|Height: 6-4 | Weight: 232 | College: Notre Dame|
Quinn's development rapidly increased when Charlie Weis, the former New England Patriots offensive coordinator, was hired to take over at Notre Dame in 2005. Having been compared to Weis' former pupil, Tom Brady, Quinn increased his average passing yards per game by more than 110 from his sophomore to junior seasons while nearly doubling his touchdown passes (32 from 17). He increased that total to 37 in 2006.
During his four seasons with the Fighting Irish, Quinn broke 36 school records (10 career, 12 single-season, four single-game, 10 miscellaneous), including career pass attempts (1,602) completions (929), yards (11,742), yards per game (239.6), touchdown passes (95) and lowest interception percentage (2.43).
He won 29 games as a starting quarterback at Notre Dame, tied for most in school history. Quinn ranks in the top 10 in NCAA Division I history in career pass attempts (seventh), passing yards (10th) and touchdown passes (ninth).
The Coffman High School product was ranked sixth on the Detroit Free Press "Best of the Midwest" team and listed 20th on ESPN's list of the nation's top 100 players. He was named Columbus Dispatch and Ohio Capital Conference Offensive Player of the Year and was an All-State choice as a senior. The two-time All-Conference selection served as team captain twice.
As a senior in 2002, Quinn completed 143 of 258 passes for 2,149 yards, 25 touchdowns and only four interceptions while rushing for 108 yards and six touchdowns. He helped his team post an 8-3 mark in 2002 and played in the U.S. Army All-America game in San Antonio. The two-year starter threw for 2,200 yards and 21 touchdowns as a junior in 2001, a 9-4 season that saw Coffman reach the Division I state semifinals. Quinn also lettered three times in baseball. He was named All-Conference in baseball as a junior and was a member of Young Life, the Rock Solid Club and Who's Who Among America High School Students.
As a true freshman at Notre Dame, Quinn appeared in 12 games, starting the final nine contests of the 2003 campaign. He connected on 157 of 332 passes (47.3 percent) for 1,831 yards, nine touchdowns and 15 interceptions. He added 25 yards on 48 carries, but also fumbled six times, with the opposition recovering two of those miscues.
In 2004, Quinn was successful on 191 of 253 throws (54.1 percent) for 2,586 yards and 17 touchdowns. He was intercepted 10 times and fumbled four times, but added three more scores on the ground. Brady earned All-American third-team honors as a junior, ranking third in the nation in passing yardage (3,919) while establishing school single-season records with 292 completions of 450 attempts with 32 touchdowns and only seven interceptions.
Quinn continued to rewrite the school record book as a senior in 2006. The All-American hit on 289 of 467 attempts (61.9 percent) for 3.426 yards (10th best in the nation), 37 touchdowns and only seven interceptions. He finished 11th nationally with an average of 269.0 yards per game in total offense and placed fifth in points scored per game with an 18.0 average. His average of 22.23 pass completions per game was good for eighth in the nation.
In 49 games at Notre Dame, Quinn started 46 times. He set school career records with 929 of 1,602 passing (58.0 percent) for 11,762 yards, 95 touchdowns and 39 interceptions. He carried 254 times for 182 yards (0.7 avg) and six scores.
Positives: Has a tall, big frame with broad shoulders, good overall muscle development, smooth tone and room to add more bulk Has good overall body flexibility, evident in his stride running with the ball, showing the mobility and functional playing speed to gain valid yardage with his feet Demonstrates a strong arm that allows him to deliver the long ball with touch and accuracy Quick in his pass set up and is generally in position to make all of his throws Has very good command in the huddle and makes good decisions with the ball, rarely forcing the action in attempts to create something out of nothing Has the ability to put the ball where the receiver can catch it and shows good balance throwing on the move Good student of the game, showing the field vision and intelligence to recognize coverages on his pre-snap scan of the field and in his pass drop Shows decent foot quickness in his set-up, keeping his feet under him while maintaining balance Can reach his throwing point with a normal stride and has the body control and agility needed to drive back from center quickly Has keen awareness and a good grasp of the offensive system Does a nice job scanning the field and throws with good timing and touch Carries the ball medium/high and can flick it out either with a high three-quarter delivery or over the head Has a compact release to unload the ball quickly and good mechanics when launching the ball long Puts very good zip on all of his throws, especially in the intermediate area or when going long Can throw in the seam with consistency and you now see an accurate long ball and a lively short pass In the short passing game, Quinn puts the ball where the receiver can catch it, throwing a catchable ball with zip or touch and does a nice job of keeping the receiver in the route Has a high enough release that the ball comes off his fingers with good zip and accuracy Has the arm strength to fire the ball into tight areas Shows good anticipation and timing with the awareness, field smarts and athletic agility to slide or step up in the pocket to buy time Has developed a nice feel and awareness to anticipate when the receivers are coming out of their cuts Makes good adjustments at the line of scrimmage Does a good job of scanning down field and shows enough pocket movement awareness to find the lanes when flushed out Does a good job of scanning down field and shows enough pocket movement awareness to find the lanes when flushed out Has the athletic ability to slide or step up to buy time and does a good job of maintaining focus down field, even under heavy pressure Demonstrates very good touch and accuracy on slants, crossers and bubble screens Has the long ball arm strength to give the receivers space to adjust and get under his throws without having to break stride Never rattled under heavy pressure and shows the poise to step up in the pocket and take a hit rather than throw the ball into tight areas His ability to read coverages allows him to consistently check off and locate his secondary targets Gets good movement scrambling out of the pocket and is capable of throwing on the move Good program passer who stays within the framework of the game plan His quick delivery is seen by the way he immediately has the ball chest high and ready to throw His pocket presence allows him to buy time for his receivers to get open Very efficient firing the ball out quickly on slants and timing routes.
