Ryan Reminds Weis Of Some Greats

By Adam Caparell - October 12, 2007


When it comes to quarterbacks, Charlie Weis knows a good one when he sees him. And he sees a really good one in Matt Ryan.

The Boston College signal caller is one of the top quarterbacks in the country in his senior season and among the list of Heisman favorites as college football hits the midway point this weekend.

With the Irish welcoming the undefeated No. 4 Eagles to South Bend Saturday, Weis got a chance to extensively study Ryan and his 15 TDs and four games of 300 yards passing or more. And needless to say he was impressed.

So when he was asked about Ryan earlier this week, and whether or not he reminded Weis of anyone, the Notre Dame coach compared him quite favorably to two pretty good QBs he's had the privledge of coaching.

"He kind of reminds me a little bit about Tommy (Brady) and Brady (Quinn) to tell you the truth," Weis said, "not Tommy Brady, but I think he's got a little bit of both. Brady is a little bigger than him. Tommy, when he was in college, was a little thinner then. But he reminds me a little bit of those two guys, both in his physique and his style of play."

That's high praise for Ryan considering Quinn is the owner of 36 Notre Dame records and Brady won three Super Bowl rings with Weis when he was an assistant with the Patriots.

Unfortunately for Weis, he has to prepare his defense for Ryan and the high powered Boston College offense. Notre Dame may only be giving up 153 yards per game through the air, but with a vulnerable secondary and a defensive line allowing upwards of 190 yards per game on the ground, Ryan figures to have a big day in front of his first true national television audience this season.

And it couldn't come at a better moment. Ryan's Heisman candidacy has gained considerable steam the past few weeks and this could be the best chance hundreds of Heisman voters have to see him.

And we all figure to see much more of him on Sundays in the future. Widely considered to be an NFL type QB, Weis, for one, definitely sees him playing at the next level and going rather fast in April's draft.

"Early, early pick, high pick," Weis said.

He just hopes he doesn't play like one Saturday.

Weekly Picks

Last Week: 3-2 | Season: 16-14

Boston College (-14) at Notre Dame
Yes, Notre Dame got off the snide last week with its first win of the season over UCLA. But has there been a more disappointing team in the country than UCLA? Plus, the Bruins were playing their third string QB and the Irish are still dreadful. They can't keep up with BC offense. Heisman candidate Matt Ryan should be able to pick apart the secondary and rack up some huge numbers. And if the Irish throw it roughly 10 times per game as has been their perogative with the young QBs, then they're going to get nowhere against one of the best rushing defense in the country It's not going to be pretty in South Bend.

Cal (-14) over Oregon State
Oregon State enters this one as the best team in the nation against the run, allowing just 43 yards per game. Justin Forsett has gained 100 yards in four games this season. What's going to give? Well, I think Forsett will be held under 100, but the third best team in the nation at forcing a turnover will get a few extra possessions considering the Beavers are turning the ball over almost four times a game. The Bears are well rested and should be adequately prepared coming off their bye week.

Wisconsin (-7) over Penn State
I don't like the Penn State offense, even though they're playing the disappointing Badgers defense. I say Wisconsin rebounds and shows some pride while the off-the-field controversy continues to weigh on Joe Paterno and his team. And Athony Morelli once against fails to take care of the ball.

LSU (-10) over Kentucky
LSU has too much on both sides of the ball for Kentucky to stay close. I'd be shocked if the Wildcats won this game. Problems surfaced last week for the Kentucky offensive line against South Carolina and now they're going up against the best in the nation. It's going to be a long day for Andre' Woodson, especially if Rafael Little can't go. Not only does he have to deal with Glenn Dorsey and company, but that loaded Tigers secondary. LSU will run all over the Wildcats.

Oklahoma (-11.5) over Missouri
Line's gone up during the week and the Sooners are still the pick in this one. Missouri's offense will present a challenge, but Oklahoma has the personnel capable of stopping the Tigers. Yeah, this is the same Sooner team that lost to Boise State last season, running their crazy plays. But Oklahoma plays just fine in space. Plus I think the Missouri offensive line will be very susceptible to Oklahoma pass rush. The Sooners contained Chase Daniel rather well last year. Make him throw on the run. That's what the Sooners did last year in Columbia and they'll do the same this year in Norman.

Posted by Adam Caparell at 05:00 PM on October 12, 2007
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