In 2012, Devin was second on the team with 4 TD receptions and first with 11 TD passes. If not for Funchess (5 TD), he could have been the only college player in recent history to lead the team in those two categories.
fair point that
Dude, don't be a douche.
Well now that darboh is hurt maybe Gardner can throw TDs to himself this year and take the title home
How many 'cool' stats could people generate using the formula, 'if not for (x), (y) could have happened'? Innumerable. Happily, people will not trouble themselves with many of them.
If not for all the people who rushed for more yards than Gardner, he would have led the nation in rushing.
That is what buckeye fans excel with.
"Well if you take away the Cooper era, these games, and those games, we would be leading the series."
Yes, buckeye fan, that is how simple subtraction works. Congratulations for finally learning.
Here's a "cool stat:" if your parents had never met....
Sorry: couldn't resist.
Ok, but what if your partents hadn't met either, but your mom met my dad, and my mom met your dad, and then you turned out to be me, and I turned out to be you?
Pretty sure Kain Colter lead northwestern in rushing, passing, and receiving recently
2012 - Kain Colter - 8 passing TDs (Leads team) and 12 Rush TDs (Tied for 1st)
We was the leading returning player in rushing yeards, receiving yards, and passing yards in 2012, according to John Bacon in Fourth and Long. He had actually lead the team in 2011 in rushing, but not the other two stats (though Bacon doesn't mention that fact).
Another interesting thing that may get overlooked is that Devin Gardner had to his own name 7 rushing TDs and 4 receiving TDs, which made him the second-most prolific scorer on the team at 66 points. The only person on the team who can top that is, of course, Brendan Gibbons with 45 XPs and 16 FGs.
Leading the team in Passing / Receiving TDs is far more impressive than Passing / Rushing TDs for the simple reason that a QB can score either a passing or rushing touchdown on any given pass play. However, a quarterback cannot pass to himself. Therefore, to accomplish what Gardner almost accomplished required him to (1) learn two separate positions rather than just one position while have a good set of legs and (2) have another competent QB on the team to get him the ball.
I know I'm being Captain Obvious here, but I don't think what Colter did is nearly as difficult to do as what Gardner almost did. In fact, Denard easily accomplished the same in 2011 when he rushed for almost twice as many TDs as Fitz (16 to 9).
Colter played three positions in 2011: QB, WR, and RB. He played QB in the last 3 games; before that it was Dan Persa. So, what Colter did was, by your standards, much more difficult than what Gardner did.
I would prefer it if he got the team record for most wins in a season.
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We have become too snarky of a community. The OP brought to light a pretty cool stat. A player leading his team in both passing and receiving TDs is almost unthinkable.