Rice, due to injury, ran out true freshman Wiley Green in Denton last Saturday afternoon. We charted Wiley’s day and came out impressed with the freshman and equally impressed with the coaching staff.
Let’s get to the objective data. Here’s Green’s stat line, 21 of 37, 204 yards, one touchdown, 112 QBR.
North Texas sacked Green twice.
He threw the ball away twice.
We graded him out with four misses.
His average time on his mark, before he was moved either by pressure to or to extend plays, was 2.1 seconds.
He averaged 2.1 seconds from snap to delivery on his completions.
Green’s average from snap to delivery on incompletions was 2.09 seconds.
Here’s his passing chart.
A few subjective thoughts on Wiley Green’s first start as a Rice Owl.
The kid is a cool customer, he executed the game plan asked of him by his coaches and didn’t blink. Owl coaches deserve mention as well; they set up a game plan that kept the Owls relevant into the fourth quarter. Offensive football, like defensive football, is a holistic endeavor. The Owls started two true freshmen on the offensive line and gave a lot of carries to a freshman back (Juma Otoviano). The Rice offense was facing an aggressive, multiple Mean Green defense that’s shown tremendous improvement in 2018.
Owl offensive coordinator Jerry Mack ran a lot of quick game for Green, catch and fire, one read routes for his freshman quarterback. His average time from snap to release was quick, just over 2 seconds, and they took what the defense gave them. 25 of his 37 attempts were within nine yards of the line, and Green did well in that area, completing 16 of 25 throws in that area with a TD and a drop.
Austin Trammell is a quarterback’s best friend. Green targeted Trammell on 37% of his attempts (14) and completed ten of those targets. Two of the incompletions we’d categorize as misses.
If you’re a defense, you will do well to try and move Green off his launch point and get him off schedule. When he’s pressured, his completion percentage drops off and, at least against North Texas, he wasn’t moving with a purpose to make plays downfield.
The Owls return home next weekend for a game against UTEP.