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College OLB/DE Double Team Numbers

So I've been very curious to see just how often most great college edge rushers are double teamed. After hours of mind-numbing work, finally I'm done. I looked at 3 games from each players 2013 season (except for Murphy) and tried to get one statistically good game, one statistically average game, and one statistically bad game. However, I was limited on some players due to only having access to some tape. The results are pretty varied. Most players went from doubled a lot one game to rarely in another. Had I chose different games the results would have probably been different but I think this sets a good baseline for how often most good college edge rushers are doubled. Before the results I'd like to say what I defined as a "double team".

Double team: Any play where either 2 offensive players made contact in an attempt to block this player, or showed commitment to blocking this player.

I did not count plays where the player was in coverage or played as a spy on passing downs (I did however count rushing plays as a spy, Kyle Van Noy was really the only one affected by this). So here are the stats.

TL;DR: go to bottom

Double team numbers:

Caveat: I did this by hand and eye test so of course the numbers could be slightly off.

Jadeveon Clowney: 2013- 36 tackles, 3 sacks

Tennessee

Snaps played- 68

Double Teams- 23

Percentage- 33.8%

Notes: Clowney went up against a good OT in Antonio Richardson who was able to hold his own a lot of times. Tennessee had a couple of plays where they ran away from Clowney and blocked him with a TE.

North Carolina

Snaps played- 43

Double Teams- 13

Percentage-30.2%

Notes: UNC also ran away from him a good bit. Threw a lot of short passes which limited the need for a double team.

Clemson

Snaps played- 44

Double Teams- 13

Percentage- 29.5%

Notes: This tape was not fun to watch. It was pretty blurry and very fast. Clowney a lot of times was pushed behind the QB by Brandon Thomas.

Overall:

Snaps played: 155

Double Teams: 49

Percentage: 31.6%

Anthony Barr- 63 tackles, 10 sacks

Stanford
Snaps played- 27

Double teams- 9

Percentage: 33.3%

Notes: Stanford ran a lot of plays towards Barr’s side. It wasn’t until Barr made a couple plays in the run game that he really started getting double-teamed.

Utah

Snaps played- 53

Double teams- 11

Percentage: 20.8%

Notes: Utah’s running backs rarely stayed in to pass protect which may have dropped the double team numbers.

Nebraska

Snaps played- 39

Double teams- 10

Percentage: 25.6%

Notes: Nebraska QB Taylor Martinez was running around a lot. Nebraska did not throw too much.

Overall-

Snaps played- 119

Double teams- 30

Percentage: 25.2%

Notes: The Utah game, having the most plays and lowest double team percentage, really dropped Barr’s numbers.

Khalil Mack- 94 tackles, 10.5 sacks

Ohio State

Snaps played- 54

Double teams- 3

Percentage: 5.6%

Notes: Mack played off of the line a lot which most likely limited the amount of times he would see a double team.

Ohio

Snaps played- 39

Double teams- 13

Percentage: 33.3%

Notes: Once Ohio got down big Mack started commanding double teams almost every snap.

San Diego State

Snaps played- 33

Double teams- 14

Percentage- 42.4%

Notes: Doubled a lot on run plays.

Overall-

Snaps played- 126

Double teams- 30

Percentage- 23.8%

Notes: Obviously the Ohio State game lowered his percentage quite a bit.

Kyle Van Noy: 55 tackles, 4 sacks

Utah State

Snaps played- 29

Double teams- 8

Percentage: 27.6%

Notes: Rushed from all over field. Left unblocked a couple times while play was run to the other side.

Texas

Snaps played- 47

Double teams- 11

Percentage: 23.4%

Notes:

Virginia:

Snaps played- 53

Double teams- 15

Percentage: 28.3%

Notes: Could have had at least 5 sacks in the first half. A lot of the double teams were by 2 skill players on a run.

Overall:

Snaps played- 129

Double teams- 34

Percentage: 26.4%

Notes: Van Noy spys on the QB a lot which makes it a lot tougher to judge. If when he was spying it was a run, I counted it as a snap played. If it was a pass however, I did not. This could have deflated his numbers some.

Vic Beasley: 35 tackles, 12 sacks (yes he's not declaring but had done him long before he announced)

NC State

Snaps played- 46

Double teams- 17

Percentage: 37%

Notes: Beasley was pretty dominant facing double teams over 1/3rd of the time. A lot of these double teams were 2 offensive lineman fully committed to stopping Beasley.

