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Mallett Hits The Long Passes

November 24th, 2009

Arkansas QB Ryan Mallett completed passes of 58 and 64 yards against Mississippi State on Saturday, giving him 10 completions this season of 50-plus yards, which leads the FBS.  Mallett has 8 completions of 50-plus yards in his last 6 games, with at least one in each game.

Here are the FBS leaders this season in the number of 50-plus yard completions:

 Player            Team              Yr   Att   50+
+-----------------+----------------+----+-----+-----+
 Ryan Mallett      Arkansas          SO   328   10
 Josh Nesbitt      Georgia Tech      JR   125    9
 Blaine Gabbert    Missouri          SO   373    8
 Trevor Vittatoe   UTEP              JR   367    7
 Jimmy Clausen     Notre Dame        JR   395    7
 Tyler Sheehan     Bowling Green     SR   497    6
 Aaron Opelt       Toledo            SR   261    6
 Levi Brown        Troy              SR   417    6
 Kyle Parker       Clemson           FR   296    6
 

The name that immediately jumps out from that list is Josh Nesbitt.  Despite having a significantly fewer attempts than the others on the list, Nesbitt is 2nd in the FBS in completions of 50-plus yards.  Head coach Paul Johnson’s run-heavy spread option offense obviously opens up opportunities for big passing plays.    As a team, Georgia Tech ranks 119th out of 120 FBS teams in the number of passes attempted this season.

Here are the FBS leaders this season in the lowest ratio of attempts per 50-plus yard completion on  a minimum of two 50-plus yard completions:

 Player            Team              Yr   Att   50+   Att/50+
+-----------------+----------------+----+-----+-----+---------+
 Josh Nesbitt      Georgia Tech      JR   125    9     13.89
 Matt Grothe       South Florida     SR    59    3     19.67
 Brian Reader      Idaho             SO    67    3     22.33
 Ricky Dobbs       Navy              JR    75    3     25.00
 Tyler Bass        Memphis           SO    81    3     27.00
 Steven Sheffield  Texas Tech        JR   125    4     31.25
 Ryan Mallett      Arkansas          SO   328   10     32.80
 B.J. Daniels      South Florida     FR   173    5     34.60
 Greg Alexander    Hawaii            SR   150    4     37.50
 Cody Endres       Connecticut       SO   154    4     38.50
 

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