I know, it’s apples and oranges comparing FBS and FCS players, playing USC or LSU vs. Idaho State, but after hearing Florida QB Tim Tebow became the NCAA's first 20-20 player today, it got me thinking about the numbers Cal Poly QB Jonathan Dally put up in his first season with the Mustangs. After Saturday’s 55-7 romp of Iona College, Dally finished with a school-record 29 touchdown passes and a 12 rushing touchdowns (four shy of the school record). Forty-one TDs isn't a bad start for a JC transfer who was largely overlooked by most FBS and FCS schools for that matter.
It's a stretch, but for snits and giggles and the stat geeks in the Cal Poly crowd, here’s how Dally’s numbers look when put up against the two big-name, double-threat QBs in the Heisman Trophy conversation. Dally, for the record, is not up for the Walter Payton Award, the FCS version of the Heisman, although his favorite target Ramses Barden is - and for good reason - after catching a school-record 18 touchdowns as a junior.
- Tim Tebow, Florida
Rushing: 181 carries for 749 yards (4.1 avg) and 20 TDs
Passing: 198-289-6 (68.5 percent) for 2,870 yards and 26 TDs
Total offense: 329 yards per game
- Dennis Dixon, Oregon
Rushing: 105 carries for 583 yards (5.6 avg) and 9 TDs
Passing: 172-254-4 (67.7 percent) for 2,136 yards and 20 TDs
Total offense: 271 yards per game
- Jonathan Dally, Cal Poly
Rushing: 182 carries for 763 yards (4.2 avg) and 12 TDs
Passing: 104-192-5 (54.7 percent) for 2,238 yards and 29 TDs
Total offense: 272.8 yards per game