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Updated third down conversion rate

Posted by cuorange on September 16, 2009

cuorange_exclusiveOne very important objective for Clemson entering the 2009 season was to improve on the 111th ranking (of 119 teams) for the 2008 team in terms of 3rd down conversions.  Two games into the 2009 season the Tigers have shown modest improvement – Clemson is currently ranked 81st.  Most of the improvement has come from an unusual place: 3rd and 7-10 yards, where after converting only 20.69% last season the Tigers are at 45.45% for the current year.  Kyle Parker’s feet (and arm) are making a difference in that distance.

Year 3rd and 1-3 3rd and 4-6 3rd and 7-10 3rd and 11 or more
2008 60.71% 38.10% 20.69% 8.33%
2009 28.57% 28.57% 45.45% 25.00%
2009 2/7 2/7 5/11 2/8


But then there is the bad news.  What was supposed to be an improved offensive line and Chad Diehl paving the way for big backs Rendrick Taylor and Jamie Harper hasn’t materialized.  The Tigers are a measly 2 of 7 on third and 3 or less and also 2 of 7 on 3rd and 4-6. 

One other concern has to be that 19 of the 33 third downs the Tigers have faced (57.58%) have been 7 yards or more, which means the Tigers are still “playing behind the chains” (or close to them) a good bit.
This is one area where the Tigers must improve if they hope to improve their offensive numbers as the season progresses.


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