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Baylor Offensive and Defensive Statistics Through Non-Conference Play

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With Baylor concluding its non-conference schedule for 2014 and kicking off its Big 12 schedule next week, time to take stock of what has happened thus far and what stands to happen going forward.

Vaughn Ridley

Throughout this season, I plan to keep track of Baylor's offensive and defensive play just like I did a year ago, with projections for the rest of the season, a bit of analysis, and a lot of numbers.  We won't get into the projections yet since we're just 3 weeks into the season, but we can start everything else.

Total Offense/Defense

Passing Rushing Total Offense First Downs Penalties Turnovers
Split G Cmp Att Pct Yds TD Att Yds Avg TD Plays Yds Avg Pass Rush Pen Tot No. Yds Fum Int Tot
Offense 3 23.7 37.3 63.4 416.0 4.3 47.0 238.3 5.1 4.0 84.3 654.3 7.8 14.7 14.7 0.7 30.0 8.7 75.7 1.0 0.3 1.3
Defense 3 15.7 29.7 52.8 156.7 0.7 35.0 64.3 1.8 0.3 64.7 221.0 3.4 6.0 3.7 1.3 11.0 5.7 44.7 1.0 0.7 1.7
Difference +8.0 +7.6 +10.6 +259.3 +3.6 +12.0 +174.0 +3.3 +3.7 +19.6 +433.3 +4.4 +8.7 +11.0 -0.6 +19.0 +3.0 +31.0 0.0 -0.4 -0.4
Provided by Sports-Reference.com/CFB: View Original Table
Generated 9/16/2014.

So far, Baylor is out-gaining our opponents by over 430 yards per game.  Just for the sake of comparison, last year's team ended the season with the following averages in total yardage:

Offense: 618.8 yards per game (#1 nationally)
Defense: 360.3 yards per game (#28 nationally)

This year's stats are #1 (offense) and #5 (defense) nationally through 3 games.  More ranks below:

Baylor National Ranks in Offensive Categories:

Total Offense: 1
Scoring Offense: 1
Passing Offense: 4
Rushing Offense: 30
Team Passing Efficiency: 3
3rd Down Conversion %: 7
4th Down Conversion %: 1
First Downs Offense: 5

Offensive Stats

Quarterbacks
Passing
Rk Player Cmp Att Pct Yds Y/A AY/A TD Int Rate
1 Bryce Petty 36 57 63.2 577 10.1 12.2 6 0 182.9
2 Seth Russell 32 52 61.5 654 12.6 14.4 7 1 207.8
3 Chris Johnson 3 3 100.0 17 5.7 5.7 0 0 147.6
Provided by Sports-Reference.com/CFB: View Original Table
Generated 9/16/2014.

In Bryce Petty and Seth Russell, Baylor fans are privileged to have the #7 and #3 QBs, respectively in all of NCAA in terms of overall QB rating.  If you prefer ESPN's proprietary "Total QBR," they are #2 and #1.

Running Backs
Rushing Receiving Scrimmage
Rk Player Att Yds Avg TD Rec Yds Avg TD Plays Yds Avg TD
1 Rashodrick Linwood 47 210 4.5 4 3 57 19.0 0 50 267 5.3 4
2 Johnny Jefferson 43 216 5.0 2 1 16 16.0 0 44 232 5.3 2
3 Silas Nacita 23 134 5.8 3 23 134 5.8 3
4 Seth Russell 13 82 6.3 2 13 82 6.3 2
5 Devin Chafin 5 7 1.4 0 5 7 1.4 0
6 Bryce Petty 4 32 8.0 1 4 32 8.0 1
7 Chris Johnson 3 12 4.0 0 3 12 4.0 0
Provided by Sports-Reference.com/CFB: View Original Table
Generated 9/16/2014.

Unfortunately, after not getting much run against Buffalo this past week, Salsa Nacho no longer leads the team in rushing yards or rushing TDs.  Fear not; the Nacho will return.

