Utah Utes Football: More Fun With QB Stats


Nov 9, 2013; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Utah Utes quarterback Travis Wilson (7) throws the ball down the field in the game against the Arizona State Sun Devils during the first quarter at Rice-Eccles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Chris Nicoll-USA TODAY Sports

A couple of quick plugs.  If you missed this weekends posts,

Recently I’ve been talking about how our group of QB’s this fall at the University of Utah will easily be the deepest group we’ve ever had.  Also outside of a few big names, like Scott Mitchell and Alex Smith, they all likely have as much talent as anyone ever to take snaps here.

Last week I posted the Top Ten QB’s by Quarterback Rating since Scott Mitchell.  I also told you where any of the QB’s before Mitchell would fall.

Here are the Top Ten QB’s by Passing Yards.

  1. Scott Mitchell- 8981 yds
  2. Brian Johnson- 7853 yds
  3. Mike McCoy- 7404 yds
  4. Larry Eggar- 5749 yds
  5. Alex Smith- 5203 yds
  6. Mike Fouts- 5107 yds
  7. Frank Dolce- 4813 yds
  8. Jordan Wynn- 4637 yds
  9. Donald Van Galder- 4402 yds
  10. Randy Gomez- 4042 yds

Isn’t it pretty amazing that only three QB’s from the McBride Era, (McCoy, Fouts, Dolce) make that list (although Alex Smith was recruited under McBride).

It’s interestingto look where Travis Wilson stands.  Travis Wilson currently has 3138 passing yards.  That puts him just ahead of Mike Richmond and just behind Jonathon Crosswhite.  That places Wilson

  • 4266 yds behind Mike McCoy
  • 4715 yds behind Brian Johnson
  • 5843 yds behind Scott Mitchell

That means Travis Wilson would need to average 2133 yds a season to catch McCoy, 2358 yds per season to catch Brian Johnson and 2922 yards per season to catch Mitchell.  Certainly if Travis both is the starter for two seasons and remains healthy, all of those numbers are within reach.  Certainly if those two conditions are met, Travis will at a minimum become the second leading all time passer in Ute History.

I don’t know what all of that means exactly, but it’s interesting, and for college sports blogs in April, that’s about all you can hope for.