2011 End Of-Season QB Power Poll Column 1 Column 2 Column 3 Column 4 Column 5 Column 6 Rank Player Team (Career)Season Stats Reasoning Trending 1 David Isabelle UAB (163.9)178.4 QB Rating (311/559)160/268 (6158)3121 Yards (46/32)23/10 TD/INT (55.6)59.7 Comp % (3)1 Rush TD Isabelle the Impact Junior from UAB finishes the year at the top of the C-USA QB Power Rankings. He’s the highest rated QB in the conference at 79 OVR is mobile (78 SPD/AGI 82 ACC) and has a strong (87 THP) and accurate arm(84 THA). He finished 2nd in passing yards, and QB Rating, 1st in TD’s and 3rd in Completion % in the C-USA. His only glaring weakness is his propensity to hold the ball as he led the nation by 8 sacks taken with 50. I’m sure that’s something he hopes to improve on along with UAB’s record but he’s the odds on favorite to start at the top of the 2012 Power Rankings. 2 Ryan Aplin Arkansas State (127.4)151.5 QB Rating (357/655)206/328 (5037)2845 Yards (31/24)20/7 TD/INT (54.5)62.8 Comp % (2)1 Rush TD Aplin is another Junior Impact Player in the C-USA. He maximizes his ability as he doesn’t have the greatest size(6’1), arm(84 THP/86 THA) or athletic ability(77 SPD/86 ACC/72 AGI). What he does posses is above average decision making as his 20/7 TD/INT led the C-USA at nearly 3:1. His Completion % was 2nd in the conference at 62% and he finished 2nd in completion by 1 in nearly 100 less pass attempts. There’s nothing flashy about Aplin but the Captain of the Red Wolves is clearly the team leader. 3 Chris Masson UL-Lafayette (139.9)133.6 QB Rating (350/694)186/363 (6108)3028 Yards (52/32)22/14 TD/INT (50.4)51.2 Comp % (2)1 Rush TD Masson is the first Senior QB on this list and he looks every bit of those years with the most impressive beard in the conference. He’s one of the more highly rated QB’s in the conference at 77 OVR and excel’s with the most accurate arm in conference(86 OVR). In Coach Snoopys Air Raid attack he was asked to air it out often throwing the ball 2nd most in conference and completing the 3rd most passes. He finished 2nd in conference with 22 TD passes. So long Chris Masson your beard will be missed. 4 Kawaun "JQwon" Jakes Western Kentucky (129.2)147.3 QB Rating (248/486)186/333 (4256)3211 Yards (22/25)19/14 TD/INT (51.0)55.9 QB Rating (7)3 Rush TD The controversial real “JQwon” is probably controversially rated #3 in this poll. He’s really more of a WR playing QB but that’s the kind of BS you can get by with in our shitty conference. He’s easily one of the most athletic QB’s in the nation with breakaway speed(89 SPD/86 ACC). His limiting ability is his noodle arm(74 THP/70 THA) which is fairly problematic for a QB. He launched an uncharacteristic amount of passes for someone of his caliber and led the conference with 3211 yards, firing the 3rd most attempts at 333 and completing the 3rd most passes at 186. He was one of the only QB’s with positive rushing totals since the game subtracts out sacks but he’s clearly playing a part in the WKU running game as well finding the end zone 3 times this year. 5 Jeff Fischer Utah State 154.9 QB Rating 134/252 2489 Yards 21/11 TD/INT 53.2 Comp % Fischer’s ranking on this list is more a reflection on Coach Steamers ability to manage QB talent than it is on Fischer’s ability(65 OVR 72 SPD 75 THP/73 THA). He basically has limited skills and can hardly see over the pocket at 5’11 so it’s even more miraculous to see him throw 21 TD passes and have a QB Rating of 154.9 placing him 3rd in the conference in each category. Sadly for Steamer it looks like he’s going to have another year of the Jeff Fischer extravaganza. 