Michael Hartline: We just need a little patience
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Michael Hartline: We just need a little patience

Thomas Beisnerover 13 years

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Article written by:Thomas BeisnerThomas Beisner
This might not reflect the views of the KSR staff, but I guarantee they all support Axl Rose. No sooner had the final Cards fan filtered out of the amazingly overrated Papa John's Cardinal Stadium did the online debate start about whether or not Randall Cobb should replace Michael Hartline at quarterback. Message boards filled up with speculation and the "need" to have more athleticism and speed at the quarterback position. On the walk back to Old Cardinal Stadium, I heard several people talking about turning the offense over to Cobb. People even called into SportsNight on Monday preaching the good word about Randall. But, was Hartline really that bad? Here is how he stacked up against the other SEC quarterbacks - most of whom where also making their debut - on opening weekend.

Team

Comp/Att

Yards

Comp %

TDs

INTs

QB Rating

Chris Smelley South Carolina 5/5

92

100

2

0

386.6

Jarrett Lee LSU 6/10

116

60

2

1

203.4

Matthew Stafford Georgia 13/21

275

61.9

2

0

203.3

Tim Tebow Florida 9/14

137

64.3

1

0

170.1

Jevan Snead Ole Miss 10/22

185

45.5

2

0

146.1

John Parker Wilson Alabama 22/30

180

73.3

2

0

145.7

Casey Dick Arkansas 25/41

318

61

2

1

137.3

Chris Nickson Vanderbilt 9/16

91

56.3

1

0

124.7

Andrew Hatch LSU 7/14

77

50

1

0

119.8

Tyson Lee Mississippi State 10/15

85

66.7

0

0

114.3

Wesley Carroll Mississippi State 12/25

172

48

1

3

95.0

Michael Hartline Kentucky 16/31

147

51.6

0

0

91.4

Chris Todd Auburn 9/18

70

50

1

1

89.9

Jonathan Crompton Tennessee 19/41

189

46.3

0

1

80.2

Tommy Beecher South Carolina 12/22

106

54.5

0

4

58.7

Kodi Burns Auburn 4/9

15

44

0

0

58.4

Now, obviously Hartline is down in the dumps compared to the other quarterbacks in the conference. But, wouldn't it be fair to say that had he played Georgia Southern, Appalachian State or even Hawaii, that his numbers would be a little better? I'm not saying that Louisville is the 1985 Bears defense, but they're not a I-AA team either and Hartline did what he needed to do to get a victory on the road and that's all we were all really hoping for in his first game under center. Sure, he missed some throws, but the receivers dropped more balls than Hartline missed them with. In my humble opinion, it's just a timing issue between a guy that hasn't had his top receivers healthy over the past few weeks and they'll likely right themselves in the next three blowouts. Does the coaching staff agree with me? I don't know. But, if I've got a gun to my head and I have to roll the dice with one guy under center, I'm banking on the guy who's in his third year in the system and wasn't lining up at wideout just a few weeks ago. But, if he craps the bed in the next few cupcakes, all bets are off.  In the meantime, let's all just try to have a little patience.  Hartline will get it done for the Cats.

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2021-12-08