StaTuesday: Badgers’ Coan spreading it around in passing game
Cephus has been quarterback Jack Coan’s most popular target halfway through the season. The wide receiver has led the team in targets in four of the first six games. Overall, Cephus has been targeted a team-high 29 times by Coan. Jake Ferguson is the only other player with more than 20 targets; he has 21.
This, of course, speaks to something else: Coan has spread the ball around. He’s targeted 13 different players this season (not counting one intentional throw away) with 10 of those players having at least one reception.
Last year in his five games, Coan targeted just 10 players, with just five having 5+ targets. In 2019, that number is seven.
In 2018, five Badgers had double-digit receptions all season. This year, six have already reached 10 catches and Kendric Pryor has eight.
Here’s Coan’s number of targeted players each game: South Florida – 11; Central Michigan – 7; Michigan – 7; Northwestern – 8; Kent State – 7; Michigan State – 9.
Only three times has a player had six or more targets from Coan in a game – A.J. Taylor had nine and Cephus eight against Central Michigan and Cephus had six vs. Northwestern.
Below is the list of the season targets for Coan. Note, we do include plays either lost to penalty or incomplete passes in which a penalty occurred (i.e. no plays, but yet they still occurred and give an insight of who the quarterback is targeting). So, if you want to do a catch percentage for Ferguson, for example, you’d divide his catches (15) by his targets. In order to get his “real” targets, take his 20 targets and minus his two from penalties, which would be 18 (15/18=83.3%). Also of interest: no drops yet for Wisconsin; the Badgers had 13 of those in 2018.
If you’re curious about other quarterbacks:
Graham Mertz has targeted five players: John Chenal (one, but incomplete/penalty), Aron Cruickshank (three targets, three catches), Jack Dunn (4-3), Adam Krumholz (2-2) and Nakia Watson (1-1). Chase Wolf’s only pass was a completion to Chenal.
One more thing we track is penalties. Wisconsin is averaging just 4.2 per game, which is tied for fifth in the nation. That doesn’t include offsetting penalties or ones which were declined, of which the Badgers have four combined.
Wisconsin has had only 10 offensive penalties in six games, with only two holdings. Here’s the complete list of infractions in the first half of the season. We’ve ordered them by type (note: no announcement was given to who committed the illegal shift against Kent State, so we’ve credited as a “team” penalty).
|Furtney||CMU||block in back||D||st|
|Team||Michigan||delay of game||5||off|
|Smithback||Kent State||false start||5||off|
|Franklin||USF||illegal helmet contact||15||def|
|Team||Kent State||illegal shift||offset||off|
|Burton||Kent State||pass interference||11||def|
|Wilder||Kent State||personal foul||15||def|