A ”successful” play, as defined by Football Outsiders, is when a play gains enough yardage to keep the offense on track, i.e., 50% of needed yardage on 1st down, 70% on 2nd, or 100% on 3rd/4th. A ”big play” (aka “explosive play”) is any play that gains ≥15 yards (run OR pass).
Total Running and Passing
Success by Runner
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Damien Harris got some opportunities on Saturday, but aside from his explosive-and-then-injured 73 yarder, he didn’t find much success. Najee Harris one-up’ed him on successful runs on 4 fewer runs. Unfortunately, our recent golden boy Josh Jacobs didn’t find much success or opportunity on the day, though Brian Robinson Jr. and Ronnie Clark both made some noise late... it’s the first we’ve heard from super-senior Ronnie in a while!
Tua Tagovailoa was not only running this week on a questionable knee: he was looking good doing it! Interestingly, Jalen Hurts doesn’t appear on the runners chart this week. He was apparently disciplined enough to always try to pass... and his recovering ankle surely played a role in his decision-making as well.
Success by Passer
Tua looked outright fantastic for the first time in a few games, which makes sense... but was still a relief to see. Jalen Hurts turned in a great success rate as a passer, too, and looked good doing it. Roll QBs!
Success by Receiver
This receivers lineup has become familiar: since his short-term injury, DeVonta Smith seems to be having trouble getting Jaylen Waddle back off the field. Waddle turned in a 100% SR and 50% XR this week, which is just awesome. Jerry Jeudy did the usual Jerry stuff and was the leading receiver again, but it was nice to see him backed up by Henry Ruggs III, who had his first really great game in a while.
Success by Tackler
This was a day for the linebackers — which probably makes sense against a triple-option team like The Citadel. Anfernee Jennings got his first #1 (ok, tied for #1) spot on the chart, and with a lot of stops, to boot. Mack Wilson tied him on every metric, and Dylan Moses acquitted himself once again as well. I believe this is the first we’ve seen 3/3 linebackers at the top of our tacklers chart this season.
For the DL, Quinnen Williams was his usual disruptive self, but was joined by relative youngster LaBryan Ray in stats... in fact, Ray was stopping folks at a higher rate on his tackles (at least as far as “successful plays” are concerned).
Being a cupcake game, we got to see some interesting names crop up at the bottom of this chart... though it may have been even more had Alabama built a bigger lead faster. I guess the Tide’ll just have to do that this weekend instead!
Roll Tide and Happy Iron Bowl — I mean, Thanksgiving — week.