Big 12: Dan LeFevour

Four Big 12 players rank among top nine in TD responsibility

May, 27, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

A long time ago when I was growing up, I always waited for the Street & Smith baseball yearbook to turn up at the magazine section of my neighborhood drug store.

Back in those pre-internet days, this book was the personal bible for all things about major league baseball for me and my friends.

The book had two must-have items that I waited for every year. One were the neat diagrams of major league parks with the longest home runs in history mapped out.

And the other item I couldn't wait to see were the career lists among baseball players -- both active and retired.

We couldn't find that information at the drop of a keystroke. I think that's what helped developed my interest in numbers and sports.

And it also gave me an extreme appreciation for similar career lists, like the one that the NCAA compiles for active football players.

After the defections of several players, four of the top nine current career players in terms of touchdowns responsibility are among Big 12 quarterbacks who will be back for the 2009 season. No other conference has more than two players among the list of top 10 players on the list.

As you can see, Texas' Colt McCoy ranks third in career touchdowns responsibility with 102, followed by Oklahoma's Sam Bradford in fourth place. Kansas' Todd Reesing is in sixth place and Oklahoma State's Zac Robinson ranks in ninth place.

Here's a look at the current statistics.

Player Games TDR TDP TTD Plays Plays/TD TD/G
Tim Tebow, Florida 41 43 67 110 1156 10.51 2.68
Dan LeFevour, Central Michigan 39 32 74 106 1795 16.93 2.72
Colt McCoy, Texas 39 17 85 102 1493 14.64 2.62
Sam Bradford, Oklahoma 28 5 86 91 897 9.86 3.25
Tim Hiller, Western Michigan 32 4 76 80 1219 15.24 2.50
Todd Reesing, Kansas 29 9 68 77 1196 15.53 2.66
Case Keenum, Houston 26 16 58 74 665 8.99 2.85
Matt Grothe, South Florida 39 23 47 70 1611 23.01 1.79
Zac Robinson, Oklahoma State 33 18 51 69 1013 14.68 2.09
Max Hall, BYU 26 5 61 66 1090 16.52 2.54

Legend: G, games; TDR, rushing touchdowns; TDP, touchdown passes; TTD, total touchdowns; PLAYS, offensive plays; Plays/TD, plays per touchdown; TD/G, touchdowns per game.

Note: Lewis' total touchdowns include one TD reception. Source: NCAA, ESPN.com research

Big 12 claims three of top five active leaders in TD passes

April, 8, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Will offenses dominate again in the Big 12 next season as they did in 2008?

Perhaps the best reason I expect to see a similar onslaught of big numbers is by examining the NCAA's touchdown passes leaders for quarterbacks who will be returning in 2009. Three of the top five returnees are from the Big 12.

Here's a list of the top 10 active leaders in career touchdown passes who will be coming back for the 2009 season.

Top-10 active leaders in career TD passes
Name School TD passes Games Attempts TD/game TD%
Sam Bradford Oklahoma 86 28 824 3.07 10.44
Colt McCoy Texas 85 33 1175 2.58 7.23
Tim Hiller Western Michigan 76 32 1093 2.38 6.95
Dan LeFevour Central Michigan 74 39 1307 1.90 5.66
Todd Reesing Kansas 68 29 965 2.34 7.05
Tim Tebow Florida 67 41 681 1.63 9.84
Rusty Smith Florida Atlantic 62 38 1108 1.63 5.60
Max Hall BYU 61 26 973 2.35 6.27
Trevor Vittatoe UTEP 58 24 825 2.42 7.03
Case Keenum Houston 58 26 862 2.23 6.73
Note: Touchdown percentage is determined by touchdown passes per 100 attempts. Source: ESPN.com research

Bradford's blistering start in the first two seasons of his career leaves him only 52 touchdown passes from tying Graham Harrell's career FBS record of 138 touchdown passes. He could come close to breaking that record this season if he remains healthy. But a more likely scenario is that it might take him a little more than one season to break Harrell's career TD pass standard.

Would that be enough to convince him to return for a senior season in 2010? Probably not, although most observers were surprised to see him come back for his junior season.

So coming back for a senior season might not be a stretch for Bradford, either.

Particularly if he realizes his chance to make history.

Five questions for Oklahoma State

July, 31, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Oklahoma State will be the first team to begin fall practice as the Cowboys start work late this afternoon to improve on last season's 7-6 record.

Last season was highlighted by Mike Gundy's rant at an Oklahoma City newspaper columnist as much as anything the Cowboys achieved on the field. Even after finishing with an impressive 49-33 victory over Indiana in the Insight.com Bowl, the season was marked as much with close divisional losses against Texas and Texas A&M that ultimately kept them out of title contention.

Gundy has his work cut out this summer. Here are some of questions as the Cowboys start work.

1. How will the new combination of offensive coordinators replace Larry Fedora?

The Cowboys' former offensive coordinator left for the head coaching job at Southern Mississippi after last season. He will be replaced by Gunter Brewer and Trooper Taylor. Gundy promises no major changes in offensive philosophy. It will be interesting if the Cowboys can maintain their proficiency that enabled them to average 200 yards rushing and passing in each of the last two seasons.

2. Who will emerge as the featured running threat?

Dantrell Savage is gone, but Kendall Hunter is back as the leading returning rusher. Will Savage be able to withstand a charge from heralded junior-college transfer Beau Johnson for the starting job?

3. Can a backup quarterback be found? - Zac Robinson is one of the nation's most productive players, one of only tthree players along with Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow and Central Michigan's Dan LeFevour to pass for more than 2,800 yards and rush for 800 yards last season. But the Cowboys are sunk if Robinson is injured, unless either Alex Cate or Brandon Weeden really emeges during training camp.

4. Can playmakers be found to replace Adarius Bowman and Savage? - The Cowboys will be missing their top rushing and receiving threats. It will be important for Dez Bryant to emerge as a go-to receiving threat without Bowman. And whoever emerges at running back will struggle to replace Savage, who led the Big 12 in rushing in conference games and finished with 1,272 rushing yards last season.

5. Will six junior-college transfers really make a difference on defense? DE Jeremiah Price, DT Swanson Miller, DT Chris Donaldson, LB Daniel Booker, FS Lucien Antoine and CB Maurice Gray are counted to crack the two-deep roster. All but Booker participated in spring drills. If some step up it will vindicate the gamble that Gundy made in the heavy infusion of junior-college players.

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