Big Ten QB rankings No. 4: Kyle McCord, Ohio State
- 1,937 passing yards
- 12 TDs 1 interception
- 63.9% completion
- 7.7 yards per attempt
Kyle McCord’s biggest moment didn’t come against Penn State, instead, it was against Notre Dame when he led the Buckeyes on a game-winning drive against Notre Dame in South Bend. He started the drive missing two throws into the flat but converted on 3rd and 10 on a seam route to his future first-round wide receiver, Emeka Egbuka.
Then he missed a few more throws before hitting Julian Fleming on a crossing route (which he threw short of the sticks) and Fleming took it for a first. He followed that play by throwing a ball right to a Notre Dame linebacker who couldn’t hold onto it. His best throw was over the middle to Marvin Harrison Jr. and his second-best throw brought Ohio State to the one-yard line, but Notre Dame was playing such prevent coverage that they gave it to him.
I say all that to say McCord hasn’t impressed me at all. You could be a lot of other quarterbacks in that Ohio State offense and they’d also have the Buckeyes undefeated. When he’s kept clean, he’s been great, completing 70.6% of his passes for 11.0 yards per attempt with 11 touchdowns and one pick, but when there’s pressure it’s a different story.
McCord averages 3.8 yards per attempt against pressure and is only completing 36.7% of his passes with one touchdown and four turnover-worthy plays. He doesn’t get the ball out quickly against pressure with an average time to throw of 3.33 seconds compared to 2.35 when kept clean.