Trubisky, Pumphrey headline our craziest Week 4 stats
We are four weeks into the season and things are starting to take shape. Alabama, Ohio State and Michigan have held serve, while Louisville has surged and knocked Florida State down a notch. Here comes the conference games. While we look forward to Louisville at Clemson on Saturday, here are five crazy stats through the first four weeks.
1. Mitch Trubisky (QB, North Carolina) has completed 75 percent of his passes and has 0 interceptions through four games.
Trubisky capped off an impressive non-conference run with a game winning touchdown pass with two seconds on the clock against Pitt. Through four games, Trubisky has 1,306 yards, 10 touchdowns and zero interceptions. More impressively, he has a 75 percent completion percentage. No quarterback in college football had a completion percentage that high through the first four weeks of 2014 or 2015. The biggest benefactor of Trubisky’s accuracy is UNC wide receiver Ryan Switzer. Switzer is currently PFF College’s second ranked wide receiver and caught 32 of 37 targets with zero drops. The Trubisky to Switzer connection will face a big test against Florida State on Saturday.
2. 312 of Donnel Pumphrey’s (RB, San Diego Statee) 454 rushing yards have come on runs of 15 yards or more.
Pumphrey and the Aztecs had a bye in week three which makes this stat even more ridiculous. He leads the nation with 312 yards on runs of 15 or more yards — second place has 243. Pumphrey also leads the nation in number of runs over 15 yards with nine. The senior from Las Vegas has already broken the San Diego State rushing record held by Marshall Faulk and will likely break the Mountain West record held by DonTrell Moore in his next game. There will be some concerns about his size at the next level (5-9, 180 pounds) but his production is unquestioned. In the year of the college running back, Pumphrey will likely fly under the radar but will be a nice middle round find in the 2017 draft.
3. Najee Murray (CB, Kent State) has given up 17 receiving yards in 142 coverage snaps.
The Junior transfer from Ohio State is making the most of his opportunity with Golden Eagles. Through four games and 142 coverage snaps, Murray has allowed a total of 17 yards. Those 17 yards came on 13 targets and three receptions. Opposing quarterbacks have a passer rating of 7.5 when throwing into Murray’s coverage. Murray is PFF College’s fourth-ranked coverage cornerback.
4. Arden Key (OLB, LSU) is creating pressure on 33 percent of his pass rushes from the right side.
Key leads all 3-4 outside linebackers in pass rush productivity at 21.2, but he is most effective from the right side. Key has 59 rushes from the right side and has created 19 pressures. One of every three plays where Key is rushing from the right side he forces at least a hurry. Key is currently PFF College’s top ranked 3-4 outside linebacker at 18.7. While he is having a terrific season, Key’s sack pace is running short of his preseason 20 sack prediction, but only by two – he is currently on pace for 18.
5. Zane Gonzalez (K, Arizona State) is the new Pac-12 scoring leader and PFF College’s top kicker.
It was only fitting that Gonzalez broke the scoring record with a 54 yard field goal. Gonzalez is having a fantastic season. He has hit 11 of 12 field goal attempts (his only miss was from 53 yards). In addition to the accuracy, 30 of his 38 kickoffs have been touchbacks with an average distance of 69.5 yards. Let’s maybe not show this to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers – they might try and take him in the first round.