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Do BYU QBs Have Favorite Receivers?


BYU has seen its share of changes at quarterback over the past 3 seasons, with 4 different QBs getting at least 1 start during that span. A question that is often raised is just how much does a change at QB affect the distribution of passes to the receivers? In other words, do different QBs have different “favorites” they like to throw the ball?

Below is a heat map showing how often receivers were targeted (i.e. were recorded as the intended receiver, regardless if the pass was actually completed) by different BYU QBs over the past 2 seasons. The heat map shows that there were definitely some receivers that benefited/suffered by the change in who was throwing the ball to them.

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Conventional wisdom was that in 2011, Jake Heaps favored Apo more than Hoffman and it was vice versa when Riley Nelson took over as the starter. It turns out in this case that conventional wisdom was actually correct. Heaps threw to Apo 19.1% and Hoffman 17.8% of the time, but Nelson only looked to Apo 14.0% and Hoffman 25.9% of the time. That’s a pretty pronounced swing in receiver preference.

Something that appears to have gone largely unnoticed is that McKay Jacobson suffered even more by Nelson’s playing time, having his targeting percentage cut nearly in half, from 14.8% to 7.8%.

In 2012, the distribution of the ball was a little more consistent between QBs. The biggest differences were that JD Falslev was targeted much more frequently (7.1% increase) and Kaneakua Friel much less (6.9% decrease) by James Lark, compared to Riley Nelson.

All 3 QBs in 2012 relied equally heavily on Cody Hoffman, targeting him between 30.3% and 33.8% of the time. With most of the receivers from 2012 returning in 2013, it will be interesting to see if the ball distribution will be a little more even than it was last year.

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Jake Heaps post-mortem


Now that Jake Heaps has decided to take his talents elsewhere, let’s take a look at the (statistical) legacy he’s leaving at BYU. While they won’t be building him a statue in the Hall of Quarterbacks, he does hold a number of BYU freshman records including:

Passing Yards: 2,316
Passing Attempts: 383
Passing Completions: 219
Passing Touchdowns: 15
Wins: 6
Games Started: 10
Games Played: 13

Passing
Heaps leaves BYU ranked 16th in career passing yards with 3,768, about 500 yards less than Sean Covey. His 2010 season was the 29th most yards in a season.

Rushing
Jake’s -157 is the 8th most yards lost in BYU history. Not necessarily a terrible thing considering the quality of some of the QBs below him — Sarkisian, Detmer, Nielsen, Walsh.

QB Rating
His final passer rating was 114.1, comparable to some other QBs that had limited success at BYU — Bob Jensen, Matt Berry, Bret Engemann.

TDs – Ints
Jake wraps up his BYU career with a +7 TD to Int total. In 2011 he was only at +1

Win-Loss record as a starter
Career: 10-6
2010: 6-4
2011: 4-2

CougarStats wishes all the best for Heaps and hopes he can live up to his potential and turn into a great quarterback wherever he ends up.

So long Jake, we hardly knew ye.

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Week 10 stat list update


CAREER PASSING YARDS

Riley Nelson‘s 56 passing yards vs. Idaho were enough to pass up Eldon ‘The Phantom’ Fortie for 27th in career passing at BYU.

SEASON PASSING YARDS

Last week Nelson passed up Jake Heaps in passing for the season. This week, Heaps passed up Nelson.

CAREER RUSHING

It was a bad week for the Phantom. JJ DiLuigi passed him to move into 11th in career rushing yards.

CAREER RECEIVING

One catch was enough to move McKay Jacobson into a tie with Jay Miller for 25th.

JJ DiLuigi has the same number of receptions in his career (86) as Luke Staley (and Daniel Coats, and Scott Pettis).

CAREER RECEIVING YARDS

Jacobson moved up one spot to 17th, ahead of Jonny Harline.

CAREER TACKLES

Jordan Pendleton finished his career in the 111th spot for career tackles at BYU with 130.

CAREER TOTAL OFFENSE

Jake Heaps moved in to 16th place, passing Marc Lyons.

INTERCEPTIONS

So far, the team is averaging 1.3 interceptions per game. That would be the highest average since 2006.

CAREER QB RATING

Heaps’ rating moved up a bit from 110.3 to 112.7, Nelson’s also increased from 147.7 to 148.6. Heaps’ career rating compares with Jason Beck and Bret Engemann. Nelson’s is similar to Robbie Bosco and John Walsh.

