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TDG Football Seminar: Charting the Offense

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NCAA Football: Middle Tennessee at Minnesota Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome back to Week 2 of TDG’s football seminar. This week we are stepping away from learning about the game to learn a little bit about how the Gophers are actually playing offense. For the last two games, I have charted every single offensive play that the Gophers have ran and plan on continuing to do this for the rest of the season.**

They embedded in the table below and also available on Github. I will update this going forward in the football seminar posts. Anyone who also feels like being another set of eyes, or wants to take a crack at the defense should feel free to post about it in the comments.

Minnesota Offense Play Tracker

Drive Play Down Personnel shotgun play_type play_info player yards_gained drive_result Opponent
Drive Play Down Personnel shotgun play_type play_info player yards_gained drive_result Opponent
1 1 1 12 0 run inside zone Smith 3 PUNT OSU
1 2 2 12 0 run fly sweep Brooks 5 PUNT OSU
1 3 3 11 1 run inside zone Smith 1.5 PUNT OSU
2 1 1 12 0 run inside zone Smith 5 TD OSU
2 2 2 11 1 run inside zone Brooks 2 TD OSU
2 3 3 10 1 run qb scramble Rhoda 6 TD OSU
2 4 1 11 1 pass play action pass from rhoda to johnson on either a deep in or dig route for a touchdown Johnson 67 TD OSU
3 1 1 11 1 run qb scramble Rhoda 5 FG OSU
3 2 2 12 0 run fly sweep to brooks that goes nowhere. Brooks 1 FG OSU
3 3 3 10 1 pass quick out to smith coming out of the backfield and then lots of yac Smith FG OSU
3 4 1 11 1 pass pa pass to johnson Johnson 19 FG OSU
3 5 1 12 0 run inside zone Smith 3 FG OSU
3 6 2 11 1 run inside zone Smith 1 FG OSU
3 7 3 10 1 run read option Rhoda 2 FG OSU
4 1 1 11 0 run inside zone Smith 8 TD OSU
4 2 2 11 1 run inside zone Smith 1 TD OSU
4 3 1 11 1 run inside zone Brooks 7 TD OSU
4 4 1 12 1 pass dpi Johnson NA TD OSU
4 5 1 12 1 run inside zone by brooks for a touchdown Brooks 2 TD OSU
5 1 1 11 1 run outside zone Smith 0 TO OSU
5 2 2 11 1 TO fumble. croft can't handle a snap. Croft NA TO OSU
6 1 1 11 1 run inside zone Smith 4 FG OSU
6 2 2 12 0 run fake fly sweep inside zone/dive Smith 4 FG OSU
6 3 3 11 1 pass bach shoulder on a deep comback route by johnson Johnson 22 FG OSU
6 4 1 11 1 pass quick screen to douglas Douglass 7 FG OSU
6 5 1 11 1 run inside zone with brooks's patented push back Brooks 17 FG OSU
6 6 1 12 0 run fake fly sweep inside zone/dive with an awesome jump cut from smith Smith 15 FG OSU
6 7 1 12 1 run inside zone Smith -1 FG OSU
6 8 2 11 1 run inside zone read option Brooks -2 FG OSU
6 9 3 10 1 INC incomplete pass. rhoda threw a bad pass to brooks. this play only happened because of a bad call on smith. smith was called for a chop block despite going high into a dl numbers Brooks 0 FG OSU
7 1 1 12 1 run inside zone read option Smith 0 HALF OSU
7 2 2 12 1 run inside zone Smith 3 HALF OSU
8 1 1 12 0 pass fake fly sweep to play action pass check down Brooks 5 PUNT OSU
8 2 2 11 1 run inside zone Smith 2 PUNT OSU
8 3 3 11 1 pass dpi Johnson NA PUNT OSU
8 4 1 11 1 run inside zone read option Smith 2 PUNT OSU
8 5 2 11 1 run inside zone read option. blocking is miserable Smith 1 PUNT OSU
8 6 3 10 1 pass complete pass negated by holding Douglass NA PUNT OSU
8 7 3 10 1 OTHER rhoda fumbles when ball slips out of his hands on a scramble. ball goes out of bounds so gophers punt Rhoda NA PUNT OSU
9 1 1 11 1 run inside zone that brooks bounced outside Brooks 9 TD OSU
9 2 2 12 1 run inside dive Smith 4 TD OSU
9 3 1 12 1 run inside zone to smith for td from the 1 Smith 1 TD OSU
10 1 1 11 1 pass play action pass from rhoda to johnson on either a deep in or dig route for a touchdown Johnson 19 TD OSU
10 2 1 11 1 run inside zone Smith 4 TD OSU
10 3 2 12 1 run inside zone with a lot of fight after contact Smith 8 TD OSU
10 4 1 12 0 run fake fly sweep inside zone/dive Smith 2 TD OSU
10 5 2 12 0 run fly sweep Douglass 1 TD OSU
10 6 3 10 0 OTHER incomplete pass but targeting called Douglass NA TD OSU
10 7 1 12 0 run fake fly sweep inside zone/dive Brooks 3 TD OSU
10 8 2 12 1 run inside zone read Brooks 13 TD OSU
10 9 1 12 1 run inside zone read Brooks 4 TD OSU
10 10 2 12 1 run inside zone read for td Brooks 2 TD OSU
11 1 1 12 1 run inside zone Smith 2 TD OSU
11 2 2 11 1 run inside zone Smith 2 TD OSU
11 3 3 11 1 run qb scramble + a questionable 15 yard penalty Rhoda 7 TD OSU
11 4 1 11 1 run inside zone. smith fell over in the backfield Smith 0 TD OSU
11 5 2 12 0 run designed qb boot run Rhoda 6 TD OSU
