JTR QB Rankings: Season 20, Week 8

Ryan Moreland · July 1, 2024


By: Ryan Moreland (@ryanmoreland)

The regular season has come to an end and this will be the final JTR Rankings of the season. As always, we will show which QBs were the best this season in different categories. Before we jump into the rankings, let’s take a look at how the rankings work.

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 CunningtonKentucky88.917 (-0.237)
2 (2)Kevin PriceNorth Carolina86.914 (+1.839)
3 (4)Gunner RiceWest Virginia85.031 (+0.702)
4 (3)Leisa PinkMiami84.702 (+0.079)
5 (5)Jay DukeAuburn82.905 (+1.564)
6 (8)Kolten PowellTexas82.804 (+2.428)
7 (10)Jamesyn GoldeUSC81.356 (+1.676)
8 (6)JK MatthewsSyracuse79.772 (-1.397)
9 (9)Luke CannonClemson78.290 (-1.504)
10 (12)Brandon PettyGeorgia77.690 (+0.871)
11 (7)Saint MajorCincinnati76.180 (-4.936)
12 (11)Greg CookseyMichigan75.820 (-2.611)
13 (16)Zeus ClaydonFlorida State75.564 (+3.030)
14 (13)Andrei BelovNotre Dame74.876 (-1.021)
15 (15)Sterling VerdugoTennessee74.050 (+0.064)
16 (14)Beau DaleLSU73.347 (-1.166)
17 (20)Claude DuBoisOregon69.249 (+0.292)
18 (17)Sky SandersColorado69.139 (-2.628)
19 (21)Cole MantellMichigan State68.715 (+3.226)
20 (19)Jaylen TyreeOhio State68.590 (-1.596)
21 (23)Windham CarterBaylor68.191 (+5.054)
22 (18)Johnny Ray DavisAlabama66.768 (-3.979)
23 (22)Sean KeohanePenn State64.761 (-0.245)
24 (25)Noir RoyalIllinois63.528 (+6.401)
25 (24)Jack SchmidtFlorida58.824 (-1.526)
26 (26)Owen DartTexas A&M56.568 (-0.095)


Kentucky QB TJ Cunnington again stayed on top of the JTR Leaderboard and will be this season’s JTR Champion. He has led the JTR Leaderboard since Week 2 of this season.

This week’s best improver in score was Illinois’ Noir Royal. His six total touchdowns lifted the Illini over Michigan State, but it also bumped his score up by nearly 6.5 points. Other big improvers include Baylor’s Windham Carter, Michigan State’s Cole Mantell, and Florida State’s Zeus Claydon.

Royal was the best improver in score, but he did not end up being the best improver in rank. That honor ended in a three-way tie this week. USC’s Jamesyn Golde, Florida State’s Zeus Claydon, and Oregon’s Claude DuBois all moved up three spots this week.

Now it is time to look at how the best QBs in different categories this week.

Best Rushing QBs

These are QBs that scored the best in the JTR 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
2Gunner RiceWest Virginia
3Sean KeohanePenn State
4Cole MantellMichigan State
5JK MatthewsSyracuse

Best Pure Passers

These are the QBs with the best JTR Score without including rushing stats.

1Jay DukeAuburn
2TJ CunningtonKentucky
3Kevin PriceNorth Carolina
4Leisa PinkMiami
5Gunner RiceWest Virginia

Most Efficient Passers

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

1Gunner RiceWest Virginia
2Leisa PinkMiami
3Zeus ClaydonFlorida State
4Jay DukeAuburn
5TJ CunningtonKentucky

Comeback QBs

These are the QBs with the best improvement from their Season 19 final JTR score to their Season 20 final JTR score.

RankPlayerTeamScore Difference
1Kevin PriceNorth Carolina23.440
2Luke CannonClemson21.236
3JK MatthewsSyracuse9.443
4Kolten PowellTexas8.655
5Jay DukeAuburn7.867


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