Inside The Numbers: Offensive Line Comparisons

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Christian Darrisaw, Vance Vice, Virginia Tech
Vance Vice has done a good job with the development of Christian Darrisaw. (Jon Fleming)

As a bonus Inside the Numbers article this week, we’re going to talk about the offensive line, and offensive lines in general.  We’ll start with one individual player, and then move on to broader thoughts.

Silas Dzansi is going back in the right direction.  His low point came against Furman, and he wasn’t good against Duke, but he’s been going back in the right direction over the last two weeks.

Furman: Overall 36.4, Pass Protection 28.7, Run Blocking 58.4
Duke: Overall 54.9, Pass Protection 24.8, Run Blocking 62.6
Miami: Overall 64.4, Pass Protection 63.4, Run Blocking 63.0
URI: Overall 66.9, Pass Protection 62.9, Run Blocking 66.1

Dzansi has been struggling with cramps.  At Miami, he split reps with Luke Tenuta, which helped keep him fresh.  Against Rhode Island, it was cooler weather, plus he also split reps with Tenuta again.  Perhaps that’s been the key to his improved performances.  For what it’s worth, Tenuta graded out poorly against Miami, but if him playing 20-30 snaps a game is what it takes to keep Dzansi fresh and able to play effectively, then