Nation of Texas College Football: Quarterback Power Rankings
Nation of Texas Quarterback Power Rankings
Every Thursday, Rant Sports brings you the Nation of Texas College Football Power Rankings, slotting the Division I football programs in the state according to how they finished the previous week, and how they hav done overall during the 2012 season.
Beginning today, we're doing the same thing for the 12 quarterbacks that lead these respective programs, some who are veterans who have been in the game for some time, and others who took their first collegiate snaps just last week.
Through the first five weeks of football, some of these signal callers are putting up astronomical numbers which are placing them in the Heisman Trophy conversation and on the national radar, while others are struggling mightily and their numbers reflect it, as do the records of the teams they lead.
There are several guys who arguably could have taken home the top spot in our inaugural NOT QB Power Rankings, and the difference between them was minute. We developed a ranking system based on overall yardage, completion percentage, touchdowns thrown & run for, and quarterback rating, irrespective of whom the teams have played up to this coming weekend's slate of games. Take those factors into consideration before you start calling us crazy, but if you must, we'd love to hear your feedback!
Driphus Jackson- Rice
POWER TOTAL: 45
NUMBERS: 19-41, 304 yards, 46.3 percent, 2 throwing TDs, 1 rushing TD, 124.7 QB rating
Rice Owls freshman quarterback Driphus Jackson just took over as starter for David Bailiff's squad in this past Saturday's loss to the Houston Cougars, so it's difficult to judge him too harshly, but by numbers alone and our ranking system he is the 12th best quarterback in the state of the 12 we measured.
Garrett Gilbert - SMU
POWER TOTAL: 44
NUMBERS: 91-184, 884 yards, 49.5 percentage, 4 touchdowns, 9 interceptions, 87.2 QB rating
To put it mildly, SMU Mustangs senior quarterback Garrett Gilbert has been terrible. Gilbert has yet to find any type of chemistry with his receivers and has worse than a 2:1 interceptions to touchdown ratio, one a quarterback wants to be the exact opposite.
It's obvious now that Gilbert's struggles had little to do with his lack of fit in the Texas Longhorns system, and more to do with the fact he was not, and won't be, cut out to play quarterback at the Division I level.
Nick Laimason - UTEP
POWER TOTAL: 34
NUMBERS: 79-154, 954 yards, 51.3 percentage, 8 passing TDs, 116.6 QB rating
UTEP Miners senior quarterback Nick Laimason has been adequate so far in 2012, but hasn't necessarily reached the expectations laid out for him by Mike Price and the UTEP staff prior to the season. Laimason's 51.3 completion percentage rate definitely leaves something to be desired, and is better only than Gilbert and Jackson in that category.
Laimason's strongest performance came against the New Mexico State Aggies in a 41-28 win when he threw for 300 yards and four touchdowns, but he has only broken 250 yards in a game one other time, in a 37-26 loss to the Wisconsin Badgers in Madison.
Derek Thompson - North Texas
POWER TOTAL: 32
NUMBERS: 74-131, 983 yards, 56.5 percentage, 6 passing TDs, 130.1 QB rating
North Texas Mean Green junior signal caller Derek Thompson has done a relatively solid job in the face of a very difficult non-conference schedule, and in the first two contests of the team's Sun Belt Conference slate. The Glen Rose native has only surpassed the 250 yard marker once, in a recent 20-14 road win over the Florida Atlantic Owls, and will need to work on his ball protection-- he has exactly a 2:1 touchdown to interception ratio (6-3), for the Mean Green to make a run at the Sun Belt's leading teams.
David Piland - Houston
POWER TOTAL: 31
NUMBERS: 124-224, 1401 yards, 55.4 percentage, 7 passing TDs, 7 interceptions, 1 rushing TD, 112.0 QB rating
In spite of throwing for 1401 yards in four games, Houston Cougars sophomore signal caller David Piland has not had that great of a start to 2012. The Southlake native has thrown seven touchdown passes, but these have been off-set by seven interceptions for a 1:1 ratio.Piland's massive 580 yard, four touchdown performance against the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs-- who are arguably the country's best mid-major right now-- was impressive, but his 112.0 quarterback rating suggests he has been far from efficient, and this is reflected in the Cougars' 1-3 overall record.
Shaun Rutherford - Texas State
POWER TOTAL: 30
NUMBERS: 56-82, 651 yards, 68.3 completion percentage, 6 passing TDs, 1 rushing TD, 156.7 QB rating
Texas State Bobcats quarterback Shaun Rutherford hasn't been the flashiest of our 12 quarterbacks-- especially given that Texas State is a run-first offense--but has been solid overall. Rutherford's best performance to date came in a 41-37 win over FCS Stephen F. Austin, in which he threw for 301 yards and three touchdowns, picking up a fourth on the ground. Apart from this game, however, the Bay City senior has thrown for less than 200 yards on two occasions, and less than 100 on another.
