Greg’s Stock Report ’08: Richmond

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Cedric Peerman averaged 6.0 yards per carry on Saturday.

Thanks to strong performances from units like the wide receivers and defensive line as well as individuals like Matt Conrath and Cedric Peerman , the Virginia football team improved to 1-1 last weekend by defeating Richmond 16-0. Did the grades improve as well? What trends are developing? Let’s check it out in this week’s stock report.

Greg’s Game Grades

OFFENSE

Overall: 76.21 (C)
Red zone efficiency: 63% (D)
Scoring chances: 2-4 (50%)
Points scored/Possible Points: 16/28 (57%)

Quarterback: 74.88 (C), Statistical grade 72.81%, Subjective grade 78% – A 58% completion percentage (not including three drops) is above average but the 5.25 YPA is still far below. The unit earned a B- in third down (37.8%) conversions and produced a solid 4.1 YPP on first down, also a B. Two more turnovers this week, including a red zone TO, hinders this unit from rising above average level.

Running backs: 82.15 (B-), Statistical grade 80.93%, Subjective grade 84% – 2.9 YPC (96 yards on 33 carries) is a pedestrian afternoon. The unit frequently missed cutback lanes and was brought down too often with arm tackles and ankle tackles. The backs were effective on third and fourth down, converting 63.6 % of their chances, and posted an A- in first down efficiency (5.4 YPP) and power running chances.

Offensive line: 71.37 (C-), Statistical grade 72.96%, Subjective grade 69% – Richmond stuffed Virginia’s running game nine times Saturday and the 2.9 YPC by the backs would have put the Cavaliers 110th in the nation last season. The unit allowed a sack, eight tackles for loss, and was hit with four penalties (one declined).

Wide receivers & tight ends: 83.06 (B-), Statistical grade 81.1%, Subjective grade 86% – We assigned high marks for first down yardage

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