Chris Low has a post up about which SEC teams have been the best at big plays (20 yards or more) over the past three seasons. Georgia ranks third during that period, behind only Florida and Auburn, with 210 big plays.
What’s noteworthy is the trend – unfortunately, it’s downward for the Dawgs (conference rank in parentheses):
- 2008 – 83 big plays (1st)
- 2009 – 65 big plays (4th)
- 2010 – 62 big plays (6th)
My first thought on seeing that was about Matt Stafford’s arm. No doubt a good part of that drop can be attributed to going from Stafford’s ability to go deep with Joe Cox’. But take a look at these numbers from cfbstats.com:
- 2008 – 21 big rushing plays (2nd)
- 2009 – 17 big rushing plays (6th)
- 2010 – 12 big rushing plays (12th)
And now you know why Isaiah Crowell was a high priority in this year’s recruiting class.