Negatives: Shows some elusiveness on the run, but won't frighten any defense when having to carry the ball (out in the open, he simply lacks the elusiveness to gain positive yardage) Not the type who can consistently make plays with his feet Used to drop the ball and pat it a bit, but with his improved over-the-top release point, he was able to generate better quickness with his tosses Used to drop the ball and pat it a bit, but with his improved over-the-top release point, he was able to generate better quickness with his tosses When he throws with a long arc, he doesn't always follow through (mostly on deep outs) Will still sometimes force the receiver to adjust a bit on crossing patterns and needs to take something off his passes when dumping off, but can drop the ball over the top Does not have that overpowering arm to lead the receivers going deep, but can put good touch on those throws (showed good improvement with his trajectory, but when going long on the move, he did make his receivers adjust a bit) Has better timing when taking a three-step drop, but may hold the ball a little too long, resulting in sacks when he takes a longer (five-step) drop Has good movement skills for a tall quarterback to avoid and elude the pass rush, but must continue to work on ball security (10 fumbles his first two years, but only three in 2005), as he leaves the ball too exposed when on the move Can throw on the run, but needs to do a better job of squaring his shoulders when delivering the ball (plays on his feet, but you see that he loses some of his accuracy when throwing on the move).
Compares To: TOM BRADY-New England Head coach Charlie Weis must have thought he was experiencing deja vu with Quinn, a clone of his Patriots pupil. Both are very detail-oriented pocket passers with deceptive mobility. Preparation is the key to their success, along with the ability to make progression reads and locate their secondary targets. With the tutelage Quinn has received under Weis, those experts who have been recently downgraded Quinn in favor of JaMarcus Russell might regret if they bypass the "safer" Notre Dame talent for a player (Russell) who might be a better athlete, but is a kindergarten "toddler" in the game-planning department when matching up against Quinn's wits.
Completed 929 of 1,602 passes (58.0 percent) for 11,762 yards and 95 touchdowns, breaking the previous school career records set by Ron Powlus (558 of 969 attempts for 7,602 yards and 52 touchdowns, 1994-97) His pass completion percentage of 58.0 ranks second in school annals behind Kevin McDougal (62.2 percent, 1990-93) His 11,944 yards in total offense broke the old school career record of 7,479 yards by Powlus and his 1,856 plays topped the previous Fighting Irish all-time record of 1,201 by Powlus Has a string of 16 consecutive games with at least one touchdown pass (2004-05), snapping the previous mark of 10 by Heisman Trophy winner John Huarte in 1964 Set school single-season records with 549 plays in 2006 and 4,009 yards in total offense in 2005, topping the old marks of 456 plays for 3,217 yards by Jarious Jackson in 1999 His average of 334.1 yards per game in total offense in 2005 shattered the previous school single-season record of 281.3 yards by Joe Theismann in 1970 Gained more than 200 yards in total offense 33 times during his career, topping the old Irish career record of 15 by Jackson(1996-99) and Powlus Gained more than 200 yards in total offense 11 times in 2005 and 12 times in 2006, breaking the old school single-season record of nine by Jackson in 1999 His 467 pass attempts in 2006 topped his previous school single-season record of 450 in 2005 Along with his 332 pass attempts in 2003 and 353 in 2004, Quinn owns the top three spots on Notre Dame's single-season record pass attempt list Also owns the top three pass completion seasons in school annals, hitting on 292 passes in 2005, 289 in 2006 and 191 in 2004 His pass completion percentage of 64.9 in 2005 broke the old Irish single-season record of 61.6 percent by Kevin McDougal in 1993 His 32 touchdown passes in 2005 shattered the old Notre Dame record of 19 by Powlus in 1994, followed by Quinn topping his own record with 37 in 2006 Quinn's average of 1.94 touchdown passes per game topped Powlus' old school career record of 1.18 (1994-97) His seven interceptions in 2005 and repeated in 2006 rank as the fourth-lowest season totals by a Notre Dame starting quarterback (minimum 125 attempts) Threw 39 interceptions during his career, topped only by Steve Beuerlein (44, 1983-86) in school annals Responsible for 198 points in 2005 (32 touchdowns passing, one rushing), breaking the old school single-season record of 162 points by Mirer in 1991 (18 touchdowns passing, nine rushing). Quinn then broke his own school record by totaling 234 points (37 scores passing, two rushing) in 2006 During his career, Quinn was responsible for 606 points scored (95 touchdowns passing, six rushing), surpassing Mirer's previous Notre Dame career record of 350 points (41 touchdowns passing, 17 rushing, one two-point conversion) His 158.4 passing efficiency rating in 2005 broke the previous Notre Dame single-season record of 155.1 by John Huarte in 1964.
