Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Passer ratings after week three

Troy quarterback Zach Dolan jukes his way past a Queensbury defender in a game earlier this season. (Mike McMahon - The Record)

158.3333

Zach Dolan

Troy

143.8776

Nick Ottati

Schenectady

140.4167

Josh Nethaway

Fonda-Fultonville

132.5

Paul Layton

Burnt Hills

130.0926

Kyle Kelly

Glens Falls

105.117

Kyle Parmenter

Cambridge

102.0833

Mike Murray

La Salle

96.8006

Hunter McCarthy

Albany Academy


Here are the top Section II quarterbacks, as rated by the NFL passer rating formula.

The rating formula values four statistics: completion percentage, yards per attempt, touchdowns per attempt and interceptions per attempt.

The "perfect" rating is 158.3 - because the values for each of the four categories are capped at a certain amount. So Troy's Zach Dolan, who is 19-of-26 for 319 yards and three touchdowns, qualifies for the perfect rating because his numbers exceed the arbitrary values deemed to be "perfect" by Don Smith, who created the formula in 1973.

Schenectady's Nick Ottati has been a more prolific passer, going 33-of-49 for 542 yards and nine touchdowns, but hasn't been as effective as Dolan per attempt.

And consider Niskayuna's Danny Peters, who has thrown for more yardage than anyone else in the section, completing 47-of-98 passes for 650 yards with eight touchdown passes against four interceptions. However, Peters' completion percentage and interceptions hold his rating down to 79.9 - but Peters still might be the best throwing quarterback in the section.

So, the number doesn't mean that much, but it's a nice way to quantify performances.

If you'd like to check my math or look for some other local quarterbacks, click the link below:


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Who do you like this weekend in the Battle for the Sabre between La Salle and Christian Brothers Academy?
And what do you think will happen on Saturday when Tamarac, with the section's stingiest defense - six points allowed - heads to Fonda-Fultonville for a Class C South Division showdown against the Braves, the most prolific offense in the area with 164 points scored?

-- Will Montgomery

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