In a recent interview with Jeff Reed, AState head coach Blake Anderson joked about the challenge of replacing Luke Ferguson, "I told Buster as long as we don't punt we will be fine."
While the Red Wolves were blowing up a number of school records offensively, they were also posting the 8th most punts in a season (a longer season than any of the top 7).
We are going to look at AState's punting and turnovers on downs from 2008 to 2015. The number of possession changes not caused by scoring or turnovers.
|Season||Punts||4th Att||4th Fail||Possession Changes||Per Game|
Interesting to see that in 2012, 2014, and 2015 AState converted 50% of fourth down attempts. The 4th down success rate under Hugh Freeze turned out to be much higher than I remembered converting 17 out of 27 while the conversion rate under Harsin was even worse than I remembered successfully converting only 6 of 21, the only season in the last five with less than a 50% success rate on fourth down.
For more perspective a look at the total number of plays run 2011-2015 and the number of first downs.
|Year||First Downs||Total Plays|
Again we see the struggles of the Harsin team, lowest first down total and fewest offensive plays run. Interesting that last year was right in the middle of the number of plays run offensively but produced the second lowest number of first downs.
Now we can't leave any look at offensive efficiency without looking at scoring efficiency. For our purposes we are going to look only at touchdowns, that ignores drives that resulted in points but stalled before reaching the end zone and the decision was made to kick a field goal.
|Year||Off TD||Total Plays||Plays Per TD|
The 2015 season just edges out 2014 and 2012 in touchdowns per play.