Irish Pass Targets

Who do both Everett Golson and Tommy Rees favor in the passing game? Which Irish receiver has been targeted for the most passes to date and who's secured the most first down receptions? Check inside...

Irish Pass Targets Through Four Games

Notre Dame's quarterback have attempted 111 passes, completing 65 for three touchdowns with three interceptions (and two spiked balls counted as "Team" throws, raising the official total to 113 attempts).

Below is a breakdown of each pass target, the resulting completions and/or TD/INT. The Irish have drawn four pass interference calls against the defense with each noted below, though not counted toward the target totals.

Theo Riddick: 22 targets with 14 receptions for 117 yards and a long gain of 17 yards. Riddick also leads the team in total rushes (63). Three of Riddick's receptions occurred on backfield shuffle passes that could be construed (though not technically) as running plays.

Tyler Eifert: 21 targets, not including three pass interferences drawn from opposing defenders. Eifert has nine receptions and a touchdown. Of his 20 targets, 15 occurred vs. Navy and Purdue (Eifert missed the fourth quarter vs the Boilermakers with a concussion). Eifert's 158 yard ranks second on the squad behind DaVaris Daniels (159). One pass intended for Eifert was intercepted as well.

Of Eifert's nine receptions, seven have resulted in an Irish first down or touchdown, and five have gained in excess of 20 yards.

T.J. Jones: 18 targets with 11 catches for 138 yards and a touchdown and a long gain of 24 yards. 10 of Jones' 11 receptions have resulted in Irish first downs (or a touchdown).

DaVaris Daniels: 14 targets with 9 receptions for 159 yards. One pass intended for Daniels was intercepted with five of his 9 receptions resulting in Irish first downs.

Robby Toma: 11 targets, 9 receptions for 91 yards with a long gain of 21 yards. Each of his 11 targets and 9 receptions occurred in the Purdue and Michigan State contests. Four of Toma's receptions resulted in Irish first downs and two were in excess of 20 yards. Toma secured three receptions that moved the chains at Michigan State.

Troy Niklas: 4 targets with two receptions and one drawn pass interference call (not included among official targets). Niklas' lone receptions have totaled 29 and 30 yards, respectively and both resulted in Irish first downs, as did a drawn pass interference penalty vs. Purdue on the game-winning drive.

Daniel Smith: 4 targets with four receptions for 24 yards. Smith was not targeted in Saturday's contest vs. the Wolverines; he's caught one pass (11 yards on 3rd and 6 vs. Purdue) that moved the chains for the Irish.

Ben Koyack: 5 targets with two receptions and two dropped passes (both vs. Navy). Koyack's 23-yard catch and run vs. the Midshipmen was a career-high.

John Goodman: 3 targets with two receptions including a 36-yard touchdown, Goodman's first score since his redshirt-freshman season of 2009. Goodman's other reception also moved the chains, an 11-yard gain on 3rd and 10 to aid the team's game-winning drive vs. Purdue.

Chris Brown: 2 targets without a reception. The last pass intended for Brown (the first throw of the Michigan contest) was intercepted. Brown was open for an apparent touchdown vs. Michigan State in Week Three but the pass was overthrown.

Davonte' Neal: 2 targets with one reception, a backfield catch against Navy that resulted in a 5-yard loss.

QB Spikes: 2 (to stop the clock) - Both by Rees, both against Purdue, both have since been scored as "Team" passes, not included in Rees total.

Justin Ferguson: 1 reception for 9 yards on one target in the opener against Navy.

Cam McDaniel: 1 reception on one target, also in the opener vs. the Midshipmen. McDaniel gained 20 yards on the play.

Intentionally Thrown-away with no discernible target: 1, vs. Michigan State.

Notes:

-- Ferguson (1), McDaniel (2), and Koyack (2) represent the trio of targets for third-string quarterback Andrew Hendrix, each occurring in the opener vs. Navy.

-- The top targeted receiver has varied through four contests: Eifert (Navy and Purdue), T.J. Jones (Michigan State) and Theo Riddick (Michigan)…

-- The only contributing offensive skill players not yet targeted in the passing game are running backs Cierre Wood and George Atkinson

-- Golson has favored Riddick (19), Eifert (18 + 2 pass interference calls), Jones (14), Daniels (11) and Toma (9) as his top targets...

-- Rees has looked for Jones (5), Riddick (3), Daniels (3), Toma (2), Eifert (2 + 1 pass interference call), Niklas (1 + 1 pass interference) and Goodman (1) on his 17 passes (not including two spikes) to date.


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