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Missouri-UT Martin snap counts: Would you like a side of tight ends with your tight ends?

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I’m sorry, we’re actually out. Nah, just kidding, Missouri’s got tight ends for days.

UT Martin v Missouri
You better be in good condition this year, Albert and Kendall. Because you won’t be leaving the field very often.
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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’ 51-14 win over Tennessee-Martin 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

  • Tight ends galore. And who could ask for much more? The FIVE tight ends who saw time against Tennessee-Martin (Kendall Blanton, Albert Okwuegbunam, Logan Christopherson, Daniel Parker and Brendan Scales) combined for 119 snaps. Yes, there were an average of 1.49 tight ends in the game on each play. Last year, that number was a paltry 1.08.
  • This pleases me.
  • They did so out of nine different sets: 5-wide, 4-wide/RB, 3-wide/RB/TE, 3-wide/2-RB, 2-wide/2-RB/TE, 2-wide/RB/2-TE, 1-wide/2-RB/2-TE, 3-RB/2-TE and the ever-popular Victory formation.
  • Blanton led the way with 49 snaps, Okwuegbunam had 38, Christopherson had 19, Scales had 8 and Parker had 5. With Blanton and Okwuegbunam, Derek Dooley liked using them both in line and as H-backs in about the same proportion, but Okwuegbunam was much more likely to be split wide (36.8 percent of the time) than Blanton (28.6).
  • Dooley certainly wasn’t shy about getting Taylor Powell some throwing experience in relief of Drew Lock. His nine attempts in 23 snaps (39.1 percent) weren’t that far of a ramping down from Lock’s 25 in 52 (48.1).
  • Larry Rountree (27) and Tyler Badie (21) saw more carries than Damara Keener-Crockett (20...which doesn’t it seem like hyphens just keep sprouting up in this offense?), and Dawson Downing had 10 snaps as a running back, one as a fullback and two as a kneel protector.
  • At the half, Rountree had 21 snaps, Crockett had 17 and Badie had nine...plus one as a receiver.
  • He was the extra wideout in the five-wide set, which got trotted out twice. The first was an 8-yard pass in the first half. The second was the 70-yard touchdown to Kam Scott out of halftime, in which Dooley lined Badie up in Boonville, then had the other four receivers on the absolute other side of the field, all but one running verticals.
  • The Skyhawks were confounded.
  • As with most blowouts, plenty of snaps to go around between nine wide receivers and 11 offensive linemen. Johnathon Johnson had a breather of a day after that injury scare in the first half, actually coming in at fewer snaps (20) than backup Dominic Gicinto (21). Nate Brown and Emanuel Hall both ended up playing a little more than half of the game.
  • On the line, it looked like Case Cook had two planned series, plus a mid-series sub in for Samson Bailey at left guard in the first half. Then, when the second team came in, he switched to center for three series in the second half. Jonah Dubinski had a series at center for Trystan Colon-Castillo (see?) in the first half, then started out the second with the offense.
  • It’ll be interesting to see if there’s still this much rotation when Kevin Pendleton gets back. And when the games actually start counting. Sorry, Skyhawks.
  • A LOTTTTTTT of snap equity on the defensive line. Chris Turner’s 28 snaps led the ends, and Nate Anderson (24) and Tre Williams (22) were also in the 20s. Kobie Whiteside’s 23 snaps led the tackles, Terry Beckner had 21, Jordan Elliott had 19 and Akial Byers and Walter Palmore both had 16.
  • Those eight look like the two-deep right now: three at end, five at tackle. And, really, most of Byers’ snaps came in garbage time. So he’s clinging on to the end of that two-deep.
  • No subbing among the linebackers when the first team defense was in. Cale Garrett, Terez Hall and Brandon Lee appear to have this on lock.
  • Terry Petry got two series in DeMarkus Acy’s place in the first half. Christian Holmes was going to get one for Adam Sparks, but then he got an unnecessary roughness flag on his first play and was returned to the bench. With swiftness.
  • Joshuah Bledsoe got one series for Cam Hilton at safety in the first half, then took over for Khalil Oliver full time after Oliver went out with an injury just before halftime. Bledsoe (38) ended up with more snaps than Hilton and Oliver (30) and appears to be a definite part of Ryan Walters’ plans in specialty sets: in the Tigers’ one Dime snap, he and Petry were the nickelbacks. Oh, and Anderson played tackle in the set, so it’s a three-end look.
  • That’s another thing: incredibly vanilla defensively. One Dime snap, one snap in which Franklin Agbasimere started from a rush end position. Other than that, pure 4-3.
  • On the offensive side, though, none of those nine sets saw more than 21 snaps, and four saw 15 or more: 3-1-1 (21), 4-0-1 (18), 2-2-1 (17) and 3-0-2 (15).
  • Of those, the 3-1-1 was very balanced (11 runs, 10 passes), while the rest were extremely skewed: 4-0-1 was 78-percent pass, 2-2-1 was 76 run and 3-0-2 was 73 run.
  • But, when the Tigers did throw out of the 2-2-1 and the 3-0-2, they did so devastatingly: 5-of-8 for 152 yards and a touchdown.
  • That, perhaps, should serve as a message to more evenly matched defenses down the road that, even if Missouri comes out in a heavy run look, it can sure as heck still beat you over top with Lock’s arm.

