Targets And Catches: A Look Back At Week 1

If this catch would have counted, Marquess Wilson's YPT would have looked a lot better.

Heading into the 2012 season, a lot was expected of the WSU wide receiver group. One person, of very low intelligence, even projected some lofty numbers for the group. The wide receiver corps didn't get off to the best start against BYU, as evidenced by the chart below.

The group combined to average 6.05 yards per target, which ... gross. Eight different wide receivers saw at least one target, but only three averaged more than 5.50 YPT. The group combined to catch 67.57 percent of targets, which is great, but it also makes that low YPT look even worse. On the plus side, there were only two drops, at least that is something.

Player Snaps Yards Targets Catches Drops 1st Downs Target % Catch % Drop % 1st Down % YPT
Brett Bartolone 27 22 4 1 0 1 8.89 25.00 0.00 25.00 5.50
Bennett Bontemps 3 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Rickey Galvin 36 38 8 6 0 2 17.78 75.00 0.00 25.00 4.75
Andrei Lintz 29 2 1 1 0 0 2.22 100.00 0.00 0.00 2.00
Gabe Marks 28 16 5 3 1 1 11.11 60.00 20.00 20.00 3.20
Isiah Myers 29 50 5 5 0 3 11.11 100.00 0.00 60.00 10.00
Bobby Ratliff 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Gino Simone 16 10 4 3 0 0 8.89 75.00 0.00 0.00 2.50
Dominique Williams 12 25 3 2 0 1 6.67 66.67 0.00 33.33 8.33
Marquess Wilson 49 61 7 4 1 2 15.56 57.14 14.29 28.57 8.71
Totals 230 224 37 25 2 10 82.22 67.57 5.41 27.03 6.05

At first glance, it looks like Isiah Myers had a very good game. Anytime someone produces a double-digit YPT, it deserves a notice, but the fact Myers caught every target puts a bit of a damper on the shiny YPT. It's great that he caught them all, but he obviously won't continue to catch 100 percent of targets, so that 10.0 YPT looks like a fluke.

Marquess Wilson produced the second highest YPT, but it was still a notch or two below his usual standard. Thanks to Bill Connelly's research, we know that No. 1 receivers in 2011 averaged 8.7 yards per target. While that's fine for your average No. 1 receiver, Wilson is far from average. He averaged 11.28 YPT a year ago, so he has plenty of ground to make up. However, it is important to point out Wilson had nearly 70 yards called back due to holding penalties. If those two catches count his YPT jumps into the teens.

The biggest surprise on this chart is Andrei Lintz only getting a single target. Lintz played a decent number of snaps, but still didn't see his first target until late in the fourth quarter. After a strong spring and fall camp, Lintz looked to be in position to catch a ton of passes, but that didn't come to fruition against BYU.

Despite the rough start, it could still be worse. WSU wide receivers averaged 4.29 YPT against California last season.

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