Before we get into what I just finished writing a few minutes ago, it appears that Virginia Tech running back Darren Evans is out for the season with a torn ACL.
This affects the ACC in ways too numerous to mention. The most obvious is that the Hokies are no longer the prohibitive favorite. I think that mantle may fall to Georgia Tech. What do you think? How does this affect the race?
Now onto what I had written
First, a confession. Because of a commitment at work, I was only able to watch the last five periods of football practice.
So, I won’t have a lot to say about it, and for that I apologize.
Coach Johnson did say that he was happier with the effort the team gave, and that was during what felt like the hottest day so far. A few of the highlights are in the print notebook, which has already been posted on ajc.com.
I appreciate the thoughts you provided last night and today on the areas that need the most improvement from last year’s team.
As, hopefully, you’ve read, improving pass-efficiency is what I led the three-part series with. It’s posted now on the Tech channel on ajc.com.
As I noted, the stat itself is odd, for sure. To be honest, I’m not even sure how someone could have come up with it. But the theory is pretty easy to understand.
Johnson doesn’t seem like a coach whose too big on stats. As he points out, you can manipulate them to say just about anything. But, you’ll only find two teams among the NCAA’s top 25 in that stat that had a losing record last season. Don’t confuse total passing with passing efficiency. For example, there are seven teams among the top 25 passing leaders that had losing records last season.
Of course, flipping it around there are six teams among the to 25 rushing leaders that had losing records last season. There is no rushing efficiency stat (which stuns me). It would be an interesting exercise to come up with one. Anybody figures that one out, I owe you a coke.