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Tracking WSU's passing attack through Week 6

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These numbers may look fake, but they are real and they are spectacular.

William Mancebo

When a team sets a FBS record for passing yards, the wide receivers are obviously going to finish with some impressive numbers. That is indeed the case with Washington State last week, but the tracking numbers may be even more impressive than the overall yards.

Washington State's receivers didn't just tally up large receiving totals against Cal, they did it with ruthless efficiency.

WSU receivers vs. Cal

Player

Snaps

Routes

Yds

Tgts

Recs

Drops

1st

INT

TD

Tgt %

Catch %

Dr %

1st %

YPT

YPR

Mayle

74

57

263

16

11

3

7

0

1

22.9%

68.8%

18.8%

43.8%

16.4

4.6

D Williams

30

23

107

7

5

0

4

0

0

10.0%

71.4%

0.0%

57.1%

15.3

4.7

Galvin

4

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0

0.0

Green

77

61

31

5

3

0

2

0

0

7.1%

60.0%

0.0%

40.0%

6.2

0.5

Cracraft

62

53

172

12

11

0

6

0

3

17.1%

91.7%

0.0%

50.0%

14.3

3.2

Lewis

19

14

33

5

2

1

2

0

0

7.1%

40.0%

20.0%

40.0%

6.6

2.4

K Williams

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0

0.0

Myers

81

62

96

14

9

1

5

0

2

20.0%

64.3%

7.1%

35.7%

6.9

1.5

Baker

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0

0.0

Loftus

4

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0

0.0

Thompson

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0

0.0

WR Totals

351

277

702

59

41

5

26

0

6

86.8%

69.5%

8.5%

44.1%

11.9

2.5

The good:

Where do I even start? Vince Mayle's school-record 263 receiving yards weren't just a product of inflated counting stats due to too many targets. He racked those yards up on just 16 targets and only 57 routes run. Thats good for absurd 16.4 yards per target and 4.6 yards per route run. He did drop three catchable balls, but I'm not picking nits with those efficiency numbers.

Another huge week from River Cracraft. He caught 11 of 12 targets, ripping off 14.3 yards per target. There isn't much to say about him that hasn't already been said, he's just really good and very fun to watch.

Dom Williams didn't play a ton -- only 30 snaps -- but he produced once again. The two targets he didn't catch? One was uncatchable out of bounds and the other was an overthrow. He played a little X and a little Z and made plays from both spots. He was limited in practice this week, so it's possible he was playing through something.

The receivers averaged an absurd 11.9 YPT. Elite level production, no wonder the passing record fell.

The bad:

Rickey Galvin apparently suffered an injury on Mayle's 90-yard touchdown as he didn't play a snap the rest of the game. Calvin Green replaced him and showed flashes. No one checked in with really poor numbers. Overall, a very strong performance at the top with adequate support.

Pass distribution:

Pass Week 6

WSU absolutely obliterated Cal between the hashes. The Cougars completed 18-of-23 attempts on middle targets for 405 yards. Just a tidy 17.6 yards per attempt.

Season numbers

Player

Snaps

Routes

Yds

Tgts

Recs

Drops

1st

INT

TD

Tgt %

Catch %

Dr %

1st %

YPT

YPR

Mayle

305

243

703

75

51

6

29

0

6

31.3%

68.0%

8.0%

38.7%

9.4

2.9

D Williams

213

164

496

34

24

4

18

1

6

14.2%

70.6%

11.8%

52.9%

14.6

3.0

Galvin

255

211

235

35

20

4

8

3

2

14.6%

57.1%

11.4%

22.9%

6.7

1.1

Green

167

135

68

18

12

1

4

0

0

7.5%

66.7%

5.6%

22.2%

3.8

0.5

Cracraft

277

239

576

57

43

0

28

1

6

23.8%

75.4%

0.0%

49.1%

10.1

2.4

Lewis

146

117

156

25

18

2

9

0

0

10.4%

72.0%

8.0%

36.0%

6.2

1.3

K Williams

48

40

36

3

2

0

1

0

0

1.3%

66.7%

0.0%

33.3%

12.0

0.9

Myers

386

306

574

69

44

5

23

2

7

28.8%

63.8%

7.2%

33.3%

8.3

1.9

Baker

4

4

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0.4%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0

0.0

Loftus

33

26

6

2

1

1

0

0

0

0.8%

50.0%

50.0%

0.0%

3.0

0.2

Thompson

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0

0.0

WR Totals

1835

1486

2850

319

215

23

120

7

27

88.4%

67.4%

7.2%

37.6%

8.9

1.9

Dom Williams is being used like a relief pitcher compared to the other starters, but he's the Mariano Rivera of wide receivers. Absurd production from so few targets.

Yac:

Yac W6

Dom Williams and Mayle are nearly averaging a first down of yards after the catch every time they touch the ball. The big plays help, but they are picking up solid YAC on short catches too. The Cougars racked up 442 yards after the catch against Cal, good for 9.0 YAC per catch. No longer a catch and fall team.