All-American Dream Team selection by the NFL Draft report, earning second-team honors from the Football Writers Association Received the 2006 Notre Dame Most Valuable Player Award at the football banquet for the second-consecutive year after sharing it with receiver Jeff Samardzija in 2005 Became Notre Dame's sixth winner of the Maxwell Award, presented to college football's most outstanding player Winner of the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, presented annually to top senior quarterback in the nation Voted by fans as the winner of the Cingular Player of the Year Selected as a finalist for numerous awards including the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award, the Davey O'Brien Award and the Manning Award Graduated this past December in 3.5 years with dual degrees in Political Science and Finance Voted a team captain (along with linebacker Travis Thomas and safety Tom Zbikowski) for second consecutive year as determined in a vote by his teammates Member of the football team's leadership committee for the second-straight season Started all thirteen games, ranking 11th nationally in total offense (269.0 ypg), tenth in passing yardage (3,426), eighth in pass completions per game (22.23), 18th in passing efficiency with a 146.66 rating and fifth in points responsible for (18.0 ppg) Connected on 289 of 467 passes (61.9%) for 3,426 yards, a school season-record 37 touchdowns and only seven interceptions Set a school record as he did not throw an interception in 226 consecutive passes ? also the season high for NCAA Division I in 2006 Threw at least two touchdown passes in his first twelve games Added 71 yards and two scores on 82 carries (0.9 avg) Amassed 3,497 yards in total offense on 549 plays Turned the ball over once on four fumbles.
|2006 Game Analysis|
Georgia Tech Quinn threw for 246 years and completed 23 out of the 38 passes Also ran in for a touchdown Quinn's score came at the end of the first half where it was second-&-goal at the Georgia Tech 5-yard line where Quinn ran in for the touchdown with seconds left in the half, capping a 14-play, 80-yard drive Opened the second half by leading another 14-play scoring drive culminated with a Darius Walker 13-yard run that wiped out the Yellow Jackets 10-0 lead.
Penn State Quinn went 25 for 36 for a total of 287 yards and three touchdowns In the second quarter, Brady led the team to their first touchdown drive, starting on the Notre Dame 25 as the team marched 75 yards down the field, throwing a pass to Jeff Samardzija for a 7-yard touchdown with 3:36 remaining in the quarter Before the half would end with about a minute left, Quinn threw five straight completions, where the last completion went to Rhema McKnight for a 10-yard touchdown Quinn continued a third quarter drive into the fourth quarter where he once again threw five straight completions and on the last one, he connected with Darius Walker for 16-yard touchdown Penn State coach Joe Paterno said, "I thought Brady Quinn was a heck of a football player coming in and he didn't do anything to change my mind." The Irish QB's only blemish for the day was turning the ball over once on a fumble.
Michigan In their first big match up of the season, Notre Dame lost 47-21, as Quinn went 24 of 48 for 234 yards and three touchdowns, but also threw three interceptions His first touchdown came after an interception that gave the Irish the ball on the Michigan 4, where Quinn completed a pass to Ashley McConnel for a 3-yard touchdown with 9:50 left in the first quarter With 1:46 left in the second quarter, Quinn led the team on an 8-play drive starting on the Notre Dame 27 and threw seven straight completions, finding Jeff Samardzija for a 4-yard score In the fourth quarter, Quinn connected with Rhema McKnight for a 28-yard touchdown to end of an 8-play, 80-yard drive Quinn saw his string of 143 consecutive passes without an interception get wiped out against Michigan. The passes without an interception streak began at the end of the 2005 season and carried over as Quinn broke his previous school record of 130 straight pass attempts without a pick.
Michigan State Quinn completed 20 of 36 pass attempts for 319 yards, five touchdowns and an interception In the first drive of the second quarter, he completed all four passes with the fourth one being a touchdown grab for 32 yards to Rhema McKnight. The drive lasted five plays and 60 yards and left 10:37 on the half After an interception thrown by Quinn for a Michigan State touchdown, he led his team on a 7-play, 72-yard drive, as he tossed a 17-yard touchdown to Jeff Samardzija In the third quarter, Quinn connected with John Carlson for a 62-yard touchdown With the game on the line in the fourth quarter, being down 37-21 on fourth-&-5 at the MSU 43, Quinn connected with Samardzija for a 43-yard touchdown On their next possession after a MSU fumble, Quinn found Rhema McKnight for a 14-yard touchdown with 4:21 left in the game In addition to having one pass intercepted, Quinn also fumbled twice during the game.
Purdue Notre Dame won 35-21, with Brady Quinn throwing two touchdowns, going 29-38 for 316 yards On Notre Dame's first drive of the second quarter, Brady led the team from their own 28 to the Purdue 6 and threw a touchdown to Rhema McKnight to cap off a 10- play 72- yard drive Quinn's next touchdown came in the first drive of the third quarter when he completed an 8-play 64-yard drive with a 12-yard touchdown, connecting once again with McKnight with nine minutes left in the quarter Quinn completed 24 of his first 28 passes, leading his team to the win In the first half of the game Notre Dame had 19 first downs In four games vs. Purdue during his collegiate career, Quinn gained 1,485 passing yards.
