Where will Matt Grothe's total offense rank?

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You probably know what USF quarterback Matt Grothe needs just 288 yards of total offense to break the Big East career record, which he held briefly last season before West Virginia's Pat White set the mark with 10,529 yards.

Grothe, who currently has 10,242 career yards, could easily do that in next week's opener against Wofford, and should also set USF's school record, which Marquel Blackwell set with 10,343 yards.

What's interesting is that the Big East has only played football since 1991, so many of the member schools have total offense records that predate their membership in the Big East. It's well within Grothe's range for him to finish this season as the career total offense leader for any player at any of the Big East's eight schools. Here is the all-time 10,000-yard club for those eight programs:

1. Chris Redman, Louisville (1996-99)     12,129

2. Gino Guidugli, Cincinnati (2001-04)     11,661

3. Alex Van Pelt, Pittsburgh (1989-92)    11,148

4. Brian Brohm, Louisville (2004-07)       10,819

5. Pat White, West Virginia (2005-08)     10,529

6. Dan Orlovsky, Connecticut (2001-04)  10,421

7. Marquel Blackwell, USF (1999-02)       10,343

8. Matt Grothe, USF (2006-09)                10,242

Two Big East programs have never had a player reach 10,000 yards -- Rutgers' all-time leader is Mike Teel, who left last year with 9,173 yards, and Syracuse's school record is Donovan McNabb with 9,950.

The overall NCAA record is out of reach for Grothe -- Hawaii's Timmy Chang finished his career with 16,910 yards, but if Grothe were to simply match his total offense from 2008 (3,502 yards), he would finish his college career ranked in the top five in Division I-A history. To get in that top five, he'd have to pass Houston's Kevin Kolb, who finished with 13,715.

There are names with local ties on the all-time top 10 -- Philip Rivers, who played under USF offensive coordinator Mike Canales at N.C. State and watched USF in the St. Petersburg Bowl last season, is sixth with 13,582 yards, and current Bucs quarterback Luke McCown is ninth after totaling 12,731 yards while at Louisiana Tech.

[Last modified: Thursday, May 27, 2010 7:03pm]

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