The Clowney Project, Week One

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It’s time for my first week’s grade of Jadeveon Clowney. As I explained here, I’m attempting to create a Defender Rating by which we can judge the play of the South Carolina defensive end each week. The purpose of this metric is to find a way to quantify his performance compared to other Heisman candidates. Next week, I’ll add a control group to compare him to in the form of Stanford OLB/DE Trent Murphy.

Here is a cut-up of every snap he had against North Carolina:

Here are his numbers in the following categories:

Raw Stats

1. Percentage of snaps played — 54.4% (43 out of 79)

2. Solo tackles — 3

3. Sacks — 0

4. Tackles for loss — 0

5. Fumbles forced — 0

6. Fumbles recovered — 0

7. Deflections — 0

8. Interceptions — 0

9. Hurries — 5

Adjusted raw stats score: 14.8

(Tackles, Hurries and Deflections = 1 point. Sacks, TFL = 2 points. FF (if team recovers), FR, INTs = 3 points. Totals are then extrapolated out to playing 100% of snaps).

Effect on Opponent Blocking Scheme

10. Number of times ‘chipped’ — 6

11. Number of times double teamed — 4

12. Number of times beat double team — 2

13. Number of times triple teamed — 0

14. Number of times single blocked — 27

15. Number of times he beat single block — 7

16. Number of times not blocked — 6

Opponent blocking strategy score: 31

(Single block or not blocked = 0 points. Beat single block = 1 point. Double team or chip = 2 points. Triple team=3 points. Beat double team = 2 points. Beat triple team = 3 points)

Assignments and mistakes

10. Percentage of assignments filled — 63%

18. Penalties — 1

(Percentage = same number of points. Penalties = -3)

Assignments & Mistakes Score: 60

Impact and Level of Competition Bonuses

20. Critical plays (game on line, momentum changers, etc) — 0

21. Skill set of players attempting to block him on a given play (graded 1-5, 5 being best) — 4 (20 plays), 3 (23 plays)

Impact & Degree of Difficulty Bonuses = 63

(1 = 0 points. 2 = .5 points. 3 = 1 points. 4 = 2 points. 5 = 3 points)

Critical play adds 10 points to score.

ADDING IT UP

Raw Stats = 25% of score

Opponent Blocking Strategy = 25% of score

Assignments/Mistakes = 25% of score

Impact/Degree of difficulty = 25% of score

Defender Rating vs. North Carolina

168.8

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