Stanford Quinn completed 27 of 37 passes for 232 yards and three touchdowns Notre Dame's first drive of the day lasted 7:10 and took 17 plays, leading to a Quinn to Samardzija connection for an 8-yard touchdown Quinn's next touchdown wouldn't come until the end of the second quarter with 2:19 to play. At third-&-6 at the Stanford 16, he completed a pass to Rhema McKnight for the score In Notre Dame's first drive of the fourth quarter which started at the Notre Dame 22, Quinn drove down his team to the Stanford 1-yard line and completed a pass to John Carlson for the score that left 8:39 on the time clock On Quinn's performance Coach Weis said, "There aren't that many quarterbacks that can play the game the way he plays the game." The Irish QB spread his 27 completions out amongst seven different receivers.
UCLA Quinn went 27-45 for 304 yards and two touchdowns In the first quarter at the UCLA 2-yard line, it was third-&goal when Quinn completed a pass to Jeff Samardzija for a 2-yard touchdown On Notre Dame's last possession of the day with 55 seconds left in the game, Quinn was able to scramble and hit Samardija for a 45-yard game winning touchdown, as he engineered another historic comeback while leading the Irish on a three-play, 80-yard drive for a 20-17 win Record Watch-Quinn eclipsed 10,000 career passing yards against UCLA, becoming the 32nd player in NCAA Division I-A history to accomplish the feat.
Navy Quinn led the Irish to a 38-14 victory by going 18 for 25 for 295 yards and three touchdowns With 5:56 left in the first quarter, starting at their 20-yard line, Quinn drove the Fighting Irish nine plays for 80 yards down the field in 4:55 and finished the drive with a 35-yard touchdown to David Grimes With 2:21 left in the first half, starting on the Irish 20, Quinn led the team 80 yards for a touchdown by connecting with Rhema McKnight for a 33-yard score In the third quarter, Quinn capped off a 9-play drive himself from the Navy 19 and ran in for a touchdown His last touchdown pass came in the fourth quarter at the Navy 6 on a third-&-3 play, as Brady connected again with Rhema McKnight Quinn helped the Irish to four touchdowns and 471 yards of offense, as the team scored on their first five possessions Opposing Coach Paul Johnson said, "He is bigger than anybody we have on defense. He's specimen." Record Watch-Set another school record against the Midshipmen as he tallied a completed pass for the 44th-straight game.
North Carolina In a 45-26 win, Quinn went 23-35 for 346 yards and four touchdowns On Notre Dame's first drive, he led the team 65 yards in 2:03 for a 7-yard touchdown to Rhema McKnight The next touchdown drive came late in the first quarter starting at the Notre Dame 26, tossing an 11-yard score to John Carlson Quinn connected with Rhema McKnight for a 14-yard touchdown with 10:26 remaining in the second quarter On Notre Dame's first drive of the third quarter on third-&-9 from the UNC 42, Quinn hit Jeff Samardzija with a 42-yard touchdown pass This win gave Notre Dame it's first 8-1 start since 2002.
Air Force In a dominating game, Notre Dame won 39-17. Quinn completed 14-19, threw for 207 yards and had four touchdowns He started the game by hitting Jeff Samardzija with a 51-yard touchdown On the very next drive, Quinn continued his streak, going 4 for 4 with his fourth completion a 1-yard touchdown to John Carlson On Notre Dame's last drive of the first quarter after being sacked for an 8-yard loss, Quinn completed his next two passes and hit Rhema McKnight with a 24-yard touchdown with 50 seconds left in the quarter. In the third quarter from their own 12, Quinn led the team to the Air Force 23 and completed a 23-yard pass to Marcus Freeman for a touchdown leaving 8 minutes in the quarter Opposing cornerback, Nathan Smith said of Quinn's performance, "One false step and he capitalized on them right off the bat. He went to the air and made plays whenever he needed to."
Army In what would be Notre Dame's final win of the season, Quinn went 22 for 30 for 218 yards, three touchdowns and an interception on Senior Day After not scoring in the first quarter, in their second drive of the second quarter, Quinn completed 6 of 6 before tossing a 16-yard touchdown to Jeff Samardzija in a 9-play 78-yard drive Before the quarter was out, Quinn led the team to the Army 8 and threw an 8-yard scoring strike to Rhema McKight with 0:30 left in the half In the third quarter, the Irish QB fired a 24-yard touchdown to McKnight once again Quinn's streak of passes thrown without an interception ended at 226, when he was picked off on the opening drive, setting a school record and it was the season-high for an NCAA Division I-A this year.
Southern California In a 24-14 loss, Quinn completed 22 of 45 passes for 274 yards and three touchdowns He fired a 7-yard score to Marcus Freeman after the Irish recovered a blocked punt in the second quarter Quinn also tossed a 2-yard scoring pass to Rhema McKight with 1:30 left in the third quarter Record Watch-The Irish QB's three scoring tosses gave him 35 for the season, breaking his old school season-record of 32 that he set in 2005.
Louisiana State (Sugar Bowl) Quinn closed out his career by hitting on 15 of 35 passes for 148 yards, two touchdowns and a pair of interceptions He capped an 80-yard 8-play first quarter drive with a 24-yard scoring toss to David Grimes With 4:30 left in the first half, he hit Jeff Samardzija with a third-&-6 pass for a 10-yard score Record Watch-Quinn's final touchdown was the 95th for his career, tying him with Philip Rivers of North Carolina State (2000-03) and Kliff Kingsbury of Texas Tech (1999-2002) for seventh place on the NCAA Division 1-A career-record list.