You can get a sense from these stats why Baylor fans are a bit perplexed with the rushing game this season.  For normal offensive teams, a team-wide 5.1 yards per carry average would be great, if not amazing.  For Baylor, it's a slight drop from last year's 5.4.  Linwood, in particular, has seen his per carry average fall from 6.9 to 4.5, nearly two and a half yards.

Wide Receivers
Rushing Receiving Scrimmage
Rk Player Att Yds Avg TD Rec Yds Avg TD Plays Yds Avg TD
1 K.D. Cannon 1 4 4.0 0 14 471 33.6 5 15 475 31.7 5
2 Jay Lee 19 294 15.5 4 19 294 15.5 4
3 Lynx Hawthorne 12 154 12.8 2 12 154 12.8 2
5 Tre'Von Armstead 2 21 10.5 1 2 21 10.5 1
7 Jordan Feuerbacher 2 15 7.5 0 2 15 7.5 0
8 Quan Jones 1 2 2.0 0 1 2 2.0 0
Provided by Sports-Reference.com/CFB: View Original Table
Generated 9/16/2014.

Even with as much as I loved our freshmen WRs coming into this season, I never would have expected those three players to be leading the team in receptions thus far.*

*Note: For some reason, Sports-Reference.com's charts don't include Davion Hall.  I have no idea why that is.  He'd be #3 on this list in receptions and yards with 13 and 192, respectively.

Baylor National Ranks in Defensive Categories

Total Defense: 5
Scoring Defense: 5
Team Pass Efficiency Defense: 18
Rushing Defense: 5
Pass Defense: 16
Team Sacks: 2
Team Tackles for Loss: 5
First Downs Defense: 7

Defensive Stats
Tackles Def Int Fumbles
Rk Player Solo Ast Tot Loss Sk Int Yds Avg TD PD FR Yds TD FF
1 Bryce Hager 11 8 19 2.0 0.0 1
2 Taylor Young 11 7 18 2.5 2.0
3 Orion Stewart 10 6 16 0.0
4 Collin Brence 8 2 10 0.0
5 Jamal Palmer 4 6 10 2.0 2.0
6 Travon Blanchard 6 3 9 1.5 0.0
7 Shawn Oakman 7 2 9 4.0 3.0
8 Raaquan Davis 4 4 8 0.0
9 Terrence Singleton 6 1 7 0.0
10 Xavien Howard 4 2 6 1.0 2 25 12.5 0 0
11 Grant Campbell 4 2 6 0.0
12 Aiavion Edwards 2 4 6 1.0
13 Alfred Pullom 3 3 6 0.0
14 Andrew Billings 4 1 5 1.0
15 Beau Blackshear 3 2 5 2.5
16 Kendall Ehrlich 3 2 5 0.0
17 Brian Nance 2 3 5 .5 0.0
18 Taion Sells 4 1 5 0.0
19 Chance Waz 1 4 5 0.0
20 Javonte Magee 4 0 4 1.0
21 Suleiman Masumbuko 2 2 4 1.0
22 Ryan Reid 3 1 4 0.0
23 Tion Wright 3 0 3 0.0
24 Byron Bonds 1 1 2 0.0
25 Davion Hall 1 1 2 0.0
26 Baylor Black 1 0 1 0.0
27 Lee Bristow 1 0 1 0.0
28 Trevor Clemons-Valdez 1 0 1 0.0
29 Levi Norwood 1 0 1 0.0
Provided by Sports-Reference.com/CFB: View Original Table
Generated 9/16/2014.

I've never used Sports-Reference's defensive stats before, and I'll tell you why: a lot of players are missing.  From what I can tell, K.J. Smith (9 tackles, 3.5 for loss, 2 sacks), Andrew Billings (5, 3.5, 1), Terrell Burt (8, 1 TFL), Aiavion Edwards (6, .5, .5) are all missing, among others.  I'll see if I can't email the guy over there and get those in posthaste.

As a whole, Baylor's defense has 28 tackles for loss and 15 sacks through 3 games.  I've had trouble finding the team record for tackles for loss in a season, but sacks is 40, set in 1992.