Fine. I'll be the contrarian.
He's tied for the SEC lead in touchdown passes. Just named conference player of the week. His team's got a new coach and could easily go 7-5 with a bowl bid.
Still, he gets it from all sides. Can't do this, can't do that. He's not ... he's not ... what? A world-beater? All he was cracked up to be? Or is it that he's, unforgivably, just average?
A ton of schools wanted him. Here's a line from the sports/recruiting site rivals.com, dated January 26, 2005:
Rivals.com's final prospect rankings for the Class of 2005 are out and over the next few days Rivals.com will break down the top five prospects at each position. Today, AMP highlights the top five quarterback prospects for the Class of 2005: Mark Sanchez, Ryan Perrilloux, Jonathan Crompton, Jake Christensen and Harrison Beck.
Funny what happens to these can't-miss kids on their way to the big time. Sanchez (Southern Cal) is starting in the pros. Perrilloux (LSU) is now at Jacksonville State, Christensen (Iowa) is at Eastern Illinois and Beck (Nebraska, N.C. State) is at North Alabama.
And Jonathan Crompton, one year removed from death threats, is a good-enough QB in the best conference around.