Editor's note: Marty Coleman, of our partner site SeldomUsedReserve.com, will be writing weekly Clemson football analysis blogs. Here's his intro:
I’m excited to be contributing to orangeandwhite.com with a weekly entry that will supplement the great work that Kerry Capps, Brandon Rink and the others provide on Clemson.
For those not familiar with me, I run the website seldomusedreserve.com, which has a Clemson focus but also looks college sports as a whole and college football in particular.
While my site is generally metric focused, my plan is to blend advanced stats and opinion in this space to provide a well-rounded view of Clemson football. Some weeks an entry may be heavy on stats and other weeks there may not be any at all or perhaps as footnote to the post.
Though I love numbers and analyzing what they likely mean going forward, I realize I’m in the minority and at some point there’s a high probability of eyeballs glazing over.
That said, I believe a lot can be gained from analyzing certain numbers, just not those typically found in a box score or the NCAA web site. I’ll track and share metrics that I’ve found indicative of winning, I feel provide insight into what is likely to happen on the field from week to week or to identify trends.
For example, I’ve found that there are a few key metrics that correlate highly with points and wins: Total yards gained, yards per play, plays run (specific to Clemson), third down conversion percentage (offense and defense) and red zone scoring (offense and defense).
When writing about numbers I’ll focus on these seven categories throughout the season and benchmark Clemson’s performance vs. the ACC and FBS as a whole.
These numbers for 2012 are in the chart below:
2012 Clemson stats (SUR)
Some of the other information you may find interesting that can be found on my site include:
The Tajhometer – Interesting facts about the distance Tajh has thrown for at Clemson.
Snaps played for linemen and career stats for several players (right side of home page)
You can also find the series Brandon and I did projecting numbers for the skill position players to fill the time before the season begins.
Though I’ve found that offensive numbers tend to correlate more to winning than defensive stats do, I haven’t forgotten about the defensive side of the ball. This year I plan to add metrics for defensive backs, linebackers and defensive linemen to better measure their performance.
Not only that, but I am exploring ways to better analyze offensive lineman, too.
I welcome your feedback and constructive criticism and look forward to interacting with orangeandwhite.com readers. I can be reached via email at email@example.com or via twitter at @seldomusedrsrv. I’m not a prolific poster on twitter, but I do post when I discover something that may interest my followers or a new post is up on seldomusedreserve.com.
For next week’s entry, I’ll give my thoughts on the big picture of Clemson and Georgia and what it means for the Tigers on the national level.