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Missouri-Memphis snap counts: Drew Lock Gets His Rhythm Back

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Short throws set up big bombs, and the pass rush starts getting home.

Snap Counts

If you followed along with my work in this space last year, you know that I endeavored to provide snap counts for every Missouri player for every offensive and defensive snap that counted during the season.

If you were not...well, I just explained what this is in the last graf. You should have paid attention.

Anyway, I pored over the film of the Tigers’ 65-33 win over Memphis to see who Missouri used on offense and defense, how often and in what ways. Then I tried to gather it in a way that wouldn’t bore you too terribly.

Did I fail? Did I succeed? I suppose that’s up for history to decide.

On we go with Year 3 of ... Snap Chats...


Observations

  • How did Drew Lock get back on track? With a bunch of short throws. When throwing 9 yards or less, Lock completed 17-of-22 for 145 yards. That efficiency, then, opened things up for intermediate throws (10-19 yards), 4-of-4 for 114 yards and two scores, and deep throws (20+ yards), 2-of-3 for 91 yards and two scores.
  • Lock also rediscovered the middle of the field, just a little bit, hitting Albert Okwuegbunam for a 58-yard touchdown and Johnathon Johnson for 19 yards over the middle.
  • The left (10-of-14 for 135 yards and two scores) and right (11-of-13 for 138 yards and a score) were fertile ground as well.
  • Remember how we talked about how Alabama was able to get in Lock’s face with only four rushers last week? Well, Missouri got a bit of that medicine with Memphis and Brady White on Saturday.
  • The Tigers rushed only four on 20 of the visiting Tigers’ 41 pass plays and lodged a sack and five hurries on those 20 plays. A good ratio. Even better: White completed only 6-of-19 passes for 65 yards and two picks against only four rushers.
  • When Missouri blitzed (five or six rushers), Memphis completed 7-of-16 passes for 114 yards and a touchdown, with a sack and two hurries. So White was actually a little better against the blitz than he was facing four.
  • Damarea Keener-Crockett (32) outrepped Tyler Badie (22) and Larry Rountree (19) at halfback. All three of them had great games, though. It’s not like Crockett was getting his snaps at the expense of the other two. Counting only snaps when Lock was in the game, it was Crockett 26, Rountree 19 and Badie 12 (the kneel play at the end of the half featured both Crockett and Rountree).
  • Daniel Parker got semi-regular rotation in the backfield and attached to the line in the Tigers’ regular offense, so it’s a bit unfortunate he’s missing the first half against Kentucky, because Derek Dooley obviously sees something he likes in Parker in specialty sets. Wonder if Samson Bailey or Brendan Scales will get those snaps in the first half against Kentucky, or whether they’ll just scrap those sets for a half.
  • The TEPS ratio this week was 1.53. Stout. Even though both Okwuegbunam (26 vs. 17) and Blanton (20 vs. 15) both played split wide more than they did attached or in the backfield.
  • Richaud Floyd largely shuttled Kam Scott to the side in his first game back, out snapping the freshman 26-11 wide. Barrett Banister also saw some significant snaps in the regular flow of the offense, logging 10 when Lock was in the game.
  • It’s still interesting to me that Dooley is just about as apt to use a second tight end wide than he is to have Johnathon Johnson in there. Johnson only played 43 percent of snaps overall and 55 percent of Lock’s snaps.
  • The defensive ends were a bit of a MASH unit, with Nate Anderson still limited and Chris Turner going out with injury after only 24 snaps. That meant a lot of action for Akial Byers (44) and Trajan Jeffcoat (24).
  • It also meant, by sheer force of not having numbers, Missouri had to trot out a more traditional front in the four-front Dime on two plays. You know, with two tackles at tackle instead of a tackle and an end.
  • Speaking of tackles, Terry Beckner got to take a bit of a load off with the margin as it was and only played 58 percent of snaps. Walter Palmore (33) and Jordan Elliott (28) were the 1b and 1c, and Kobie Whiteside and Rashad Brandon tied with 20 snaps.
  • Ronnell Perkins got some action within the first-team defense in Brandon Lee’s stead. He got almost two full series.
  • Adam Sparks’ targeting ejection at the end of the first half made it so that Terry Petry got some snaps at nickelback, in addition to a trio of plays in Christian Holmes’ stead after Holmes got dinged up in the second half.
  • Safety is still confusing. Cam Hilton and Tyree Gillespie got the start and outrepped Joshuah Bledsoe and Khalil Oliver at the back, but all four still look like they’re competing for snaps on a weekly basis.
  • Dooley trotted out eight different sets against Memphis, none of them being used more than the 4-0-1’s 18 snaps...or about 25 percent of the total offensive plays.
  • The most successful one: the three-wide, H-back, running back set, with 150 yards on 13 plays. A lot of that came through the air: 6-of-8, 131 yards and two scores, including the Okwuegbunam seam touchdown catch.
  • The 4-3 base defense was good against the pass (9-of-23, 144 yards), not so great against the run (37 carries for 205 yards. Overall, a per-play average of 5.56. Decent. Not great.
  • The Dime set, though, was gangbusters. Both the 4-1-6 and the 3-2-6. The Dime was out for 13 plays and only gave up 37 yards, or 2.85 per, with an interception.
  • Bawse.

Drew Lock When Throwing...

