System Quarterback - Usage

Usage

Recently, the appellation was commonly applied to Texas Tech quarterbacks that operated under former head coach Mike Leach and offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen's spread offense. In the 2000s, the school had several different quarterbacks that threw in excess of 4,000 yards in a season. According to some pundits, this demonstrated that the quarterback had simply been an interchangeable part in a prolific passing offense. Some Texas Tech quarterbacks, with their college tenure in parentheses, described as such include:

  • Sonny Cumbie (2001–2004), threw for 4,742 yards his senior year.
  • Graham Harrell (2004–2008), threw for 4,555, 5,705, and 5,111 yards his last three years.
  • Cody Hodges (2001–2005), threw for 4,238 yards his senior year.
  • Kliff Kingsbury (1998–2002), passed for 4,642 yards his senior year.
  • B.J. Symons (2000–2003), threw for 5,336 yards his senior year.

The label is not restricted to Texas Tech, however, and pundits and coaches have referred to players from several other schools as benefiting from systems. In 2007, then Hawaii head coach and offensive coordinator June Jones infamously defended his own alleged system quarterback, Colt Brennan, by making the counter-accusation against Tim Tebow of Florida. Players from schools other than Texas Tech that were described as system quarterbacks include:

  • Colt Brennan – Hawaii (2005–2007), under June Jones's run and shoot offense.
  • Timmy Chang – Hawaii (2000–2004), under June Jones's run and shoot.
  • Chase Daniel – Missouri (2005–2008), under Dave Christensen's spread offense.
  • Dennis Dixon – Oregon (2003–2007), under Chip Kelly's spread offense.
  • David Klingler – Houston (1988–1991), under John Jenkins's run and shoot.
  • Kevin Kolb – Houston (2003–2006), under Art Briles's spread offense.
  • Tim Tebow – Florida (2006–2009), 2007 Heisman Trophy winner, under Dan Mullen's spread option.
  • Gino Torretta – Miami (1989–1992), 1992 Heisman Trophy winner, under Bob Bratkowski's pro-style offense.
  • Andre Ware – Houston (1987–1989), 1989 Heisman Trophy winner, under John Jenkins's run and shoot offense.

The derivative and complementary term "system receiver" has been used to describe wide receivers under similar circumstances. Wes Welker of Texas Tech is one example.

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