College Football Stats: Top 10 Passing Yard Leaders, 2023

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Who doesn’t love to see a football driven 60 yards downfield for a big play? College football is positively bursting with a plethora of passers, resulting in some incredible aerial offenses.

The top 10 passing yard leaders showcase the most prolifically productive passers so far in the 2023 college football season.

College Football Stats: Top 10 Passing Yard Leaders

All stats provided by CFB Stats and correct as the close of college football Week 2. Looking for more college football stats? Check out the Top 10 Rushing Yard Leaders and Top 10 Receiving Yard Leaders

1) Brayden Schager, Hawaii

Season passing yards: 972 | Yards per attempt: 7.6 | Season passing touchdowns: 10

The college football record books are littered with Hawaii Rainbow Warrior QBs, and with one of the Rainbow Warriors’ most productive passers now at the helm, it’s no surprise to see Brayden Schager heading up the top passing yard leaders through Week 2. Schager led the Rainbow Warriors to a first win of the season with a 31-20 victory over Albany.

2) Shedeur Sanders, Colorado

Season passing yards: 903 | Yards per attempt: 10.1 | Season passing touchdowns: 6

Shedeur Sanders followed up his FBS debut with another consummate performance and a second win of the season for Colorado against bitter rival Nebraska. Sanders’ 393 passing yards and two touchdowns was enough to take him into second amongst passing yard leaders through Week 2.

3) Caleb Williams, USC

Season passing yards: 878 | Yards per attempt: 12.5 | Season passing touchdowns: 12

The reigning Heisman Trophy winner is three games deep into his 2023 campaign and shows no sign of stopping shredding opposition defenses. Caleb Williams added another 281 yards to his résumé, completing all but two of his 21 attempts in a 56-10 win over Stanford. The USC star is averaging 12.5 yards per attempt, by far the best in the nation.

4) Michael Penix Jr., Washington

Season passing yards: 859 | Yards per attempt: 11.0 | Season passing touchdowns: 8

The Pac-12 really is the place to find the best quarterbacks in the country this fall, and Michael Penix Jr. is another passer from the soon-to-be-defunct conference who is entrenched among the passing yard leaders. Penix and Washington tore apart Tulsa to the tune of 409 yards and three touchdowns in Week 2.

5) AJ Swann, Vanderbilt

Season passing yards: 766 | Yards per attempt: 7.8 | Season passing touchdowns: 8

Like Williams and Schager above him on the passing yard leaders list, AJ Swann has an additional game to pad his résumé compared to some other QBs, but that doesn’t make the sophomore passer’s accomplishments any less impressive. After a difficult opening drive against Wake Forest, Swann and Vanderbilt rallied to 314 yards in Week 2.

6) Sam Hartman, Notre Dame

Season passing yards: 731 | Yards per attempt: 11.4 | Season passing touchdowns: 12

With his magnificent beard and hair combination clearly giving him a competitive advantage, Sam Hartman has begun his Notre Dame career in fantastic fashion. Even in tough weather conditions in Week 2, he put up 286 yards and four touchdowns to guide the Fighting Irish past NC State, 45-24.

7) Diego Pavia, New Mexico State

Season passing yards: 715 | Yards per attempt: 10.5 | Season passing touchdowns: 6

Although he couldn’t lead the New Mexico State Aggies to a win over Liberty this time around, Diego Pavia maintains his standing among the passing yard leaders through Week 2 of the 2023 college football season. In addition to his 150 passing yards, he rushed for 63 yards in the 33-17 defeat to their CUSA foe.

8) Spencer Rattler, South Carolina

Season passing yards: 698 | Yards per attempt: 10.6 | Season passing touchdowns: 3

A porous offensive line thwarted Spencer Rattler’s season-opener against North Carolina but when five pass rushers don’t immediately engulf him, the South Carolina QB is as talented as they come. Against Furman in Week 2 he completed all but two of his 27 attempts, tallying 345 passing yards while accounting for four total touchdowns.

9) Hank Bachmeier, Louisiana Tech

Season passing yards: 684 | Yards per attempt: 7.2 | Season passing touchdowns: 3

With Louisiana Tech running wild on the ground in Week 2 behind freshman Keith Willis Jr., Hank Bachmeier was limited to 110 passing yards and one touchdown. However, the former Boise State talent remains within the passing yard leaders after impressing in the Bulldogs’ early encounters.

10) Jacob Zeno, UAB

Season passing yards: 676 | Yards per attempt: 8.0 | Season passing touchdowns: 5

Although they came out on the wrong side of a 49-35 shootout with Georgia Southern, UAB was able to go toe-to-toe for the most part, thanks to the arm talent of Jacob Zeno. The former Baylor QB went 33/43, with 385 passing yards, and three total touchdowns. It was his second consecutive game, completing over 75% of his pass attempts.

The rest of the country’s passing yard leaders are all below.