SEASON QB RATING

Nelson’s rating for 2011 (159.7) is identical to Brandon Doman‘s rating in 2001.

TEAM SCORING

A good thumping of Idaho lifted BYU’s points-per-game margin from +3.6 to +6.7.

PAT

If Justin Sorensen can go three more games without missing an extra point he will have the BYU record from most PATs without a miss in a season.

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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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Week 9 stat list update


Once again, with a young team, there isn’t a lot of movement near the top of the stat lists right now. I’ll try to avoid mentioning the overly obscure, like Michael Alisa at No. 83 in career rushing ahead of Ken Call and Kent Oborn.

SEASON PASSING

For the first time this season, Riley Nelson has more passing yards that Jake Heaps.

SEASON QB RATING

Nelson now has more than the 100 attempts needed to show up on the season rating list. His rating for this year dropped from 174.5 to — between Brandon Doman  ’01 and Max Hall ’08.

 QB RATING

Matt Marshall’s career passer rating took a hit. With a single incomplete pass, his rating dropped from 188.2 to 125.5.

RUSHING

With four games left, JJ DiLuigi needs 326 yards to bump Brian McKenzie out of the top 10 in career rushing.

QB RUSHING

Nelson passes Doman for third in QB rushing.

 SEASON QB RUSHING

Nelson has the 6th most rushing yards for a QB in a season, passing Virgil Carter ’66

RECEIVING YARDS

In his Sophomore year, Hoffman is already 54th in career receiving yards, passing Jeff Frandsen, Rod Wilkerson, Tyler Anderson, Toby Christensen and Matt Allen.

 TEAM SCORING

BYU’s scoring margin dropped from +5.3 to +3.6.

PENALTIES

The team is averaging 5.7 penalties for 48.0 yards per game. The only season in the past 35 years with fewer penalties or yards is 2010.

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Week 8 stat list update


Weak opponents add up to a lot of stats.

PASSING

Riley Nelson passes the 1,000 yard mark for his career

Jake Heaps moves up to 16th in career passing yards, passing up KSL color man Marc Lyons.

SEASON PASSING

Heaps passes the 1,000 yard mark for the season

QB RUSHING

Nelson is less than 100 yards from OC Brandon Doman‘s third place

SEASON QB RUSHING

Nelson is 7th in QB rushing yards in a season, passing Steve Young ’81 and Jim McMahon ’78

RECEIVING YARDS

McKay Jacobsen passes up two guys named Todd to move into 18th place in career receiving yards — Tod Thompson and Todd Watkins

Cody Hoffman became the 60th player in BYU history to record 1,000 receiving yards

QB RATING

Nelson’s rating improved from 144.9 to 155.2. A little better than Brandon Doman, a little worse than Jim McMahon.

TEAM SCORING

The blowout win vs. Idaho State increased BYU’s ppg margin from -1.6 to +5.3

COACHING

Coach Mendenhall gets his 62nd win. Only 195 from Coach Edwards!

Several players appeared on the stat lists for the first time this week:

Nelson and Joshua Quezada got their first rushing TDs of the season

Ryan Folsom rushed for the first time of the season

Dallin Cutler made the first catch of his career. Now he’s only 96 receptions away from his dad Chuck.

Daniel Sorensen scored the first touchdown of his career.

Jordan Johnson got his first interception.

Marcus Mathews, Aveni Leung-Wai, Simonte Vea recorded their first  tackle of the season.

Alani Fua, Seth Probert, Chase Pendley, DeQuan Everett each recorded his first career tackles.

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Nelson and Heaps game-by-game


Taking a look at Riley Nelson and Jake Heaps passing and rushing stats for every game they have played. Updated 10/24/11

