Stat graphs -- Iowa great vs. big play in '13

The QB hurries stat is fun and kind of inconsistent

Published: January 20 2014 | 6:29 pm - Updated: 29 March 2014 | 2:24 am in

I generated quite a few strains of numbers from last week's stat drain. It's mostly the history of the Kirk Ferentz era.

You may or may not find these interesting. I hope you do, but I'm biased.

Also, it sounds as though Waukee OL Ross Reynolds will commit to Iowa this weekend. It sounds as though it will be a full offer and not a grayshirt. We'll see. It's not a done deal. Reynolds projects inside OL at 6-3, 290.

Premise: Iowa QB Jake Rudock threw 13 picks this season. Backup C.J. Beathard threw a pair. I wanted to see where the 15 stood in the KF era.

Here are the numbers (high is in bold):

2013 -- 15 (13 Ruddock)

2012 -- 8

2011 -- 8

2010 -- 6

2008 -- 11

2007 -- 7

2006 -- 19 (Drew Tate 13)

2005 -- 8

2004 -- 14 (Tate 14)

2003 -- 10 (Nathan Chandler 10)

2002 -- 5

2001 -- 13 (Kyle McCann 11)

2000 -- 11

1999 -- 9

Conclusion: The first thing Rudock said he wanted to polish in the offseason was turnovers and decision making.

Premise: This stat didn't used to be kept. Now, let's work on drops. Or, I mean, I need to do a better job tracking and stat-ing drops. This is just for the 2013 season. Iowa did an excellent job in hanging on to the football for the most part.

Outback --SS John Lowdermilk (Iowa kept possession); WR Kevonte Martin-Manley (muffed punt)

Nebraska -- None.

Michigan -- Team (lost). (This was the botched FG at the end of the first half.)

Purdue -- Martin-Manley (lost); RB Jordan Canzeri (Iowa recovered)

Wisconsin -- RB LeShun Daniels (Iowa recovered)

Northwestern -- None

Ohio State -- None

Michigan State -- None

Minnesota -- FB Adam Cox (fumbled OB)

Western Michigan -- Daniels (lost); Canzeri (lost), WR Riley McCarron (recovered)

Iowa State -- QB Jake Rudock 2 (lost) (recovered)

Missouri State -- None

Northern Illinois -- RB Mark Weisman (lost)

Conclusion: This is solid. Seven fumbles lost was third fewest in the Big Ten. Iowa lost just three in '12 and 13 in 2008.

Premise: Iowa's defense is all about capping big plays. The 2013 Hawkeyes did it better than any in the last four seasons.

2013 -- Iowa ranked No. 6 in the country with 132 plays of 10-plus yards allowed. Iowa was No. 2 in 20-plus plays allowed at 35 (Notre Dame was No. 1 with 34). Iowa was 12th in rushing plays of 10-plus (46) and No. 6 in passing plays of 10-plus (86).

2012 -- Iowa was 23rd with 155 plays of 10-plus. Iowa was 18th in long rush 10-plus plays (48) and 47th with 107 10-plus pass plays.

2011 -- Iowa was 40th with 165 10-plus plays allowed. Iowa was No. 52 in 10-plus rush (58) and 51st in 10-plus pass with 107.

2010 -- Iowa was 22nd in 10-plus play with 154 allowed. Iowa was No. 3 in the nation with 37 10-plus rush and No. 82 with 117 10-plus passes allowed.

Conclusion: The outlier number here is 82 in pass D in 2010. That was a year Iowa faced Nick Foles. Not saying he was responsible, but it might've been a big QB year.

Premise: This stat depends on the QBH, "QB hurries," which, I think, is inconsistently kept. I wanted to see with what frequency Iowa has affected QBs. 2013 was a good season in that regard. It didn't touch 2009 (the sack years), but the Hawkeyes affected pass plays 1.44 more frequently.

2013 -- 24 sacks, 27 QB hurries, 13 INTs, 39 pass breakups -- Mayhem (all this divided into opponents passing plays): 3.83 (Iowa affected a pass play every 3.83 downs)

2012 -- 13 sacks, 6 QBH, 10 INT, 38 PBU -- Mayhem: 5.27

2011 -- 21 sacks, 9 QBH, 10 INT, 39 PBU -- Mayhem: 5:23

2010 -- 21 sacks, 17 QBH, 19 INT, 43 PBU -- Mayhem: 4.79

Conclusion: It's hard to say what's optimum. I think, if nothing else, this shows Iowa blitzed more than it had in previous seasons with the QBH number. It also shows that it helps to have NFL-caliber corners (Amari Spievey and Shaun Prater in '09).

Premise: This is just the total sacks and QBH for each of the Ferentz seasons. The numbers go exactly how you'd think, except we should've seen the spike in 2002 coming. That 2001 team had an excellent defense.

2013 -- 24 sacks, 27 QBH (James Morris 7.0 sacks, Christian Kirksey 7 QBH)

2012 -- 13 sacks , 6 QBH (Joe Gaglione 5.0, Steve Bigach 3)

2011 -- 21 sacks, 9 QBH (Mike Daniels 7.0, Broderick Binns 6)

2010 -- 21 sacks, 17 QBH (Karl Klug 5.5, Adrian Clayborn 6)

2009 -- 31 sacks, 20 QBH (Adrian Clayborn 11.5, Clayborn 9)

2008 -- 17 sacks, 29 QBH (Mitch King 4.0, King and Matt Kroul 6)

2007 -- 27 sacks, 14 QBH (Bryan Mattison 9.0, Mitch King 5)

2006 -- 21 sacks, 13 QBH (Bryan Mattison 6.5, Mattison, Mitch King, Kenny Iwebema 3)

2005 -- 25 sacks, 25 QBH (Kenny Iwebema 7.0, Ed Miles 7)

2004 -- 30 sacks, 12 QBH (Jonathan Babineaux 11.0, Matt Roth 8)

2003 -- 34 sacks, 25 QBH (Matt Roth 12.0, Matt Neubauer 5)

2002 -- 40 sacks, 78 QBH (Matt Roth 10.0, Howard Hodges 17)

2001 -- 24 sacks, 42 QBH (Aaron Kampman 9.0, Kampman 15)

2000 -- 24 sacks, 27 QBH (Derek Pickens 6.0, Anthony Herron 8)

1999 -- 20 sacks, 0 QBH (stat not kept) (Scott Pospisil 6)

Conclusion: QBH is an inconsistent stat. 78 in 2002!!!! And 0 in '99, as in not a kept stat. Some pretty good football players on this list.


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