By The Numbers – Ranking Big XII and SEC QBs with the “Robert Griffin Stat”
October 13, 2011 7:02 am, CDT

By: Gabe Brooks

The RG3 stat is a testament to the impressive start by Griffin to the 2011 season. AP Photo/ Rod Aydelotte

Much of the well-deserved hype surrounding Baylor junior quarterback Robert Griffin III involves how few incompletions he’s throw compared to his number of touchdown passes.

Through Baylor’s first three games, Griffin had thrown more touchdown passes (13) than incompletions (12). A conference road game (one-point loss to Kansas State) and a running game demolition of Iowa State have curtailed his freakish start, but Griffin still has staggering numbers when it comes to his incompletions and TD tosses.

So let’s divide the number of touchdown passes into the number of incompletions to get the “Robert Griffin Stat,” or “RG3 Stat” for short.

Griffin is 114 of 142 passing with 19 touchdowns and one interception. That means his RG3 Stat is 0.6785 — 19 touchdown passes divided by 28 incompletions. Obviously, the higher the percentage, the better the RG3 Stat.

I had originally looked at this statistic from an incompletions-minus-TD passes perspective, but it skewed the numbers more toward players such as Kansas’ Jordan Webb, Kansas State’s Collin Klein and LSU’s Jarrett Lee since their teams do not throw as many passes and, therefore, give them fewer opportunities to throw incompletions. At the same time, that approach worked against the likes of Oklahoma’s Landry Jones and Arkansas’ Tyler Wilson, two of the best quarterbacks in the country statistically. Since they throw more and have more incompletions, their touchdown passes-to-incompletions ratio should be rewarded.

Here’s how Big XII and SEC quarterbacks with a minimum of 20 passing attempts per game rank based on the RG3 Stat. When compared to his quarterback counterparts, Griffin’s excellence stands out even more. Glancing at these numbers, anything higher than 0.1500 appears good, and anything higher than 0.2000 is very good. So Griffin’s RG3 Stat is astronomical.

Weeden scores well on the RG3 stat. AP Photo/David J. Phillip

BIG XII

Rk. … Name, School ….. RG3% … (TDs/Inc.)

1.Robert Griffin III, Baylor – .6785  … (19/28)

2.Jordan Webb, Kansas – .2973 … (11/37)

3.Brandon Weeden, Oklahoma State – .2830 … (15/53)

4.Seth Doege, Texas Tech – .2615 … (17/65)

5.Landry Jones, Oklahoma – .2063 … (13/63)

6.Collin Klein, Kansas State – .1395 … (6/43)

7.Ryan Tannehill, Texas A&M – .1228 … (7/57)

8..Steele Jantz, Iowa State – .1163 … (10/86)

9.James Franklin, Missouri – .1077 … (7/65)

SEC

Murray's .209 score is second best in the SEC. Photo from ISM, Inc.

Rk. … Name, School ….. RG3% … (TDs/Inc.)

1.Tyler Bray*, Tennessee – .2333 … (14/60)

2.Aaron Murray, Georgia – .2097 … (13/62)

3.Jarrett Lee, LSU – .1702 … (8/47)

4.Tyler Wilson, Arkansas – .1644 … (12/73)

5.A.J. McCarron, Alabama – .1538 … (8/52)

6.Barrett Trotter, Auburn – .1452 … (9/62)

7.John Brantley*, Florida – .1389 … (5/36)

8.Morgan Newton, Kentucky – .0732 … (6/82)

9.Stephen Garcia^, South Carolina – .0702 … (4/57)

10.Chris Relf, Mississippi State – .0690 … (4/58)

BIG XII & SEC

(SEC QBs in italics)

Rk. … Name, School ….. RG3% … (TDs/Inc.)

1.Robert Griffin III, Baylor – .6785  … (19/28)

2.Jordan Webb, Kansas – .2973 … (11/37)

3.Brandon Weeden, Oklahoma State – .2830 … (15/53)

4.Seth Doege, Texas Tech – .2615 … (17/65)

5.Tyler Bray*, Tennessee – .2333 … (14/60)

6.Aaron Murray, Georgia – .2097 … (13/62)

7.Landry Jones, Oklahoma – .2063 … (13/63)

8.Jarrett Lee, LSU – .1702 … (8/47)

9.Tyler Wilson, Arkansas – .1644 … (12/73)

10.A.J. McCarron, Alabama – .1538 … (8/52)

11.Barrett Trotter, Auburn – .1452 … (9/62)

12.Collin Klein, Kansas State – .1395 … (6/43)

13.John Brantley*, Florida – .1389 … (5/36)

14.Ryan Tannehill, Texas A&M – .1228 … (7/57)

15.Steele Jantz, Iowa State – .1163 … (10/86)

16.James Franklin, Missouri – .1077 … (7/65)

17.Morgan Newton, Kentucky – .0732 … (6/82)

18.Stephen Garcia^, South Carolina – .0702 … (4/57)

19.Chris Relf, Mississippi State – .0690 … (4/58)

* – injured

^ – no longer with team

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