Pac-10 QB’s: History Shows Upperclassmen Win.

To win a Pac-10 conference title, the assumed reality is that a team needs an upperclassmen quarterback to lead the way.  This year Jake Locker, Nick Foles, and Kevin Riley will look to continue the trend and lead their respective teams to the top of the conference.  Stereotyped as a “pass happy” conference, the Pac-10 has been producing All-Americans, Heisman winners, and NFL prospects at the quarterback position for decades.  Is there a correlation between leading the league in passing yards per game and posting a good record in the Pac-10?  Bluntly speaking…Yes, these twenty players have posted an overall record of 156-79 and reached 15 bowl games during there conference leading statistical seasons. Since 1990, these passing leaders also reached five Rose Bowls and one BCS National Championship game. Only two underclassmen have led the conference in passing yards per game since 1990.  Both Arizona and Arizona State failed to have a quarterback lead the conference in passing yards per game. It is time to breakdown the conferences statistical leaders in passing yards per game from 1990 until 2009 (Stats from the Pac-10 Media Guide).

1990 – Tommy Maddox, UCLA (Freshman)

The Bruins were 4-4 in the Pac-10 and 5-6 overall.  Maddox was 182 of 327 with 17 touchdowns, 14 interceptions and 2,682 yards.  A completion percentage of 55.7% and 243.8 yards passing per game.

1991 – Drew Bledsoe, Washington State (Sophomore)

The Cougars were 3-5 in the Pac-10 and 4-7 overall.  Bledsoe was 199 of 358 with 17 touchdowns, 15 interceptions and 2,741 yards. Acompletion percentage of 55.6% and 249.2 yards passing per game.

1992 – Drew Bledsoe, Washington State (Junior)

The Cougars were 5-3 in the Pac-10 and 9-3 overall.  Bledsoe was 211 of 386 with 18 touchdowns, 14 interceptions and 2,770 yards. A completion percentage of 54.7% and 247 yards passing per game.  Led WSU to a win over Utah in the Copper Bowl.

1993 – Steve Stenstrom, Stanford (Junior)

The Cardinal were 2-6 in the Pac-10 and 4-7 overall.  Stenstrom was 300 of 455 with 27 touchdowns, 14 interceptions and 3,627 yards.  A completion percentage of 65.9% and 329.7 yards passing per game.

1994 – Steve Stenstrom, Stanford (Senior)

The Cardinal were 2-6 in the Pac-10 and 3-7-1 overall.  Stenstrom was 217 of 333 with 16 touchdowns, 6 interceptions and 2,822 yards.  A completion percentage of 65.2% and 313.6 yards passing per game.

1995 – Tony Graziani, Oregon (Junior)

The Ducks were 6-2 in the Pac-10 and 9-3 overall.  Graziani was 212 of 389 with 13 touchdowns, 8 interceptions and 2,491 yards.  A completion percentage of 54.5% and 249.1 yards passing per game.  Led the Ducks to the Cotton Bowl in which they lost to Colorado.

1996 – Pat Barnes, California (Senior)

The Bears were 3-5 in the Pac-10 and 6-6 overall.  Barnes was 250 of 420 with 31 touchdowns, 8 interceptions and 3,499 yards.  A completion percentage of 59.5% and 318.1 yards passing per game.  Led the Bears to the Aloha Bowl in which they lost to Navy.

1997 – Ryan Leaf, Washington State (Junior)

The Cougars were 7-1 in the Pac-10 and 10-2 overall.  Leaf was 210 of375 with 33 touchdowns, 10 interceptions and 3,637 yards.  A completion percentage of 56% and 330.6 yards passing per game.  Led the Cougars to the Rose Bowl in which they lost to Michigan.

1998 – Akili Smith, Oregon (Senior)

The Ducks were 5-3 in the Pac-10 and 8-4 overall.  Smith was 191 of 325 with 30 touchdowns, 7 interceptions and 3,307 yards.  A completion percentage of 58.8% and 300.6 yards passing per game.  Led the Ducks to the Aloha Bowl in which they lost to Colorado.

