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July 16, 2013

By The Numbers: Title-Winning QBs have all the fun

Michigan is hopeful Devin Gardner will lead the Wolverines to a conference title this season, and to do so, he might have to put up some big numbers. Among the 13 full-time starters on championship teams last fall, QBs averaged 3,283 yards.

  • In 2012, 17 different programs laid claim to a conference regular-season or championship game title. Of these 17 teams, 13 featured starters for the entire season while Stanford, Cincinnati, San Diego State and Wisconsin used multiple starters.

  • Oklahoma's Landry Jones and Fresno State's Derek Carr set the bar for title-winning QBs, each throwing for more than 4,000 yards, however they were the exception. Five signal-callers did not eclipse 3,000 yards while most fell in the 3,000-3,500 range.

  • Perhaps more importantly than averages for yards, touchdowns (25) and even interceptions (nine), conference-winning quarterbacks completed 64.5 percent of their attempts on the year.

    A year ago, Gardner completed only 59.5 percent of his passes while Denard Robinson completed just 53.3 percent.

    The last Michigan QB to complete better than 64.0 percent of his passes was Todd Collins (64.6) in 1994, while Elvis Grbac did it twice, Jim Harbaugh once and Bob Ptacek holds the U-M single-season record at 65.2 percent in 1956 (though he attempted only 23 passes).

    Team
    Quarterback
    Comp.
    Att.
    Pct.
    Yards
    TDs
    INTs
    Florida State
    E.J. Manuel
    263
    387
    68.0
    3,397
    23
    10
    Wisconsin
    Joel Stave*
    70
    119
    58.8
    1,104
    6
    3
    Tulsa
    Cody Green
    228
    419
    54.4
    2,592
    17
    11
    Northern Illinois
    Jordan Lynch
    237
    394
    60.2
    3,138
    25
    6
    Stanford
    Kevin Hogan*
    109
    152
    71.7
    1,096
    9
    3
    Alabama
    A.J. McCarron
    211
    314
    67.2
    2,933
    30
    3
    Kansas State
    Collin Klein
    197
    304
    64.8
    2,641
    16
    9
    Oklahoma
    Landry Jones 367
    555
    66.1
    4,267
    30
    11
    Louisville
    Teddy Bridgewater
    287
    419
    68.5
    3,718
    27
    8
    Cincinnati
    Brandon Kay*
    87
    138
    63.0
    1,298
    10
    2
    Rutgers
    Gary Nova
    221
    388
    57.0
    2,695
    22
    16
    Syracuse
    Ryan Nassib
    294
    471
    62.4
    3,749
    26
    10
    Boise State
    Joe Southwick
    248
    371
    66.8
    2,730
    19
    7
    Fresno State
    Derek Carr
    344
    511
    67.3
    4,104
    37
    7
    San Diego State
    Adam Dingwell*
    83
    144
    57.6
    939
    8
    7
    Arkansas State
    Ryan Aplin
    276
    406
    68.0
    3,342
    24
    4
    Utah State
    Chuckie Keeton
    275
    407
    67.6
    3,373
    27
    9
    Totals

    3,797
    5,899
    64.5
    3,283#
    25#
    9#
    *Finished the year the starter
    #Average for 13 full-time starters




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