JTR QB Rankings: Season 20, Week 4

Ryan Moreland · May 31, 2024


By: Ryan Moreland (@ryanmoreland)

Another crazy week in the books and another week of shake-up in the rankings. As always, let’s look at how the rankings work before jumping into the leaderboard.

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.

JTR Leaderboard

Rank (Last Week)PlayerTeamJTR Score (Change)
1 (1)TJ CunningtonKentucky93.534 (-1.265)
2 (2)Kevin PriceNorth Carolina91.028 (-0.970)
3 (7)Gunner RiceWest Virginia90.046 (+10.126)
4 (3)Leisa PinkMiami85.737 (-3.551)
5 (4)Saint MajorCincinnati85.624 (-0.315)
6 (5)Luke CannonClemson84.421 (+0.170)
7 (8)Sky SandersColorado81.878 (+2.020)
8 (10)Jamesyn GoldeUSC77.656 (-1.388)
9 (6)Greg CookseyMichigan77.504 (-2.844)
10 (11)Beau DaleLSU76.565 (-0.417)
11 (13)Andrei BelovNotre Dame76.008 (+2.383)
12 (19)Bradon PettyGeorgia75.822 (+8.796)
13 (12)Johnny Ray DavisAlabama74.982 (+1.076)
14 (16)Kolten PowellTexas74.602 (+5.883)
15 (18)Sean KeohanePenn State72.017 (+4.390)
16 (15)Jay DukeAuburn72.010 (-0.126)
17 (17)Sterling VerdugoTennessee70.280 (+2.056)
18 (9)Windham CarterBaylor69.395 (-10.255)
19 (22)JK MatthewsSyracuse69.324 (+4.757)
20 (21)Cole MantellMichigan State65.262 (-0.736)
21 (20)Zeus ClaydonFlorida State63.610 (-3.024)
22 (14)Jack SchmidtFlorida63.403 (-9.872)
23 (23)Jaylen TyreeOhio State63.278 (-0.829)
24 (25)Claude DuBoisOregon61.188 (+4.420)
25 (24)Noir RoyalIllinois58.289 (-5.625)
26 (26)Owen DartTexas A&M54.621 (+1.251)


Kentukcy’s TJ Cunnington might have lost for the first time in the CFSL, but he will still hang on to the top spot on the JTR leaderboard. This is the third straight week that Cunnington has held the top spot.

The largest increase in score this week belongs to West Virginia QB Gunner Rice. Rice, who fell down the rankings last week, soared back with a phenomenal performance this week. He added over ten points to his score after scoring 11 total touchdowns against Clemson (that is not a typo!). Other big improvers in their score were Georgia’s Brandon Petty and Texas’ Kolten Powell.

Despite improving his score more than anyone else, Rice was not the QB that improved their rank the most. That honor belongs to Brandon Petty this week. The Georgia QB jumped up seven spots, landing just outside the top ten. Other big jumpers include West Virginia’s Gunner Rice, Penn State’s Sean Keohane, and Syracuse’s JK Matthews.


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