Patrick Garbin takes a look at a stat.
A quarterback pressure (QBP), a statistic UGA began recording in 1998, is any pass play whereby an opposing signal-caller is, simply, pressured (i.e., hurried, hit, or sacked). In 2019, the Bulldogs totaled a staggering 248 quarterback pressures, or 17.71 per game, a program-high since the school started keeping track.
I guess we can call that the Lanning Effect. I’m not exaggerating.
Notably, Georgia’s program-high for quarterback pressures last season promptly followed a record-low of only 4.93 QBPs in 2018. What’s more, in 15 seasons from 1998-2012, only once did the Bulldogs average less than 9.00 QBPs per game (8.27 in 1999). Yet, in the six seasons which followed entering 2019 (2013-2018), only once did Georgia average more than 9.00 QBPs per game (9.62 in 2014).
Graphically, it’s even more stunning.
Pruitt and Smart didn’t emphasize quarterback pressures, in the latter’s case, at least not until now.
Check out Georgia’s defensive passer ratings from 2011 until now:
- 2011: 98.74
- 2012: 120.64
- 2013: 134.74
- 2014: 105.80
- 2015: 104.98
- 2016: 122.97
- 2017: 113.41
- 2018: 117.47
- 2019: 111.41
There simply isn’t much correlation between quarterback pressure and defensive passer rating there. The best number posted was from Grantham’s second season (hello, Jarvis Jones!), but the two lowest seasons after that came under Pruitt. It’s too early to tell if 2019 is the start of a favorable trend, but at least we can see that more pressure didn’t cause Georgia’s pass defense to suffer.