9/12/09 Tulane 54-3 W Starter: Max Hall
Passing
Cmp. Att. Pct. Yds. Yd/Cmp TD Int. Rating
Nelson 2 2 100% 12 6 0 0 150.40
Rushing
Att. Yds. TD Fumble
Nelson 2 2 1 0
9/19/09 Florida State 28-54 L Starter: Max Hall
Passing
Cmp. Att. Pct. Yds. Yd/Cmp TD Int. Rating
Nelson 3 3 100% 59 19.7 1 0 365.2
Rushing
Att. Yds. TD Fumble
Nelson 0 0 0 0
10/2/09 Utah State 35-17 W Starter: Max Hall
Passing
Cmp. Att. Pct. Yds. Yd/Cmp TD Int. Rating
Nelson 0 0 0 0 0
Rushing
Att. Yds. TD Fumble
Nelson 1 13 0 0
10/10/09 UNLV 59-21 W Starter: Max Hall
Passing
Cmp. Att. Pct. Yds. Yd/Cmp TD Int. Rating
Nelson 0 0 0 0 0
Rushing
Att. Yds. TD Fumble
Nelson 4 17 1 0
10/24/09 TCU 7-38 L Starter: Max Hall
Passing
Cmp. Att. Pct. Yds. Yd/Cmp TD Int. Rating
Nelson 2 5 40% 26 13 0 0 83.68
Rushing
Att. Yds. TD Fumble
Nelson 4 19 0 0
11/7/09 Wyoming 52-0 W Starter: Max Hall
Passing
Cmp. Att. Pct. Yds. Yd/Cmp TD Int. Rating
Nelson 0 0 0 0 0
Rushing
Att. Yds. TD Fumble
Nelson 10 71 1 0
9/4/10 Washington 23-17 W Starter: Riley Nelson
Passing
Cmp. Att. Pct. Yds. Yd/Cmp TD Int. Rating
Nelson 11 17 65% 131 11.9 2 0 164.73
Heaps 13 23 57% 131 10.08 0 0 104.37
Rushing
Att. Yds. TD Fumble
Nelson 8 45 0 0
Heaps 1 6 0 0
9/11/10 Air Force 14-35 L Starter: Riley Nelson
Passing
Cmp. Att. Pct. Yds. Yd/Cmp TD Int. Rating
Nelson 8 19 42% 73 9.1 0 0 74.38
Heaps 2 6 33% 15 7.5 0 1 21.00
Rushing
Att. Yds. TD Fumble
Nelson 20 95 1 2
Heaps 0 0 0 0
9/18/10 Florida State 10-34 L Starter: Riley Nelson
Passing
Cmp. Att. Pct. Yds. Yd/Cmp TD Int. Rating
Nelson 1 4 25% 1 1 0 1 -22.9
Heaps 15 31 48% 114 7.6 1 0 88.95
Rushing
Att. Yds. TD Fumble
Nelson 3 8 0 1
Heaps 6 -61 0 3
9/25/10 Nevada 13-27 L Starter: Jake Heaps
Passing
Cmp. Att. Pct. Yds. Yd/Cmp TD Int. Rating
Heaps 24 45 53% 229 9.54 0 0 96.08
Rushing
Att. Yds. TD Fumble
Heaps 3 -2 0 0
10/1/10 Utah State 16-31 L Starter: Jake Heaps
Passing
Cmp. Att. Pct. Yds. Yd/Cmp TD Int. Rating
Heaps 27 55 49% 270 10 0 2 83.05
Rushing
Att. Yds. TD Fumble
Heaps 3 -2 0 0
10/9/10 San Diego State 24-21 W Starter: Jake Heaps
Passing
Cmp. Att. Pct. Yds. Yd/Cmp TD Int. Rating
Heaps 15 22 68% 126 8.4 0 1 107.2
Rushing
Att. Yds. TD Fumble
Heaps 6 4 0 0
10/16/10 TCU 3-31 L Starter: Jake Heaps
Passing
Cmp. Att. Pct. Yds. Yd/Cmp TD Int. Rating
Heaps 14 30 47% 91 6.5 0 2 58.81
Rushing
Att. Yds. TD Fumble
Heaps 3 -21 0 0
10/23/10 Wyoming 25-20 W Starter: Jake Heaps
Passing
Cmp. Att. Pct. Yds. Yd/Cmp TD Int. Rating
Heaps 10 18 56% 81 8.1 1 1 98.91
Rushing
Att. Yds. TD Fumble
Heaps 1 -11 0 0
11/6/10 UNLV 55-7 W Starter: Jake Heaps
Passing