Second-team All-American selection by The NFL Draft Report, adding third-team honors from the Associated Press Finalist for the Davey O'Brien Award (nation's top passer) and the winner of the Sammy Baugh Award as the nation's top quarterback by the Columbus (Oh.) Touchdown Club Shared the 2005 Notre Dame Most Valuable Player Award with
receiver Jeff Samardzija One of two team captains (along with linebacker Brandon Hoyte) as determined by a vote of his teammates Shattered school single-season records, as he hit on 292 of 450 passes (64.9%) for 3,919 yards, 32 touchdowns and only seven interceptions Ranked third in the nation in passing yards and yards passing per game (326.58), was fifth nationally in total offense (334.1 ypg), sixth in pass completions (24.33 pg) and seventh in points responsible for (16.5 pg) Ranked fourth on the squad with 70 carries for 90 yards (1.3 avg) and a score Gained a school single-season record 4,009 yards in total offense on 520 plays and set a school single-season record with eleven games gaining at least 200 yards in total offense Threw at least one touchdown in all twelve games he started Fumbled three times, as the Irish recovered all three miscues Sacked 20 times for losses totaling 133 yards Accounted for 167 first downs among his 292 pass completions, adding fourteen more first downs rushing Had 35 of his 450 pass attempts deflected by the opposition and fumbled three times Converted 90-of-184 third-down plays (48.9%) that he was involved in Had 54 pass completions for 20 yards or longer.
|2005 Game Analysis|
Pittsburgh The retooled Notre Dame offense hummed via the power of the precision passing of Quinn. The unit converted 10-of-15 third down opportunities into first downs, including 10 of its first 11 chances in those situations. Quinn passed with startling accuracy much of the night, completing 11 consecutive passes over one span covering the second and third periods. For the game, Quinn passed for 227 yards and two touch-downs, completing 18-of-27 attempts with one interception. He averaged 12.5 yards per completion and 8.4 yards per attempt. Quinn connected with tailback Darius Walker on a 51-yard touchdown bomb that capped a 6-play, 78-yard drive in the first quarter, followed by finding receiver Jeff Samardzija on a 19-yard second quarter scoring strike.
Michigan A mere two games into his Notre Dame tenure, head coach Charlie Weis joined Knute Rockne in the record books as the Fighting Irish pulled off a 17-10 upset victory at third-ranked Michigan that gave the Irish a 2-0 start. Quinn threw two touchdown passes in the first half and the Irish held on to beat the Wolverines, making Weis the first Notre Dame coach to win his first two games on the road since Rockne in 1918. "If I answered by dignifying that, (Bill) Parcells and (Bill) Belichick would humiliate me," Weis said about his coaching mentors when asked about his connection to Rockne. "I've just coached two games and they've played two games. Let's come back and revisit that in about 10 years."
Notre Dame snapped the Wolverines' 16-game winning streak at Michigan Stadium and handed them their first loss against a non-conference team at home since 1998. The
Irish - two years removed from losing 38-0 in Ann Arbor ? also won at Michigan for the first time since 1993. Against Michigan, the Irish offense began with a shotgun formation and an empty backfield. The Irish didn't use a huddle save for the last play during the opening 12-play drive, nor did they face a third down situation. "I think that sent a message to start the game like that," said Quinn, who ended the impressive possession with a 5-yard touchdown pass to Rhema McKnight. Quinn also found Jeff Samardzija with a 5-yard scoring strike that capped a 12-play, 72-yard drive in the second quarter, as the QB finished the day with 19 of 30 passes for 140 yards, but also fumbled twice and was sacked three times for losses totaling 16 yards.
Michigan State The Fighting Irish rallied from 21 points down in the third quarter to tie the score, then took the lead on a 44-yard field goal by D.J. Fitzpatrick on the opening possession of the extra period, but couldn't make it stand up, falling 44-41. "When you come back like that, you've got a lot of emotion and you feel pretty good about yourself," Quinn said. "And then when you can't come through with the victory, I think there's the ability to be a big letdown." Quinn passed for a school-record five touchdowns and
a career-high 487 yards, the second highest total in Notre Dame history, on 33 of 60 passes, but was intercepted once and sacked three times Record Watch-Quinn's five scoring passes broke the old school game-record of four, set by several players (most recently by Brady vs. Washington in 2004) His 60 pass attempts rank second on the Irish game-record chart behind Terry Hanratty's 63 vs. Purdue in 1967 His 33 completions tied the school record first set by Joe Theismann vs. Southern California in 1970 His 487 yards rank second on Notre Dame's game-record list behind Theismann's 526 vs. Southern California in 1970 His 479 yards in total offense is topped only by Theismann's 526 vs. Southern California (1970).
Washington Notre Dame's offense controlled the tempo of the game as the Irish racked up more than 500 yards of offense in a 36-17 win over the Huskies on a beautiful, sun-drenched day at Husky Stadium. The 16th-ranked Irish, clicking in the air and on the ground after a slow start, as Quinn connected on 25 of 37 attempts (67.6%) for 327 yards, including a 52-yard touchdown to Jeff Samardzija in the fourth quarter.
