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Posted at 08:34 PM ET, 11/22/2011

How good has Virginia Tech’s Logan Thomas been lately?

Perhaps the most interesting part of crafting my story in Wednesday’s paper about the emergence of Virginia Tech quarterback Logan Thomas this season was comparing his statistics since the Hokies’ loss to Clemson with the rest of the ACC and those widely considered to be the nation’s best signal callers.

And though it’s fairly obvious that Thomas is playing much better these past seven weeks, I was taken aback at just how well Virginia Tech’s first-year signal caller stacks up against the nation’s best if we only take into account statistics after the Hokies’ Oct. 1 defeat to the Tigers.

To quantify this, I did a sampling of 15 quarterbacks from the nation’s top 25 teams — all of whom do not split time with another player under center, like Thomas — as well as the quarterbacks I consider to be the best in the ACC, and compiled their completion percentage, passing attempts, passing yards, total yards, touchdowns and interceptions since Oct. 6 (you can find all of their statistics after the jump).


Logan Thomas stacks up favorably against top quarterbacks around the ACC and the nation, especially since Oct. 1. (John McDonnell - The Washington Post)
Amongst 15 of the best quarterbacks in the nation, Thomas is ninth in completion percentage, 11th in passing attempts, ninth in passing yards, seventh in total yards, tied for sixth in touchdowns and tied for second in interceptions.

Those rankings improve greatly when Thomas’s statistics are compared with nine of the top quarterbacks in the ACC since Oct. 6. He’s fourth in completion percentage, seventh in pass attempts, fourth in passing yards, fourth in total yards, first in touchdowns and tied for first with just two interceptions.

Here’s the complete list of quarterbacks I compared Thomas with. Let me know what you think in the comments section. Has Thomas emerged as a top-10 quarterback nationally in the past seven weeks? Obviously statistics are all subjective — especially since some of these signal callers play in pass-happy spread offenses — but there is no doubt Thomas has raised his level of play significantly since the beginning of the season.

Since the week of October 6, 2011 – National Leaders

Logan Thomas, Virginia Tech: 63.3 percent on 166 attempts; 1,452 passing yards; 1,709 total yards; 20 TDs (12 passing, 8 rushing); 2 INTs

Case Keenum, Houston: 76.8 percent on 220 attempts; 2,264 passing yards; 2,282 total yards; 27 TDs (24 passing, 3 rushing); 1 INT

Robert Griffin III, Baylor: 68.3 percent on 224 attempts; 2,264 passing yards; 2,641 total yards; 18 TDs (14 passing, 4 rushing); 4 INTs

Kellen Moore, Boise State: 73.7 percent on 198 attempts; 1,778 passing yards; 1,734 total yards; 21 TDs (21 passing); 2 INTs

Brandon Weeden, Oklahoma State (7 games): 72.2 percent on 295 attempts; 2,519 passing yards; 2,493 total yards; 24 TDs (24 passing); 6 INTs

Matt Barkley, USC: 64.8 percent on 216 attempts; 1,518 passing yards; 1,533 total yards; 20 TDs (19 passing, 1 rushing); 3 INTs

Andrew Luck, Stanford (7 games): 72.9 percent on 221 attempts; 1,924 passing yards; 1,999 total yards; 21 TDs (20 passing, 1 rushing); 7 INTs

Collin Klein, Kansas State (7 games): 60.3 percent on 151 attempts; 1,106 passing yards; 1,696 total yards; 26 TDs (5 passing, 21 rushing); 3 INTs

Russell Wilson, Wisconsin: 72.5 percent on 120 attempts; 1,115 passing yards; 1,264 total yards; 18 TDs (15 passing, 3 rushing); 2 INTs

Landry Jones, Oklahoma: 61.9 percent on 289 attempts; 2,349 passing yards; 2,369 total yards; 18 TDs (18 passing); 5 INTs

Tyler Wilson, Arkansas: 62 percent on 213 attempts; 1,698 passing yards; 1,683 total yards; 14 TDs (11 passing, 3 rushing); 2 INTs

Aaron Murray, Georgia: 59.9 percent on 167 attempts; 1,346 passing yards; 1,478 total yards; 15 TDs (15 passing); 3 INTs

Kirk Cousins, Michigan State: 60.6 percent on 170 attempts; 1,324 passing yards; 1,277 total yards; 13 TDs (13 passing); 1 INT

AJ McCarron, Alabama: 68.2 percent on 151 attempts; 1,297 passing yards; 1,284 total yards; 10 TDs (9 passing, 1 rushing); 3 INTs

Denard Robinson, Michigan: 53.5 percent on 129 attempts; 1,096 passing yards; 1,486 total yards; 15 TDs (7 passing, 8 rushing); 8 INTs

Darron Thomas, Oregon: 61.4 percent on 132 attempts; 1,127 passing yards; 1,164 total yards; 11 TDs (11 passing), 4 INTs

ACC quarterbacks

Logan Thomas, Virginia Tech: 63.3 percent on 166 attempts; 1,452 passing yards; 1,709 total yards; 20 TDs (12 passing, 8 rushing); 2 INTs

Tajh Boyd, Clemson: 61.7 percent on 227 attempts; 1,796 passing yards; 1,894 total yards; 15 TDs (13 passing, 2 rushing); 7 INTs

E.J. Manuel, Florida State (7 games): 65.9 percent on 179 attempts; 1,686 passing yards; 1,793 total yards; 14 TDs (10 passing, 4 rushing); 4 INTs

Jacory Harris, Miami (7 games): 64.7 percent on 190 attempts; 1,671 passing yards; 1,732 total yards; 13 TDs (13 passing); 2 INTs

Tevin Washington, Georgia Tech: 40.8 percent on 71 attempts; 543 passing yards; 1,203 total yards; 10 TDs (10 rushing); 5 INTs

Michael Rocco, Virginia: 57.7 percent on 149 attempts; 1,116 passing yards; 1,149 total yards; 9 TDs (9 passing); 4 INTs

Bryn Renner, North Carolina: 65.4 percent on 159 attempts; 1,368 passing yards; 1,273 total yards; 9 TDs (9 passing); 5 INTs

Tanner Price, Wake Forest: 62.2 percent on 180 attempts; 1,294 passing yards; 1,312 total yards; 9 TDs (9 passing); 4 INTs

Mike Glennon, North Carolina State: 58.7 percent on 208 attempts; 1,242 passing yards; 1,215 total yards; 11 TDs (11 passing); 6 INTs

Sean Renfree, Duke: 60.1 percent on 228 attempts; 1,377 passing yards; 1,355 total yards; 8 TDs (7 passing, 1 rushing); 8 INTs

By Mark Giannotto  |  08:34 PM ET, 11/22/2011

 
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