2015 Statistical Review: Offense

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Isaiah Ford
Isaiah Ford, in a familiar place: the end zone

With the 2015 season in the rear view mirror, it’s time to do a statistical review. Today we’ll start with the offense, and we’ll focus on S&P+ numbers, running back totals, and quarterback ratings.

Here’s how the Hokies ranked in S&P+ offense compared to past seasons…

2015: #72
2014: #85
2013: #91
2012: #68
2011: #45
2010: #7
2009: #20

Scot Loeffler took over the Virginia Tech offense in 2013, at the exact moment that the talent level was hitting rock bottom. He and his staff recruited a number of freshmen who could play early in 2014, and the offense improved marginally.

The offense took a bigger jump between 2014 and 2015. #72 out of 128 teams is hardly good, but it is in the lower levels of the middle of the pack, and that’s a lot better than we had been the previous two seasons. Fortunately almost every key contributor returns for the 2016 season.

Rushing S&P+

2015: #84
2014: #108
2013: #104
2012: #96
2011: #62
2010: #12
2009: #6

The lack of a running game is something that has hindered the Tech offense since David Wilson left for the NFL. Tech’s S&P+ rushing offense ranked higher in 2015 than it did in any other year since 2011, which was the last year Wilson was in Blacksburg. Much of that improvement was due to the emergence of Travon McMillian. More on running back production later.

Passing S&P

2015: #74
2014: #86