11 6 3 12 0 run fake fly sweep inside zone/dive Smith 8 TD OSU
11 7 1 12 1 run inside zone. smith had to avoid tacklers in the backfield again Smith 1 TD OSU
11 8 2 11 1 run inside dive Brooks 3 TD OSU
11 9 3 11 1 run inside zone Brooks 17 TD OSU
11 10 1 11 1 run inside zone Brooks 8 TD OSU
11 12 2 11 1 run inside zone. smith had to avoid tacklers in the backfield again Smith 4 TD OSU
11 13 3 12 1 run inside zone Smith 6 TD OSU
11 14 1 12 1 run inside zone Smith 1 TD OSU
11 15 2 12 0 run fake fly sweep inside zone/dive Brooks 4 TD OSU
11 16 3 12 0 run fake fly sweep inside zone/dive Brooks 1 TD OSU
12 1 1 12 1 run inside zone McCrary 2 TD OSU
12 2 2 12 1 run inside zone read option. croft pulled it and took it to the house Croft 64 TD OSU
1 1 1 12 0 run inside zone on fake fly sweep Smith 8 FG MTSU
1 2 2 11 1 run inside zone Smith 4 FG MTSU
1 3 1 11 1 run inside zone Smith 3 FG MTSU
1 4 2 10 1 pass quick slant to johnson Johnson 8 FG MTSU
1 5 1 11 1 run trips to the boundary. inside zone Smith 20 FG MTSU
1 6 1 12 0 run inside zone on fake fly sweep Smith 5 FG MTSU
1 7 2 12 1 run inside zone. smith bounced it outside Smith 7 FG MTSU
1 8 1 12 1 run inside zone McCrary 10 FG MTSU
1 9 1 12 1 run inside zone McCrary 1 FG MTSU
1 10 2 12 0 run inside zone on fake fly sweep Smith 6 FG MTSU
1 11 3 12 1 run inside zone Smith 1 FG MTSU
2 1 1 12 0 run fly sweep to smith. wrapped immediately Smith -6 PUNT MTSU
2 2 2 12 0 pass incomplete pass to smith. good run blitz Rhoda 0 PUNT MTSU
2 3 3 10 1 pass incomplete pass off the hand to douglass on a bubble screen Rhoda 0 PUNT MTSU
3 1 1 11 1 run inside zone Smith NA PUNT MTSU
3 2 2 11 1 pass quick screen to douglas Douglas 11 PUNT MTSU
3 3 3 10 1 pass lingen was lined up as a receiver. rhoda check down to smith Smith 1 PUNT MTSU
4 1 1 11 1 pass incomplete pass. looking for johnson Rhoda 0 PUNT MTSU
4 2 2 11 1 run inside zone Smith 2 PUNT MTSU
4 3 3 11 1 pass quick curl route to johnson. johnson didn't get to the sticks before comeback Johnson 6 PUNT MTSU
5 1 1 11 1 run inside zone Smith 29 FG MTSU
5 2 1 12 0 run inside zone Smith 2 FG MTSU
5 3 2 11 1 pass incomplete pass. trying to set up a quick screen Rhoda 0 FG MTSU
5 4 3 12 1 pass incomplete pass. johnson dropped a pass from rhoda Rhoda 0 FG MTSU
6 1 1 12 0 run inside zone on fake fly sweep Smith 1 TD MTSU
6 2 2 11 1 run inside zone possibly power Smith 8 TD MTSU
6 3 1 12 0 SACK rhoda sacked on play Rhoda -11 TD MTSU
6 4 2 11 1 pass rhoda to douglass on a deep post route. rhoda had all day to throw 27 TD MTSU
6 5 1 11 1 run kobe mcrary off tackle on zone McCrary 13 TD MTSU
7 1 1 11 1 run inside zone Smith 6 HALFTIME MTSU
8 1 1 11 1 run rpo set up. inside zone with a bubble. McCrary 10 PUNT MTSU
8 2 1 11 1 pass rpo pass to douglas Douglas 10 PUNT MTSU
8 3 1 12 1 run inside zone McCrary 1 PUNT MTSU
8 4 2 12 1 run rpo inside zone McCrary 4 PUNT MTSU
8 5 3 10 1 pass wozniak playing as wr Wozniak 2 PUNT MTSU
9 1 1 12 0 run fly sweep to douglas Douglas 2 TD MTSU
9 2 2 12 1 run inside zone McCrary 7 TD MTSU
9 3 3 12 1 run inside zone McCrary 3 TD MTSU
9 4 1 12 1 pass incomplete pass Rhoda 0 TD MTSU
9 5 2 11 1 pass rpo quick toss Howard 8 TD MTSU
9 6 3 11 1 run inside zone McCrary 5 TD MTSU
9 7 1 11 1 run inside zone McCrary 4 TD MTSU
9 8 2 11 1 run outside zone McCrary 7 TD MTSU
9 9 1 12 1 run inside zone Femi-Cole 4 TD MTSU
9 10 2 12 0 run inside zone on fake fly sweep McCrary 4 TD MTSU
9 11 3 11 1 run inside zone. mccrary bounced through a tackel McCrary 2 TD MTSU
9 12 1 11 1 pass rpo on inverted veer Lingen 5 TD MTSU
9 13 2 11 1 run inside zone McCrary 3 TD MTSU
9 14 3 11 1 run inside zone with no push against a run blitz McCrary 1 TD MTSU
9 15 4 12 1 run inside zone McCrary 1 TD MTSU
9 16 1 12 1 run touchdown. 1 yard run on inside zone McCrary 1 TD MTSU
10 1 1 12 1 run qb scramble. looked for a sluggo Rhoda 0 TD MTSU
10 2 2 11 1 pass play action check down to wozniak who then followed great blocks for lots yac Wozniak 50 TD MTSU
10 3 1 12 1 run td. inside zone McCrary 6 TD MTSU
11 1 1 11 1 pass incomplete pass. play action slant to johnson intended Rhoda 0 PUNT MTSU
11 2 2 11 1 run inside zone McCrary 6 PUNT MTSU
11 3 3 10 1 pass wozniak playing as wr. quick pass to douglas Douglas 2 PUNT MTSU
12 1 1 11 1 run after offsides penalty, mccrary with inside zone McCrary 2 GAME MTSU
12 2 2 12 1 run inside zone McCrary 7 GAME MTSU
12 3 1 12 1 run inside zone McCrary 5 GAME MTSU
12 4 2 12 1 run inside zone Femi-Cole 5 GAME MTSU
12 5 1 12 1 run inside zone Femi-Cole 3 GAME MTSU
12 6 2 12 1 run inside zone Femi-Cole 1 GAME MTSU
12 7 3 12 1 run inside zone Femi-Cole 3 GAME MTSU
12 8 4 12 1 run inside zone Femi-Cole 5 GAME MTSU

