Jared Karstetter Rebounds, Marquess Wilson Gets Targeted A Lot.

Marquess Wilson is rewriting the WSU record book one week at a time.

In this post last week I wrote:

Teams are obviously focusing on Wilson, but if the other receivers continue to struggle, at some point force feeding Wilson 10-12 targets will still be more productive than targeting players with sub 6.00 YPT.

It appears Todd Sturdy read this and said, "12? Ha! I'll see your 12 and raise you seven more." Against Oregon, Wilson was targeted a whopping 19 times, seven more than his previous season high of 12 targets. Forget spreading the ball around to five or six different receivers, on Saturday, 31 of Marshall Lobbestael's 36 passes to wide receivers went to either Wilson or Jared Karstetter.

Although the numbers aren't overly impressive, it's tough to fault the idea of giving the ball to your best playmakers as many times as possible. 

Player Targets Catches Yards Drops 1st Downs YPT Catch% Drop% 1st Down%
Isiah Barton 5 3 18 2 0 3.60 60.00 40.00 0.00
Bennett Bontemps 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Henry Eaddy 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Jared Karstetter 12 7 114 0 5 9.50 58.33 0.00 41.67
Isiah Myers 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Bobby Ratliff 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Gino Simone 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Kristoff Williams 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Marquess Wilson 19 11 126 2 7 6.63 57.89 10.53 36.84
WR Totals 36 21 258 4 12 7.17 58.33 11.11 33.33

Wilson's boxscore numbers of 11 catches and 126 yards look like a great game, but his 6.63 YPT is the lowest of the season and it's only the second time in 2011 he's posted a catch rate under 60 percent. That said, I still find Wilson's performance to be very encouraging. First, Wilson got the ball a lot which is always a good thing. Second, last season there were games where if he didn't catch a deep ball, he was somewhat ineffective. Against Oregon his longest grab went for 21 yards but he was still effective and generated first downs.

As encouraged as I was with Wilson's performance, double it for Karstetter's. Karstetter is one of my favorite Cougars in recent memory. He works hard, plays hard, is a good student and carries himself well. He's the exact type you like to root for so highlighting his struggles recently hasn't exactly been fun. While he put up slightly better numbers against Colorado (9.55 YPT, 81.82 Catch%) this was an impressive performance. 

Barton's five targets were his lowest since week two against UNLV. When he was the target of a Lobbestael pass, he didn't do much with it gaining only 18 yards with two drops. Three weeks ago he was targeted 15 times, that number has dropped to seven and now five. It will be interesting to see what kind of a role he plays in the final four games.

Ratliff not being targeted at all is a bit unusual, but some of that is due to the fact that Andrei Lintz (3) and Rickey Galvin (5) saw season highs in targets.

Player Targets Catches Yards Drops 1st Downs YPT Catch% Drop% 1st Down%
Isiah Barton 66 41 467 9 21 7.08 62.12 13.64 31.82
Bennett Bontemps 2 1 10 0 1 5.00 50.00 0.00 50.00
Henry Eaddy 9 4 35 0 1 3.89 44.44 0.00 11.11
Jared Karstetter 63 37 418 7 23 6.63 58.73 11.11 36.51
Isiah Myers 13 7 76 0 3 5.85 53.85 0.00 23.08
Bobby Ratliff 30 20 207 1 14 6.90 66.67 3.33 46.67
Gino Simone 7 3 37 0 2 5.29 42.86 0.00 28.57
Kristoff Williams 10 7 113 1 4 11.30 70.00 10.00 40.00
Marquess Wilson 79 52 889 7 34 11.25 65.82 8.86 43.04
WR Totals 279 172 2252 25 103 8.07 61.65 8.96 36.92

Karstetter's strong game gives his season YPT a nice boost of .67. His catch rate is still lower than usual, but hopefully Saturday was the start of a strong close to his WSU career.

I talk about Wilson a lot in these posts, but what the heck lets do it some more. He now has 79 targets in eight games good for 9.88 targets per game. Based on that number and assuming he maintains his current YPT and catch rate over the final four games, he would end the season with 78 catches for 1,333 yards both WSU single season records. Jason Hill is currently the only WSU player with two 1,000 yard receiving seasons. Wilson could join that group as soon as this weekend and he's still just a sophomore.

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