I’ve been working this week on a lengthy piece about wide receiver effectiveness in the ACC – something similar to what we’ve already done with running backs. That post should go up some time next week (spoiler alert: the best receiver in the ACC is exactly who you think it is).
In the interim, though, I’ve been thinking about pass interference penalties. Noted public speaker Woody Hayes once said three things can happen when you pass the football, and two of them are bad: incompletions, interceptions and completions.
He didn’t mention interference penalties (did they exist when Woody coached?), which can be positive and pivotal. They often come on long passes where offenses get their biggest chunks of yardage, or on long-yardage downs, where they keep defenses from getting off the field.
My original intent was to look at which receivers draw the most interference calls, but play-by-play logs are spotty on listing intended receivers on interference plays. That left the quarterbacks, and there are a couple who’ve shown a knack for drawing 15-yard flags this year.