What is their body of work?
This is a pretty good program. Their coach has been there for 11 seasons, and he started the year 64-61. They have had four straight non-losing seasons, with the most in that period being 8 wins. They won 10 games in 2009. They are 1-1 this year, with a win over Alabama A&M and a loss to Vanderbilt.
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They have 27, which is a lot. There are 12 FR on the two-deep as well.
Who are their statistical leaders?
QB Brent Stockstill is #5 in the nation in completions, #3 in passing TDs and 7th in passing yards per game. Also #7 in total offense.
WR Richie James is #8 in receiving yards, #2 in receptions per game,
What is their turnover ratio?
They struggled with turnovers in the Vanderbilt game and are -2 for the year.
He's good. Real good. The son of the coach, you can see Stocksill's national rankings above. He's completed 67% of his passes, with 8 TD and 2 INT. He has 10.7 yards per completion, which is probably the biggest thing holding down his ranking. His efficiency rating is almost exactly what it was last year. He doesn't run a ton, but when he does he can make some yards.
They have 39.5 YPG and 6.6 yards per play, both of which are really good.
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Can they run the ball?
Well, they don't run very much. Their backs average 10 or fewer carries per game. However, when they do run they average 6.3 and 5.5 yards per carry.
Do they pass the ball?
See above. They did have two starting WRs injured since the start of training, but it does not seem to have slowed them now. This Richie James is a beast. Both he and Stockstill are sophomores.
How is their run/pass balance?
The run on 34% of their plays, which is one of the lowest I have ever seen.
Do they convert on 3rd Down?
They converted on 51%, which is 29th in the nation.
Do they score in the red zone?
They are deadly at 5.8 points per trip.
Yeah. Get this. They have allowed 1 sack in 118 passing attempts.
Topline: Scoring and yards per play.
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Do they defend the run effectively?
They allow 4.5 yards per carry so far this year, which is good. They were supposed to have a front 7 that was in the middle of the pack in the CUSA based on Phil Steele. They have up a 200 yard game to a Commodore RB.
Can they be passed on?
They are difficult to pass on. They are #11 in FCS in pass efficiency defense. They are allowing 46% completions, 1 TD over 1 INT and about 8 per completion. They actually held Vanderbilt to 113 yards passing.
Do they defend in the red zone?
They are not good, at 6.4 points per trip.
Do they pressure the QB?
Well, yeah, they are sacking at 10% of passing attempts, which is very good.
They are not good....#96 in net punting. No blocks. No TDs allowed.
Well, Richie James is their returner and he hasn't done anything huge yet this year. They have a block but they also muffed a punt and gave up a safety.
He's 3-4 on the year with a 46 yard long. Off to a good start.
They are holding their opponents to starting on the 20, which is not very much.
They start on the 24, which is not average.
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Big challenge for BG. This is a team that can really sling the ball, and BG offers a very thin secondary, especially with Ben Hale doubtful. James is a good WR, much like BG saw at OSU. I think you can expect BG to not repeat their mistake and go with a zone against the Blue Raiders. The Falcons need a strong performance in this game...I'm worried if they don't get it, then the whole effort could start to go south by the end of next week. BG simply won't be able to keep up with them without executing much better on offense.
So, if BG is truly a play away, let's hope they make that play.