5 QB’s of the 4,000-Yard Club Return in 2022
In 2021, college football saw several quarterbacks throw for over 4,000 yards. The majority of those return in 2022.
Sam Hartman, Wake Forest
The Demon Deacons won a division title and finished the 2021 season ranked in the Top 10 with an 11–3 record.
Hartman led an offense that scored 41 points per game as he passed for 4228 yards, 39 touchdowns, and 14 INTs.
But he struggled at times as he completed 58% of his passes, and he had three
games in which he completed less than 50% of his passes.
Hartman averaged 302 yards per game, ranking him #11 in the FBS. He posted five games of over 300 yards passing and 2 games over 400 yards passing. Seven times he threw 3 touchdown passes in a game and he threw 5 TDs in a game twice.
Wake Forest returns 9 starters on offense, including their top 3 receivers. A.T. Perry caught 71 of Hartman’s passes for 1293 yards and 15 touchdowns.
Jake Haener, Fresno State
Haener ranked #8 in the FBS at 315 yards passing per game. He threw for 4096 yards, 33 TDs, only 9 INTs (in 490 attempts) and completed 67% of his passes.
He produced seven games of over 300 yards passing, 3 games with 3 passing TDs and 2 games with 4 passing TDs. He threw 5 TD passes in a 38–30 win over UNLV.
In 6 games last season, Haener completed 70%+ of his passes.
Fresno State returns their top 2 receivers in Jalen Cropper and Josh Kelly. They combined for 137 catches, 1577 yards and 14 touchdowns.
Bryce Young, Alabama
The Crimson Tide made it to yet another national championship game, coming up short in a loss to the Georgia Bulldogs.
Bryce Young turned in a stellar 2021 season on his way to winning the Heisman Trophy. He was the first Crimson Tide quarterback to ever win the award.
Young passed for 4872 yards, 47 TDs, and just 7 INTs (in 547 attempts). He completed 66% of his passes and ranked #7 in the FBS at 324 passing yards per game.
He produced eight 300-yard passing games, including four in a row.
Young threw for 421 yards and 3 touchdowns in a win over Georgia in the SEC Championship Game. He passed for 559 yards and 5 TDs in a 42–35 win over Arkansas.
Alabama lost a lot of production at the wide receiver position with John Metchie and Jameson Williams moving on to the NFL. But the cupboard is not totally bare.
TE Cameron Latu is the top returning receiver from last season’s roster. Latu hauled in 26 catches for 410 yards and 8 TDs. The Tide also returns Ja’Corey Brooks (2 TDs). From the transfer portal, Alabama picked up WR Jermaine Burton (26 catches, 497 yards, 5 TDs) from Georgia.
Will Rogers, Mississippi State
In the Air Raid offense, Rogers threw the ball 683 times. He completed 505 passes (73%) for 4739 yards, 36 TDs, and only 9 INTs. Those numbers were good enough for #4 in the FBS, averaging 364 yards per game.
Rogers threw at least one TD pass in 12 of 13 games. He completed 70% of his passes five times and 80% of his throws three times.
In a 31–17 win over Kentucky, Rogers completed 36 of 39 passes (92%) for 344 yards and a touchdown.
He threw multiple touchdowns in 10 of 13 games:
- 4 games with 3 TDs
- 2 games with 4 TDs
- 6 TDs in 43–34 win over Auburn
- 5 TDs in 55–10 win over Tennessee St.
Rogers recorded seven games of 300 yards passing and four games with 400 yards passing.
The Bulldogs return 4 of their top 5 receivers. That’s 2169 yards and 14 TDs combined going into the 2022 season.
Brennan Armstrong, Virginia
As team captain, Armstrong turned in a record-setting year for the Cavaliers in 2021. He set the following single-season records:
- 4449 passing yards
- 31 TDs
- 500 pass attempts
- 554 passing yards vs North Carolina
- 5 passing touchdowns vs Illinois
He completed 65% of his passes, earning 3rd team All-ACC.
Armstrong produced 3 games with 4 passing TDs, 4 games of over 300 yards passing and 5 games of over 400 yards passing.
Armstrong will have his two top receivers back from last year in Dontayvion Wicks (57 catches, 1203 yards, 9 TDs, 21-yard average) and Keytaon Thompson (77 catches, 973 yards, 2 TDs).
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Material for this article was sourced from cfbstats.com and Athlon’s College Football Preview Magazine, Vol.28/2022.