I forgot that I’d saved this post with the intention of going back after last season to check it. Georgia’s defensive coordinator set a couple of very specific performance benchmarks for his team in 2011:
- hold opponents’ 3rd-and-10 or more conversion rate under 20%; and
- hold opponents’ yards per pass completion closer to 9 yards than the 2010′s average of 13.5 ypc
So, how did his defense do with those? All in all, not bad.
Yards per completion went from 13.5 in 2010 to 11.3 in 2011. A clear improvement, but still only good for seventh best in the conference. (And, technically speaking, the defense didn’t quite meet his goal.)
As for the conversion rate test, Grantham’s defense aced that with flying colors. Georgia’s 2011 opponents converted seven out of eighteen opportunities in the air and zero out of twenty two chances on the ground. That makes for an overall conversion rate of 17.5%.
I’m curious what the 2012 benchmarks might be.