Alright, let's compare:
2009 Passing Stats:
Patrick Nicely-120/222 (54%), 1349 YDS, 6 TD, 6 INT, 108.6 RAT
Matt Rodgers-39/69 (56%), 405 YDS, 1 TD, 6 INT, 93.2 RAT
Chris Jacquemain-26/44 (59%), 320 YDS, 4 TD, INT, 145.6 RAT
Jared Wackerly-4/5 (80%), 36 YDS, 0 TD, 0 INT, 140.5 RAT
Alex Allen-1/1 (100%), 80 YDS, 1 TD, 0 INT, 1102.0 RAT
Those of us that had to sit through the miserable season last year are still ticked at Jacquemain for getting dismissed from the team. Bypass the could-have-been, however, and you'll be thankful. Nicely's experience from last year may pay off. There wasn't a doubt in my mind that he would win the quarterback battle for this year. I did not like the way that Rodgers played last season; constantly looking to run, forcing horrible throws into the endzone, and rushing headlong into trios of defenders. Regardless, I love this quote from Nicely:
"[Rodgers] is a good quarterback," Nicely began. "I'm not saying anything bad about him. But this is my job."
I have a feeling that Nicely, just a sophomore, will soon look like a Charlie Frye, Luke Getsy, or what Chris Jacquemain should have been.
Many are predicting the Zips to finish 6th or last in the MAC East. I disagree. I think we'll see a 6 win season in 2010, and as Nicely improves, an 8 or 9 win season in 2011. Wishful thinking? Probably. I predicted 6 wins in 2009. This time around, however, our starting quarterback (probably) won't be dismissed from the team just two games into the season.