Ole Miss QBs and the interception bug

There’s still no official word on whether Chad Kelly will indeed be welcomed to Ole Miss and will compete to be the Rebels’ starting quarterback in 2015.

Whether the quarterback is Kelly, Ryan Buchanan or DeVante Kincade, the Ole Miss starter will try to improve on a recent history that is not good in terms of giving up the football.

Bo Wallace had some fumbles, but the primary method of turnover for quarterbacks is interceptions thrown.

The chart below shows how many interceptions Ole Miss quarterbacks have thrown since Eli Manning began his three-year run as starter as a third-year sophomore in 2001.

The figure shows the total number of interceptions thrown for that season. Not all were thrown by the starting quarterback. Most were, and I’ve listed the starter and some noteworthy stats in parenthesis.

In 2014 the 25 top quarterbacks in the efficiency rankings threw a combined 218 interceptions, an average of 8.72 per player. Among the top 10 rated QB’s that average number drops to 8.1 interceptions thrown.

Oregon’s Marcus Mariota, the national leader in passing efficiency, was phenomenal in the regular season, just three interceptions and 40 touchdown passes. He has one more game.

Hutson Mason of Georgia is No. 10 in efficiency. He threw just four picks but 21 touchdown passes. With one more interception Mariota threw 19 more touchdown passes. I’ll take that trade.

2014 – 15 (Wallace, 22 TD, 14 INT, 60. 1, 3,194 yards)

2013 – 13 (Wallace, 18 TD, 10 INT, 64.8, 3,346)

2012 – 18 (Wallace, 22 TD, 17 INT, 63.9, 2,994)

2011 – 13 (Mackey, Brunetti, Stoudt)

2010 – 14 (Masoli, 14 TD, 13 INT, 56.9, 2,039 passing, 5,044 rushing)

2009 – 21 (Snead, 20 TD, 20 INT)

2008 – 13 (Snead, 26 TD, 13INT, 56.3, 2,762)

2007 – 20 (Adams, Schaeffer)

2006 – 10 (Schaeffer. 9 TDS, 47.1 completion)

2005 – 18 (Spurlock 7 starts, Lane 1, Flatt 3)

2004 – 13 (Spurlock 2 starts, Flatt 9)

2003 – 10 (Eli, 29 TDS, 3,200 yards, 62.4 completion)

2002 – 15 (Eli, 21 TD, 3,401 yards, 58 percent)

2001 – 9 (Eli, 31 TD, 2948, 63.5)

Denham Springs, La., native, Mississippian since 1989 with a stop in Meridian before arriving in Tupelo. Daily Journal beat writer since 1996, covering Ole Miss since 2002. Proud Northeast Louisiana alum. Follow me on Twitter @parrishalford and listen to John Davis and myself daily with The Ole Miss Beat on Rebel Sports Radio.

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