Ryan Colburn Named KSI Index Rating National Pro-Style QB of the Week

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Ryan Colburn Named KSI Index Rating National Pro-Style QB of the Week
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Pat Hill's Ryan Colburn Named KSI Index National QB of the Week

In what started out as a single award for the National KSI Index Rating Quarterback of the Week, we added some additional classifications yet again this week.  Last week, we broke the single award into two awards to recognize the schematic differences between the prototypical Pro-Style Drop-Back Quarterback and the new hybrid Spread-Option Quarterback that is taking the nation by storm.

This week we are breaking those two classes down yet again, recognizing three separate awards for each classification, noting the difficulty and differences between the level of competition that each quarterback faces throughout the journey of the season.

We will give out a Gold Medal, Silver Medal, and Bronze Medal KSI Index Rating Award for the Pro-Style National QB of the Week.

The first award is the Gold Medal Award, which will go to a BCS Conference Quarterback who either faces A) another BCS Conference Quarterback, or B) A BCS Conference Quarterback who faces a Top-25 school that is a non-automatic qualifying school (Non-BCS School), or C) a Non-BCS Conference Quarterback who faces a BCS Conference opponent or another non-AQ school that is ranked in the Top-25.

Sound confusing enough?

Try handing out a national award and then witnessing your email account being blitzed by fans across America who claim the Non-AQ level of competition is not the same as facing a BCS Conference opponent, such as last week when we handed out the KSI Index National Multi-Purpose Running Back of the Week Award to Parris Cotton of Central Michigan after his 209 yards on 21 carries helped the Chippewas defeat Eastern Michigan, which has lost 16 games in a row.

Clemson fans pelted my email account claiming the KSI Index Rating Award rewards running backs, quarterbacks, or wide receivers who play inferior competition, since Cotton beat out LaMichael James of Oregon, Shane Vareen of California, and Andre Ellington of Clemson, all of which finished in a three way tie for third behind Bernard Pierce of Temple, who finished second.  Ellington of Clemson, of course, played the stiffest level of competition considering LaMichael James (Oregon) faced an over-matched Portland State FCS team and Shane Vareen (California) played an inspired Non-AQ Nevada squad that is now a member of the Top-25 after back-to-back triumphs over California and BYU.

Ellington (Clemson) faced a quality SEC defense in Auburn, and his team was literally one play away from winning an overtime contest as QB Kyle Parker missed a wide open receiver in the corner of the end zone on third down and subsequently missed a game-tying field goal after the initial field goal (which was good) was ruled illegal due to an improper snapping penalty.

After four weeks, I think we have this thing narrowed down pretty good in terms of giving credit where credit is due.  And I thank all those Tigers fans that voiced their displeasure because the point in question was 100% valid and duly noted.

Gold Medal Award

Edit
QB
School
C A Pyd C% LP TD Int Rate VMg Opp KSI
Ryan Colburn
Fresno St
32
(2)
42
(3)
390
(1)
76
(1)
36
(8)
4
(1)
0
(1)
185
(2)
-17
(10)
Miss 29
Landry Jones
Oklahoma
36
(1)
51
(1)
370
(2)
70
(2)
37
(7)
2
(5)
1
(3)
140
(7)
+2
(6)
Cinci 34
Russell Wilson
NC State
28
(4)
41
(4)
368
(3)
68
(3)
34
(9)
3
(3)
1
(3)
162
(3)
+17
(4)
GTech 36
Kellen Moore
Boise St
19
(8)
27
(7)
288
(8)
70
(2)
49
(4)
3
(3)
0
(1)
196
(1)
+13
(5)
OSU 39
Zach Collaros
Cincinnati
23
(6)
38
(5)
305
(6)
60
(7)
69
(1)
3
(3)
1
(3)
148
(5)
-2
(7)
OU 43
Matt Barkley
USC
16
(9)
25
(8)
290
(7)
64
(6)
58
(3)
3
(3)
2
(5)
185
(2)
+34
(1)
WSU 44
Ryan Radcliffe
C. Michigan
29
(3)
43
(2)
347
(5)
67
(4)
28
(10)
2
(5)
2
(5)
141
(6)
-5
(9)
NW 49
Tyrod Taylor
VTech
16
(9)
21
(9)
237
(10)
76
(1)
59
(2)
0
(10)
1
(3)
161
(4)
+19
(3)
BC 51
Jacory Harris
Miami
21
(7)
32
(6)
248
(9)
65
(5)
39
(6)
2
(5)
2
(5)
138
(8)
+28
(2)
Pitt 53
Ryan Mallett
Arkansas
25
(5)
38
(5)
357
(4)
65
(5)
43
(5)
1
(7)
3
(7)
137
(9)
-4
(8)
Bama 55

This weeks Gold Medal Award goes to Fresno State Quarterback Ryan Colburn, who out-dueled Landry Jones of Oklahoma and Russell Wilson of NC State, in a losing effort versus Ole Miss on the road in Oxford.  Colburn completed 32-of-42 for 390 yards passing with four touchdowns and, most importantly, no interceptions.  Although losing by 17 points caused Colburn to finish last in the victory margin category (in the end the bottom line for a quarterback’s performance in a given game), he did finish first in yards passing (390), touchdowns (four) and interceptions (zero), while finishing a close second in completions (32) and overall quarterback rating (185).

