Some Interesting SEC Stats

The season is over, but not the review of the stats. SEC Talk posted some interesting stats from the 2010-11 SEC football season. Here are the Kentucky excerpts.

0 Times that the Ole Miss defense prevented an SEC opponent from scoring once it penetrated the Rebels’ 20-yard line in 2010. In eight conference games, Ole Miss’ opponents were 22-for-22 in the red zone, scoring 16 TDs and kicking six field goals.(Ole Miss 42 – Kentucky 35. That hurt)

1 SEC player who has completed a higher percentage of his passes than Alabama QB Greg McElroy did in 2010 (among players with at least 200 attempts). McElroy connected on 222 of his 313 passes — 70.9 percent — this season. The only SEC QB who has bettered that in a single season was Kentucky’s Tim Couch at 72.3 percent in 1998, when he completed 400 of 553 passes. (In comparison Mike Hartline completed 66.2% of his passes during the 10-11 season)

1 Freshman in SEC history who has passed for more yards than Aaron Murray did in 2010, when the Georgia QB piled up 3,049 passing yards. In 2000, Kentucky QB Jared Lorenzen set the SEC freshman mark with 3,687.

3 SEC coaches who have won at least 11 games in a season more than three times — Paul “Bear” Bryant (nine times at Alabama, once at Kentucky), Phillip Fulmer (four times at Tennessee) and Les Miles (four times at LSU, including this season).

3 SEC players with at least 1,000 receiving yards in 2010, the third time that has happened in league history. In 2010, South Carolina’s Alshon Jeffery had 1,517 receiving yards, Alabama’s Julio Jones 1,133 and Kentucky’s Randall Cobb 1,017. In 2001, LSU’s Josh Reed, Florida’s Jabar Gaffney and Vanderbilt’s Dan Stricker reached 1,000 receiving yards. In 2006, Tennessee’s Robert Meachem, Vanderbilt’s Earl Bennett and South Carolina’s Sidney Rice did it.

7 Of eight fourth-down attempts converted into first downs against Kentucky in 2010. While the eight times that the Wildcats’ opponents went for it on fourth down was tied for the national low this season, Kentucky’s ability to stop those plays was the worst, by percent, in the nation, since its opponents succeeded 87.5 percent of the time. (Just one example why Joker Phillips went and hired Rick Minter)

2,302 Yards given up both rushing and passing by Kentucky’s defense in 2010. Every other team in the SEC gave up more yards on passes than on runs. The Wildcats’ defense yielded league highs of 4.6 yards per rushing attempt and 30 rushing TDs.

2,396 All-purpose yards in 2010 for Kentucky WR Randall Cobb, breaking the SEC single-season record. Cobb had 424 rushing yards, 1,017 receiving yards, 219 punt-return yards and 736 kickoff-return yards to eclipse the 2,310 all-purpose yards totaled by Arkansas RB Darren McFadden in 2007.

Go Cats!!!

Full article at SECTalk.


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