Purdue Quinn passed for 440 yards and three touchdowns vs. 22nd-ranked Purdue, leading Notre Dame to a 49-28 victory before a national television audience (ESPN) and 65,491 fans at Ross-Ade Stadium. Quinn looked a lot like another student of current Irish
head coach Charlie Weis, Tom Brady of the New England Patriots, in the way he beat the Purdue secondary, mixing mostly short passes with just enough deep throws to keep the
Boilermakers off balance. Quinn was 20-for-23 for 283 yards in the first half to lead Notre Dame (4-1) to a 28-0 intermission lead. He finished the game 29-of-36 - a career-high 80.5 completion percentage - and threw a touchdown pass for a tenth-straight game, tying a
school record set by Heisman Trophy winner John Huarte in 1964, as Brady accounted for 440 aerial yards with three scores. Quinn had lost his first two games vs. Purdue, despite passing for a combined 729 yards. The problem in 2003, his first collegiate start, was he was intercepted four times and didn't have a touchdown pass. In 2004, Quinn was sacked seven times in a 41-16 loss. In this game, Quinn didn't throw an interception until Notre Dame was up 35-14 - and the Irish intercepted the ball back on the next play. Hardly pressured, Quinn cut up the Purdue secondary as he passed for at least 300 yards for a third-straight game. Previously, no Irish quarterback had thrown for 300 yards twice in a season, and had five games in his career (after the Purdue contest) of over 300 yards passing. In three of those he has surpassed 400 yards, but before the 2005 game, the two 400-yard efforts had ended in defeat. Quinn completed eight straight passes at one point and 11 straight at another. Quinn's primary targets were Maurice Stovall and Jeff Samardzija. Stovall finished with eight catches for 134 yards, including four catches for 71 yards on Notre Dame's second scoring drive. Samardzija had a diving one-handed catch for 41 yards to the one-yard line to set up Notre Dame's first score. He also had scoring receptions of 55 and four yards, becoming the first Irish receiver to have touchdown
catches in the team's first five games Record Watch-Quinn's 463 yards in total offense rank third on the school's game-record list and marked the first time that a Notre Dame player gained more than 450 yards in total offense twice in a career (also in a season) His 440 yards passing also rank fourth on the school's game-record list.
Southern California Quinn was intercepted once and sacked three times in a tough 34-31 loss, as the Irish QB completed 19 of 35 throws for 264 yards, including a 32-yard scoring strike to Jeff Samardzija that finished a second quarter 72-yard, 10-play drive. Brady also ran for a 5-yard touchdown to conclude an 87-yard, 8-play drive in the fourth quarter that gave the Irish a temporary 31-28 lead, as the offense generated 417 yards.
Brigham Young Quinn threw for 467 yards and a school game-record six touchdowns on 32 of 41 chances (78.0%) in a 49-23 win. Notre Dame (5-2) won at home for the first time in 2005 while embarking on a record-setting passing day as the Irish made sure there would be no last-minute dramatics. It was the first home win for Notre Dame head coach Charlie Weis, the first Irish coach in 109 years to lose his first two home games - an overtime loss
to Michigan State and a heartbreaker in the final seconds to top-ranked Southern Cal. This was Quinn's third 400-yard passing game of the season. He broke the single-game school mark of five touchdown passes he set vs. Michigan State earlier this season while hitting on 25-of-30 passes in the first half for a school-record 287 yards. Senior Maurice Stovall
became the first Irish receiver ever to grab four touchdown catches in a game, catching a career-high and Irish record 14 passes for 207 yards. Jeff Samardzija had 10 catches for 152 yards and two touchdowns. Stovall and Samardzija, who are both 6-foot-5, became the
first Irish receivers to each have more than 10 catches in the same game, repeatedly going over smaller BYU defenders to catch passes. "Notre Dame's passing game was better than our coverage in every instance today," BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall said. The Fighting Irish, who were beaten by BYU last season when they were held to 11 yards rushing, didn't try to run much against the Cougars until the reserves were playing in the fourth quarter, instead depending on Quinn's passing to open up the BYU defense Record Watch-Quinn's six touchdowns gives him the top three TD game performances in school history (previously threw for five vs. Michigan State in 2005 and four vs. Washington in 2004) His 467 yards passing rank third on the school's game-record list and his 457 yards in total offense rank fourth.