Why Track?

A reasonable question is to why even track this to begin with. There are three reasons. First is cost. Currently, it costs money to get this information, which is annoying. Second is for depth. When we say that Rodney Smith average 4 yards a carry, it’s unclear how meaningful that average is in understanding his performance. We do not just want the top line. We also want to know how he was in certain situations. The same holds true for the team at large. Are there certain formations that the Gophers do better in than others? Finally, we want to be able to track change over time. If the Gophers line up and run the same four plays over and over again, we can see that.

What is Being Tracked?

Each row includes information on the drive, the play of the drive, the down, the personnel on the field, whether or not the offense lined up in the shotgun, what kind of play was ran, a basic and occasionally opinionated description of the play, the player responsible for the yardage, the amount of yardage gained, the ultimate result of the drive, and the opponent.

Have you made the requisite basic exploratory bar graphs to show that there is some potential way to visually examine the data to extract tangential and not at all causal meaning?

Yep!

The short version is that the Gophers tend to run the ball a lot (which we knew), pass rarely (which we knew), have long passing plays on average (YAC natch), and never line up in a four wide receiver set on first or second down. Scroll down for graphical evidence in the form of sweet sweet basic bar graphs.

What’s on tap for next week?

Next week we are going to cover offensive line play. We will go through some terminology as well as ways to identify what the play is based on what the offensive line is doing.

**while also watching the game, watching other games, chatting on slack, and doing work. It’s possible I missed a play. Please let me know.