Advanced Stats: Running Game Needs Improvement

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Jaylen Bradshaw
Jaylen Bradshaw and the other backup receivers have played a lot this year.

Today we’re going to take a closer look at some advanced stats, and we’ll focus on Tech’s running game.  But first, let’s talk about Tech’s backups and the bye week.

Backups Getting Playing Time

Here’s how the playing time broke down for Tech’s backup wide receivers last season

Demetri Knowles: Two games, one reception
Kevin Asante: 11 games, almost all special teams, one reception
CJ Carroll: Two games, eight snaps on offense
Joel Caleb: 12 games, nearly all on special teams, no catches
Deon Newsome: Six games, seven snaps on offense
Charley Meyer: 12 games, seven snaps on offense

Those backups combined for two receptions, and they only got on the field at the end of blowouts.  In 2015, the only blowout on the schedule was the Furman game.  To be fair, Knowles, Asante, Meyer and Caleb had no future at Virginia Tech as wide receivers at that point, and as it turned out Deon Newsome didn’t either.  The only player still remaining at wide receiver in 2016 is CJ Carroll.

Contrast that to this year, and Tech’s backup receivers have been able to play the entire fourth quarter in three of VT’s four games.  The Hokies had a bad offense and a good defense for quite awhile, and one of the consequences you have to deal with in that scenario is that almost all your games are going to be close.  That means it’s very difficult

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