Tennessee Despite fumbling once after being sacked three times, Quinn gained 295 yards with three touchdowns on 20 of 33 passes in a 41-21 thrashing of the Vols. Once again, Notre Dame found a way to win when the game tightened in the late going. In a game that reflected the story of the season for the two teams, the Irish continued to move closer to being an elite team while Tennessee (3-5) continued to struggle. The Volunteers looked as though they might be able to rally for a victory after coming back from 18 points down to tie the score at 21 late in the third quarter. But Quinn completed a 73-yard pass to Jeff Samardzija to set up the go-ahead touchdown and spark the eighth-ranked Irish to victory. "All the momentum swung back our way on that one play," Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis said. The play was an eight-yard pass to the left, but Samardzija eluded a couple of tacklers and raced down the sideline before being caught from behind by Antwan Stewart at the UT 2-yard line. "I was looking back trying to give a stiff arm, when I really didn't need to," Samardzija said. "(Maurice) Stovall put on a great block for me up on the 50 and it just kind of opened up the whole seam for me down the sideline." Two plays later, Samardzija capped the drive with 4-yard touchdown catch for Quinn's third scoring pass of the game. Quinn threw two touchdown passes in the span of a minute during the first quarter to give the Irish a 14-0 lead. The Vols managed to slow him until late in the third quarter, when Quinn finished the game by completing 5-of-8 passes for 93 yards, setting up the go-ahead score and a pair of field goals by D.J. Fitzpatrick
Navy An efficient Notre Dame offense proved too much for Navy to handle as the Fighting Irish took a methodical 42-21 victory over the Midshipmen at Notre Dame Stadium, extending its NCAA-record winning streak over Navy to 42. Notre Dame scored on all three of its second quarter possessions, including two touchdowns 88 seconds apart to build a 28-7 halftime lead. Brady Quinn passed for four touchdowns, three to Maurice Stovall, and continued to rewrite the Notre Dame record book, finishing 22-of-31 passing for 284 yards. The Irish turned to their running game vs. Navy to keep the Midshipmen from controlling the clock themselves. "We knew whenever they got the ball they were going to eat up a lot of the clock," Quinn said. "So we knew our defense was
going to be out there for a good amount of time. So not only when we get out there do we need to score and be efficient, (but) we also had some long drives and to give our defense
Syracuse Quinn gained 270 yards on 21 of 37 attempts with touchdown passes of 25 yards to Maurice Stovall and 29 yards to Jeff Samardzija in the second quarter, as the Irish amassed 420 yards in a 24-10 triumph.
Stanford Quinn was the key player in a 38-31 comeback victory over Stanford, earning the Irish BCS eligibility by coolly directing a clutch 80-yard drive in the game's final 1:46. On the night, Quinn threw for 432 yards and three touchdowns while completing 25 of 38 passes with two interceptions, connecting on 16 of 19 second-half attempts. With the Irish trailing, 31-30, and just 1:46 remaining in the game, Quinn led a clutch scoring drive by the Irish. He was flawless on the march, completing all three pass attempts in the drive while ending the game with nine consecutive completions Record Watch-The 432 yards via the air is tied for the fourth-most by an Irish quarterback in a single game (with his 432-yard effort vs. Purdue from 2004) Set school records for most games throwing for over 400 yards in a season (three) and a career (four).
Ohio State (Fiesta Bowl) Quinn had his string of sixteen consecutive games with at least one touchdown pass snapped in a 34-20 loss. Brady hit on 29 of 45 attempts for 286 yards, but was sacked five times for losses totaling 41 yards.
Produced the finest statistical sophomore season of any quarterback in Notre Dame history Started all twelve games, completing 191 of 353 passes (54.1%) for 2,586 yards with 17 touchdown passes and 10 interceptions Had eleven completions of at least 40 yards or more Finished third on the Notre Dame single-season passing yards list, trailing only Jarious Jackson's 2,753 in 1999 and Quinn's 3,919 in 2005) Carried 54 times for losses totaling 4 yards, adding three scores on the ground Fumbled four times, with the opposition recovering one of those miscues Sacked 25 times for minus 147 yards Also recorded a pair of solo tackles (one each vs. Pittsburgh and Oregon State).
|2004 Game Analysis|
Brigham Young Opened the season by connecting on 26 of 47 passes for 265 yards, including a single-season long 54-yard touchdown to Rhema McKnight, but was also sacked three times for losses of 22 yards.
Michigan Turned the ball over once on a fumble and threw three interceptions, as he hit on 10 of 20 throws for 178 yards and two scores, including a 46-yarder to Matt Shelton in the third quarter.
Michigan State Quinn threw for 215 yards on 11 of 24 tries with an interception and a 35-yard score to Matt Shelton, adding another touchdown on a 1-yard run in the first quarter, but was also sacked twice.
Washington Was picked off once, but gained 266 yards on 17 of 32 passes with four touchdowns, including 24 & 27-yarders to Matt Shelton and 18 & 15-yarders to tight end Anthony Fasano in a 38-3 triumph Record Watch-Quinn's four touchdown passes tied a school game-record (since broken twice by Quinn in 2005) that was set by several players (most recently by Carlyle Holiday vs. Rutgers in 2002).
Purdue Followed with a single-season high 432 yards on 26 of 46 tosses with a 40-yard score to Rhema McKnight, but was sacked seven times for losses of 31 yards, fumbling once in a 41-16 loss Record Watch-Quinn's 432 yards passing tied his 2005 Stanford performance for fourth on the school's game-record list.
Stanford Gained 173 yards on 11 of 24 passes, but did not throw a touchdown as he was sacked three times for losses totaling 21 yards, fumbling the ball once Scored on a 2-yard run with 4:10 left to give the Irish a 23-15 victory.
Navy Followed with 11 of 20 tosses for 130 yards and did not have a touchdown pass for the second-straight game.
Boston College Completed 20 of 33 passes for 231 yards with two interceptions, but also connected with Matt Shelton on a 33-yard first quarter scoring strike, as Quinn also ran for a 1-yard touchdown in a tough 24-23 loss.
