The Hankton effect

Look at who’s first and who’s last on this chart:

It’s not simply that Georgia’s receivers are catching the ball; what they’re doing after the catch is just as remarkable.

Two-thirds of receiving yards after the catch?  That’s pretty crazy.

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40 responses to “The Hankton effect

  1. bulldogbry

    Stop it. I can’t take any more positivity. Next thing you’re gonna tell me is we don’t do directional kicking anymore………….

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  2. Derek

    The wr group is definitely playing a physical brand of football. Blocking, dragging defenders, fighting for extra yards, getting to the 1st down marker, etc… That wr group is probably the most impressive group this season thus far. They certainly have more consistently “set the standard” than any other position group. And it’s crazy deep.

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  3. Neither stat is all that surprising, though. We’ve thrown so many routes in the flats and/or quick hitters. So that makes balls easier to catch and any yards coming from them almost guaranteed to be after the catch.

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    • Dawg in Austin

      Totally agree, but what’s also true is that our drop rate is significantly less than last year and Vandy’s is significantly worse. Small sample size to be sure, but interesting.

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    • stoopnagle

      We can throw the slant? We get it? 🙂

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    • Texas Dawg

      It also helps that:
      1) for the most part Fromm has hit them in stride
      2) when they catch it, their fellow WRs are putting guys down or driving them out of the picture
      3) when those guys get a step on someone, nobody is going to run them down-SPEED KILLS

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  4. Jack Burton

    “Two-thirds of receiving yards after the catch? That’s pretty crazy”

    Not crazy at all. That’s MECOLE.

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    • Macallanlover

      Just think what those stats would be if we were still pitching the forward lateral on the jet sweep instead of handing it off like we did when Kirby first came,

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  5. Greg

    Vandy would have beat ND if they had a little better passing game….they definitely have the QB, he is impressive imo. Rarely I ever pull for another SEC team, but I was pulling for Vandy that day.

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  6. We are all on the same page. Who’s throwing it down field? Up to this point, Georgia really hasn’t, really because there hasn’t been a need to. That’s coming tomorrow. No doubt in my mind…

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  7. Go Dawgs!

    Coach Hankton is clearly doing a great job with his receivers. And Coach Chaney is clearly doing a great job of designing and calling an offense where they’ll have opportunities to do some work after they’ve got the ball in their hands. And let’s also give some credit to Jake Fromm for delivering the football to the right player at the right place to get YAC.

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  8. Remember back when our receivers had a horrible rep for dropped passes? I recall our WRs working out with tennis ball machines and such yet still were as unreliable as an 80’s GM car.

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    • Texas Dawg

      Why did you have to go there? That brought back bad memories of the chicken shit yellow 1980 Monte Carlo I drove while in Athens. I thought like the UGA receivers, I had exercised those demons.

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  9. Codie Alan

    Hankton was a good hire! He’s done a great job with the WR group and this shows the value he’s added to the coaching staff.

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  10. 92 grad

    That yards after the catch illustrates why Fromm is criticized. The perception is air yards, it’s what most media narrative people focus on when they start giving hand jobs to the quarterback.

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  11. Sanford222view

    Mizzou’s rate is quite impressive as well. Especially since they throw the field down field more.

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  12. Cojones

    That low of a drop rate would translate to about 1 drop/30 passes. So, who is guilty of ruining perfection of the WR corps? I’ll bet Ho Lee’s name came up. Them be some playful stats made by an awesome O machine.

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    • Macallanlover

      It also means the ball is thrown accurately with receivers not having to reach back or make other adjustments mid-stride.

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  13. W Cobb Dawg

    Coley’s WR coaching improved considerably from year 1 to year 2. Hankton picked up where Coley left off without so much as a hiccup.

    I was concerned that Wims’ graduation would leave a big hole at WR. That hasn’t been the case so far. I am somewhat surprised at how many WRs have seen the field – and made big plays. We’ve got a big crowd at WR with Godwin, Ridley, Hardman, DRob, Simmons, Holliman, Crumpton, Stanley, et. al. I expected to see more of the 6’5″ Landers. It’s an embarrassment of riches.

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  14. Hogbody Spradlin

    Query whether some of that is because we haven’t faced the greatest tacklers around, and what will happen when we do?

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  15. Mayor

    Mizzou has the second best catch rate.

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  16. Macallanlover

    Hall is a beast. May be the best WR we will face all year, and the combo of Locke and Hall is definitely the best we will see. Think our secondary is capable, but no one will shut those two down completely.

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