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Friday, October 16, 2009
Taylor vs. Nesbitt

By staff

Posted by's Heather Dinich

Virginia Tech quarterback Tyrod Taylor and Georgia Tech quarterback Josh Nesbitt have both been very good this season on third and long. They rank first and second in the country in pass efficiency on third and 7+ yards.

Here is how the two quarterbacks matchup statistically, thanks to a breakdown by ESPN Stats & Information:

Best pass efficiency on 3rd and 7+ yards (min 20 att)
Player School Pass eff
Tyrod Taylor Va Tech 223.1
Josh Nesbitt Ga Tech 185.8
Nathan Enderle Idaho 174.8
Thaddeus Lewis Duke 168.8
Jake Locker Washington 167.1

Taylor vs. Nesbitt on 3rd and 7+ yards
Taylor Nesbitt
13-23 Comp-Att 11-21
13.0 Yds per att 12.1
4-0 TD-Int 2-0
223.1 Pass eff 185.8

Here's a look at how Taylor has improved in throwing passes longer than 15 yards from the first three games to the past three games:

Taylor's passes thrown 15+ yards
First 3 games Last 3 games
Comp-Att 6-17 13-20
Yards 229 400
TD 1 5

Taylor's success down the field can be attributed to two receivers, Jarrett Boykin and Danny Coale. On the flip side, Taylor has had almost no success throwing deep to Dyrell Roberts and Xavier Boyce.

Taylor's passes of 15+ yards, by target
Boykin/Coale Roberts/Boyce
Comp-Att 13-15 2-17
Yards per att 32.3 2.5
TD-Int 5-0 1-0