For the Hokies to improve on their 29-23 record of the last four years, they’ll have to cut down on penalties. In 2010, the last year the Hokies won the ACC, they were No. 15 in the nation in penalties per game.
But in the last five seasons, the Hokies steadily became more and more undisciplined on the field.
From 2010 to 2015, Hokie penalties increased by almost three per game. As Tech was losing 14 games by one score in the last four years, one wonders how a few timely uncommitted penalties might have changed the outcomes.
Similarly, penalty yards per game were on the wrong track, increasing from 41.57 ypg in 2010 to a high of 62.77 in 2015.
Yards per penalty peaked in 2011 at 9.08 ypp, decreased to 7.81 ypp in 2013, and settled at 8.51 ypp in 2015. Generally, higher yards per penalty (ypp) stats mean that your penalties are more inclined to be the post-snap variety, where they’re usually 10 yards or 15 yards. Lower ypp stats mean that your penalties are more inclined to be the pre-snap variety, which...
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