TheSabre.com continues its review and analysis of the 2008 season with a look at the more analytical based part of the breakdown. In Greg’s Stock Report for the season, we look at the end of year grades for each unit, the superlatives for the season, and the 2008 trend report. In reviewing the 2008 Cavalier football season, there were several situational or operational trends in particular that had a significant impact on wins and losses. The Sabre delves into some of the more interesting trends, including the biggest impact factor on wins and losses for 2008.
But first, let’s take a look at the 2008 grades.
Greg’s Season Game Grades
Eugene Monroe had an excellent season for the Cavaliers.
Overall offense: 76.6 (C)
The top three overall offensive performances occurred against Maryland (91.74), Georgia Tech (91.44), and ECU (90.31). The three worst offensive outings came in road losses to Duke (60.75), Wake Forest (65.03), and season opener at home against USC (68.84). Clearly there was a decline in the play of the offense in the second half of the season, in part because of improved competition and in part due to a decline in play at the QB position. Two of the four offensive operations saw a decline from the first half of the season and the offense overall dropped from a 76.9 mark in the first six games to 76.3 in the final six.
Quarterback: 72.83 (C-)
Best game: Maryland 92.14 (A-)
Worst game: Duke 46.23 (F)
Despite finishing third of the four operations, the quarterbacks actually realized the biggest grade increase from the first half to the second half of the season. Sadly that increase was only 3%. Even with the grade improvement, as opposing defensive coordinators began to track the patterns and combinations preferred by Marc Verica , the numbers declined (see QB play trends below). In addition, Virginia faced some of the top passing defenses in the conference
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