Dino Babers highlights Aidan O'Connell's accuracy: Last QB like that 'got drafted by the Patriots'
There’s always skepticism when comparing a college quarterback to Tom Brady. The latest presumed one by Syracuse head coach Dino Babers might take the cake.
When discussing the matchup against Purdue, Babers said that few quarterbacks have been as impressive in recent memory as Boilermakers’ Aidan O’Connell. Babers didn’t compare the 6th-year senior by name to the 7-time Super Bowl champion, but he did mention how the last time he saw a quarterback with this much accuracy, he was drafted by the Patriots.
“This guy just doesn’t make mistakes,” Babers said, per 247Sports. “It’s like you’re playing a coach that can actually throw the football out there. He’s really really talented. He’s really really well-coached and there’s no doubt he’s one of the top quarterbacks we’re going to play this year.”
Babers on Purdue QB Aidan O’Connell: “He’s a big time quarterback…Last time I saw someone that accurate, he got drafted by the Patriots. And I’m not blowing that up.
— WAER Sports (@WAERSports) September 12, 2022
O’Connell finished the 2021 season completing 71.6% of his passes for 3,712 yards and 28 touchdowns against 11 interceptions. In 2020, O’Connell posted a completion rating of 64.7% to go along with 7 touchdowns against 2 interceptions.
This season, O’Connell’s accuracy has taken a step back. Currently, he’s completed 59.5% of his throws in 2 games. O’Connell has also thrown 5 touchdown passes and has yet to throw an interception.
Is Babers talking about a different Patriots quarterback? If so, the only name that could mirror the “accuracy” factor is former Western Kentucky passer Bailey Zappe. Last season, Zappe set the FBS record in passing yards (5,967) and passing touchdowns (62) on his way to helping the Hilltoppers finish 9-5.
Let’s be real; Babers likely isn’t talking about Zappe when discussing any former or current Patriots quarterback. He likely isn’t talking about former Alabama starter Mac Jones, either.
The Boilermakers will travel to the JMA Wireless Dome Saturday to face the Orange at noon E.T.