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Friday, August 29, 2014

By the numbers: Ralph Friedgen's offense moves smoothly in Rutgers debut

(AP photo)
By Tyler Barto
Twitter: @Tyler_Barto
tbarto@trentonian.com

Rutgers fans got their first glimpse Thursday night (and well into Friday morning) at new play caller Ralph Friedgen's offense, and the longtime Maryland coach stuck to the basics.

More than 61 percent of Rutgers' total plays in a 41-38 victory against Washington State came with its base personnel on the field, and the results spoke for themselves — 496 total yards, 215 of them rushing on 5 yards per carry.

With Andre Patton (upper body) and Ruhann Peele (upper body) out, it might have been necessary. We'll see if Friedgen's scheme changes if/when both return.

A complete unofficial breakdown of Rutgers' formations:

-offset I-formation: 17 plays
-trips with base personnel: 15 plays
-shotgun with "11" personnel: 10 plays
-I-formation: 9 plays
-offset I-formation heavy: 4 plays
-I-formation heavy: 3 plays
-traditional "11" personnel: 2 plays
-shotgun with empty backfield: 2 plays
-empty backfield: 1 play
-goal line: 1 play
-shotgun trips formation: 1 play

Rutgers found its most success from trips (three players tight to one side of the line of scrimmage) with base personnel, especially on the ground.

Rutgers' hire of Friedgen pays early dividends

Washington State had no answer for Rutgers' outside toss plays and counters out of the formation, highlighted by Paul James's 56-yard touchdown run (Andrew Turzilli made it three receivers on the play, but I'm counting it as part of Friedgen's philosophy).

Fullback Michael Burton, who set up several of James's long runs, has always been high on the formation typically used for three receivers.

A complete unofficial breakdown of Rutgers' skill position players' snap counts:

Player
Kroft
Carroo
James
Tsimis
Burton
Grant
Peoples
Flanagan
Turzilli
Bergen
Snaps
68
67
56
55
51
20
16
8
2
1

Lastly, how many times each player was targeted in the passing game, unofficially:

Player
Carroo
Grant
Tsimis
Burton
Flanagan
Kroft
James
Peoples
Targets
10
8
5
2
1
1
1
1

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1 Comments:

Blogger Moraller said...

This is great stuff. Thank you.

August 29, 2014 at 11:19 AM 

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