Sapakoff column: Academic Magnet quarterback Logan Chuy and his BCS senior thesis
As if Logan Chuy isn’t versatile enough. The Academic Magnet High School senior plays quarterback for the Raptors. And also wingback, defensive end, cornerback, punter, holder and kick returner.
He threw for one touchdown and ran for another last week in a 63-24 victory at Burke.
In track meets, Chuy (pronounced Chewy) competes in the long jump and triple jump.
“Logan has really excelled,” Academic Magnet football coach Bud Walpole said. “He is a team player and a strong leader.”
Busy off the field, too.
Along with day-to-day classroom demands, Chuy has taken it upon himself to come up with a college football playoff system that isn’t annoying to most fans. Academic Magnet students must spend almost two years working on a senior thesis, and this is Chuy’s working title: “The Bowl Championship Series and Public Opinion.”
While some students spend their senior thesis dwelling on global warming or relatively unknown insects, Chuy is out to establish that even the four-game playoff system set for the 2014 season isn’t good enough.
“High school football has an expanded playoff, so why can’t college do it?” said Chuy, a Clemson fan. “The NFL has a playoff system, so how can a computer basically calculate who is No. 1 and No. 2 in college football?”
When Chuy takes on statistical variables, “binary censored scores” and matrix systems, he’s thinking football, not algebra or physics. While juggling exam preparation and Raptor game plans, he’s also breaking down BCS standings. There are always bowl implications.
The Chuy system
The biggest surprise, Chuy said, is “the amount of money in the system.”
“These bowl games are merely about money and the CEOs of those games get such large salaries,” Chuy said. “But not as much money as you think gets pumped back into the schools. Some teams actually lose money going to bowl games.”
The updated ideal Chuy playoff system:
• Keep the current BCS rankings
• The top eight teams make the playoffs
• Plus two at-large teams in a formula favoring teams that win conference championships
• Seeding based on rankings
• Two wild-card games to get to the quarterfinals
“Logan has always proven himself to be a hardworking and conscientious student,” said Anna Merriman, Chuy’s senior thesis adviser and Academic Magnet’s girls soccer coach. “He’s also just a kind and genuine young man. He’s the type of student that speaks to you in the halls, asks his teachers how they’re doing and shows a genuine interest and concern in his classmates and teammates.”
One of only four seniors on the Raptors’ 22-member football team, Chuy says quarterback is his favorite position. He’s the trigger man in Academic Magnet’s “Jet” offense, which features a quarterback, two jet wingbacks, a fullback, tight end and split end.
“I just love leading the team,” he said. “I love our team so much; they’re like a family to me. Being the guy that starts the play is just exhilarating.”
‘Wow … 63 points’
A knee injury might keep the 6-2, 180-pound Chuy out of Friday night’s game at North Charleston High School. At 3-5 with two games remaining, the Raptors hope to finish .500.
“It really stinks,” Chuy said. “It’s my senior year and we have only two games left and it hurts to think I might not be able to play.”
But Chuy, who hopes to major in Visual Communications or Marketing at Appalachian State or Clemson, has a fresh football memory likely to last. The 63 points against Burke set a school record.
“I really didn’t look at the scoreboard until the fourth quarter when the coach took me out,” Chuy said. “I was like, ‘Wow, we just put up 63 points.’ I thought it was a fairly close game until the end.”
Though he’s not looking at the scoreboard, you can bet the Logan Chuy playoff system will top the current version, and it won’t be fairly close.
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