Eric Soza - UTSA
POWER TOTAL: 25
NUMBERS: 71-115, 964, 61.7 percentage, 10 passing TDs , 1 rushing TD, 159.1 QB rating
UTSA Roadrunners junior QB Eric Soza has been one of the bright spots on an upstart team that has kicked off the 2012 campaign with a 5-0 record under 2nd year head coach Larry Coker. Soza's 10 touchdowns is 4th best among Texas-based Division I quarterbacks, and his single interception on the season is proof of his efficiency in spite of his yardage numbers being somewhat low given his total number of attempts. The Beeville native has plenty of room to improve, and should continue to lead the Roadrunners to success as the program grows.
Casey Pachall - TCU
POWER TOTAL: 22
NUMBERS: 64-97, 948 yards, 66 percentage, 10 passing TDs, 180 QB rating
TCU Horned Frogs junior quarterback Casey Pachall has the second-best overall quarterback rating in our NOT Power Rankings, at 180.0, proving he is playing as efficiently as any of his peers in the state of Texas. Pachall's 10 touchdowns are only good for sixth on our list, but his ball control has been impressive, leading Gary Patterson's squad to a perfect 4-0 start and a No. 15 ranking in the most recent Associated Press poll.
More importantly, Pachall has that "it" factor, which draws his teammates to him, and there is no question he is the type of leader the Frogs will need behind center as they enter the meat of Big 12 Conference play this fall.
Seth Doege - Texas Tech
POWER TOTAL: 13
NUMBERS: 105-147, 1189 yards, 71.4 percentage, 15 passing TDs, 169.0 QB rating
As expected from a Texas Tech Red Raiders quarterback, Wolfforth senior Seth Doege has put up massive numbers through his first four starts in 2012, and is the No. 4 guy on this week's NOT quarterback power rankings.
Doege's 71.4 completion percentage is second among our quarterbacks, and he has thrown for greater than 300 yards on three occasions, the best performance coming in a 49-14 drubbing of the New Mexico Lobos where he threw for 340 yards on 35 attempts with six touchdowns.
While the Tech defense has been better than anticipated, the Red Raiders will only be as successful in Big 12 play as Doege's arm.
Johnny Manziel - Texas A&M
POWER TOTAL: 13
NUMBERS: 87-124, 1092 yards, 70.2 percentage, 10 passing TDs, 6 rushing TDs, 170.9 QB rating
Texas A&M Aggies freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel has already earned a nickname among the Aggie faithful, and the college football press, which seems apt enough-- Johnny Football. In short, the Kerrville native can do it all.
Through four games for the Aggies, Manziel has 16 total touchdowns and has earned the respect of his teammates and opponents alike, especially after A&M's 58-10 destruction of the once-vaunted Arkansas Razorbacks in College Station this past weekend.
Manziel has been one of the more present surprises in the SEC this season, but without a doubt has his toughest football ahead. Can he rise to the occasion and continue to write his story?
David Ash - Texas
POWER TOTAL: 12
NUMBERS: 85-109, 1007 yards, 78 percentage, 10 passing TDs, 1 rushing TD, 184.0 QB rating
Texas Longhorns sophomore quarterback David Ash is slowly starting to quiet his doubters, one game at a time. Ash's 78 percent completion rating is tops among Division I Texas quarterbacks, as is his 184.0 quarterback rating. Obviously, both numbers are a strong marker of the vast improvement Ash has realized since last season, when he struggled not only with consistency, but with leadership as well.
There's no question whatsoever David Ash is the leader of the 2012 Longhorns. The only question is how far he can take them.
Nick Florence - Baylor
POWER TOTAL: 11
NUMBERS: 100-157, 1585 yards, 63.7 percentage, 16 passing TDs, 1 rushing TD, 175.8 QB rating
In short, Baylor Bears senior quarterback Nick Florence has been electrifying and lands at No.1 on our initial NOT QB Power Rankings. The senior Garland native, threw for 581 yards and five touchdowns in a battle for the ages last Saturday against the West Virginia Mountaineers in Morgantown, and should continue to be a nightmare for opposing Big 12 defensive coordinators throughout the fall.
It's debatable whether Florence has an NFL future ahead of him-- at least to this point-- but a few more performances like the first four and scouts' minds could quickly be changed for the better.