Tennessee Gained only 118 yards on 12 of 23 attempts, but also found tight end Anthony Fasano with an 8-yard touchdown pass to give the Irish a 17-13 decision Was sacked three times for minus 21 yards.
Pittsburgh Amassed 259 yards on 15 of 26 tries with three touchdowns, including a 36-yarder to Matt Shelton, but also threw a pair of costly interceptions that led to Panthers scoring drives in a 41-38 loss.
Southern California Rushed eight times for 30 yards, but also fumbled once as the Trojans limited Quinn to a single-season low 105 yards (as a starter) on 15 of 29 passes and sacked the Irish quarterback three times for losses of 13 yards.
Oregon State (Insight Bowl) Was intercepted once, hitting on 17 of 29 throws for 214 yards and touchdowns of 18 yards to both Anthony Fasano and Rhema McKnight, but was also sacked twice in a 38-21 loss.
Played in twelve games as a true freshman, starting the final nine contests when he replaced Carlyle Holiday in the lineup vs. Purdue Gained 1,831 yards with nine touch-downs and fifteen interceptions on 157 of 332 passes (47.3%) His 332 pass attempts set a school single-season record (since broken), topping the ol;d mark of 316 by Jarious Jackson in 1999 Carried 48 times for 25 yards (0.5 avg) and amassed 1,856 yards in total offense Also recorded an assisted tackle vs. Syracuse Fumbled six times, turning the ball over twice Was sacked thirteen times for losses totaling 85 yards.
|2003 Game Analysis|
Michigan Made his collegiate debut by throwing an interception and gaining 36 yards on 3 of 10 passes.
Michigan State Came off the bench to connect on 7 of 17 throws for 103 yards and a 29-yard touchdown (first for his career) to Rhema McKnight.
Purdue Started for the first time at Notre Dame, responding with 29 of 59 attempts for 297 yards and a career-long 85-yard touchdown to Maurice Stovall, but fumbled once, was sacked once and threw four interceptions Record Watch-His 59 pass attempts rank third on the school's game-record list behind Quinn's 60 vs. Michigan State in 2005 and Terry Hanratty's 63 vs. Purdue in 1967 His 85-yarder was the third-longest pass completion in school history, topped only by Blair Kiel's 96-yarder to Joe Howard vs. Georgia Tech in 1981 and John Huarte's 91-yarder to Nick Eddy vs. Pittsburgh in 1964.
Pittsburgh Fumbled twice, was intercepted once and sacked twice, as Quinn managed a career-low 33 yards on 5 of 17 passes.
Southern California Turned the ball over once on a fumble and was sacked four times for losses of 17 yards as Quinn hit on 15 of 34 throws for 168 yards and a 2-yard score to tight end Anthony Fasano.
Boston College Was picked off twice and fumbled once, but did manage to connect on 23 of 39 throws for a single-season high 350 yards and a pair of touchdowns, including a23-yarder to Maurice Stovall.
Florida State Followed with 175 yards on 20 of 52 attempts, but was also intercepted three times.
Stanford Threw another interception, but also made 15 of 30 throws for 177 yards and touchdowns of 65 yards to Matt Shelton and 45 yards to Maurice Stovall.
Syracuse Closed out the season with 18 of 34 passes for 199 yards and a 5-yard score to Anthony Fasano, but was also intercepted twice, sacked three times for minus 24 yards and turned the ball over once on a fumble.
No injuries reported.
Campus: 4.72 in the 40-yard dash.345-pound bench press Bench presses 225 pounds 21 times 475-pound squat 37.5-inch vertical jump 31 3/4-inch arm length 9 5/8-inch hands Right-handed 29/47 Wonderlic score.
Combine: Bench pressed 225 pounds 24 times Chose not to participate in agility or position drills.
Attended Coffman (Dublin, Oh.) High School Ranked sixth on the Detroit Free Press "Best of the Midwest" team and listed 20th on ESPN's list of the nation's top 100 players as a prep Named Columbus Dispatch and Ohio Capital Conference Offensive Player of the Year and was an All-State choice as a senior The two-time All-Conference selection served as team captain twice As a senior in 2002, Quinn completed 143 of 258 passes for 2,149 yards, 25 touchdowns and only four interceptions while rushing for 108 yards and six touchdowns Helped his team post an 8-3 mark in 2002 and played in the U.S. Army All-America game in San Antonio The two-year starter threw for 2,200 yards and 21 touchdowns as a junior in 2001, a 9-4 season that saw Coffman reach the Division I state semifinals Also lettered three times in baseball. He was named All-Conference in baseball as a junior Member of Young Life, the Rock Solid Club and Who's Who Among America High School Students.
Enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business with a major in Finance and second major in Political Science Sister, Laura, is the fiance of Ohio State All-American and Green Bay Packers 2006 NFL Draft first-round linebacker A.J. Hawk, Brady's opponent in the 2006 Fiesta Bowl Uncle, David Slates, played football at Brown while another uncle, Steve Slates, played football at Kentucky One of three children of Robin and Ty Quinn Born Brayden Tyler Quinn on 10/27/84 in Columbus, Ohio Resides in Dublin, Ohio.