The value of Jarrett

I’ve been working on some odds and ends for Conquest Chronicles and wanted to put a preview of it here… Perhaps you’ve seen the pictures of Jarrett crying when he announced that he was leaving USC to enter the NFL draft…

Jarrett wept

…but it’s really Kiffin and Sarkisian who should be blubbing. I rolled up Jarrett’s receiving yards by season (including the bowl game for that season, such that the 2005 Orange Bowl counts toward 2004), and put them against the team’s stats in absolute and percentage terms:

  Jarrett Receiving Team Receiving Jarrett’s % vs Team
  REC YDS TD REC YDS All REC TD Total TD REC YDS Rec TD Total TD
2004 55 849 13 282 3532 34 65 20% 24% 38% 20%
2005 91 1274 16 312 4157 32 90 29% 31% 51% 18%
2006 70 1015 12 273 3430 29 50 26% 30% 41% 24%
TOTAL
216
3138
41
867
11,119
95
205
25%
28%
43%
20%

On one hand, one is tempted to think, well of course, he’s a good player. But when you consider that in 2004 he was a true freshman, in 2005 he was playing on a team with Bush flying and White hammering in touchdowns, and that 2006 was an “off” season which saw Conquest Chronicle readers reflecting the general sentiment of many SC fans and favoring Steve Smith as the overall season MVP… and then look again at his having generated over a quarter of SC’s receptions and receiving yards, nearly half of their receiving touchdowns, and one-fifth of their total touchdowns over the past three years, well then you get pretty good idea of how big a gap that Turner, Hazelton, et al have to fill next year.

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