Numbers don't always tell the full story. Statistics can often be manipulated. Understanding these two thoughts on how numbers and statistics can be viewed, we wanted a better understanding of how we might be able to gauge how Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III stands statistically compared to years past. We understand the sample size is small, and we realize the opponents are not the same from season to season. And, yes, we do understand the difference between home and away and the effect it might have on the numbers as well. With all of that out of the way, here is a look inside the numbers…small sample size and all.
After his first 2 starts this season, Griffin has completed 39 passes in 71 attempts. That equals a 54.9% pass completion percentage so far this year. Griffin has thrown for 539 yards and 4 touchdowns. On the ground, the dual-threat QB has rushed for 92 yards on 11 carries and 3 touchdowns in 2 games. The Bears have defeated Sam Houston State and Buffalo with both games being played on Baylor's home field.
After his first 2 starts last season, Griffin completed 32 passes in 50 attempts for a 64% pass completion percentage. He threw for 255 yards and 1 TD. On the ground, Griffin rushed 23 times for 61 yards and 2 scores. The Bears defeated Wake Forest on the road and lost to UConn at home.
During his true freshman campaign, Griffin did not start Baylor's season-opener against Wake Forest. Those numbers will not be used in the figures. Rather, we will only use the numbers for Griffin's 1st two starts. In those 2 starts, Griffin completed 22 passes in 34 attempts for a 64.7% pass completion percentage. He threw for 423 yards and 4 touchdowns. On the ground, Griffin rushed 21 times for 259 yards and 3 TD. Baylor defeated Northwestern State and Washington State at home.
So what does it all mean, if anything? One trend we see from the numbers is that Griffin is throwing the ball more often. His pass completion percentage is several points lower this season as compared to last season and 2 years ago. He has thrown for more yards this season than any other, however, his TD passes are equal to the number he had during his true freshman year. Griffin had more rushing attempts last season through the first two games than the other two seasons, yet had the most yards gained his true freshman campaign. Throw in the fact that Griffin has scored the same number of rushing touchdowns this season than he did during his freshman year, but more than last season, and it is quite difficult to identify a trend in the rushing attack other than the Griffin's carries have been cut in half from the past two seasons.
**Using the first 2 games of Griffin's true freshman year, the numbers would be as follows. He completed 26 passes in 38 attempts for a 68.4% pass completion percentage. He threw for 419 yards and 3 TD. On the ground, Griffin rushed 21 times for 71 yards and 2TD. The Bears lost to Wake Forest at home and defeated Northwestern State at home.
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