Breaking down Kyle Padron

No one can question the Southlake product as the starter going into 2010, but has anyone realized the potential in Padron? He's not just another quarterback in college football; in fact, he has the chance to be one of the best heading into the 2010 campaign, writes PonyStampede.com writer Kyle Phillippi.

When Kyle Padron stepped onto the field at Robertson Stadium in Houston following the injury to starter Bo Levi Mitchell, SMU fans were unsure of what to make of the young, but highly talented quarterback. From that moment on, the freshman put SMU in his back, and led them to a 5-1 record in games that he started. Padron capped off his amazing six-game span in 2009 with a school record 460 yards in the Hawaii Bowl against Nevada.

No one can question the Southlake product as the starter going into 2010, but has anyone realized the potential in Padron? He's not just another quarterback in college football; in fact, he has the chance to be one of the best heading into the 2010 campaign. If you don't believe this inquiry, check out the comparison of stats between Padron and ten of the top quarterbacks in the nation going into 2010.

Padron surprisingly ranked in the top five for passer rating in 2009, only behind three senior quarterbacks (Tim Tebow, Max Hall, and Jimmy Claussen) and Boise State's Kellen Moore. His 159.9 rating placed him among some of the top passers in college football, and convinced many critics that he isn't just a push over down at SMU – he's a bright talent in southern Texas. Take a look at how the freshman ranked among ten other well-known quarterback's in the final six games of the season for each passer.

1. Case Keenum, Houston – 163.20
2. Kyle Padron, SMU – 159.9
3. Ryan Mallett, Arkansas – 150.35
4. Kellen Moore, Boise State – 148.96
5. Jevan Snead, Ole Miss – 136.87
6. Terrelle Pryor, Ohio State – 134.72
7. Andrew Luck, Stanford – 132.46
8. Jake Locker, Washington – 129.52
9. Taylor Potts, Texas Tech – 124.85
10. Jerrod Johnson, Texas A&M – 124.85



Besides ranking among the top at passer rating, Padron surges past these quarterbacks in many other statistics, including passing yards. In just six games, the Southlake native threw for an astounding 1,922 yards thru the air. The closest signal-caller out of the crop mentioned above is Case Keenum, who fell just 68 yards behind Padron, but besides Keenum, the rest fall very distant from Padron's numbers. Aside from Keenum, the next closest in yardage was Ryan Mallett at 1,476, putting him 446 yards behind SMU's gunslinger.


1. K. Padron – 1,922 yards
2. C. Keenum – 1,854 yards
3. R. Mallett – 1,476 yards
4. T. Potts – 1,313 yards
5. K. Moore – 1,277 yards


Heading into 2010, SMU fans should be thankful for the arm of Padron. After their impressive bowl win in 2009, the Mustangs are in the process of building a solid team, and hopefully will compete for the C-USA title once again in 2010. As long as Padron can keep away from the sidelines, SMU fans should be in for a fun season.

(Complete rankings of Padron compared to the above mentioned crop of QB's)
Touchdowns
1. C. Keenum – 16
T2. K. Moore – 12
T2. R. Mallett – 12
T4. K. Padron – 10
T4. J. Locker – 10
T4. J. Johnson – 10


Interceptions
1. K. Moore – 0
2. C. Keenum – 1
3. T. Pryor – 2
T4. K. Padron – 4
T4. J. Snead – 4


Kyle Padron vs. Bo Levi Mitchell (Note: Mitchell started 7 games)

Touchdowns
1. Mitchell – 12
2. Padron – 10

Interceptions
1. Padron – 4
2. Mitchell – 10

Passing Yards
1. Padron – 1,922
2. Mitchell – 1,725

Completion %
1. Padron – 67.2
2. Mitchell – 56.0

Rating
1. Padron – 159.9
2. Mitchell – 117.9


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