Posted: 11:37 am Thursday, November 20th, 2008

Passing Efficiency Revisited 

By Jason Lieser

About a month ago, we went over the most efficient passers in the area, using the NFL’s passer rating formula as our guide. Now that the regular season is finished, it seems like a good time to update those standings.


Again, remember that the equation takes into account attempts, completions, yardage, touchdowns and interceptions. It relies heavily on a few key statistics: completion percentage, yards per attempt, percentage of passes resulting in touchdowns and percentage of passes resulting in interceptions.

Also bear in mind that this is called “passer rating” not “quarterback rating.” It is an incomplete measuring stick for high school quarterbacks because many of them bring a running element to the game. At this level, a quarterback can contribute as much with his legs as his arm.

So with that premise, don’t look at this as a ranking of the area’s top quarterbacks, because that is an incorrect interpretation. This simply is an analysis of which quarterbacks make the most of their passes.

Top 10 in Passing Efficiency (min. 75 attempts)

1. Jacoby Brissett, DWY, 135.9

2. L.J. Thomas, GC, 132.8

3. Marshyl Rothman, JupC, 124.4

4. Eddie Sullivan, BR, 115.1

5. Garrett Madrigal, OKE, 114.1

6. Billy Strode, AH, 104.3

7. Marvin Payne, RPB, 101.8

8. Ronnie Nelson, SF, 99.9

9. Justin Hughes, PSL, 99.7

10. Terry Bradden, IG, 98.1

That list looks a little different than last month’s. Jacoby Brissett has come on strong and has Dwyer fans excited about the future. L.J. Thomas was getting even better before he suffered a season-ending broken collarbone in the Muck Bowl.

For the sake of comparison, the perfect rating is 158.3. Arizona’s Kurt Warner leads the NFL at 105.5, which would be good for sixth place in this area.

Marshyl Rothman finished with the area’s highest completion percentage at 65.3, followed by Ronnie Nelson (65.0 percent), Thomas (62.4 percent) and Garrett Madrigal (61.6 percent). Only two other players finished above 60 percent passing: Brissett (61.3) and Fort Pierce Central’s Tim Smith (60.1).

Thomas and Brissett averaged an area-best 11.7 yards per attempt. Rothman averaged 10.1.

Rothman remains the area’s most likely player to throw a touchdown pass, doing so on 17.4 percent of his attempts. Next was Thomas at 15 percent, Brissett at 14.7 and Madrigal at 12.3

Brissett and Billy Strode were the hardest to intercept. Each was picked off on just 1.3 percent of his throws. Santaluces’ Justin Patterson, meanwhile, threw interceptions on 8.0 percent of his throws, followed by Nu’Keese Richardson (7.2 percent) and Palm Beach Central’s Travis Simmons.

Terry Bradden (260) threw the ball more than any other player. Eddie Sullivan was second with 239 attempts.

Eleven other players finished the season with a passer rating of 70 or better:

Bo Schlechter, GD, 98.0

Mark Leal, ATL, 93.9

Isaac Virgin, FPWW, 91.4

Tyler Wilhelm, SEM, 89.6

Nu’Keese Richardson, PAH, 88.9

Isaiah Howard, BB, 86.9

Mike Miller, KA, 81.8

Greg Rideau, PBL, 80.5

Dylan Parker, TC, 79.9

Tim Smith, FPC, 74.6

Justin Patterson, SANT, 72.8