Georgia

Snaps played- 44

Double teams- 13

Percentage: 29.5%

Notes: Beasley was doubled a lot in the beginning of the game when Georgia was trying to pass a lot. Then in the middle they did not pass very many times and Beasley was rarely doubled. On Georgia’s final drive, when they needed to score, Beasley was doubled 5 times.

South Carolina

Snaps played- 41

Double teams- 9

Percentage: 22%

Notes: South Carolina really ran it a lot. But most of the runs were QB runs. Whether they were designed or not, Beasley was not doubled teamed for much. But with South Carolina playing with the lead for most of the game Beasley couldn’t just tee off on the QB like he did in the other 2 games.

Overall:

Snaps played- 131

Double teams- 39

Percentage: 29.8%

Notes: Whether Beasley was doubled a lot or not, he had at least 2 sacks in all 3 of these games. I wish I could have gotten tape of games where he didn’t have a sack but did not find any.

Trent Murphy: 58 tackles, 14 sacks

USC

Snaps played- 55

Double teams- 20

Percentage: 36.3%

Notes: Murphy was getting very consistent double teams in the first half, and got triple teamed at least 3 times. But the double teams started dropping off in the second half.

Washington

Snaps played- 40

Double teams- 10

Percentage: 25%

Notes: Washington started out the game with a lot of short, quick throws. They rarely doubled Murphy while doing this. But when Washington started needing to score, Murphy started getting the double teams.

*Oregon (2012)*

Snaps played- 29

Double teams- 6

Percentage: 20.7%

Notes: I had to use a 2012 game because I could only find two 2013 games for Murphy. I really thought this game would be interesting because it might show what Chip thought about Murphy. However, Chip simply schemed Murphy out by leaving him unblocked on a lot of plays any running the zone read off of him. Due to this. Murphy’s numbers were low.

Overall:

Snaps played- 124

Double teams- 36

Percentage: 29%

Notes: I would take this one with a grain of salt. I think both the Washington and Oregon (2012) games were anomalies and really wish I had different tape that I could evaluate Murphy with. I think the percentage might be the highest of all of these prospects. The one thing that helps Murphy to draw double teams compared to the other prospects is that he played a lot of 3-4 DE. If Stanford only rushes with 3 guys then Murphy will most likely get doubled. Whereas, most of the other 3-4 OLB prospects would be in coverage.

Jeremiah Attaochu: 40 tackles, 12 sacks

Georgia

Snaps played- 67

Double teams- 23

Percentage: 34.3%

Notes: Got double-teamed a lot in the first ~3 quarters of the game. But than Georgia’s run game took over and there was not much need to double team.

North Carolina

Snaps played- 45

Double teams- 8

Percentage: 17.8%

Notes: UNC just really didn’t double him much. Was a pretty big mistake though as he drew multiple holding penalties. One of them negating a long UNC TD.

Clemson

Snaps played- 28

Double teams- 5

Percentage- 17.9%

Notes: Another underwhelming amount of double teams for Attaochu. Most of his double teams came around the same quarter. But for the rest of the game, Clemson just simply didn’t double him.

Overall:

Snaps played- 140

Double teams- 36

Percentage: 25.7%

Notes: Like Trent Murphy, I wish I had more tape choices on Attaochu. These were all games where he statistically played well but was also just rarely doubled.

Aaron Lynch: 30 tackles, 6 sacks

Michigan State

Snaps played- 41

Double teams- 8

Percentage: 19.5%

Notes: Didn’t do much to command a double team.

UCONN

Snaps played- 50

Double teams- 23

Percentage: 46%

Notes: Double-teamed a lot. Probably about half were chip blocks and the other half were by 2 offensive linemen. Almost every run was away from Lynch too.

Cincinatti

Snaps played- 49

Double Teams- 6

Percentage: 12.2%

Notes: Meh.

Overall-

Snaps played- 140

Double teams- 37

Percentage: 26.4%

Notes: The UCONN game certainly boosts his percentage. In that game he was pretty dominant. But I’d assume that was just an outlier.

TL;DR: So in total:

Clowney: 31.6%

Beasley: 29.8%

Murphy 29%

Van Noy: 26.4%

Lynch: 26.4%

Attaochu: 25.7%

Barr: 25.2%

Mack: 23.8%

Final Notes: These results didn't show much but I'm still glad I did this. This was the first time I've really seen any data as to how often players actually are doubled and it's good to see. While Clowney was doubled the most, it was also very clear that teams revolved their offense around going away from him, his low statistical season isn't very surprising.

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