The 2006 Maxwell Award Goes To

Like most college football fans I'm still scratching my head on how the Maxwell Award goes to a quarterback with two losses and inflated numbers.

Brady Quinn????


What should have been the final piece of the puzzle during Thursday nights College Football Awards soon became the biggest joke of the night and possibly the season.


When Tom McDonald (1956 Maxwell Winner) called out Notre Dame Quarterback Brady Quinn, a sigh went across all of college football.  How could Troy Smith be turned away after winning the Davey O'Brien and the Walter Camp Awards?  How could a player who won every big game he's played in during the 2006 season watch as a player who never beat his biggest opponent walk up to accept this prestigious award?  But that's exactly what happened on this night and I'm almost positive it won't repeat itself come Saturday.


Don't get me wrong, both players enjoyed success during this past season, but Smith made the plays and positioned his team to be playing for a National Championship.  Look at all the numbers and not just the passing yards posted by the two.


Smith earned Big Ten offensive player of the year honors by throwing for 30 touchdowns and amassing 2,740 total yards. 


Quinn had 35 touchdowns and passed for 3,278 yards but needed 135 more attempts to account for the extra yards.  When you break it down Quinn only averaged 5.7 yards per play in those 135 plays.


But when looking at overall play, Smith proved to the college football world he's not only the favorite to win the Heisman, but also the most important player to his team's success.


Smith always showed up for "Big Games" while Quinn struggled to post victories.  While Smith was leading the Buckeyes to wins over Texas and Michigan, Quinn struggled to beat the likes of Georgia Tech and Michigan State while taking "L's" against Michigan and USC.  How can a player with two losses defeat a player from a team he guided to a perfect record?  Ask the Maxwell Award people because they found a way.


All that can be said is the power of Notre Dame and the way the Maxwell is voted on favors a player like Quinn even when they don't stack up on the field.


Saturday night will prove Smith is the number one player in the country as his name is called for this seasons Heisman Trophy and he'll even take it another step as he looks to earn a National Championship against Florida.

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