clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

March Badness Round One, Delay of Game Region: Tommy Rees vs John Parker Wilson

New, 9 comments

These two were certainly quarterbacks that played.

New Era Pinstripe Bowl - Rutgers v Notre Dame
I hate you, Tommy. I know, coach.
Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images

No. 1 Tommy Rees

What was good: Thomas Kevin Rees started 30 games for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish over four seasons. He sits second in school history in career touchdown passes with 61 — more scoring passes than the likes of Montana, Theismann, Steve Buerlein or even Ron Powlus. His 27 TDs from his senior year (2013) is fifth in the all-time rankings for Notre Dame, as are the 3,257 yards he threw for that season (his 7,670 yards are third in school history). He even came off the bench to win two games in the Irish’s undefeated run to the national championship game in 2012.

And yet...

What was bad:

This is Brian Kelly, Rees’ head coach at Notre Dame. That is not the usual color of his face. Rees helped to make his face that color, following one of three interceptions in a 23-20 loss to South Florida in 2011, a game in which the Irish doubled the Bulls’ offensive yardage (508 to 254). Rees threw 37 interceptions in his Irish career, essentially one per start, and completed just 59 percent of his passes — a number that went down each year he played, to a low of 54 percent as a senior. There was also his 2012 arrest for underage drinking, which featured "thrashing and resisting" and ended with a pepper-spraying.

This seems like a good time to mention that Rees was hired this offseason by his alma mater, as a quarterbacks coach.

No. 4 John Parker Wilson

What was good: John Parker Wilson served as the Alabama Crimson Tide’s starting quarterback for three seasons, including the infancy of the dynasty they have built under Nick Saban. He finished his career as the program’s all-time leader in passing yards and touchdowns (since eclipsed by AJ McCarron). He even helped lead the Tide to an undefeated regular season in 2008, along with a birth in the Sugar Bowl.

What was bad: I truly cannot think of a quarterback that was just "there" at Alabama, more than ol’ JPW. He was never remotely what you would consider "good." His best season, as a sophomore, featured a 57-percent completion rate and 17 touchdowns against 10 interceptions, a 126.5 efficiency rating that was seventh in the conference. In his 2008 season, the Tide minimized his role to the tune of just 10 touchdown passes against eight interceptions — and he finished with 30 in his career. But he was one of them all right, from his shoelaces to the very tip of his illustrious bangs.