Tommy Rees is better than you think. Compare Rees’ stats to Brady Quinn’s sophomore year:
completion % 65.60% 54.10%
TD/INT 1.7 1.7
Rating 137.8 125.9
Tommy is throwing up better numbers than Brady did his sophomore year. Yet we still have doubters.
Rees faces a perception problem. (1)He doesn’t look the part. Crist looks the part, was highly recruited, and is a nice guy. (2)He doesn’t fit the system. Hendrix and Golson supposedly fit Kelly’s offense better. (3) He wasn’t highly recruited. Rees was a 3-star recruit with offers from…Miami of Ohio. (4)His upside is limited. (5)He throws too many interceptions.
But, according to the statistics Rees is better than Quinn was at this point in his career. And he’s better than Clausen:
completion % 65.60% 60.90%
TD/INT 1.7 1.5
Rating 137.8 132.5
(1)Throw out looks. This isn’t a beauty contest. And the statistics don’t care how you look.
(2)He may not be as mobile as Hendrix and Golson, but Tommy can read defenses well and according to Kelly he does a great job of checking into plays. Plus, he’s the starter. So he must be running Kelly’s offense better than any other QB on the team.
(3)Rees thrives despite not being as highly recruited. 5-star vs. 3-star. Of course the fans are going to pull for the 5 star.
(4)Here’s the thing about Rees’ upside. He is still improving. Compare the first 4 games of the year with the last 5:
First four games: 7:6 TD:INT ratio. Last 5 games 10:4
(5)Rees’ TD:INT ratio is the same as Quinn’s and better than Clausen’s. Plus, Tommy is getting better(see number 4.) His numbers will look even better at the end of the season.
Finally, regardless of all the other stats. Rees still has the most important statistic going for him: Wins vs. Losses.
Rees is 10-2 as a starter.
As a numbers guy, I am pro-Rees. All the talk of Golsen, Hendrix, and Crist is nice, but Tommy will be the starter until he graduates.