1999 – Todd Husak, Stanford (Senior)

The Cardinal were 7-1 in the Pac-10 and 8-4 overall.  Husak was 176 of 308 with 18 touchdowns, 1 interceptions and 2,688 yards.  A completion percentage of 57.1% and 268.8 yards passing per game.  Led the Cardinal to Rose Bowl in which they lost to Wisconsin.

2000 – Joey Harrington, Oregon (Junior)

The Ducks were 7-1 in the Pac-10 and 10-2 overall.  Harrington was 195 of 375 with 20 touchdowns, 13 interceptions and 2,694 yards.  Acompletion percentage of 52% and 244.9 yards passing per game.  Led the Ducks to a victory over Texas in the Holiday Bowl.

2001 – Jason Gesser, Washington State (Junior)

The Cougars were 6-2 in the Pac-10 and 10-2 overall.  Gesser was 184 of 335 with 25 touchdowns, 10 interceptions and 2,729 yards.  A completion percentage of 54.9% and 248.1 yards passing per game.  Led the Cougars to a victory over Purdue in the Sun Bowl.

2002 – Cody Pickett, Washington (Junior)

The Huskies were 4-4 in the Pac-10 and 7-6 overall.  Pickett was 365 of 612 with 28 touchdowns, 14 interceptions and 4,458 yards.  Acompletion percentage of 59.6% and 342.9 yards passing per game.  Led the Huskies to the Sun Bowl in which they lost to Purdue.

2003 – Derek Anderson, Oregon State (Junior)

The Beavers were 4-4 in the Pac-10 and 8-5 overall.  Anderson was 261 of 510 with 24 touchdowns, 24 interceptions and 4,058 yards.  A completion percentage of 51.2% and 312.2 yards passing per game.  Led the Beavers to a win over New Mexico in the Las Vegas Bowl.

2004 – Derek Anderson, Oregon State (Senior)

The Beavers were 5-3 in the Pac-10 and 7-5 overall.  Anderson was 279 of 515 with 29 touchdowns, 17 interceptions and 3,615 yards.  A completion percentage of 54.2% and 301.2 yards passing per game.  Led the Beavers to a win over Notre Dame in the Insight Bowl.

2005 – Matt Leinart, USC (Senior)

The Trojans were 8-0 in the Pac-10 and 12-1 overall.  Leinart was 283 of 431 with 28 touchdowns, 8 interceptions and 3,815 yards.  A completion percentage of 65.7% and 293.5 yards passing per game.  Led the Trojans to the BCS National Championship game in which they lost to Texas.

2006 – John David Booty, USC (Junior)

The Trojans were 7-2 in the Pac-10 and 11-2 overall.  Booty was 269 of 436 with 29 touchdowns, 9 interceptions and 3,347 yards.  A completion percentage of 61.7% and 257.5 yards passing per game.  Led the Trojans to a win over Michigan in the Rose Bowl.

2007 – Alex Brink, Washington State (Senior)

The Cougars were 3-6 in the Pac-10 and 5-7 overall.  Brink was 305 of 503 with 26 touchdowns, 15 interceptions and 3,818 yards.  A completion percentage of 60.6% and 318.2 yards passing per game.

2008 – Mark Sanchez, USC (Junior)

The Trojans were 8-1 in the Pac-10 and 12-1 overall.  Sanchez was 241 of 366 with 34 touchdowns, 10 interceptions and 3,207 yards.  Acompletion percentage of 65.8% and 246.7 yards passing per game.  Led the Trojans to a victory over Penn State in the Rose Bowl.

2009 – Sean Canfield, Oregon State (Senior)

The Beavers were 6-3 in the Pac-10 and 8-5 overall.  Canfield was 303 of 446 with 21 touchdowns, 7 interceptions and 3,271 yards.  A completion percentage of 67.9% and 251.6 yards passing per game.  Led the Beavers to the Las Vegas Bowl in which they lost to BYU.

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~ by philip d. on May 7, 2010.

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