6 Alex Carder Western Michigan (179.4)194.4 QB Rating (255/431)115/170 (4970)2197 Yards (42/19)13/6 TD/INT (59.2)67.6 Comp % 1 Rush TD Carder was really limited this year by the fact that the Broncos really never needed to pass and were consistently blowing out opponents. When asked to pass he excelled with a 194.4 QB Rating, which was good enough to lead the nation. His 67% Completion % was good enough for 3rd in the nation. While his counting stats weren’t great his per attempt #’s were. He’s got one of the top tier arms in the conference with 85 THP and 81 THA but is limited athletically. He’ll be back for 2012 hoping to help the Broncos repeat as C-USA East Champs. 7 Spencer Keith Kent State (115)132.1 QB Rating (246/541)145/281 (4180)2364 Yards (21/22)12/6 TD/INT (45.5)51.6 Comp % (1)0 Rush TD Keith might be in line for the most improved QB in the conference as he improved on some abysmal #’s from last season. He upped his completion % from 38.8% to 51.6. He improved his horrendous TD/INT ratio from 9/16 to 12/6. He was sacked 34 times in 2010 and was only brought down 15 times this season. All that led to a much improved season for the Golden Flashes and Keith will be back for 2012 assuming he isn’t hanging out with Adam Collins this off-season. 8 Trent Steelman Army (116.6)116.5 QB Rating (364/719)207/411 (5329)3021 Yards (28/33)17/19 TD/INT (50.6)50.4 Comp % (3)1 Rush TD I’m really confused as to why Steelman was asked to air it out 411 times last season. But never the less he was and he wasn’t very successful only completing 50% of them and throwing 2 more INT’s than TD’s. He is an Impact Player with good legs and a decent arm so it’s up to new Army Coach GStang86 to turn around his college career. 9 Brian Reader Idaho 120.5 QB Rating 142/285 2141 Yards 15/14 TD/INT 49.7 Comp % Reader clearly limited Coach CenTech’s offense this season and he might be glad to see him off as talented Freshman Marcus Butler is waiting in the wings. Coach CenTech told me that his biggest problem with Reader is that” he couldn’t outrun a Irishman to a potato patch”. I’m not really sure what to take from that but I’m going to assume he’s slow. He will miss his decent arm as he said “Reader’s got the best arm West of the Mississippi”. God Bless Idaho and their awe inspiring hyperboles and metaphors. 10 Cody Wells UL-Monroe (108.7) 112 QB Rating (172/388)127/274 (2768)1980 Yards (18/21)12/13 TD/INT (44.3)46.4 Comp % Wells was stuck piloting an 0-12 team which can’t possibly be fun. The only bright spot is after limited playing time in 2010 he did improve from his poor debut season. With no coach to lead them in 2012 the outlook is poor for his continued success. 11 Brett Burnette MidTenn State 126.4)114 QB Rating (95/177)52/104 (1360)667 Yards (8/6)5/3 TD/INT (53.7)50 Comp % 1 Rush TD After winning the conference last season MTSU fell to 2-9 this season. It’s hard to really blame Burnette as he was hardly on the field this season. He’s a guy that could definitely shoot up these rankings under new Coach TimRoy. Burnette just needs to stay on the field next season has he has a decent amount of talent surrounding him. 12 DeVontae Payne Eastern Michigan (69.3)74 QB Rating (163/454)109/279 (1949)1267 Yards (9/21)7/16 TD/INT (35.9)39.1 Comp % (3)0 Rush TD Oh poor Crumb. Payne is the worst QB in our sad sad conference at 59 OVR. His throw accuracy is poor at 68. He posses adequate athletic ability but not enough to threaten anybody. He has the size to be a great QB but none of the tools. If those reasons aren’t enough for him to be at the bottom of this list the whole having no talent around him hurts him as well. His only saving grace is he improved from last season and has two more years to climb up the ladder. Expect dynamic Ohio State transfer James Jackson to give him a legitimate weapon lining up all over the field.