QB Look: Connor Wood

In part three of our quarterback look-ins, we discuss the spring game play of Connor Wood.

If you're new to our quarterback breakdowns, we break down a player's attempts by downs and situations. A long situation is any in which the offense has to travel seven or more yards to make a first down. A medium situation is any distance between four and six yards, while a short situation is three yards and under. We also measure explosive plays, which for a quarterback, is any completed pass of 10 or more yards.

We've also broken down each quarterback's attempts by drive. Over the course of the week, we'll take the exact same look at the other quarterbacks' performance in the spring game, with an overall analysis coming on Friday.



By Drive:


Drive One (Longhorns): 0-2 (no explosives, zero points)

Drive Two (Longhorns): 1-2, 18 yards (one explosive, zero points)

Drive Three (Texas): 3-4, 34 yards (one explosive, zero points)

Drive Four (Texas): 4-6, 30 yards (one explosive, seven points)



By Down


First-and-long: 3-7, 36 yards (two explosives)

First-and-medium: no attempts

First-and-short: no attempts

Second-and-long: 4-4, 37 yards (one explosive)

Second-and-medium: no attempts

Second-and-short: no attempts

Third-and-long: 1-2, 9 yards (no explosives)

Third-and-medium: no attempts

Third-and-short: no attempts

Fourth-and-medium: 0-1 (no explosives)

Totals: 8-14, 82 yards, three explosives, 7 points



First, what isn't told in the statistical portrayal above. Wood was the only quarterback to produce an explosive play with his legs, scampering 11 yards for a first down on third-and-9.

But Wood's legs weren't enough to spare him from the Longhorn pass rush, as he was sacked a game-high four times, twice with each unit. Additionally, the 11-yard run was the only time Wood converted a third-down himself, throwing incomplete once, completing a pass well short of a first down another time and getting sacked on another instance. He was also ineffective in his lone fourth down attempt, throwing a pass short of the sticks that couldn't be hauled in. On third and fourth downs, Wood was just 1-of-3 for 9 yards and was sacked once, not exactly a confidence-inspiring conversion rate.

Now for the positives. Wood was especially strong in first downs and second downs, with two of his four incompletions coming as part of the second team. On the first team, Wood was 3-of-5 on first and long, completing those throws for 36 yards and two explosive plays. Additionally, he completed all four of his second-down attempts for 37 yards and another explosive. On first- and second-and-long, Wood was 7-of-11 for 73 yards and three explosive plays. On the first-team overall, Wood was 7-of-10 for 64 yards with two explosive plays.

Wood also only had one three-and-out, on his first possession, and was able to help move the ball, with one 44-yard drive stalling out at the Longhorn 27 after the failed fourth down, while he also captained a 12-play, 54-yard touchdown drive.


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