The example I gave was Brad Sinopoli, who threw for 345 yards in 38 attempts against Windsor. But, since Windsor's pass defence against everyone but Sinpoli gave up 7.2 yards per attempt, or about 274 per 38 attempts, Sinopoli is awarded only 71 surplus yards for that game.
Now that the season's over, we can take a look at the full 2010 statistics.
Let's start with the passing leaders. Here are the total surplus yardage results for everyone from the 2010 regular season with at least 112 pass attempts, or 14 per game:
Jean-Philippe Shoiry not only tops the list by total yardage (correction: tops it by 100 yards), but also by surplus yards per attempt, with just a tiny bit more than Kyle Quinlan.
Beyond those two, we have the rest of the big five, so to speak, then we get into a second tier from Micah Brown all the way to Donnie Marshall.
Not a lot of surprises here. With quarterbacks, though, we're usually looking at the whole team's passing performance. The #2 QB gets far less playing time than, say, the #2 RB or receiver.
Receiving leaders (at least 20 receptions; top and bottom 10 only)
With Shoiry on the first list, and Simon Charbonneau on this one, it's not surprising that the Argos are all over them. (Serge Vleminckx says Toronto are not allergic to Canadian quarterbacks...I guess four pass attempts in a blowout game means you're not allergic, but you may still have mild sinus problems, to mangle the metaphor.)
This next list bothers me a bit, because the running back everyone considers the best in CIS is not in the top 10, and is just fourth in his own conference. So it will make some wonder what the value of this "surplus yards" system is, and I'm honestly one of them, but let's take a look anyway.
Rushing leaders (at least 40 attempts, top and bottom 10 only):
* Sinopoli is No. 1 with less than the required number because, barring disaster, he wouldn't drop below 202 after one more rushing attempt.
Here's the thing about Rotrand Sene. He has rushed for more yards than anyone, both in raw totals and on a per-game basis. But he averages less than 6 yards per rushing attempt.
This is not necessarily a bad thing -- gain five yards every play and you never turn the ball over, after all. However, under our framework here, his value is diminished.
For example, against St. F-X, he had 220 yards. But that was in 33 attempts. Every other running back averaged 5.4 per attempt, or 178 yards per 33. Meaning he only gets credit for 41 of those yards. It's the same logic I used to explain the Sinopoli example above, but I thought I would repeat it here just because the Sene case is somewhat special.
Ryan Granberg is second on this list almost entirely because of his performance against Toronto, during which he picked up 167 yards mostly in garbage time. So adjust that downwards however you wish.