Inside the Numbers: James Mitchell, Hendon Hooker Against the Blitz, and More

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James Mitchell, Virginia tech
James Mitchell has arguably been the biggest beneficiary of Hendon Hooker starting at quarterback. (Ivan Morozov)

It’s time for another Inside the Numbers article.  This week we look at James Mitchell’s increased production with Hendon Hooker as the starting quarterback, as well as Pitt’s blitzing and press coverage habits.

James Mitchell and Hendon Hooker

It’s no big secret that Hendon Hooker has helped Virginia Tech’s offense be more productive, but he’s especially helped true sophomore tight end James Mitchell.  Mitchell’s grades in the passing game have been like night and day.  Here they are in games that Hendon Hooker didn’t start…

BC: 56.3
ODU: 60.2
Furman: 61.1
Duke: 52.4
Notre Dame: 52.7

And now here are his passing game grades when Hendon Hooker was the starting quarterback…

Miami: 83.1
Rhode Island: 61.9
UNC: 60.1
Wake: 93.0
GT: 91.6

Big difference, huh?  And even that

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