As promised, here is the first of the player profiles. As I mentioned in earlier posts, we’re also trying to get some interviews before the season starts up on September 2nd. The Player Profile pages can be found at all point in time under the “Tulane Football” Tab, sub-tab “FB 2010 Player Profiles”.
11 • RYAN GRIFFIN, QB
Ryan Griffin Tulane Quarterback
6-5 • 215 • So.-R • Westlake Village, California
Career: A rising redshirt sophomore, who has played in nine career games, starting six. Completed 141 of 222 attempts for a .635 completion percentage, with 9 TD and 6 INT.
Griffin came into the 2009 season as a viable backup option behind good friend, Joe Kemp, for Bob Toledo’s Green Wave. However, Griffin’s leadership quickly emerged towards the middle of the year, as he had come in for Kemp in both the Marshall and Houston games. Toledo named Griffin the starter for the Southern Miss game on October 24th. And from there on, there was no looking back. Griffin started the last six games of the year and completed 118 of 175 attempts, while throwing for 1,143 yards, 8 TD and 6 INT. His completions, attempts, passing yards and touchdowns were the most by a Tulane freshman in school history.
Here are some notable achievements from Griffin’s redshirt freshman year (All achievements from TU FB 2010 Prospectus):
- Earned first career start at Southern Miss on Oct. 24, completing 21-of-33 passes for 158 yards
- Posted 163 yards on 21-of-29 passes at LSU on Oct. 31
- Accounted for four touchdowns in a 45-38 overtime win over UTEP, throwing for three scores while running the ball five times for 16 yards and a touchdown
- Threw for 200-plus yards in back-to-back games, tallying a career-high 278 vs. UTEP on Nov. 7 and 261 at Rice on Nov. 14
- Posted a pair of three-touchdown pass games in 2009: vs. UTEP on Nov. 7 and at Rice on Nov. 14 while completing a career best 24 passes in each ballgame
- Threw for 216 yards (18-of-26) and a pair of scores in the season finale at SMU
Griffin played great throughout the remainder of the year, as his stats indicate. However compared to Kemp, Griffin doesn’t have any greater physical abilities. In fact, Kemp has a stronger arm and better speed. So what sets Griffin apart from Kemp? Griffin has a quiet confidence about him. He always seems like he is in control – he isn’t easily flustered. As Jeremy Williams mentioned last year, Griffin doesn’t hesitate and is very decisive as to what he wants to do with the ball.
The 2010 season will pose another challenge for Griffin, as Offensive Coordinator Dan Dodd seems to be tweaking the offense. Moving away from the conventional West Coast system, Dodd wants to install more of a vertical passing game. Dodd and the rest of the Green Wave staff want Griffin to become more effective with his touch on the deep ball, allowing the underneath game to open up. Griffin struggled last year with the deep ball because of his arm strength. Griffin will also have to adjust to an offense that no longer boasts the talents and abilities of Jeremy Williams and Andre Anderson. Griffin must familiarize himself with his new receiving core and get their timing down before their three games against Ole Miss, Houston and Rutgers. Casey Robottom will make the transition a little smoother for Griffin, as the senior receiver had some success in 2009.
Coming into this year’s preseason Griffin is the starting QB, and if he plays like he did down the stretch last year, will be for a while. Some are saying that he is the first QB since J.P. Losman that the program will be able to build around. This is Griffin’s team – let’s see what he can do with the Green Wave in 2010.