JTR QB Rankings: Season 19, Week 8

Ryan Moreland · March 2, 2024


By: Ryan Moreland (@ryanmoreland)

The regular season has come to a close and that means that this will be the last JTR rankings for a while. Don’t fret though, because this will be the longest JTR article of the year. Along with updating the leaderboard and looking at the findings, we will also take a look at the best players in different categories. Let’s get started.

How JTR Works

JTR ranks players by comparison to the league average using unbiased stats. By unbiased stats, we mean stats that don’t show a preference for one style of play over another. For example, we expect a quarterback in an air raid system to throw the ball more often than a quarterback in a multiple set. So comparing the two based on completions wouldn’t be fair. Once we determine stats that we believe to be unbiased, we create a league average. Outperforming the league average earns a player positive points. Stats that fall below the league average will earn a player negative points. Points for each stat are calculated and combined with a base rating given to each player. The combination results in a player’s JTR metric score. 0 is the worst possible score and 100 is the best possible score.

For QBs, the stats we chose to use are completion percentage, yards per attempt, touchdown percentage, interception percentage, passing yards per game, and unique rushing index. The rushing index excludes sacks from a quarterback’s rush totals to get a more accurate sense of them as a runner. Also, QBs cannot take negative points from the rushing index (outside of fumbles). This is because a running ability for a quarterback is a plus, but not a requirement.

JTR is not a predictive metric. It cannot tell the future. It can only measure what a player has done up to that point.

Rank (Previous Rank)PlayerTeamJTR Score (Change)
1 (1)Charlie SammonsLSU87.658 (-1.896)
2 (2)Noir RoyalIllinois84.083 (-0.431)
3 (3)Sam DobbinsMiami83.393 (-0.284)
4 (5)Brandon PettyGeorgia80.431 (+0.928)
5 (12)Mateo WalkerKentucky79.301 (+3.435)
6 (7)Beau DaleFlorida79.164 (+1.224)
7 (8) McKade AlberBoise State78.328 (+0.419)
8 (4)Zeus ClaydonFlorida State78.225 (-2.205)
9 (13*)Avery WareAlabama78.145 (+2.745)
10 (10)Sean KeohanePenn State77.508 (+0.785)
11 (6)Gunner RiceWest Virginia77.333 (-1.761)
12 (9)Baker ThomasAuburn75.379 (-1.375)
13 (16)Jay DukeTexas75.038 (+2.097)
14 (11)Greg CookseyMichigan74.377 (-2.144)
15 (19)Kolten PowellUSC74.149 (+4.539)
16 (13*)Del ToroNotre Dame73.188 (-2.212)
17 (15)Andrei BelovPittsburgh73.121 (-0.109)
18 (17)Ludwig FriedmanCincinnati71.718 (+0.357)
19 (18)Claude DuBoisOregon70.647 (+0.852)
20 (20)JK MatthewsSyracuse70.329 (+3.210)
21 (22)Windham CarterBaylor67.366 (+0.964)
22 (24)Brantley GauciOhio State63.885 (+0.084)
23 (27)Kevin PriceNorth Carolina63.474 (+2.237)
24 (23)Sky SandersColorado63.154 (-2.509)
25 (25)Owen DartWashington62.336 (-0.424)
26 (21)Terry OlliffOklahoma State60.155 (-6.604)
27 (26)Kyson CareyTennessee59.718 (-1.632)
28 (28)Luke CannonClemson57.054 (+0.332)
*Tied in JTR Score last week


The top three once again stay the same and that means that LSU’s Charlie Sammons will be this season’s JTR top QB. Congrats to him on a phenomenal season.

The best improvement in points this week comes from USC’s Kolten Powell. Powell led the Trojans to a near upset over Notre Dame this week. In that game, he threw for 595 yards and six touchdowns. Others who improved their score significantly were Kentucky’s Mateo Walker and Syracuse’s JK Matthews.

The best mover up the board this week was Kentucky’s Mateo Walker. Walker jumped from the 12th spot last week to join the Top Five this week. Other big movers include Alabama’s Avery Ware, USC’s Kolten Powell, and North Carolina’s Kevin Price.

Now let’s see who had the best season in different categories.

Best Rushing QBs

These are the QBs that scored the best in the JTRs Rushing Index.

Note: Keep in mind this isn’t based on one single stat, but many. There are some with more rushing yards, but they were hurt by fumbles, having fewer touchdowns, etc.

1Kevin PriceNorth Carolina
2Baker ThomasAuburn
3Charlie SammonsLSU
4McKade AlberBoise State
5Andrei BelovPittsburgh

Best Pure Passers

These are the QBs with the highest JTR score without counting rushing stats.

1Charlie SammonsLSU
2Sam DobbinsMiami
3Noir RoyalIllinois
4Beau DaleFlorida
5Zeus ClaydonFlorida State

Most Efficient Passers

These are the QBs with the best touchdown percentage to interception percentage ratio.

1Sam DobbinsMiami
2Zeus ClaydonFlorida State
3Noir Royal Illinois
4Beau DaleFlorida
5McKade AlberBoise State

Comeback QBs

This is the largest jump in score from their final score last season to their final score this season.

RankPlayerTeamScore Improvement
1Sam DobbinsMiami21.919
2Andrei BelovPittsburgh15.561
3Mateo WalkerKentucky14.551
4McKade AlberBoise State11.584
5Sean KeohanePenn State9.935

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