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ESPN’s Palmer: MSU’s Prescott Is The Best Running QB Mullen Has Coached

gfx - by the numbersBetter than Tim Tebow?  Better than Alex Smith?

According to ESPN analyst and former Florida quarterback Jesse Palmer, Mississippi State’s Dan Mullen has never coached a better running quarterback than the guy he’s got now:

 

“He’s the best running quarterback that Dan Mullen’s ever coached.  Yeah, that includes Alex Smith, who was the #1 pick overall.  That includes Tim Tebow…

The escapability, you don’t have to block everybody in order for him to give you the explosive play.  He makes this offense better in the red zone a lot like Tim Tebow and Alex Smith.”

 

When healthy, Prescott did make the Bulldogs’ offense tougher to prepare for thanks to his legs.  That much can’t be debated.  It also can’t be debated that both Tebow and Smith had more talent around them (or in Smith’s case played a lesser schedule) during their collegiate careers.  Still, the “big play” talk got us to wondering…

Below are the rushing numbers for each QB mentioned by Palmer.  Let’s see how Prescott stacks up.  We’ll look only at seasons in which the quarterbacks in question topped the 100-carry mark:

 

  Quarterback   Rushes   Yards   Yds/Carry   TDs
  Prescott, MSU 2013   111   722   6.5   10
  Smith, Utah 2004   135   631   4.6   10
  Tebow, Florida 2007   210   895   4.3   23
  Tebow, Florida 2009   217   910   4.2   14
  Tebow, Florida 2008   176   673   3.8   12
  Smith, Utah 2003   149   452   3.0   5

 

Tebow was a battering ram.  Prescott is a scrambler.  Smith was somewhere between the two.  All three QBs played in the same system, but all three were used a bit differently.  Still, a look at the numbers does suggest Prescott is more capable of big plays and escapes than the other two greats coached by Mullen.

Perhaps that’s one reason he finished among the SEC’s 10 best rushers this past season.

 


3 comments
John at MrSEC
John at MrSEC moderator

@aubieman2002 


I'd say most folks realize Cam Newton never started a game under Dan Mullen's tutelage.  And he sure didn't have 100 carries in a season which we clearly stated was the cut-off point for our comparisons.


Thanks for visiting the site,

John

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