I'VE HAD JUST ABOUT ENOUGH OF YOU SONNY
Magnus mentioned this issue in profiling Matt Wile today in his TTB countdown and I seem to recall this issue coming up recently on a front-page post here as well: punting averages don't give you much meaningful information about a punter's performance because they are skewed by pooch kicks and other short-field situations. So, I was wondering whether there might be a more sophisticated way of measuring punting performance.
I was originally just going to ask, “hey, can anybody suggest a better way of evaluating punting stats?” and see what suggestions arose. But before doing that, I figured I might as well run a quick Google search and see if anything good came up. Not surprisingly, I found something. On a page called “Iggles Blog,” a guy came up with the following method:
To calculate this statistic, you need to know (i) the yard line from which each punt was taken, (ii) the gross distance of the punt, and (iii) the distance of any return. I am pretty sure items (ii) and (iii) are available, but I am not sure anyone keeps track of (i) (I did a quick Google search for that too, but came up empty). But if the data necessary to calculate this statistic is (or becomes) available, this seems like a much more useful way of comparing punters--though perhaps not as useful as comparing the number of star systems under their control.
A couple items from my wife who is at the Women's Football Academy today:
- Will Hagerup is practicing/working out and is in the building today.
- Jake Ryan is "looking good" and still on schedule to return mid-October.
Nothing really revealatory, but I figured it was worth posting first-hand confirmation of two positive facts.
Apparently it's a lot harder for punters to stay out of trouble than we thought. The latest offender: LSU punter Brad Wing.
Now, I would think that it would be even dumber for a specialist like a punter to get in trouble than a regular player. 32 men per year can make six-figure salaries by being good punters, but it's not a position a team is going to take a big risk on. Guys like Hagerup and (maybe) Wing are seriously jeopardizing their earning potential when they get in trouble; in contrast, superior athletes get many more chances to perform and stay out of trouble.
Will Hagerup continues to take the funny facial expression world by storm. His latest contribution is this gem (LINK):
Many thanks to QB Waggle for the blank:
Here are two other, not-as-good blanks:
Do your darndest.
Will Hagerup's first punt went for 26 yards, second for 24. He finished the season with a paltry 36 yard average, down a full seven yards from last year.
After that Matt Wile came in and averaged 44 yards in 3 punts. His season average (accumulated during Hagerup's four-game suspension plus this game) was 41 yards per punt. Our emergency backup punter was better than our returning starter.
So what's wrong with Hagerup? Mechanics? Injury? Or has something gotten into his head?
These are all from Kyle Meinke's (A2.com) Twitter feed.
Hoke was surprisingly revealing today. He typically clamps down on info as game day approaches, esp. on players gaining/losing starting jobs:
- Will Heininger "probably" won't play in the Sugar Bowl.
- Will Hagerup has held off Matt Wile, will start at punter.
- Thomas Gordon will start at free safety. Troy Woolfolk also is expected to see time.
- Should a long field goal be attempted, freshman Matt Wile, not Brendan Gibbons, would be the guy.
- J.T. Floyd joined Denard Robinson in submitting paperwork to the NFL draft advisory board. Hoke expects him to be back.
- Denard used to get too hyped before games, a problem he's mostly solved by listening to slower music like R&B during pregames.
- "Spent my New Year's Eve watching Arrested Development in my hotel room." -- Denard Robinson, showing off his superior taste in TV. [Maize and Bluth]
Michigan coach Brady Hoke provides updates on the team leading up to the Allstate Sugar Bowl.