Fun with Numbers: The Violation of Team Rules edition
Ohio State corner Bradley Roby leads the list of marquee players returning from suspension this week in college football.
Week 2 doesn't promise better games pound-for-pound. This week's schedule sags after South Carolina-Georgia, Notre Dame-Michigan and Florida-Miami.
But it does promise better players.
Thanks to college football's first cousin, "Mr. Violation of Team Rules," suspensions stripped Texas A&M, Florida, Ohio State, Oklahoma and others of at least two key players (and that's not counting the nation's top tight end, Washington's Austin Seferian-Jenkins, who was suspended for the Boise opener). Florida and A&M had a combined 11 players suspended last week, including two defensive staples -- Gators linebacker Antonio Morrison and Aggies safety Deshazor Everett (half-game -- and now out another half-game for a targeting ejection).
Basically, you could make a pretty good "All Violation of Team Rules" squad of players that missed the first week because of off-field trouble and win some games in any league.
Well, the summer is over. The hit list of DUIs and marijuana possession should condense now that players are in the structure of a season. The best players will be on the field.
We're not here to judge. It's time to see you play.
Like Ohio State corner Bradley Roby, who, along with Morrison, has the "Fun with Numbers" purveyor most eager to watch play in Week 2.
Roby, who faced a misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge that was eventually dropped, enters the Buckeyes' game against San Diego State as one of the country's best athletes. Want proof? Here are his most recent measurements at Ohio State, courtesy of OSU assistant athletic director of football sports performance Mickey Marotti.
4.38 seconds: Roby's time in the 40-yard dash
6.69: Roby's three-cone drill
3.69: Roby's pro shuttle
10-feet-8: Roby's broad jump
As Marotti points out, that broad jump might be the most impressive of the bunch outside of his straight-line speed. A 10-foot-8 broad jump would have placed Roby tied for 13th among all players at last year's NFL combine, according to NFL.com stats.
"Knocked a lot of balls down last year with his explosiveness when he got in position," Marotti said of Roby's play last year.
Each week, "Fun with Numbers" hopes to analyze the game using not conjecture or top-10 lists, but straight-up numberage.
12: Number of NFL teams credentialed for the Florida-Miami game as of Wednesday (Ravens, Broncos, Packers, Chiefs, Jets, Saints, Raiders, 49ers, Seahawks, Rams, Bucs, Titans)
4: Number of NFL teams credentialed for Georgia-South Carolina as of Wednesday (Falcons, Panthers, Redskins, Patriots; Bills were scheduled to attend but canceled)
12: Number of NFL teams credentialed for Notre Dame-Michigan as of Wednesday. Michigan opted not to disclose the names of the teams.
23.5: The difference between Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch's completion percentage last week against Iowa (25 of 41, 61 percent) and last year's performance against the Hawkeyes (6 of 16, 37.5 percent). "Just worked in the offseason, that's all -- more comfortable," Lynch said about the improvement
1: Number of times Louisiana-Monroe reached the red zone last week against Oklahoma, which should be better positioned for defensive prowess in Year 2 under coordinator Mike Stoops. Stoops says he has more flexibility to scheme with this year's defense -- more talent and versatility, especially in the secondary.
79: Number of inches that belong to Virginia defensive tackle Brent Urban, who was the first player mentioned by Oregon running backs coach Gary Campbell when asked about Virginia's defense this week. The Ducks are the favorite as they travel to Charlottesville. "He's a load," Campbell said.
3,562: Rough number of offensive and defensive snaps Miami has played since news broke in August 2011 of renegade booster Nevin Shapiro providing improper benefits to players. Miami is still waiting on a ruling from the NCAA on the matter.
16: Number of years since Boise State played a game without scoring a touchdown. The Broncos lost 38-6 at Washington on Saturday. (h/t @jonsol)
4: Number of 250-plus-yard passing games for LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger in his past six games dating back to November 2012.
3: Number of combined two-point conversion attempts from Auburn and Ohio State last week.
28: Number of teams that played at least 80 offensive snaps in Week 1, which would give 28 teams roughly 1,000 plays or more based on a 12.6-game schedule (a rough average with bowl games).
4: Number of teams (Cal, San Diego State, SMU, BYU) that played at least 93 offensive snaps and still lost (h/t to @MrCFB)
16-18: Number of viable defensive options for Florida when healthy, Gators defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin told me in the offseason. Now that's depth.
6: Number of conference games this week, down two from last year's Week 2 total.
3: Number of freshmen or redshirt freshman quarterbacks who threw for at least 350 yards in their debut (FSU's Jameis Winston, Cal's Jared Goff and Texas Tech's Baker Mayfield).
28: Number of FBS teams that did not attempt a field goal in week 1.
81: Age of former Georgia coach Vince Dooley, who celebrated a birthday Wednesday.
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