Rare Pick II
Sean Brackett: Simply the Best
In late 2006, I wrote a piece about the amazing ability then-Columbia QB Craig Hormann had for not throwing interceptions.
In ’06, Hormann threw just one pick for every 54 passes thrown. That was the best ratio in the league.
That was when Hormann was a junior with a full year of starting under his belt the previous year.
But current QB Sean Brackett almost matched Hormann’s amazing INT stats last year with only four starts coming into the 2010 season under his belt.
In 2010, Brackett threw just six INT’s overall, or one for every 48 passes thrown. That was tops in the league.
This from a player who was tabbed as primarily a running QB by most of the “experts” following Ivy football last summer.
Meanwhile, I and a few others declared Brackett the best overall QB in the Ivies well before the 2010 season started.
What Brackett actually did on the field made me a prophet.
Here are some of the highlights:
-Led the league in total offense with 2,588 total yards from scrimmage.
-Led the league in TD passes with 19, the guy who came in second had just 12.
-Achieved an incredible 7.2 yards per pass attempt average; leading the Ivies. Just to be clear, a 7.2 YPA is the kind of stat Joe Montana would drool over.
-Ran for more than 500 yards net, but since most of his lost “rushing yards” were really sacks, he actually ran for about 700 yards on the season. Either way, he led the Lions in rushing.
And those stats don’t include how Brackett absolutely was the biggest reason for the wins over Princeton, Lafayette, and especially Cornell. He also did all of this with his best wide receiver injured for more than 90% of the season.
If he stays healthy, Brackett should give the Lions 20 more starts at QB before his college career is over.
What will Columbia do with this once-in-a-generation’s final two years?
Let’s hope that when Brackett graduates, the word “squander” doesn’t come to anyone’s mind.