Tuesday, August 31, 2010

#11 Jeff Ballard

The Jeff Ballard story is one that plays right out of the pages of a Disney screenplay. From third team QB, to the long time back up to the consistently injured heir appointed Tye Gunn, to one of the all time great QBs to play for the Frogs. In just two seasons as the starter, Ballard became fourth all-time in career passer in yards (4,621) and the first in career completion percentage (61.1).

He finished his career with 27 passing TDs and 16 rushing TDs, as well as a host of other TCU records including most TDs in a game (6, Twice); Completion Pct. in a game (87.0 v SDSU); Completion Pct. in a season (61.9 - 2006); Interception Avoidance Percentage for Career (2.2); Consecutive Pass Completions (14); and, Consecutive Passes w/o an int. (154).

All those records aside, his greatest stat is unarguably 19-2. That was his record as the TCU starting QB. Those 19 wins also include two bowl victories. One was the nail biter against Iowa State and the other was the throttling of Northern Illinois. In those two bowl games he accounted for 5 TDs (3 rush, 2 pass) and close to 560 yards. Ballard finished with all-conference honors in both seasons he played, as well as becoming only the fourth two time winner of the Rogers Trophy (for TCU MVP).

Even with all he accomplished, I think I can still hear the student section heckling him for throwing the ball away too often.

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