Offense
Quarterbacks
Drew Lock — 52
Taylor Powell — 23
Micah Wilson — 5

Running Backs
Larry Rountree — 27
Tyler Badie — 21
Damarea Keener-Crockett — 20
Dawson Downing — 13

H-Backs
Logan Christopherson — 6
Albert Okwuegbunam — 6
Brendan Scales — 6
Kendall Blanton — 5

Tight Ends
Kendall Blanton — 30
Albert Okwuegbunam — 18
Logan Christopherson — 11
Daniel Parker — 5
Brendan Scales — 2

Receivers
Nate Brown — 46
Emanuel Hall — 41
Dominic Gicinto — 21
Jalen Knox — 21
Johnathon Johnson — 20
Kam Scott — 19
Kendall Blanton — 14
Albert Okwuegbunam — 14
Alex Ofodile — 13
Khmari Thompson — 9
Barrett Banister — 8
Tyler Badie — 2
Logan Christopherson — 2

Line
Paul Adams — 58
Yasir Durant — 58
Tre’Vour Wallace-Simms — 58
Samson Bailey — 41
Case Cook — 39
Trystan Colon-Castillo — 36
Jonah Dubinski — 32
Larry Borom — 22
Mike Ruth — 22
Hyrin White — 22
Xavier Delgado — 12

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Defense
End
Chris Turner — 28
Nate Anderson — 24
Tre Williams — 22
Trajan Jeffcoat — 16
Frankin Agbasimere — 14
Jatorian Hansford — 10
Myles Eaddy — 3

Tackle
Kobie Whiteside — 23
Terry Beckner — 21
Jordan Elliott — 19
Akial Byers — 16
Walter Palmore — 16
Tyrell Jacobs — 9
Antar Thompson — 7
Markell Utsey — 7
Nate Anderson — 1

Rush End
Franklin Agbasimere — 1

Linebacker
Cale Garrett — 42
Terez Hall — 39
Brandon Lee — 38
Ronnell Perkins — 20
Nick Bolton — 10
Jamal Brooks — 10
Aubrey Miller — 10
Jacob Trump — 6

Nickelback
Joshuah Bledsoe — 1
Terry Petry — 1

Cornerback
Adam Sparks — 39
DeMarkus Acy — 31
Terry Petry — 20
Christian Holmes — 18
Jarvis Ware — 10

Safety
Joshuah Bledsoe — 38
Cam Hilton — 30
Khalil Oliver — 30
Tyree Gillespie — 10
Jordan Ulmer — 10


Offensive Set Success

3-WR/1-TE/1-RB
Run: 11 for 35 (3.18 avg.)
Pass: 7-of-10, 72 yards (7.20 avg.), 2 TD
Total: 21 plays, 107 yards (5.10 avg.), 2 TD

4-WR/1-RB
Run: 4 for 15 (3.75 avg.)
Pass: 9-of-14, 92 yards (6.57 avg.)
Total: 18 plays, 107 yards (5.94 avg.)

2-WR/2-TE/1-RB
Run: 13 for 49 (3.77 avg.), TD
Pass: 2-of-4, 106 yards (26.5 avg.)
Total: 17 plays, 155 yards (9.12 avg.), TD

3-WR/2-RB
Run: 11 for 55 (5.00 avg.)
Pass: 3-of-4, 46 yards (11.5 avg.), TD
Total: 15 plays, 101 yards (6.73 avg.), TD

1-WR/2-TE/2-RB
Run: 3 for 7 (2.33 avg.)

5-WR
Pass: 2-of-2, 78 yards (39.0 avg.), TD

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

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

Victory
Kneel: 2 for -5 (-2.50 avg.)

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Defensive Set Success

4-3
Run: 26 for 102 (3.92 avg.), TD
Pass: 16-of-28, 174 yards (6.21 avg.), TD, fumble lost
Sack: 3 for -8 (-2.67 avg.)
Total: 57 plays, 268 yards (4.70 avg.), 2 TD, fumble lost

3-4
Pass: 0-of-1

Dime
Pass: 1-of-1, 9 yards