Each Wednesday of the season, we’ll sift through the numbers to find the most interesting facts and impressive performances and share them here. Here's what stood out to us following the second week of play:
1. 234 of Nick Chubb’s (RB, Georgia) 302 yards have come after contact
Much has been made of Chubb’s devastating knee injury last October. Through two games, he seems to be fully recovered. Chubb leads the country with 234 yards after contact. Only 13 running backs in the country have more total yards than Chubb has after contact. One of the reasons for the large percentage of yards after contact is Georgia’s inability to run block – ranked 118th through the first two weeks. If the Bulldogs offensive line can mesh as a unit, Chubb can run them into the college football playoff.
2. Philip Nelson (QB, ECU) leads the nation in adjusted completion percentage at 91.5 percent
The former Minnesota Golden Gopher is making the most of his second opportunity. After transferring from Minnesota to Rutgers, Nelson was involved in an assault outside of a bar in Mankato, Minnesota and subsequently had his scholarship revoked. As a walk-on at ECU, Nelson is tearing it up. Through two weeks, he leads the nation in adjusted completion percentage at 91.5 percent (second place is 83.9 percent). Nelson has completed 61 of his 75 attempts. Of the 14 incompletions, four were drops.
3. Duke Ejiofor (DE, Wake Forest) has created pressure on 14 of his 55 pass rush snaps
The junior from Houston is wreaking havoc in opposing backfields. He leads all DE’s with a pass rush productivity stat of 20.5. Ejiofor is an equal opportunity pass rusher with eight pressures coming from the left side and six from the right. He is currently CFF’s second ranked defensive end with a grade of 12.6. Ejiofor is building on a nice sophomore season and is making NFL scouts take notice.
4. The Mizzou OTs (Tyler Howell & Paul Adams) have not allowed a single pressure in 87 passing plays
In Missouri’s first two games against Eastern Michigan and West Virginia, the two massive offensive tackles have not allowed a single pressure. No sacks, hits or hurries. While excelling as pass blockers, both players have struggled in the run blocking department. They need to clean that up with Georgia, LSU and Florida making up three of their next four games.
5. Mike Tyson (CB, Cincinnati) has not allowed a reception in 77 coverage snaps
The senior from Virginia has created his own no fly zone in the Bearcat secondary. He’s played 77 coverage snaps, has been targeted only four times and has not allowed a single reception. He even intercepted one of those targets. After negative grades the last two years, Tyson is catching the ear (see what I did there?) of the college football world with a grade of 5.2 – good for sixth in the country.