Cmp. Att. Pct. Yds. Yd/Cmp TD Int. Rating
Heaps 19 31 61% 294 15.47 2 0 160.31
Rushing
Att. Yds. TD Fumble
Heaps 0 0 0 0
11/13/10 Colorado State 49-10 W Starter: Jake Heaps
Passing
Cmp. Att. Pct. Yds. Yd/Cmp TD Int. Rating
Heaps 15 20 75% 242 16.13 4 0 236.64
Rushing
Att. Yds. TD Fumble
Heaps 4 -3 0 1
11/20/10 New Mexico 40-7 W Starter: Jake Heaps
Passing
Cmp. Att. Pct. Yds. Yd/Cmp TD Int. Rating
Heaps 18 32 56% 231 12.83 2 0 135.64
Rushing
Att. Yds. TD Fumble
Heaps 3 5 1 0
11/27/10 Utah 16-17 L Starter: Jake Heaps
Passing
Cmp. Att. Pct. Yds. Yd/Cmp TD Int. Rating
Heaps 22 37 59% 228 10.36 1 1 113.92
Rushing
Att. Yds. TD Fumble
Heaps 4 -15 0 1
12/18/10 UTEP 52-24 W Starter: Jake Heaps
Passing
Cmp. Att. Pct. Yds. Yd/Cmp TD Int. Rating
Heaps 25 34 74% 264 10.56 4 1 168.16
Rushing
Att. Yds. TD Fumble
Heaps 0 0 0 0
9/3/11 Mississippi 14-13 W Starter: Jake Heaps
Passing
Cmp. Att. Pct. Yds. Yd/Cmp TD Int. Rating
Nelson 0 0 0 0 0
Heaps 24 38 63% 225 9.38 1 1 115.53
Rushing
Att. Yds. TD Fumble
Nelson 1 6 0 0
Heaps 2 -18 0 0
9/10/11 Texas 17-16 L Starter: Jake Heaps
Passing
Cmp. Att. Pct. Yds. Yd/Cmp TD Int. Rating
Nelson 0 0 0 0 0
Heaps 22 38 58% 192 8.73 1 2 97.71
Rushing
Att. Yds. TD Fumble
Nelson 1 4 0 0
Heaps 2 -9 0 0
9/17/11 Utah 10-54 L Starter: Jake Heaps
Passing
Cmp. Att. Pct. Yds. Yd/Cmp TD Int. Rating
Nelson 3 6 50$ 38 12.7 0 0 103.2
Heaps 27 50 54$ 305 11.3 1 1 107.24
Rushing
Att. Yds. TD Fumble
Nelson 3 -2 0 1
Heaps 4 -29 0 2
9/23/11 Central Florida 24-17 W Starter: Jake Heaps
Passing
Cmp. Att. Pct. Yds. Yd/Cmp TD Int. Rating
Nelson 0 1 0% 0 0 0
Heaps 16 34 47% 133 8.31 0 1 74.04
Rushing
Att. Yds. TD Fumble
Nelson 0 0 0 0
Heaps 1 -10 0 0
9/30/11 Utah State 27-24 W Starter: Jake Heaps
Passing
Cmp. Att. Pct. Yds. Yd/Cmp TD Int. Rating
Nelson 10 14 71% 144 14.4 2 0 200.69
Heaps 11 25 44% 107 9.73 0 0 79.95
Rushing
Att. Yds. TD Fumble
Nelson 11 62 0 0
Heaps 3 5 1 0
10/8/11 San Jose State 29-16 W Starter: Riley Nelson
Passing
Cmp. Att. Pct. Yds. Yd/Cmp TD Int. Rating
Nelson 14 24 58% 219 15.6 3 2 159.57
Rushing
Att. Yds. TD Fumble
Nelson 9 65 0 1
10/15/11 Oregon State 38-28 W Starter: Riley Nelson
Passing
Cmp. Att. Pct. Yds. Yd/Cmp TD Int. Rating
Nelson 17 27 63% 217 12.8 3 1 159.73
Rushing
Att. Yds. TD Fumble
Nelson 12 89 0 1
10/22/11 Idaho State 56-3 W Starter: Riley Nelson
Passing
Cmp. Att. Pct. Yds. Yd/Cmp TD Int. Rating
Nelson 11 17 65% 215 19.5 2 0 229.18
Heaps 8 10 80% 67 8.38 0 1 116.28
Rushing
Att. Yds. TD Fumble
Nelson 7 71 1 1
Heaps 2 4 0 0

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