Saturday, October 4, 2008

Contributing Early

Before the season began, I put together a blog entry on how the current freshman (both red-shirts and true) would be major contributers this season. Here are some of the details, pulled from the NCAA statistics website, on how the young guys are contributing so far.

Derrick Coleman leads the team in rushing with 110 yards on 17 carries. An interesting fact is that Coleman has no carries for loss. His straight ahead, power running style is one of the reasons he's been seeing a lot of minutes. Raymond Carter has 21 yards on 17 carries and 1 TD. Aundre Dean had one carry before tweaking his ankle, but he should get back into the lineup soon.

Taylor Embree is the 3rd leading receiver on the team with 10 catches for 131 yards. Tight End Corey Harkey as 3 grabs for 27 yards. He's looked good on some of those passing route and he is definately an athletic kid. Nelson Rosario and Derrick Coleman have also had receptions.

When you tally that up for the first four games, freshman have accounted for 305 yards of offense and 1 TD.

On defense Akeem Ayers is one of four Bruin players with a sack and he has also added 12 tackles to the mix. Rahim Moore leads the freshman with 18 tackles and he had that interception against BYU. Courtney Vinney has 14 tackles, Glenn Love has 8, Sean Westgate has 7 tackles including 1 for loss, Steve Sloan has contributed 5 tackles and Anthony Dye pitched in 2 more. The defense has seen a lot of new faces and the freshman are getting bigger chunks of playing time as the season progresses.

The totals for defense are 66 tackles, 2 for loss (1 sack) and an interception.

We all know how Dorrell didn't like playing freshman. So I thought it would be interesting to compare these numbers to the numbers that freshman put up in past seasons. Just so we're comparing apples to apples, the 2008 numbers above are for 4 games while these other numbers are season totals. So I'm going to project out the 2008 numbers (multiply by 3 to match a 12 game season) to get a best-guess estimate


2008: 915 yards, 3 TD

2007: 261 yards, 55 attempts, 23 completions, 5 interceptions, 1 TD *

2006: 135 yards, 5 TD

2005: 616 yards, 4 attemps, 2 completions, 0 interceptions, 4 TD


2008: 198 tackles, 6 tackles for loss, 3 sack, 3 intereption, 0 fumble recovered

2007: 17 tackles, 9 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, 0 interceptions, 0 fumble recovered

2006: 109 tackles, 8 tackles for loss, 1 sack, 2 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered

2005: 64 tackle, 7 tackles for loss, 2 sacks

* 2007 offensive numbers include McLeod Bethel-Thompons at quarterback.

It looks like Freshman are playing a much larger role in 2008 then they have in past seasons. Especially on defense, which might explain some of our struggles as of late. If you look at the number of tackles, the freshman are contributing around 21% of the total this season. In 2007 only 3% of the tackles were contributed by freshman, 13% in 2006, 9% in 2005.

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