How Tanner Morgan stacks up as a starter

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To me the most impressive thing is that he's a gamer. He has some ups & downs, but when we need him most, he's steps up. He went into Wisconsin and won the axe. He won the bowl game against Ga Tech. He hit that pass to Autman-Bell against Fresno when we needed it most. Feels like most other Gopher QB's faded when we needed them most.
 

Marooned

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To me the most impressive thing is that he's a gamer. He has some ups & downs, but when we need him most, he's steps up. He went into Wisconsin and won the axe. He won the bowl game against Ga Tech. He hit that pass to Autman-Bell against Fresno when we needed it most. Feels like most other Gopher QB's faded when we needed them most.
This. Like a Fresno fan said - he’s got balls of steel.
 

PitinoFan

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Another big time clutch throw was the long TD to Bateman in his first start against Indiana, after the defense coughed up a big lead in the 4th quarter. That ball couldn’t have been thrown any better. The more of these plays he makes, the more confidence his teammates will have that he will find a way to get it done, and they’ll all feed off of that. He has the clutch gene.

We’ve all seen it, but here it is.
https://youtu.be/aKvH9hWRh1M

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PMWinSTP

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This. Like a Fresno fan said - he’s got balls of steel.
Came to mind...

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Pompous Elitist

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Negatives: cannot break fingers or throw through brick walls. Occasionally fails to diagnose the open man. Isn’t from MN. Not as much of a outspoken butt slapper as some would like. Less than statuesque. Competition with ZA and Fleck apparent favoring of ZA has created some division in the fanbase.

Positives: accurate, ice cold under pressure, moves up in the pocket/doesn’t retreat, good scrambling ability. Isn’t an a-hole.

He’s very likely going to have a rough game or two in the Big Ten schedule but he is doing pretty much everything we need him to do. He isn’t losing games, and he’s gaining live fire experience. I’m much more worried about our run game and defense right now. Could be the starter for next couple years if all goes well.
 

fmlizard

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Tanner Morgan has perhaps the best set of receivers this season any Gopher QB has ever had, with a couple of the Mason era teams coming close. That said his level of efficiency stands head and shoulders above Gopher QBs even though he is young and has played a relatively hard schedule with little fluff.

Morgan is shaping up to be one of those guys the efficiency stats (and hopefully the standings) like a lot better than the scouts do. One of those dudes PFF grades as an All-American but Mel Kiper has never breathed his name. We haven't had a guy like that in a long time.
 

Pompous Elitist

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Tanner Morgan has perhaps the best set of receivers this season any Gopher QB has ever had, with a couple of the Mason era teams coming close. That said his level of efficiency stands head and shoulders above Gopher QBs even though he is young and has played a relatively hard schedule with little fluff.

Morgan is shaping up to be one of those guys the efficiency stats (and hopefully the standings) like a lot better than the scouts do. One of those dudes PFF grades as an All-American but Mel Kiper has never breathed his name. We haven't had a guy like that in a long time.
Perfectly said. This is already happening.
 

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Tanner Morgan as a starter

Record: 6-2
Completions: 105
Attempts: 171
Completion Percentage: 61.4%
Touchdowns: 12
Interceptions: 5
Passer Rating: 155.4

Was curious to see specifically how Completion Percentage and Passer Rating stacked up vs Gophers all-time leading passers and others in recent history.

Here are the top 10 leading passers by yards in Gopher history

Rank - Player - Completion Percentage - Passer Rating
1. Adam Weber - 57.0% - 123.1
2. Bryan Cupito - 55.9% - 138.3
3. Mitch Leidner - 56.4% - 121.2
4. Cory Sauter - 57.0% - 124.8
5. Asad Abdul-Khaliq - 56.8% - 138.1
6. Marquel Fleetwood - 53.1% - 116.2
7. Rickey Foggie - 49.5% - 126.2
8. Mike Hohensee - 54.3% - 116.5
9. Tim Schade - 51.4% - 109.0
10. Tony Dungy - 46.8% - 99.3

And here are some others of note in recent history

Player - Completion Percentage - Passer Rating
Zack Annexstad - 51.9% - 117.6
Demry Croft - 41.4% - 83.3
Conor Rhoda - 53.2% - 124.3
Philip Nelson - 50.0% - 112.5
MarQueis Gray - 50.8% - 117.5
Travis Cole - 55.9% - 128.9
Billy Cockerham - 52.0% - 122.1


So.........through all that. Here are the leaders.

Completion Percentage
1. Morgan - 61.4%
2. Sauter - 57.0%
3. Weber - 57.0%
4. Abdul-Khaliq - 56.8%
5. Leidner - 56.4%

Passer Rating
1. Morgan - 155.4
2. Cupito - 138.3
3. Abdul-Khaliq - 138.1
4. Cole - 128.9
5. Foggie - 126.2

In both categories Morgan has a healthy lead. Very promising 8 starts into his career.
I am pretty certain Croft will be the worst Big Ten quarterback I have witnessed and will witness the rest of my life (and the stats agree with me).

I know people's opinions vary on which rating system is better, but Leidner (I think) tended to rank higher in ESPN QBR because it included running and other things that regular stats don't capture.
 

PitinoFan

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Perfectly said. This is already happening.
I would consider the possibility his arm strength could continue to improve over the next 2-3 years. It’s already noticeably stronger than last year. He’s the kind of guy who if he continues to show growth could end up on an NFL practice squad or the CFL, and be underestimated every step of the way. I doubt anyone ever thought Fleck would make an NFL roster until it happened.


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Pompous Elitist

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I am pretty certain Croft will be the worst Big Ten quarterback I have witnessed and will witness the rest of my life (and the stats agree with me).

I know people's opinions vary on which rating system is better, but Leidner (I think) tended to rank higher in ESPN QBR because it included running and other things that regular stats don't capture.
Hmm, check out Art Sitkowski for one.
 

WinLoseOrTy

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Morgan as a Starter - Updated through 9/28

Completion Percentage
1. Morgan - 64.7%
2. Sauter - 57.0%
3. Weber - 57.0%
4. Abdul-Khaliq - 56.8%
5. Leidner - 56.4%

Passer Rating
1. Morgan - 171.6
2. Cupito - 138.3
3. Abdul-Khaliq - 138.1
4. Cole - 128.9
5. Foggie - 126.2
 

PMWinSTP

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I am pretty certain Croft will be the worst Big Ten quarterback I have witnessed and will witness the rest of my life (and the stats agree with me).

I know people's opinions vary on which rating system is better, but Leidner (I think) tended to rank higher in ESPN QBR because it included running and other things that regular stats don't capture.
Yeah, a couple listed like ML did a lot with their legs as well.
 

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