Tracking targets, or why I ♥ Malcolm Mitchell.

Bill Connelly has put together a spreadsheet tracking the season’s targets-and-catches data thus far.  It’s interesting.

Skip down to Georgia and you’ll find the following data:

  • Thirteen players have had passes thrown their way.
  • Four players – Malcolm Mitchell, Orson Charles, Tavarres King and Michael Bennett – have been the targets for almost 70% of Georgia’s pass plays.
  • Highest percentage pass plays are to Bruce Figgins (duh), Richard Samuel IV (way to go!) and Aron White.
  • Malcolm Mitchell is having a helluva year for a true freshman.

By the way, if you’ll scan down to check out Bill’s data on Tennessee, you’ll see why nobody in Georgia’s secondary will miss not seeing Justin Hunter Saturday night.  Dude was having a scary year before he went down.

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24 responses to “Tracking targets, or why I ♥ Malcolm Mitchell.

  1. Turd Ferguson

    Mitchell made 3-4 catches on quick slants this past Saturday that I wouldn’t expect a true freshman to be able to make. Kid’s got a very bright future.

    • hailtogeorgia

      Were they quick slants or skinny posts? I thought the route we kept coming back to Mitchell on (often for first downs) was the skinny post.

      • Turd Ferguson

        I’m pretty sure the catches I’m thinking of were on quick slants. Mitchell would take a step or two downfield, shake the corner to the outside, and then cut pretty hard toward the middle of the field. Each catch was only for about 5-8 yards (this was the route he ran on his 6 yd TD), whereas skinny posts are generally for much bigger gains. Either way, though, he consistently shook the corner well enough to get inside, and at least 3-4 times, he made the reception with the defender hanging all over him. I knew he was fast, but I was happy to see such toughness and great hands from a freshman.

        • hailtogeorgia

          You’re right, his route on the touchdown was a slant. It does seem like I remember a few third downs where we hit him on a skinny post, but perhaps it was more of a deep slant. What doesn’t make sense to me (and I’m not one to question playcalling often) was that we ran the play into the ground. On the play where Murray made the ill-advised throw into double coverage that led to an interception, it was the same sort of inside crossing route to Mitchell and they were clearly expecting it. After using the route to our success several times, why not then switch it up and beat them with a couple of double move routes like a post-corner or a sluggo?

  2. Noonan

    Okay, the average yardage gained when we attempt a pass to Figgins is 10.5. Excuse me while I go bang my head against the wall.

    • Irwin Fletcher

      Law of diminishing returns would apply. Not that they shouldn’t call it more, but if we ran it twice as often, I’m pretty sure the yards per attempt would drop.

      Just trying to save your brain cells so you can kill them with Bourbon.

      • ScoutDawg

        Bourbon kills brain cells? OH SHIT.

        • Irwin Fletcher

          I know…I tried the Jack Daniels Honey with Ginger Ale at the Grove…that stuff is deadly. It’s like they are inventing new drinks with an eye to kill sorority girls.

          Two recommendations for your gameday needs…if you like Knob Creek, try Bulliet Bourbon as a replacement. Same kick that you get from KC but about $15 less for a 750ml. If you like Woodford, try Buffalo Trace. Smooth and about $15-$20 less than Woodford.

          If you are a real snob, note that most liquor stores in the ATL will be getting their shipments in from the Old Rip Van Winkle distillery this month. I highly recommend any of the Old Rip Van Winkle line of 10 year aged bourbons and the 20 year Family Reserve really can’t be beat.

          • ScoutDawg

            Well hell that is good stuff, thanks for the info. And I don’t think “killing” the sorority girls is what they are shooting for. Wink, Wink.

          • Danny P

            Consider this another recommendation for Buffalo Trace. Only $25 for a bottle (up here in NYC) and it tastes like I would expect a Double Rainbow to taste.

            I don’t drink any other bourbon.

          • Sanford222View

            I highly recommend these bourbons as well. Bulleit has the highest percentage of rye in it that it can still be considered bourbon but it is good stuff and a good change of pace from the sweeter bourbons. I have a bottle of Woodford, Makers, Buffalo Trace, Bulleit, and Old Pogue in my cabinet at home.

      • Noonan

        If it drops to 5 yards per attempt, it’s still worth doing 3-5 times per game. Unless scoring points is not one of our goals.

  3. Red Blackman

    I have found there is nothing better than watching Georgia’s young freshmen while consuming mass quantities of Booker’s small batch bourbon.

    Brain cells be damned.

    • King Jericho

      I sure hope you’re talking about the freshmen on the football team, Red…

      • Sanford222View

        The non-football freshman typically are enjoyable to watch as well.

        • shane#1

          The co-ed freshmen are easy on the eyes. I am not a dirty old man. I am a sexy senior citizen, thank you. As for bourbon, haven’t had any to amount to much since my twenties. I like whiskey but no one likes me when I drink it. I am even tempted to slap the shit out of myself. It is hard to walk away from a loud mouthed jerk when you are the loud mouthed jerk. Of course as a lad my taste ran to Heaven Hills, or Rebel Yell when I was flush. I don’t miss either one and I certainly don’t advise anyone else to try those brands.

  4. hailtogeorgia

    I still have high hopes for Rant. He’s been banged up lately, but I have a feeling he’s going to make some clutch catches for us out of the slot (just like he did with that touchdown against Carolina).

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