Clemson’s Tajh Boyd, a Phoebus High graduate, was first-team all-conference in 2011. Virginia Tech’s Logan Thomas was second — voting was conducted before the ACC championship game and bowls.
My ballot flipped the quarterbacks — Thomas first team, Boyd second — but the distinction was a virtual coin flip. There was no wrong answer, and there is no denying that each exceeded any reasonable expectations for a first-year starter.
So just for kicks and grins, I attempted to measure and compare all of the ACC’s returning quarterbacks – the others are Virginia’s Michael Rocco, Georgia Tech’s Tevin Washington, North Carolina State’s Michael Glennon, North Carolina’s Bryn Renner, Duke’s Sean Renfree, Wake Forest’s Tanner Price, Boston College’s Chase Retig, Florida State’s EJ Manuel and Maryland’sC.J. Brown – the latter is the greenest of the group, having started just five games in 2011.
My rudimentary formula ranked each of the quarterbacks, 1-through-11, in nine statistical categories. For example, Thomas received one point for the best winning percentage (a key component for any quarterback), seven points for the No. 7 completion percentage.
Like the Masters, lowest score wins.
Again, this is hardly definitive. It’s merely a fun and revealing exercise, at least for your faithful blog boy, to help pass the time before September.
The nine stats I used: completion percentage; yards-per-completion; yards-per-attempt; touchdown pass rate; interception rate; passing yards-per-game; rushing yards-per-game; winning percentage in games started; touchdowns (rushing and passing).
Of the 11 quarterbacks, only Rocco and Retig didn’t rank among the top two in at least one category. Only Manuel, Thomas, Boyd and Price were not among the bottom two in at least one stat.
So without further ado, here are the point totals:
* BOYD (33): Ranged from No. 1 in touchdowns and passing yards to No. 8 in completion percentage.
* MANUEL (36): From second in completion percentage, yards-per-completion and winning percentage to sixth in passing yards-per-game and touchdowns.
* THOMAS (38): From first in winning percentage to seventh in completion percentage and passing yards-per-game.
* RENNER (40): From No. 1 in completion and touchdown percentage to No. 10 in interception rate.
* WASHINGTON (47): The only quarterback to lead three categories – yards-per-completion, yards-per-attempt and rushing yards-per-game. But ranked last in completion percentage and interception rate.
* GLENNON (53): From second in touchdowns to 11th in rushing yards – like his brother, former Virginia Tech quarterback Sean, Glennon is relatively statuesque.
* PRICE (55): From No. 1 in interception rate to No. 8 in winning percentage.
* ROCCO (62): From fourth in winning percentage to 10th in touchdown pass percentage.