For You Big-Time Stats Guys | Conference USA Week 1

For You Big-Time Stats Guys | Conference USA Week 1
August 30, 2013, 3:15 pm
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Conference USA Edition

Are you a Big-time Stats Guy?  Do you constantly come up with information that amazes your friends and family?  Do people come up to you and say “How did you know that?” 

I had a TV producer named Sellers Shy who once yelled out to a group of statisticians: “Come on you big-time stats guys, show me something!”  From then on I was officially a big-time stats guy, sometimes known as a BTSG.

So for all you passionate fans, you BTSGs, here are some notes, nuggets and tidbits of information all things Conference USA Football.


Last season Junior Quarterback Rakeem Cato threw for 4,201 yards and had 37 touchdown passes.  He is the fourth player in Marshall history to throw for at least 4,000 yards and 35 touchdown passes in a season.  Here are the players that have accomplished this feat:

Rakeem Cato (2012)                4,201 passing yards                 37 TD passes

Byron Leftwich (2001)             4,708 passing yards                 42 TD passes

Chad Pennington (1999)         4,006 passing yards                 38 TD passes

Tony Petersen (1987)              4,902 passing yards                 35 TD passes

In 2012, he was also one of four players in FBS to post these numbers.  The others were Derek Carr of Fresno State, Seth Doege of Texas Tech, and Geno Smith of West Virginia.


Junior wide receiver Justin Hardy had a tremendous season in 2012.  Look at his stats compared to next three receivers combined for the Pirate offense:

Justin Hardy: 88 receptions, 1,105 receiving yards, 11 touchdown receptions

Next 3 highest from ECU: 96 receptions, 1,127 receiving yards, 11 touchdown receptions

So in other words, Hardy is about the same as three other of his teammates.  Hardy is 1,238 receiving yards shy of the East Carolina career record currently held by Dwayne Harris.


Running back Alex Singleton is gone.  Last season he was tiedfor second in touchdown rushes with 24.  The 6-foot-1, 260-pound back had just 19 in his first 3 seasons, but like I said unfortunately for Golden Hurricane fans his eligibility is up. 

The next highest totals for Tulsa last season were:

Ja’Terian Douglas: 7

Cody Green: 4

Trey Watts: 3

Trey Watts is the son of former United States Representative J.C. Watts.  While at Oklahoma, J.C. had 34 career rushing touchdowns of his own including 18 in 1980.


Speaking of players with famous fathers, junior quarterback Nick Montana is the son of Pro Football Hall of Famer and four-time Super Bowl Champion Joe Montana.  Nick played for Mount San Antonio College last season while playing for the University of Washington as a freshman.  The younger Montana threw for 22 touchdown passes and 11 interceptions last season in junior college.  The older Montana played parts or all of 15 seasons in the NFL and threw for over 11 interceptions in a season just 5 times with a career-high 16 in 1990.

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