Of the 13 starting quarterbacks in the Big Sky Conference, there may not be two players more statistically different than Eastern Washington’s Jordan West and Cal Poly’s Chris Brown.
West is a 6-foot-4, 220-pound former walk-on from Maple Valley, Wash. He’s passed for more than 1,500 yards and 15 touchdowns this season to rank among the best in the country in both categories.
Brown stands 6-foot-2, 205 pounds and despite being recruited by a host of schools to play other positions coming out of Compton’s Dominquez High, he chose Cal Poly and the opportunity to play quarterback. He’s averaging more than 100 yards rushing per game and is well on his way to consecutive 1,000-yard seasons.
“I think he’s one of the most dynamic players in the country and he probably doesn’t get the respect everybody else gets,” head coach Tim Walsh said. “He’s going to rush for 1,000 yards but he’s probably only going to throw for 1,000 yards.”
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West has helped the Eagles build separation as the FCS’ top passing team with an average of more than 466 yards per game — nearly 84 yards ahead of the next-closest team. His 491-yard effort against Sacramento State was the best performance in school history.
Conversely, Brown has been the catalyst in Cal Poly leading the FCS in rushing for the third straight season. The Mustangs are averaging more than 363 yards per game and rank in the top-10 nationally in time of possession.
“They’re not just unique at what they do offensively,” EWU coach Beau Baldwin said. “They do it well.”