Washington State Cougars quarterback Anthony Gordon famously set a school single game passing touchdown record with an incredible nine during Saturday night’s game against the UCLA Bruins. With that in mind I decided to take a look at how Gordon’s current numbers stack up against Cougar quarterbacks throughout history.
Yards per attempt is typically the most accurate measurement in which to compare quarterbacks. However, with the amount of short passes used in the Air Raid, it can become a hard stat to use in comparison historically. However, a newer statistic called adjusted yards per attempt (via Sports Reference) gives a us a better way to compare these passers.
Adjusted yards per attempt measures the average yards gained one each passing attempt while taking into account touchdown passes and interceptions. This helps give a little more perspective for Air Raid signal callers. Gordon is currently sporting an amazing 11.7 adjusted yards per attempt. This would rank 13th all-time in college football history if he finished the season with that number. Truly incredible for an Air Raid quarterback.
Here is where he ranks among Cougar quarterbacks of lore:
1.Anthony Gordon 11.7
2.Ryan Leaf 10.1
3.Timm Rosenbach 9.1
4.Jason Gesser 8.4
5.Gardner Minshew 7.8
It’s early but we all remember how amazing Gardner was last year and Gordon has him beat by almost 4 yards. Truly astounding. We should really savor this fifth-year senior while we can because we may not see his like again for a long time.
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