Thursday, December 22, 2005

Sam's Season

Sam Hollenbach cost Maryland a bowl game. Sam Hollenbach had a dreadful end of the season. There will be changes at the quarterback position. Blah, blah, blah.

Lost in all this is that Hollenbach had one of the better statistical seasons for a quarterback in Maryland history. His 2005 season ranked 7th all time in passing yards, total yards, attempts, completions and completion percentage; 6th in yards; 12th in QB rating. In most of those categories it was the best season for a quarterback since the run-and-shoot days of Scott Milanovich in the mid-1990's. Only Scott McBrien had thrown for more touchdowns in a season since 1994, a list than includes Brian Cummings, Calvin McCall, Ken Mastrole, Shaun Hill and Joel Statham.

Hollenbach deserves some credit for the fact that Maryland was even 5-6. With Joel Statham, who is now bound for I-AA football, do you really think Maryland would have won any of the games they lost? Would they have beaten Navy or North Carolina? Doubtful. Without Hollenbach Maryland would likely be 3-8 to end this season, ponder that.

Yes, Sam locks onto receivers sometimes, he gives up too many sacks holding onto the ball, he has a propensity for turnovers. All this is true. He is also the best quarterback on the roster and will be again in 2006.

Basketball Roundup

Duke handled St. John's at Durham. Both freshman McRoberts and Paulus are playing better and the heart of the team, Williams and Redick, are always solid. They still have no bench, which only provided 10 points.

UNC lost on the road to USC, 74-59. They had 25 turnovers and shot only 37% from the floor. This is still a very young team which only has one notable win against a mediocre Kentucky squad. They will fall out of the rankings once ACC play starts if not sooner.

This could be a rough night for the ACC. Miami hosts the resurgent Florida Gators, a game they could desperately use if they hope to keep their slim NCAA chances alive. Wake Forest and N.C. State both go on the road at Richmond and Alabama respectively. It is the first real test State has had since a road game at Iowa and Wake is trying to right the ship after the bad De Paul loss from last week. Road games are never easy but they should be able to handle a scrappy Spiders team.

A fabulous website for basketball scores and analysis is The Mid-Majority. They have offensive and defensive ratings for each game and a slew of other statistical analysis for each contest. Check it out.

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