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Tracking WSU's passing attack through Week 3

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The wide receiver numbers are in and they are glorious.

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Have yourself a ballgame, Isiah Myers.

Myers was very good during the first two weeks of the season, but he took it to a whole new level against Portland State. Sure it was against an FCS opponent, but his numbers would have been impressive in skeleton drills. And as Vince Mayle proved, a lower tier opponent doesn't guarantee eye-popping numbers. Three games of a 12-game season isn't very much in the grand scheme of things, but Myers' start is very exciting.

Let's get to the numbers.

WSU receivers vs. Portland State

Player

Snaps

Routes

Yds

Tgts

Recs

Drops

1st

INT

TD

Tgt %

Catch %

Dr %

1st %

YPT

YPR

Mayle

44

37

35

9

5

0

3

0

1

14.06%

55.56%

0.00%

33.33%

3.89

0.95

D Williams

43

28

112

5

4

1

3

0

2

7.81%

80.00%

20.00%

60.00%

22.40

4.00

Galvin

47

36

41

7

4

1

2

0

0

10.94%

57.14%

14.29%

28.57%

5.86

1.14

Green

28

20

24

6

3

1

2

0

0

9.38%

50.00%

16.67%

33.33%

4.00

1.20

Cracraft

50

41

88

10

7

0

6

1

1

15.63%

70.00%

0.00%

60.00%

8.80

2.15

Lewis

26

19

26

5

4

0

3

0

0

7.81%

80.00%

0.00%

60.00%

5.20

1.37

K Williams

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.00%

0.00%

0.00%

0.00%

0.00

0.00

Myers

72

56

227

13

11

0

7

1

3

20.31%

84.62%

0.00%

53.85%

17.46

4.05

Baker

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.00%

0.00%

0.00%

0.00%

0.00

0.00

Loftus

15

9

0

1

0

1

0

0

0

1.56%

0.00%

100.00%

0.00%

0.00

0.00

Thompson

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.00%

0.00%

0.00%

0.00%

0.00

0.00

WR Totals

325

246

553

56

38

4

26

2

7

87.50%

67.86%

7.14%

46.43%

9.88

2.25

Let's take a moment to let Myers' 17.46 yards per target and 4.05 yards per route set in. Again, that's 17.46 YPT and 4.05 YPR. Dom Williams put up better numbers, but his are inflated by the 84-yard touchdown in garbage time. Not Myers. He was targeted a team-high 13 times, and was on the field for a ridiculous 72 snaps. Despite sitting out just 15 snaps and running 56(!) routes, Myers still managed to top 4.0 yards per route. Remember, 1.8 YPR and above is very good. He caught nearly every pass thrown his way, with only two targets not resulting in completions. Of those two, one was an uncatchable throw from Connor Halliday and the other was the pick-6 which Myers had no chance. On catchable balls, Myers was a perfect 11-for-11. WSU fans have been spoiled by some big receiving performances in recent years, but for my money, Myers' effort was the most impressive single-game since I started tracking these things four years ago.

Myers stole the show, but welcome back River Cracraft. He did what he always seems to do. Catch almost everything thrown his way and make first downs. As steady as they come. Dom Williams put up big numbers thanks to the late bomb. He hasn't been nearly as impressive as his numbers indicate, but he seems good for one big play a week.

The rest of the receivers didn't have a banner day. Mayle didn't get much of anything going. Part of that was some extra attention from the PSU defense. The H receivers again came in with below average numbers and while he had a couple nice plays, Robert Lewis dropped back from his performance against Nevada. When you have a player go off like Myers, the rest of the group can struggle some. The only real concern continues to be the H. Green played more snaps this week, it will be interesting to see if that continues.

WSU receivers in 2014

Player

Snaps

Routes

Yds

Tgts

Recs

Drops

1st

INT

TD

Tgt %

Catch %

Dr %

1st %

YPT

YPR

Mayle

121

106

245

35

25

2

14

0

3

30.97%

71.43%

5.71%

40.00%

7.00

2.31

D Williams

111

83

253

18

10

4

7

1

2

15.93%

55.56%

22.22%

38.89%

14.06

3.05

Galvin

141

119

144

21

10

3

5

2

1

18.58%

47.62%

14.29%

23.81%

6.86

1.21

Green

59

46

33

9

6

1

2

0

0

7.96%

66.67%

11.11%

22.22%

3.67

0.72

Cracraft

107

91

171

19

15

0

10

1

2

16.81%

78.95%

0.00%

52.63%

9.00

1.88

Lewis

96

79

107

16

12

1

7

0

0

14.16%

75.00%

6.25%

43.75%

6.69

1.35

K Williams

48

40

36

3

2

0

1

0

0

2.65%

66.67%

0.00%

33.33%

12.00

0.90

Myers

166

137

423

33

25

2

16

1

5

29.20%

75.76%

6.06%

48.48%

12.82

3.09

Baker

4

4

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0.88%

0.00%

0.00%

0.00%

0.00

0.00

Loftus

19

13

6

2

1

1

0

0

0

1.77%

50.00%

50.00%

0.00%

3.00

0.46

Thompson

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.00%

0.00%

0.00%

0.00%

0.00

0.00

WR Totals

873

719

1418

157

106

14

62

5

13

90.75%

67.52%

8.92%

39.49%

9.03

1.97

Dom Williams' numbers prove sample sizes matter. His totals are heavily inflated by a few big plays. He's highly unlikely to sustain his YPT and YPR numbers with a 55 percent catch rate. Mayle's YPT is a little on the low end, but it's early and one big play will jump that up.

Myers' season numbers are glorious, no other way to put that. Cracraft only has two games worth of data, but they were both very good. He should continue to be targeted close to 10 times a game. The fact the H production is where it is following the non-conference is worrisome. Some of that is the routes that position runs, but Galvin needs to catch more than 47 percent of his targets, plain and simple. Remember his numbers include a 52-yard reception. Without that, he's at 4.6 YPT on 20 targets.

I have zero nits to pick on the team numbers. The receivers are catching 67.5 percent of their targets for 9.03 YPT and 1.97 YPR. If those numbers stay there, WSU will own all of the passing records.