Senior quarterback Ryan Colburn leads the WAC and ranks second in the NCAA in passing efficiency 208.1. Northwestern's Dan Persa leads the nation at 212.35. Colburn opened his senior season with an impressive performance that included matching his career- high with four touchdown passes. He connected with four different receivers for the scores in the game.
Colburn is the latest in a long line of great quarterbacks to wear the Bulldog jersey. Entering his second year as the starting quarterback, Colburn has been named to the Manning and Unitas Award watch lists. In 2009, Colburn was ranked No. 20 in the NCAA in passing efficiency last season (143.71).
He has thrown 16 touchdowns and only five interceptions over his last 10 games dating back 2009. Colburn directed an offense that ranked No. 14 in the NCAA in scoring (33.85) and 17th in total offense (430.54).
Fresno State is well known for producing top notch quarterbacks. Some the best to come out of Fresno include, Kevin Sweeney, Mark Barsotti, Billy Volek, David Carr, Trent Dilfer, Paul Pinegar and Tom Brandstater.
Volek (San Diego Chargers), Carr (San Francisco 49ers) and Brandstater (New York Giants) are still playing in the NFL. Dilfer currently works for ESPN as a football analysts and recently was at Bulldog Stadium as a part of the broadcast.