Analysis of TE Use in 2011


One of the topics of discussion during the 2010 season and subsequent offseason was the dropoff in production at TE — a position that has consistently been a very productive area for BYU over the years. In 2010, BYU TEs registered 34 receptions for a total of 451 yards. BYU QBs completed a total of 243 passes in 2010, so the 34 receptions represents 14% of all completions last year.

In 2011, the productivity has improved, but still isn’t on par with recent historical norms. In 9 games, BYU TEs have 40 receptions for 474 yards and have caught 22.5% (40 of 178) of all completions. However, a closer look shows that the TE production has dropped off since Riley Nelson took over as QB. Jake Heaps completed 25.0% (27 of 108) of his passes to TEs compared to Riley Nelson’s 18.6% (13 of 70).  Here is a breakdown by game for each QB:

Jake Heaps

Opp Rec Yds
Miss 4 44
Texas 7 88
Utah 5 64
UCF 5 49
USU 5 41
ISU 1 10
Totals 27 296

Riley Nelson

Opp Rec Yds
Utah 1 12
USU 3 27
SJSU 4 82
OSU 3 30
ISU 1 18
TCU 1 9
Totals 13 178
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