Boyd leads the way for the ACC in QBR

August, 27, 2013
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One of the newest statistics we are going to see more of this season is QBR, now available for you to look through on ESPN.com.

What is QBR? Here is a handy explainer. Or, in a nutshell:
The Total Quarterback Rating is a statistical measure that incorporates the contexts and details of (QB) throws and what they mean for wins. It's built from the team level down to the quarterback, where we understand first what each play means to the team, then give credit to the quarterback for what happened on that play based on what he contributed.

So rather than just looking at completions, attempts and yards, the QBR goes deeper, trying to analyze a much bigger picture for all quarterbacks.

It should come as no surprise, then, that Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd leads the way among returning ACC quarterbacks. He also leads the way as one of the top returning quarterbacks in the entire nation in this statistical category.

Boyd ranked No. 4 in QBR for 2012, just ahead of Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron. There is a big dropoff between Boyd and the other returning ACC quarterbacks. Here is a look where they ranked in QBR in 2012:
The order does not come as much of a surprise, as Boyd, Renner and Morris are considered the top three quarterbacks in the league. Once again you can see just how badly Virginia Tech needs Thomas to improve this season.

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