Eleven D2 football quarterbacks average better than 300 passing yards per game, and three of them are from the Northeast-10.
CJ Scarpa, Yianni Gavalas, and Ajee Patterson each rank in the D2 football passing yards top ten, and all three have been outstanding this season. Which of them is the best? We'll let you decide.
The only way to vote is the poll at the bottom of the page. We'll leave it open until Friday at 1 p.m. Eastern, at which time we'll announce a winner on our D2 football Twitter page (@HEROSportsD2FB).[divider]
CJ Scarpa – Merrimack
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CJ Scarpa threw the ball 73 times in the Warriors' season-opening loss to Bryant. He completed 41 of them for 469 yards, four touchdowns, and one interception in the 49-41 loss. In the two games since, he hasn't slowed down much. Scarpa has thrown the ball 167 times in three games this year — 19 more than any other D2 quarterback.
That's a big part of the reason he's one of just two D2 quarterbacks averaging better than 400 passing yards per game. [divider]
Scarpa has the volume stats, but Gavalas is all about efficiency. Actually… Gavalas kind of has both.
The LIU-Post signal-caller averages 361.3 passing yards per game, and has completed 76.47 percent of his passes — best of any D2 quarterback who has attempted at least 20 passes per game. He also leads the division in total touchdown passes, with 12 to his credit after three games (along with just one interception).
Gavalas has his new team out to a 3-0 start, which included an impressive 405-yard, four-touchdown, zero-interception day in a one-point win over New Haven in Week 2. [divider]
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New Haven's senior quarterback has been outstanding this season. He ranks in the top ten in the division in passing yards per game (315) and leads the conference in yards per attempt (10.5).
He played a fantastic game against Yianni Gavalas' Pioneers in Week 2, completing 22-of-36 passes for 310 yards, two touchdowns, and no interceptions in the 35-34 loss. He even led his team on what would have been the game-winning drive, if the special teams unit had converted a 27-yard field goal as the clock expired.
Patterson will have plenty more chances to prove himself in the coming weeks. [divider]