Left
Less than 9 yards: 7-of-10, 52 yards
10-19: 2-of-2, 36 yards, TD
20+: 1-of-2, 47 yards, TD
Total: 10-of-14, 135 yards, 2 TD

Middle
10-19: 2-of-2, 77 yards, TD

Right
Less than 9 yards: 10-of-12, 94 yards
20+: 1-of-1, 44 yards, TD
Total: 11-of-13, 138 yards, TD

Less than 9 yards: 17-of-22, 146 yards
10-19: 4-of-4, 113 yards, 2 TD
20+: 2-of-3, 91 yards, 2 TD


Missouri Defense When Bringing...

3 Rushers
2-of-3, 29 yards, TD

4 Rushers
6-of-19, 65 yards, 2 INT (sack, 5 hurries)

5 Rushers
5-of-13, 91 yards, TD (sack, 2 hurries)

6 Rushers
2-of-3, 23 yards (sack)


Offense

Quarterback
Drew Lock — 56
Micah Wilson — 10
Taylor Powell — 6

Running Back
Damarea Keener-Crockett — 32
Tyler Badie — 22
Larry Rountree — 19
Daniel Parker — 1

H-Back
Albert Okwuegbunam — 9
Daniel Parker — 8
Kendall Blanton — 6
Barrett Banister — 1

Wide Receiver
Jalen Knox — 51
Johnathon Johnson — 31
Richaud Floyd — 26
Albert Okwuegbunam — 26
Barrett Banister — 25
Kendall Blanton — 20
Alex Ofodile — 19
Dominic Gicinto — 12
Kam Scott — 11

Tight End
Daniel Parker — 11
Brendan Scales — 10
Kendall Blanton — 9
Albert Okwuegbunam — 8
Logan Christopherson — 2
Samson Bailey — 1

Line
Paul Adams — 62
Trystan Colon-Castillo — 62
Yasir Durant — 62
Kevin Pendleton — 62
Tre’Vour Wallace-Simms — 62
Samson Bailey — 10
Larry Borom — 10
Case Cook — 10
Jonah Dubinski — 10
Hyrin White — 10

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End
Akial Byers — 44
Tre Williams — 41
Trajan Jeffcoat — 23
Chris Turner — 20
Nate Anderson — 19
Franklin Agbasimere — 7
Jatorian Hansford — 3

Tackle
Terry Beckner — 47
Walter Palmore — 33
Jordan Elliott — 28
Rashad Brandon — 20
Kobie Whiteside — 20
Chris Turner — 4
Antar Thompson — 3
Nate Anderson — 1

Rush End
Nate Anderson — 2
Tre Williams — 2
Trajan Jeffcoat — 1

Linebacker
Terez Hall — 71
Cale Garrett — 64
Brandon Lee — 40
Ronnell Perkins — 25
Nick Bolton — 7
Jacob Trump — 7
Tavon Ross — 4
Jamal Brooks — 3
Aubrey Miller — 3

Nickelback
Joshuah Bledsoe — 13
Adam Sparks — 11
Terry Petry — 2

Cornerback
DeMarkus Acy — 77
Christian Holmes — 62
Adam Sparks — 19
Terry Petry — 3

Safety
Tyree Gillespie — 53
Cam Hilton — 45
Joshuah Bledsoe — 32
Khalil Oliver — 31


Offensive Set Success

4-WR/1-RB
Run: 5 for 43 (8.60 avg.)
Pass: 10-of-13, 87 yards (6.69 avg.), TD
Total: 18 plays, 130 yards (7.22 avg.), TD

2-WR/2-TE/1-RB
Run: 14 for 94 (6.71 avg.)
Pass: 1-of-2, 44 yards (22.0 avg.), TD
Total: 16 plays, 138 yards (8.63 avg.), TD

3-WR/2-RB
Run: 5 for 19, TD (3.80 avg.)
Pass: 6-of-8, 131 yards (16.4 avg.), 2 TD
Total: 13 plays, 150 yards (11.5 avg.), 3 TD

3-WR/1-TE/1-RB
Run: 4 for 19 (4.75 avg.)
Pass: 6-of-7, 99 yards (14.1 avg.)
Total: 11 plays, 118 yards (10.7 avg.)

2-WR/1-TE/2-RB
Run: 8 for 93 (11.6 avg.), TD
Pass: 1-of-2, 13 yards (6.50 avg.)
Total: 10 plays, 106 yards (10.6 avg.), TD

1-WR/2-TE/2-RB
Run: 1 for 3

3-TE/2-RB
Run: 1 for 2, TD

1-WR/3-TE/1-RB
Run: 1 for 2, TD

Victory
Kneel: 1 for -2

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Defensive Set Success

4-3
Run: 37 for 205 (5.54 avg.), TD
Pass: 9-of-23, 144 yards (6.26 avg.), TD, INT
Sack: 2 for -4
Total: 62 for 345 (5.56 avg.), 2 TD, INT

Dime (4-1-6)
Pass: 2-of-6, 23 yards (3.83 avg.), INT
Sack: 1 for -3
Total: 7 plays, 20 yards (2.86 avg.), INT

Dime (3-2-6)
Run: 1 for -1
Pass: 2-of-5, 18 yards (3.60 avg.)
Total: 6 plays, 17 yards (2.83 avg.)

3-4
Run: 1 for 2
Pass: 2-of-4, 23 yards (5.75 avg.), TD
Total: 5 plays, 25 yards (5.00 avg.), TD

5-4
Run: 1 for 1, TD