2 3 2.) Attempts/Game: +7 over SEC Avg. GOOD!
Ark 7 19 36.8 76 0 0 3.) Comp. %: +6.5% over SEC Avg. GOOD!
SEC Total 70 124 56.5 904 7 6 4.) YPG: +56 over SEC Avg. GOOD!
SEC Total* 69 123 56.1 850 6 6 5.) TD/g: Equal to SEC Avg. Average
6.) INT/g: 0.2 below SEC Avg. GOOD!
Combined Total 136 221 61.5 1585 8 8
VANDERBILT
Chris Nixon
Bama 15 23 65.2 140 1 3
Ark 12 26 46.2 124 1 0
Ole Miss 11 13 84.6 95 1 0
UGA 15 29 51.7 190 2 2
SC 4 15 26.7 76 0 2
UF 27 44 61.4 298 2 1
UK 23 37 62.2 446 1 2
UT 10 23 43.5 97 1 2
SEC Total 117 210 55.7 1466 9 12
KENTUCKY
Andre Woodson
Ole Miss 22 34 64.7 293 3 0
UF 26 37 70.3 210 1 0
SC 18 31 58.1 289 1 1
LSU 14 37 37.8 151 0 1
MSU 19 28 67.9 284 3 1
UGA 23 32 71.9 204 2 2
VU 29 42 69.0 450 4 0
UT 26 39 66.7 282 1 0
SEC Total 177 280 63.2 2163 15 5
ALABAMA
John Parker Wilson
VU 18 29 62.1 207 1 1
Ark 16 20 80.0 243 3 0
UF 21 40 52.5 240 0 3
Ole Miss 16 28 57.1 206 2 0
UT 13 29 44.8 158 0 0
MSU 19 39 48.7 187 0 2
LSU 22 35 62.9 291 2 1
Aub 18 33 54.5 252 2 1
SEC Total 143 253 56.5 1784 10 8
AUBURN
Brandon Cox
MSU 18 27 66.7 249 2 0
LSU 11 20 55.0 110 0 1
SC 13 19 68.4 180 1 0
Ark 17 29 58.6 153 1 0
UF 18 27 66.7 182 0 0
Ole Miss 21 34 61.8 253 1 1
UGA 4 12 33.3 35 1 4
Bama 6 14 42.9 137 1 0
SEC Total 108 182 59.3 1299 7 6
MISSISSIPPI ST.
Michael Henig*
SC 2 8 25.0 19 0 0
UGA 14 31 45.2 234 0 2
UK 22 41 53.7 384 3 2
Bama 9 32 28.1 143 2 1
Ark 9 26 34.6 123 1 1
SEC Total 56 138 40.6 903 6 6
Omarr Conner
LSU 15 28 53.6 212 1 0
Ark 6 9 66.7 78 0 1
Ole Miss 16 31 51.6 162 1 1
SEC Total 37 68 54.4 452 2 2
Tray Rutland
SC 6 15 40.0 63 0 2
Auburn 12 25 48.0 82 0 1
LSU* 0 1 0.0 0 0 1
SEC Total 18 41 43.9 145 0 4
SEC Total* 18 40 45.0 145 0 3
Combined Total 111 246 45.1 1500 8 11
OLE MISS
Brent "Schaeffah"
UK 13 26 50.0 190 2 1
UGA 6 15 40.0 87 1 1
VU 3 8 37.5 31 0 2
Bama 13 20 65.0 163 1 0
Ark 11 30 36.7 118 0 0
Aub 8 16 50.0 161 1 2
LSU 6 14 42.9 72 1 0
MSU 9 19 47.4 131 1 0
SEC Total 69 148 46.6 953 7 6
LSU
JaMarcus Russell
Aub 20 35 57.1 269 0 0
MSU 18 20 90.0 330 3 0
UF 24 41 58.5 228 1 3
UK 15 18 83.3 226 2 0

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