As we know in baseball, second year players can run into a “Sophomore Jinx” or a “Sophomore Slump”. For instance, if a player such as Bryce Harper or Mike Trout (rookies in 2012) were to do bad up at the plate this season, they would be caught in a Sophomore Jinx. In football, this occurs almost every year.
With lots of hype built up around players in college, expectations are high for both their rookie season and sophomore season, whether it’s a running back, quarterback, or basically any other position.
Entering the 2013 season, there will be five quarterbacks who were all drafted in 2012. Those quarterbacks are:
Andrew Luck, Ind.
Robert Griffin III, Was.
Ryan Tannehill, Mia.
Russell Wilson, Sea.
Brandon Weedon, Cle.
The question is, which sophomore quarterback will have the best season this year?
1st. Andrew Luck
Luck has the tough task of following in the footsteps left by Peyton Manning. Drafted first overall in the 2012 draft, Andrew Luck was the best quarterback coming out of college (Stanford). Last year, the Colts did not have a strong running game with Vick Ballard and Donald Brown, which caused defenses to focus more on blitzing and stopping the passing game. However, with a recent addition of Ahmad Bradshaw, it should help open the passing game up even more. With several targets to hit, it shouldn’t be hard for Andrew Luck to find his former teammate at Stanford, tight end Coby Fleener, along with Pro Bowl wide out Reggie Wayne, young receiver T.Y. Hilton, and five-year veteran Darrius Heyward-Bay. Not to mention, Andrew has found consistent success with Reggie Wayne and T.Y. Hilton throughout the 2013 pre-season. Regardless, with a career total of 4,374 yards over the course of one-year, Andrew Luck is bound to have yet another great season.
2. Russell Wilson
Being quite the athlete, Russell was not only a superb quarter back in his first year, but Russell was also drafted by the Baltimore Orioles as a second-basemen! Seattle’s runnig game is not a problem, as “Beast Mode”, Marshawn Lynch, is certainly a power-house in the open field. Plus, the Seahawks have a great backup in Robert Turbin. Jumping over to the passing game in Seattle, Sidney Rice and Golden Tate are frequent targets for Wilson. With the addition of kick-returner/wide receiver, Percy Harvin, Seattle should be a very hard team to defend. In football, a great defense will always stop a great offense, and if you take a look at Seattle’s defense, a secondary including Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas is one of the best in the league.
3. Robert Griffin III
Of course “RG3” was known for his incredible rookie season, but depending on his recovery from injury, Robert’s sophomore year could be a challenge. Defensive coordinators will try to come up with a game plan that will keep Robert in the pocket. On the other hand, Griffin had made defensive coordinators cringe last year, with his accurate arm and willing ability to run with the ball. Along with Robert, was rookie running back Alfred Morris, who contributed to improving Washington’s running game. Behind Alfred was Roy Helu Jr., who always helped RG3 find a receiver on screen plays and never failed to pick up an extra yard every time he touched the ball. As for Griffin’s wide outs, Pierre Garçon as well as Leonard Hankerson were easy finds for Robert, as both were big on burning secondaries and finding the open scene. You can’t forget about Fred Davis either! Playing only seven games in RG3’s rookie year, Fred Davis is one of the best candidates for Robert to pass too. On top of all of that, Robert Griffin III, is a very dedicated, hard worker, and he studies every concept of the game.
4. Ryan Tannehill
The twenty five year old, Texas A&M Grad., Ryan Tannehill, threw for a total of 3,294 yards and tossed 12 touchdowns in his rookie year. That was without wide receiver Mike Wallace! Basically locking up Wallace, Miami has decided to build their team around Ryan Tannehill and Mike Wallace, which will benefit Ryan in the long run.
WATCH OUT: Although obtaining a Rookie of the Year (2009) / Pro-Bowler (2011), Mike Wallace, is crucial for a quarterback like Ryan Tannehill. Both Davone Bess and Armon Binns are no longer playing for the Dolphins, and star tightend Dustin Keller suffered a season ending injury.
5. Brandon Weedon
On the other end of a trade with Maimi, the Cleveland Browns’ acquired Davone Bess to complete the Brown’s wide receiving core. Along with Weedon, Trent Richardson, the solid running back that was drafted last year, and already made a name out of himself. If the running game isn’t good enough with Trent, Weedon is protected by one of the strongest offensive lines in the league led by tackle, Joe Thomas. Aside Joe, the Browns’ satisfactory offensive line includes, Alex Mack, Ryan Miller, and John Greco. With a great tail back to help Brandon, and a “brick-wall” for an offensive line to support him, Brandon Weedon is destined to succeed.
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