4. Casey Therriault, Jackson State (2010-11)
Casey Therriault showed up at Jackson State in 2010 as a bit of an unknown. He had just wrapped up his career at Grand Rapids Community College where he passed for 2,169 yards and 24 touchdowns his final season while leading the team to a 9-2 record and berth in the junior college National Final. No schools called Casey and it appeared that his career was over until he got a call from Jackson State. Therriault went from unknown to Big Man on campus in year one at JSU.
In 2010 Therriaut would rack up over 3,600 total yards and 41 total touchdowns in his first season on his way to SWAC Newcomer of the Year honors and 1st Team ALL-SWAC accolades. He was second nationally in the Football Championship Subdivision in passing yards and total offense, leading Jackson State to an 8-3 record and a share of the SWAC East title. Therriault would become a legend for his performance against rival Southern where he led the Tigers to a 49-45 win including a two-play, 60 yard game-winning drive.
As a senior in 2011 Therriault would set three JSU single-season records passes completed (372 yards), passing yards (3,808) and in total offense (3,911) passed for a career-high 539 yards against Alcorn State. He led the Tigers to a 9-2 overall record and 7-2 SWAC record as a senior while helping the Tigers reach a 20th place ranking in the USA-Today Top 25 Poll and an 18th place ranking in the coaches poll.