Party Of Nine: Breaking Down The WSU Wide Receivers

At the end of fall camp, I thought I had the WSU wide receivers figured out. Marquess Wilson and Jared Karstetter would lead the way with Gino Simone and Isiah Barton seeing most of the time in the slots. Kristoff Williams garnered a lot of attention during camp, so he would probably see significant action as well. The four true freshman wide receivers would redshirt and anyone else would provide depth. Boy was I wrong.

Bobby Ratliff, who was rarely mentioned in practice reports, was near the team lead in targets, running mostly with the first team offense. Kristoff Williams spent most of his time with the second unit, while two true freshman got into the game. Bennett Bontemps also got some action at receiver, meaning nine different receivers were targeted at least once. 

Every game won't be 40-0 at halftime, but it sill looks like there will be a lot of rotation at wide receiver. Keeping track of who is on the field during the game can be a major challenge, so instead, I'm starting this weekly post breaking down how the wide receivers are used each week.

Before we get to the charts, here is a quick rundown of the stats we will be using each week and what they mean.

Targets: How many times the receiver is thrown to. This number comes with a major caveat. All target data is taken directly from the play-by-play. As someone who has monitored the accuracy of college football play-by-play, I can tell you these numbers are not going to be 100 percent accurate. They will be close, and depending on which school is producing the live stats, they maybe very good or pretty bad. WSU and most Pac-12 schools do a pretty good job of producing accurate stats.

Drops: Again taken from the play-by-play. I may remove this number later on if other schools don't include drop data in their stats.

YPT: Yards Per Target. Receiving yards divided by the number of targets. In 2010, the NCAA YPT average was 7.0 which included running backs. For wide receivers, anything 8.5 or higher is above average. Double digits and you are likely talking about one of the best receivers in college football.

Catch%: Catches divided by targets. Simply put, how often does a receiver convert a target into a catch. NCAA average in 2010 was 67.8 percent which is again skewed by running backs. This number also depends on the receivers role. A possession receiver should be in the mid to upper 60s, while a deep threat is likely in the mid 50s. A good receiver will be above average in either YPT or Catch%, elite receivers are above average in both.

Drop%: Drops divided by targets. Obviously the lower the better.

1st Down%: 1st downs divided by targets. When a quarterback throws to a wide receiver, how often does the play result in a first down.

Alright, now lets take a look at how the wide receivers fared against Idaho State

WSU Wide Receivers Vs. Idaho State

Player Targets Catches Yards Drops 1st Downs YPT Catch% Drop% 1st Down%
Isiah Barton 4 2 34 1 2 8.5 50.00 25.00 50.00
Bennett Bontemps 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.00
Henry Eaddy 5 1 10 0 1 2.0 20.00 0.00 20.00
Jared Karstetter 3 2 24 0 1 8.0 66.67 0.00 33.33
Isiah Myers 5 2 16 0 1 3.2 40.00 0.00 20.00
Bobby Ratliff 4 4 46 0 3 11.5 100.00 0.00 75.00
Gino Simone 2 1 20 0 1 10.0 50.00 0.00 50.00
Kristoff Williams 2 1 20 1 1 10.0 50.00 50.00 50.00
Marquess Wilson 5 4 91 0 4 18.2 80.00 0.00 80.00
WR Totals 31 17 261 2 14 8.42 54.84 6.45 45.16

Wilson and Ratliff with fantastic games. All four of Wilson's catches produced a first down, while Ratliff caught every pass he was thrown. The two true freshman struggled to find a connection with Conor Halliday. Each were targeted five times but they combined for just three catches and 26 yards. The overall receiver numbers don't look very impressive, but that is due to struggles by the backups.

In the first half, the receivers combined for 11.5 YPT and 68.4 Catch%. Fantastic production, from the starters.

WSU Wide Receiver Season Numbers

Player Targets Catches Yards Drops 1st Downs YPT Catch% Drop% 1st Down%
Isiah Barton 4 2 34 1 2 8.5 50.00 25.00 50.00
Bennett Bontemps 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.00
Henry Eaddy 5 1 10 0 1 2.0 20.00 0.00 20.00
Jared Karstetter 3 2 24 0 1 8.0 66.67 0.00 33.33
Isiah Myers 5 2 16 0 1 3.2 40.00 0.00 20.00
Bobby Ratliff 4 4 46 0 3 11.5 100.00 0.00 75.00
Gino Simone 2 1 20 0 1 10.0 50.00 0.00 50.00
Kristoff Williams 2 1 20 1 1 10.0 50.00 50.00 50.00
Marquess Wilson 5 4 91 0 4 18.2 80.00 0.00 80.00
WR Totals 31 17 261 2 14 8.42 54.84 6.45 45.16

This chart will be interesting to monitor as the season progresses. Last season, Wilson led the team in YPT at 10.6 while Karstetter led in Catch% at 66.0.

 

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