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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Week 13 NEPA rankings

A quick look at the leaderboards of our NEPA database.

Quarterbacks

  1. Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M (206.0)
    68%, 3419 pass yards, 1181 rushing yards, 43 total TD, 8 INT
    Manziel, in his last chance before the vote, might have clinched the Heisman on Saturday.  Against Missouri, he had his 2nd highest NEPA output of the season (28.7), completing 73% of his passes for 372 and 3 TD, with 67 yards and 2 TD on the ground as well.  Amazingly, with more media attention, he has only gotten better.  And remember, he has missed roughly 12 quarters of play this season.
  2. Jordan Lynch, Northern Illinois (200.3)
    64%, 2750 pass yards, 1611 rushing yards, 39 TD, 4 INT
    With two games to go, Lynch has a very minor chance, but a chance nonetheless, to pass for 3000 yards and run for 2000.  His season has been utterly magnificent. 
  3. Nick Florence, Baylor (178.5)
    61%, 3825 pass yards, 460 rushing yards, 38 TD, 13 INT
    Florence topped 20 NEPA for the 5th time this weekend against Texas Tech.
  4. Tajh Boyd, Clemson (172.2)
    67%, 3550 pass yards, 492 rushing yards, 43 TD, 13 INT
    Boyd slipped in the rivalry loss against South Carolina.  At -2.3, it was his first negative NEPA of the entire season.
  5. Colby Cameron, Louisiana Tech (163.7)
    69%, 4147 pass yards, 177 rushing yards, 35 TD, 5 INT
    Cameron ranks #1 in the country in something very important: Minimum NEPA.  His lowest NEPA of the season is 5.5.  That ends the regular season as the best "worst game" for any QB this season.  With Cameron, Louisiana Tech got a drumbeat of consistently good QB play.  Not even Johnny Manziel was 12 for 12 this year when it came to consistency.
  6. Seth Doege, Texas Tech (162.4)
  7. David Fales, San Jose State (158.2)
  8. Rakeem Cato, Marshall (156.6)
  9. Landry Jones, Oklahoma (153.8)
  10. Marcus Mariota, Oregon (152.8)

Running Backs

  1. Dri Archer, Kent State (89.9)
    168 plays, 1795 yards, 18 TD; 573 KR yards, 3 KR TD; 1/1 passing 24 yards, 1 TD pass
    Archer actually finished the year with his worst game of the year.  That still amounted to 15 touches for 111 yards - his lowest yardage output since week 2.
  2. Kenjon Barner, Oregon (83.8)
    267 plays, 1856 yards, 22 TD
    Since the USC game, Barner had generally been held in check.  He finished on a positive note against Oregon State, with 198 yards and 2 TD in the Civil War.  He'll have one more game, likely a BCS game, to try to cross the 2000 yard mark.
  3. Kenneth Dixon, Louisiana Tech (70.4)
    210 plays, 1229 yards, 28 TD
    Dixon's value is tied up less in his yardage and more in the raw amount of TDs, now a freshman record.
  4. De'Anthony Thomas, Oregon (68.5)
    131 plays, 1071 yards, 15 TD; 269 KR yards; 222 PR yards, 1 PR TD
    On just 298 career touches on both offense and special teams, Thomas has 3797 yards and 34 touchdowns.  As for this season, he had been somewhat quiet over the last month or so.  17 carries for 122 and 3 scores against the Beavers changed that, of course.
  5. Giovani Bernard, North Carolina (67.8 - TIED)
    231 plays, 1718 yards, 17 TD; 2 KR TD
    The ACC's best running back has rarely been amazing, but he has been consistently better than most others.  He's the real bright spot in an otherwise forgettable year for the Tar Heels.
  6. Ka'Deem Carey, Arizona (67.8 - TIED)
    308 plays, 2045 yards, 21 TD
    Of the 6 players in our top 5 (I couldn't resist typing that), only 2, Archer and Barner, are upper classmen.  That's exciting for the the future.  A big part of the excitement is freshman Carey, the NCAA's current leader in rushing and total yardage.
  7. Kerwynn Williams, Utah State (62.6)
  8. Antonio Andrews, Western Kentucky (58.6)
  9. Marion Grice, Arizona State (58.1)
  10. Adam Muema, San Diego State (57.5)

Receivers

  1. Stedman Bailey, West Virginia (95.6)
    96 plays, 1342 yards, 21 TD
    Bailey's 21 TD catches lead the country. 
  2. Terrance Williams, Baylor (95.1)
    91 plays, 1707 yards, 12 TD
    If Bailey's NEPA comes from all the scoring, Williams' comes from setting up the scores.  He leads the country in receiving yards.
  3. Tavon Austin, West Virginia (92.7)
    155 plays, 1670 yards, 14 TD
    Austin is a good example of why I combine rushing/receiving yards in both the RB and WR lists.  The yards count the same, so why wouldn't I?  Austin has over 500 rushing yards, more than 300 coming against Bob Stoops' Sooners.  Hello!
  4. Marqise Lee, USC (92.3)
    124 plays, 1786 yards, 14 TD
    Notre Dame generally did pretty well against Lee, holding him to 5 catches for 75 yards.  One way they limited his catches was by tackling him before the ball arrived any time it was thrown his way in the endzone.  After all, a penalty is better than a TD.  Luckily for ND, Lane Kiffin was tired of all the automatic first downs and didn't tell Max Wittek to keep throwing toward Lee.
  5. Cody Hoffman, BYU (82.1)
    90 plays, 1134 yards, 11 TD
    I'll be honest.  My first thought was, "Who?"  Then I looked at his last 3 games, in which he has totaled 34 catches for 445 yards and 8 TD.  In the regular season finale, he had 5 TD catches and over 22 NEPA.
  6. Noel Grigsby, San Jose State (81.5)
  7. DeAndre Hopkins, Clemson (81.3)
  8. Austin Hill, Arizona (72.0)
  9. Brent Leonard, Louisiana-Monroe (71.4)
  10. Kenny Stills, Oklahoma (70.8)

Brent Blackwell compiles the NEPA rankings for cfbtn.com.  Follow Brent on Twitter by mashing the pretty button below.

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