Many months ago when writing for a different BYU blog, I started thinking about ranking all of the BYU QBs, but I got bored with that exercise and a better idea emerged: ranking the QB seasons. Though it is interesting and fun to think about college careers, college sports are really about seasons, as even superstar players rarely make impacts for more the 2-3 seasons.
Process & Criteria
It’s hard to judge college QB seasons over time. I started with Gary Sheide’s 1974 season and moved forward. The offense changed a lot during the LaVell era, changed even more during the Crowton era, and has morphed even more under Bronco Mendenhall. It’s also hard to get stats for the seasons back in the day; I primarily used the wonderful Cougar Stats website in my research.
My criteria were as follows, with certainly a high level of subjectivity:
Minimum 1000 yards passing, which means some years have two QB seasons
Yards per pass attempt
Total TD passes
Is this perfect? Of course not. Will it leave a ton of room for discussion? Certainly. That’s the point.
The Top 5