Stat of the Day: Yards Per Pass Attempt

Who says it hasn't been a strange season so far?

Rank Name Team Yr Pos G Att Comp Pct. Yards Yards/Att Int TD Rating Att/G Yards/G
1 Tyrod Taylor Va Tech JR QB 7 118 68 57.6 1154 9.8 3 9 159.87 16.9 164.9
2 Nathan Enderle Idaho JR QB 8 214 136 63.6 2077 9.7 7 13 158.59 26.8 259.6
3 Matt Barkley USC FR QB 6 161 97 60.2 1540 9.6 5 7 148.74 26.8 256.7
4 Jacory Harris Miami (Fl) SO QB 7 189 122 64.6 1774 9.4 10 13 155.51 27.0 253.4
5 Andrew Luck Stanford FR QB 8 196 114 58.2 1825 9.3 3 9 148.46 24.5 228.1
6 Cody Endres U Conn SO QB 6 145 94 64.8 1314 9.1 4 6 149.09 24.2 219.0
7 Max Hall BYU SR QB 8 247 170 68.8 2231 9.0 11 17 158.50 30.9 278.9
8 Jimmy Clausen Notre Dame JR QB 7 230 150 65.2 2050 8.9 2 16 161.31 32.9 292.9
9 Zac Robinson Okla St SR QB 7 176 115 65.3 1547 8.8 3 12 158.27 25.1 221.0
9 Andy Dalton TCU JR QB 7 166 106 63.9 1464 8.8 3 11 156.20 23.7 209.1
9 Tim Tebow Florida SR QB 7 132 84 63.6 1159 8.8 4 8 151.33 18.9 165.6
58 Colt McCoy Texas SR QB 7 254 182 71.7 1806 7.1 8 14 143.26 36.3 258.0
7 McCoy 2008
Texas JR QB 13 433 332 76.7 3859 8.9 8 34 173.74 33.3 296.8

For McCoy, at least some regression to the mean was all but inevitable, but there's no question in my mind that this kind of variance is the effect of a much deeper cause -- and no, I don't mean the flu. If any still doubt the necessity of evolution in the offense, the chart above should complete the conversion.

The belated adjustments against Missouri were most welcome, but the qualifier is key -- it is late. And the stakes are so high. Colt McCoy has proven that he can succeed, and also where he will struggle. The defense alone might well be capable of getting the team through Stillwater, and on to Pasadena. But it is the extent to which the coaches succeed in putting McCoy in a position to excel that may well determine if Texas gets to dance in confetti.

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