A sprawling list of numbers support what Air Force senior Nick Fitzgerald succinctly had to say about Colgate quarterback Gavin McCarney.
"This dude is good," said the defensive lineman.
True, McCarney plays at the Football Championship Subdivision level - but he has dominated it.
Last season McCarney had a hand in 38 touchdowns (23 rushing), and his 11.67 points per game led all FCS players. He threw for 2,372 yards, ran for 1,406 yards and powered Colgate into the nation's top five in rushing, total offense and scoring offense. The Raiders went unbeaten in the Patriot League and McCarney was the league's Offensive Player of the Year.
"He had as good a year as I've ever seen a quarterback have last year," Colgate coach Dick Biddle told the New Jersey Herald. Biddle, it should be noted, has been coaching college football since 1973, with stops as an assistant at Virginia Tech, Minnesota and Navy.
McCarney accounted for a pair of touchdowns in a 32-31 loss to Stony Brook last year. That same Stony Brook team beat Army 23-3. Army beat Air Force 41-21. It's a rather long way to go for a semi-common opponent, still, it shows this may be a team and a player that could give the Falcons fits.
Air Force seems to welcome the challenge, particularly with a number of dual-threat quarterbacks on the schedule - resuming with Utah State's Chuckie Keeton in Week 2.
"I think the difference is that he's a skill player playing at quarterback," Air Force cornerback Steffon Batts said of the 6-foot-1, 205-pound McCarney. "He's not the type of quarterback who's going to get in the open field and slide. He's going to try to make a move or run over you. So, that's the difference."
Inside linebacker Joey Nichol said the scheme against the Raiders will be pretty simple. If there's a choice between taking McCarney or a running back, the Falcons will take McCarney.
"He's their team," Nichol said. "We're very much ganged up on him."
The Falcons feature their own dual-threat QB in Kale Pearson and will see two of the nation's best in Keeton and Nevada's Cody Fajardo.
"For at least five games we're going to play guys who move well, throw well and have some experience," Air Force coach Troy Calhoun said.
Calhoun added that mobile quarterbacks are a wanted commodity - including in the NFL. He pointed to several exceptions, including Peyton Manning, but said it is the growing trend.
"There are a good number of guys who are extremely swift afoot with mobility, and it does provide a different dimension offensively," Calhoun said.
McCarney, a finalist last year for the Walter Payton Award (given to the top FCS player), told the Herald he's given a thought or two to playing in the NFL. Nothing would enhance those chances quite like an eye-opening performance Saturday against the lone Football Bowl Subdivision opponent on the schedule.
"I'm not looking too far ahead," McCarney said, "but I'd like to think I have a shot."