Quarterback stats under Ohio State’s Urban Meyer: Cardale Jones, Braxton Miller, Tim Tebow, Alex Smith, others

  

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Cardale Jones, in just two starts, has joined a list of impressive quarterbacks under Urban Meyer at four schools dating back to 2001.

Below are the stats for Meyer’s quarterbacks, including Tim Tebow, Alex Smith and Braxton Miller.

Tebow won a Heisman Trophy. Miller and J.T. Barrett finished high in the Heisman voting. And Smith was the first overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft.

At Ohio State, each of Meyer’s teams have been high scoring, despite using four different quarterbacks (the point averages listed below include scoring by special teams and the defense):

  • Braxton Miller, 39.7 points per game in 23 starts in 2012-13. (This excludes the San Diego State game in 2013. Miller left the game with injury during the first drive.) Record: 21-2.
  • Kenny Guiton, 56.7 points per game in two starts and a third game in which he took the majority of snaps after Miller was injured. Record: 3-0.
  • J.T. Barrett, 44.1 points a game in 12 starts, including the 2014 Michigan game in which he left late in the third quarter with an injury. Record: 11-1.
  • Cardale Jones, 50.5 points a game in two starts, a 42-35 victory over Alabama and a 59-0 rout of Wisconsin. Record: 2-0.

Here’s a rundown of Meyer quarterbacks over the years, including every quarterback with at least 500 yards of total offense in a season since he began his head coaching career in 2001 at Bowling Green State University.

  Passing Rushing
Year   Player Yds. TDs INTs Rating Yds. TDs
2014 OSU Cardale Jones 618 6 1 159 258 0
2014 OSU J.T. Barrett 2,834 34 10 170 938 11
2013 OSU Braxton Miller 2,094 24 7 158 1,068 12
2013 OSU Kenny Guiton 749 14 2 165 330 5
2012 OSU Braxton Miller 2,039 15 6 141 1,271 13
2010 Fla. John Brantley 2,061 9 10 116 111 0
2009 Fla. Tim Tebow 2,895 21 5 164 910 14
2008 Fla. Tim Tebow 2,746 30 4 172 673 12
2007 Fla. Tim Tebow 3,286 32 6 173 895 23
2006 Fla. Chris Leak 2,942 23 13 145 30 3
2006 Fla. Tim Tebow 358 5 1 202 469 8
2005 Fla. Chris Leak 2,639 20 6 137 81 6
2004 Utah Alex Smith 2,952 32 4 177 631 10
2003 Utah Alex Smith 2,247 15 3 152 452 5
2002 BG Josh Harris 2,425 19 11 125 737 20
2001 BG Andy Sahm 1,326 11 10 126 33 3
2001 BG Josh Harris 1,022 9 3 143 614 8

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4 Responses to “Quarterback stats under Ohio State’s Urban Meyer: Cardale Jones, Braxton Miller, Tim Tebow, Alex Smith, others”

  1. ck says:

    Urban Meyer won against the odds and they stated it was rare for a coach to win w/third qb on team…hope he wins the championship too! Maybe as someone on the site stated, he will be hiring Tebow and take winning to a whole new level!!!

    • ck says:

      oops…guess that would be four qb’s and if the dynamic duo team up again in the NFL then it is going to be something spectacular impo!!!

  2. ck says:

    Great stats as usual for T2 and looks like the leader he will always be!!

  3. David says:

    Tebow scored 34 times in 15.5 games and 13 situational plays. Tebow’s total would rank 2nd in 2010 for total scores.
    He scored 19 passing TDs, 13 rushing for 937 yards, 2 two point conversions in 15.5 games and 13 plays. It’s about the same ratio that he had in college of passing and rushing scores. Only 7 quarterbacks in 2011 threw more TDs per pass attempt and only Aaron Rodgers threw more TDs per completion than Tebow did in his first 16 games. Tebow threw the longest passes averaging 15.3 yards per catch and broke NFL playoff passing records for the highest average yards in a playoff game.
    This NFL record stood for 35 years. Tebow broke it in his 15th start.
    Highest Average Gain, Game (20 attempts)
    15.05 Tim Tebow, AFC-FR: Denver vs. Pittsburgh, 2011 (21-316)
    14.71 Terry Bradshaw, SB: Pittsburgh vs. Los Angeles, 1979 (21-309)
    14.50 Peyton Manning, AFC-FR: Indianapolis vs. Denver, 2003
    (26-377)

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