87. Tim Lester threw lotsa touchdowns

Tim Lester’s certainly got a good thing going in Kalamazoo. He’s always done well for himself in Kalamazoo.

Back in his playing days in the mid-to-late 90’s, Lester was a full-time quarterback at Western Michigan. When Lester graduated, he was second to only Chad Pennington of Marshall in most career touchdowns by Mid-American Conference quarterbacks — 87 to 100. Now, Lester sits at ninth on the list while Pennington only slid down to second.

Most career TD passes:

  1. 102, Dan LeFevour (CMU), 2006-09
  2. 100, Chad Pennington (Marshall), 1997-99
  3. 99, Tim Hiller (WMU), 2005, 07-09
  4. 96, Zach Terrell (WMU), 2013-16
  5. 93, Logan Woodside (Toledo), 2013-17
  6. 92, Keith Wenning (Ball State), 2010-13
  7. 90, Cooper Rush (CMU), 2013-16
  8. 89, Byron Leftwich (Marshall) 1999-02
  9. 87, Tim Lester (WMU), 1996-99
  10. 85, Bruce Gradkowski (Toledo), 2003-04

Tim Lester’s career playing stats at WMU:

Year G Passing Percentage Yards Y/A AY/A TD INT QBR
1996 11 203-363 55.9 2189 6 5.7 14 9 114.3
1997 10 154-268 57.5 2160 8.1 7.5 17 11 137.9
1998 11 236-406 58.1 3311 8.2 7.5 22 16 136.6
1999 12 282-470 60 3639 7.7 7.9 34 13 143.4
Career 44 875-1507 58.1 11,299 7.5 7.2 87 49 133.6

Sure, Lester led his team to a 6-6 season last year. Coming off a year that put fans on Cloud 9, one could imagine how difficult it was for Lester to deal with. Still, he put together an incredibly strong recruiting class without the aide of junior college transfers and in a much quieter fashion than P.J. Fleck. A lot of top-shelf brand names have graduated from the program since the excellent years of the Fleck era, but there’s plenty of talent on that roster for WMU to still be a competitive team.

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