Bumped. GO BRUINS. -N
Like most folks here on BN, I've been mortified by the performance of Kevin Prince so far this season. Yet somehow, I still find myself going to bat for the sophomore signal caller time and time again. In debates with friends and family, I've found myself falling back on the same argument, "he's still young and great quarterbacks aren't built in a day."
Yes, I'm sure that there have been a handful of college QBs who figured it all out in no time flat (as far as I know, Peyton Manning was audibilizing in the womb) but I'm also sure that these guys are the exception to the rule.
My hope for KP is that he follows in the footsteps of another Bruin field general who had his struggles early on. Just out of curiosity, I decided to run a side-by-side statistical comparison of Prince (post-Stanford/346 attempts) and a young Cade McNown (post-Oregon, 1996/340 attempts).
I'm not sure what's more surprising here, the near mirror-image nature of the numbers or the fact that KP might have a slight edge. Also note, KP's 6 for 12 for 39 yards and a pick might go down as one of the worst performances in Bruin QB history but it doesn't hold a candle to Cade's 8 for 27 for 39 yards and 3 picks in the third game of his sophomore year.
Of course, I'm not suggesting that we all get our collective hopes up, only that we don't abandon hope entirely.
Super fun fact: If history does repeat itself, Prince will have his breakout game today. Apparently, Cade busted through the glass ceiling right around 340 attempts because he followed up a mediocre (at best) Oregon game with a 22 for 41, 395 yard, 3 touchdown performance against Arizona State.