1Brayden SchagerHawaii31288062.59727.6105144.26
2Shedeur SandersColorado2896977.590310.160185.01
3Caleb WilliamsUSC3705578.687812.5120240.5
4Michael Penix Jr.Washington2785773.18591181196.87
5AJ SwannVanderbilt3986061.27667.883147.69
6Sam HartmanNotre Dame364487573111.4100222.5
7Diego PaviaNew Mexico St3684464.771510.564170.4
8Spencer RattlerSouth Carolina2665583.369810.630187.17
9Hank BachmeierLouisiana Tech3956467.46847.232134.06
10Jacob ZenoUAB2847184.5676851169.38
11Cameron WardWashington St2815770.46638.250159.49
12Bo NixOregon2715577.56469.150177.14
13Jayden de LauraArizona2705071.4627955155.95
14Tyler ShoughTexas Tech2875563.26207.164136.64
15Jayden DanielsLSU2614065.661510.161179.44
16Quinn EwersTexas2684363.2609960167.59
17Haynes KingGeorgia Tech2614065.66039.971183.19
18Jaxson DartOle Miss25035706011261206.57
19Mikey KeeneFresno State2835465.15897.162143.71
19Austin ReedWestern Kentucky2835667.55897.160150.94
21Keyone JenkinsFIU2623556.55839.433141.73
22Carson BeckGeorgia2614472.15779.531164.54
23Tyler Van DykeMiami (Fl)2523873.157511.161200.2
24Seth HeniganMemphis2654873.85738.842162.06
25Conner WeigmanTexas A&M2764964.55727.572152.83
26Noah KimMichigan St2533667.957110.850189.56
27Davis BrinGeorgia So2836578.35626.842146.27
28J.J. McCarthyMichigan2554887.355810.150202.49
29Chevan CordeiroSan Jose State3915459.35556.150128.7
30John Rhys PlumleeUCF2543870.455310.234159.91
31JT DanielsRice2684261.85508.143140.3
32Will HowardKansas State2583967.25479.452168.01
32Taulia TagovailoaMaryland2694768.15477.942148.05
34Garrett ShraderSyracuse2543768.554310.151179.84
35Chandler MorrisTCU2725069.45427.542145.45
36Devin LearyKentucky2694260.95407.852144.72
37Grayson McCallCoastal Carolina2714867.65397.622135.05
38Drew AllarPenn State2554378.25299.640182.97
39Graham MertzFlorida2614573.85268.621153.74
40Mitch GriffisWake Forest2563664.35259.451168.94
41Cade KlubnikClemson2805568.85246.652139.4
42E.J. WarnerTemple2954850.55225.532102.9
43Jordan TravisFlorida State2603863.35178.661165.38
44TJ FinleyTexas State2603863.35098.530151.09
45Ben WooldridgeLouisiana2683957.45087.551141.43
46Hudson CardPurdue2644062.55027.820138.7
47Preston StoneSMU2824959.84986.141124.43
48Kyle McCordOhio State2533464.24979.431157.83
49Jack PlummerLouisville2533464.24949.343156.04
49Gavin HardisonUTEP3674465.74947.444135.36
49Grant WellsVirginia Tech2623353.2494852140.32
52Kedon SlovisBYU2654264.64937.641145.56
52Donovan SmithHouston2764660.54936.541129.76
54Dillon GabrielOklahoma2493877.64849.960200.94
55Drake MayeNorth Carolina2624572.64777.722141.41
56Emory JonesCincinnati2493775.54709.671199.14
57Dequan FinnToledo2533667.94688.851169.46
58Tanner MordecaiWisconsin27149694676.622127.93
59Rocky LombardiNorthern Ill.2663654.5462713109.26
60Casey ThompsonFAU2674364.24606.953137.52
61Cole SnyderBuffalo2715070.44596.550147.97
62Jalen MilroeAlabama24527604491052171.6
62Joey AguilarAppalachian St2563358.9449861158.07
64Carter BradleyUSA2564275448823143.27
65Cam FancherMarshall2634368.34467.111129.78
66Jalen MaydenSan Diego State3845059.54455.333108.66
67Dante MooreUCLA2392461.543311.151191.99
68Brett GabbertMiami (Oh)2432455.84291042161.02
68Joe Milton IIITennessee2634266.74296.840144.82
70Frank HarrisUTSA2734460.34235.823109.77
71Billy WilesSouthern Miss2623251.64216.832118.17
72Kaidon SalterLiberty2452657.84199.340165.32
73Brennan ArmstrongNC State2733953.44155.723102
74Luke AltmyerIllinois2543768.54087.633139.21
75Jaden RashadaArizona St2603456.74036.731126.26
76Garrett GreeneWest Virginia2452657.84028.940162.15
77Phil JurkovecPittsburgh2552749.13937.140133.11
78Connor BazelakBowling Green2492959.2390833134
79Will RogersMississippi St2463371.73898.550178.65
79Anthony ColandreaVirginia2332266.738911.821179.63
81Taylen GreenBoise State2582848.33886.723105.52
81Dylan HopkinsNew Mexico2412868.33889.542170.21
83KJ JeffersonArkansas2423173.83829.150189.5
84Brady CookMissouri2403177.53769.430181.21
85Jordan McCloudJames Madison2422764.33688.830161.46
86Gunnar WatsonTroy2543157.43656.852137.33
87Byrum BrownUSF2683551.53635.342109.84
88Gavin WimsattRutgers25027543617.220127.85
89Carlos DavisUMass24028703508.840176.5
89Andrew PeasleyWyoming2502958350751145.8
91DJ UiagaleleiOregon State2382873.73469.150193.58
92Nicholas VattiatoMiddle Tenn.2684363.2341531116.99
92Grant WilsonODU2442659.13417.861164.64
94Thomas CastellanosBoston College2513058.83396.641136.61
95Cooper LegasUtah State2644671.93385.331128.58
96Darren GraingerGeorgia St2463167.43377.330150.45
97Sawyer RobertsonBaylor24018453318.30399.51
98Ben FinleyCalifornia2453168.93237.211132.08
99Michael AlaimoKent State2482347.93196.60295.42
100Rocco BechtIowa State2573357.93165.531118.33