Hayes notes that Ainge and Wisconsin running back P.J. Hill are vastly overrated heading into 2007, while Rice QB Chase Clement and Arizona State running back Ryan Torain are vastly underrated. All posted big numbers in 2006 but, as Hayes explains: "look closely at the numbers, everyone. It's easy to see who deserves the love and who doesn't."
Here's what Hayes has to say about the Vols' senior quarterback:
An overused story heard throughout the SEC last season was the "reclamation" of Ainge under new coordinator David Cutcliffe. Now, a dose of reality. In seven conference games, Ainge threw for 1,516 yards and seven touchdowns with five interceptions. In nonconference games, he passed for 1,473 yards, 12 touchdowns and four interceptions. His passer rating against conference opponents was 129.74 (a middle to low rating) vs. 185.75 (an elite rating) in nonconference games.
Which games mean more? Ask Phil Fulmer.
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