December 7, 2023

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FCS Football: Highest Graded Returning Quarterbacks In 2023

We utilized the Pro Football Focus (PFF) database and grading system to take a look at the highest-graded returning quarterbacks across FCS football entering the 2023 season.

Each player’s PFF Grade represents their overall offensive grade from the 2022 season, including postseason games. Quarterbacks who played 20% of the minimum number of snaps were included in the rankings below. All rankings and statistics were gathered using the Pro Football Focus database. 

*NOTE: These rankings are not the official Bluebloods FCS Positional Rankings For The 2023 Season*

1. Theo Day (Northern Iowa)

PFF Offensive Grade: 93.7 

2022 Statistics: 65% comp, 3,128 passing yards, 26 passing touchdowns, 6 interceptions, 4 rushing touchdowns

2. Matthew Sluka (Holy Cross)

PFF Offensive Grade: 91.6

2022 Statistics: 57% comp, 2,515 passing yards, 26 passing touchdowns, 1,021 rushing yards, 10 rushing touchdowns

RELATED: Matthew Sluka (Holy Cross; QB) Interview

T-3. Parker McKinney (Eastern Kentucky)

PFF Offensive Grade: 91.1

2022 Statistics: 68% comp, 3,947 passing yards, 33 passing touchdowns, 354 rushing yards, 8 rushing touchdowns

T-3. Gevani McCoy (Idaho)

PFF Offensive Grade: 91.1

2022 Statistics: 69% comp, 2,727 passing yards, 27 passing touchdowns, 7 interceptions, 3 rushing touchdowns

RELATED: Gevani McCoy Talks Winning Jerry Rice Award

T-3. Davius Richard (North Carolina Central)

PFF Offensive Grade: 91.1

2022 Statistics: 64% comp, 2,661 passing yards, 25 passing touchdowns, 788 rushing yards, 15 rushing touchdowns



6. Darius Wilson (William & Mary)

PFF Offensive Grade: 90.6

2022 Statistics: 63% comp, 2,252 passing yards, 16 passing touchdowns, 534 rushing yards, 4 rushing touchdowns

7. Mark Gronowski (South Dakota State)

PFF Offensive Grade: 90.5

2022 Statistics: 65% comp, 2,967 passing yards, 26 passing touchdowns, 408 rushing yards, 12 rushing touchdowns

8. Blake Stenstrom (Princeton)

PFF Offensive Grade: 90.4

2022 Statistics: 69% comp, 2,742 passing yards, 16 passing touchdowns, 5 interceptions, 3 rushing touchdowns

T-9. Tommy Mellott (Montana State)

PFF Offensive Grade: 87.9

2022 Statistics: 61% comp, 1,723 passing yards, 10 passing touchdowns, 1,061 rushing yards, 13 rushing touchdowns

T-9. Cole Doyle (Saint Francis)

PFF Offensive Grade: 87.9

2022 Statistics: 65% comp, 1,931 passing yards, 21 passing touchdowns, 310 rushing yards, 1 rushing touchdown



11. Dante Chachere (Portland State)

PFF Offensive Grade: 87.0

2022 Statistics: 60% comp, 1,956 passing yards, 19 passing touchdowns, 609 rushing yards, 7 rushing touchdowns

12. Nolan Grooms (Yale)

PFF Offensive Grade: 85.3

2022 Statistics: 58% comp, 1,660 passing yards, 14 passing touchdowns, 745 rushing yards, 6 rushing touchdowns

13. Michael Hiers (Samford)

PFF Offensive Grade: 84.7

2022 Statistics: 77% comp, 3,544 passing yards, 36 passing touchdowns, 4 interceptions, 4 rushing touchdowns

RELATED: Michael Hiers (Samford; QB) Interview

14. Mitch Davidson (Youngstown State)

PFF Offensive Grade: 83.2

2022 Statistics: 59% comp, 1,613 passing yards, 12 passing touchdowns, 1 interception, 4 rushing touchdowns

15. Max Brosmer (New Hampshire)

PFF Offensive Grade: 82.4

2022 Statistics: 63% comp, 3,154 passing yards, 27 passing touchdowns, 8 interceptions, 2 rushing touchdowns



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6 thoughts on “FCS Football: Highest Graded Returning Quarterbacks In 2023

  1. Tommy Schuster in 2022: 68.7 pct 2728 yds 20 tds 5 ints 147 rating. Returning next season. Please explain how he can’t make this list of Aidan Boumann. What a joke. Nice list.

    1. These rankings are only PFF’s season grade for all the FCS players. The official positional rankings for the publication will be released later this offseason.

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