Charting Sam Glaesmann's First Start

Sam Glaesmann made his first collegiate start, 9,000 miles away from home and against the 14th ranked team in America. Not ideal conditions for a redshirt freshman who's last start came in November of 2015 against Lake Travis. We charted Glaesmann's performance, here's what we found:

First of all, from a global perspective, Glaesmann ended the day 7-18-for 69 yards with an interception. Stanford sacked Glaesmann twice. He carried the ball nine times for a net of seven yards. Glaesmann dropped back 24 total times, 22 times from the shotgun, twice from under center. 

Glaesmann targeted running backs on five of his passes, tight ends on six, and wide receivers six times. Robby Wells led the Owls in targets and catches, finishing the day with four catches on six targets for nineteen yards, seventeen of those yards came on one play. 

Rice's young quarterback started the game five of seven for 48 yards. However, from the two-minute mark of the second quarter on, Glaesmann was two of eleven. Owl receivers dropped three passes, and Glaesmann missed or didn't give his receiver a chance to catch the ball on seven passes. 

On first down, Glaesmann hit four of six passes for 39 yards. On second down Glaesmann's numbers were still effective as he completed three of five passes for 30 yards. On third down, Glaesmann failed to complete a pass in seven attempts, suffered two sacks, and an interception. 

Here's Glaesmann's passing chart:

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A few observations:

  • If you're a body language expert, Glaesmann looked panicked early, not his fault, but he was amped up to start the game. As the evening progressed, he slowed down and seemed to have more poise. 
  • From the end of the second quarter on, Glaesmann was ineffective. At one point head coach David Bailiff replaced him with Jackson Tyner. 
  • Billy Lynch's offense uses A LOT of motion and misdirection. They're a scheme offense and what we mean by that is the Rice offense will succeed based a particular route. Rice uses minimal progression based offense. If the wheel route or the fade or the shovel pass aren't there, Rice doesn't have a plan B. If the defense defends the targeted player, it's up to Glaesmann to make a play, usually with his legs.
  • Glaesmann's athletic ability is as advertised. He's very fluid and throws well on the run. He looks comfortable outside the pocket. 
  • As you can see from Glaesmann's chart, the Owls don't use the middle of the field beyond five to seven yards. 
  • Rice didn't target Kylen Granson once on Saturday. Arguably their most physically gifted receiver, the Owls didn't find a way to get Granson involved.