September 4, 2008
One of the best statistical players in the nation will lead the Central Michigan Chippewas when they visit Athens Saturday. Quarterback Dan LeFevour is only the second player in NCAA history to run for 1,000 yards and throw for 3,000 in the same season. The other player to do that was the Texas demigod, Vince Young. LeFevour is a spread offense master, the "Tebow-lite" of college football. In 2007 alone, he accounted for 46 touchdowns, throwing 27 and rushing for 19. With those stats, he was easily named the 2007 MAC Offensive Player of the Year. LeFevour is an accomplished, dangerous player. You can't put up those types of numbers without being a great player, even if you're doing it in the MAC.
The trouble for Central Michigan is that LeFevour doesn't play defense. Consider that CMU played three BCS conference opponents last year: Kansas, Purdue (twice), and Clemson. In those games, CMU's defense surrendered an average of 54.5 points. Clemson hung 70 on them. Those games may have skewed the numbers a bit, but the Chippewas finished 2007 with the 110th rated scoring defense and the 109th rated total defense. They return eight starters from last year's defense, but their best defensive players from 2007, two All-MAC linebackers, did not return for '08.
If the voters want us to rub someone's face in it, we should be able to score as much as we want Saturday. Richt won't do it, but I'm just saying ...