Oh, how the mighty have fallen.
Considering the paltry numbers he posted last fall, Ainge's slide toward oblivion is understandable. He threw more interceptions (7) than touchdown passes (5). He passed for just 737 yards. His passer-efficiency rating (89.94) was horrible. His most memorable play was an underhand desperation toss as he was being slung to the turf that was intercepted and returned three yards for a touchdown by LSU linebacker Kenneth Hollis.
Not surpriringly, Notre Dame's Brady Quinn tops the Collegefootballnews.com QB list. He's followed by Ohio State's Troy Smith at No. 2, Michigan State's Drew Stanton at No. 3, Arizona State's Sam Keller at No. 4 and Iowa's Drew Tate at No. 5.
It could be that Ainge's omission from the list will prove beneficial. Perhaps he'll respond as positively to being under-hyped heading into 2006 as he did negatively to being over-hyped heading into 2005.
Time will tell.