Landry Jones of Oklahoma (36-of-51, 370-yards passing, two TD, one INT, and a 140 QB-Rating) was locked in a pitch and catch duel with Zach Collaros of Cincinnati (23-of-38, 305-yards passing, three TD, one INT, and a 148 QB-Rating), who finished fifth in the Gold Medal category behind fourth place finisher Kellen Moore of Boise State (19-of-27, 288-yards passing, three TD, zero INT, and a 196 QB-Rating).

It should be noted that this is the third week in a row that Russell Wilson of NC State has finished within the top-three for the Gold Medal Award so all you Heisman voters out there, take note: this kid is for real and may be a better all around athlete than Terrelle Pryor of Ohio State, although he lacks the size of Pryor.

 

 

Silver Medal Award

Edit
QB
School
C A Pyd C% LP TD Int Rate VMg Opp KSI
Brandon Weeden
Oklahoma St
23
(4)
32
(4)
409
(1)
71
(6)
81
(2)
6
(1)
0
(1)
241
(2)
+37
(5)
Tulsa 26
Nathan Enderle
Idaho
25
(3)
30
(5)
347
(5)
83
(2)
59
(4)
3
(5)
0
(1)
213
(5)
-2
(9)
Colo St 39
Pete Thomas
Colorado St
29
(2)
37
(2)
386
(2)
78
(4)
72
(3)
3
(5)
1
(5)
187
(9)
+2
(8)
Idaho 40
Ricky Stanzi
Iowa
19
(5)
25
(6)
288
(8)
76
(5)
48
(6)
3
(5)
0
(1)
212
(6)
+45
(2)
Ball St 44
Ryan Lindley
SDSU
17
(6)
24
(7)
362
(4)
70
(7)
82
(1)
3
(5)
1
(5)
230
(4)
+34
(6)
Utah St 45
Ben Chappell
Indiana
23
(4)
33
(3)
342
(6)
70
(7)
33
(8)
4
(3)
0
(1)
198
(7)
+15
(7)
Akron 46
Scott Tolzien
Wisconsin
15
(8)
17
(10)
217
(10)
89
(1)
27
(9)
3
(5)
0
(1)
253
(1)
+67
(1)
A. Peay 46
Kirk Cousins
Michigan St
16
(7)
20
(9)
290
(7)
80
(3)
55
(5)
2
(7)
0
(1)
234
(3)
+38
(4)
N. Colo 46
Adam Webber
Minnesota
31
(1)
46
(1)
373
(3)
67
(9)
44
(7)
2
(7)
1
(5)
146
(10)
-11
(10)
N. Illini 53
Matt Verica
Virginia
16
(7)
23
(8)
224
(9)
69
(8)
27
(9)
3
(5)
0
(1)
194
(8)
+41
(3)
VMI 58

The Silver Award is designated for a BCS Conference or Non-AQ Top-25 Quarterback who feasts on a cupcake non-AQ or FCS school that is not known as a traditional power.  Brandon Weeden of Oklahoma State and Ricky Stanzi of Iowa share this award for the week.  Weeden if you recall, did not play this week, but I overlooked his statistics last week as it was not listed among the front pages of CNNSI.com or ESPN.com, and you had to dig a little to find it.

I missed it, and I am not above admitting it, so I think it is only fair and prudent that we add his numbers in this week and if his performance merits it (which it does), to include him in this week’s tally. If you're wondering why I am adding his this week, I am attempting to ward off some angry Pokie fans, who may pelt my email account once again for overlooking such a phenomenal performance: one of the best performances of the year.

Weeden completed 23-of-32 attempts for 409-yards passing, and get this, six touchdowns in a 37 point romp over the Tulsa Hurricanes two weeks ago.  Ricky Stanzi of Iowa is the Silver Medal Co-Winner for this week, sharing the award with Weeden.  Stanzi completed 19-of-25 passes (76%) for 288-yards and three touchdowns in a 45-0 shutout victory over Ball State.  Just what the doctor ordered after losing a tough hard-fought contest in the desert with the Wildcats of Arizona.

 

Bronze Medal Award

The Bronze Medal Award goes to Nathan Enderle of Idaho and Pete Thomas of Colorado State, who were locked in battle against each other as the Rams overcame an early 13-0 second quarter deficit to win 36-34 on a 35-yard field goal as time expired.  The Rams scored the final nine points after trailing 34-27 with 9:46 to go in the fourth quarter.

Their stats are mirror images of each other as Enderle was 25-of-30 for 347-yards with three touchdowns (no interceptions), and Thomas was 29-of-37 for 386-yards and three touchdowns (one interception).  Both had unbelievable QB-Ratings (Pass Efficiency Rating).  Enderle had a 213 rating while Thomas settled in at 187.  I don’t think I could pull that off playing the game on my Play Station III or in a "7-on-7" competition competing against air or Austin Peay, whichever comes first (dig intended towards Wisconsin).

Tomorrow we will run the KSI Index Rating National Award for the Spread-Option QB of the Week. Stay tuned!

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