QB Score – SEC QB’s, and an explanation…

Lately, I’ve been reading a blog called “The Wages of Wins”. In it, he uses many stats, but one caught my eye. It’s called “QB Score”, and it’s a simple stat to calculate and post…

QB Score = Yards – Plays * (3) – Turnovers * (30)

Easy to calculate. However, we can make it better by adjusting for plays and for games played.

I decided to take all SEC QB’s who threw over 100 passes in 2010 and rate them according to QB Score per play..

  • Player-Score-Score P/G-Score P/P
  1. Ryan Mallett – 2144 – 164.92 – 4.71
  2. Greg McElroy – 1718 – 132.15 – 4.61
  3. Aaron Murray – 1522 – 117.08 – 3.72
  4. Mike Hartline – 1597 – 133.08 – 3.65
  5. Tyler Bray – 817 – 90.78 – 3.35
  6. Stephen Garcia – 1277 – 91.21 – 2.81
  7. Matt Simms – 590 – 53.64 – 2.46
  8. Cam Newton – 1021 – 72.93 – 1.88
  9. John Brantley – 621 – 47.77 – 1.63
  10. Jeremiah Masoli – 398 – 33.17 – 0.95
  11. Chris Relf – 360 – 27.69 – 0.87
  12. Jared Funk – 72 – 9 – 0.54
  13. Jordan Jefferson – 115 – 8.85 – 0.35
  14. Larry Smith – 56 – 5.09 – 0.16

Now, clearly, these rankings are open to debate, and this stat doesn’t take into account rushing ability or any rushing stats for that matter. Mallett is probably the best pure passer in the conference, but as we see, McElroy isn’t far behind.

Arkansas QB

Ryan Mallett tops the SEC QB Score rankings for 2010

 

The one thing a lot of people will notice is that Matt Simms, Tennessee’s backup, has a better QB score per play that Cam Newton, the Heisman winner does. Now, does that mean you’re going to take Simms over Newton? Of course not. However, it does show that Matt Simms is a lot better than most Tennessee fans would say.

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