Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Here's why Rashad Greene is underrated
By Andrea Adelson
Loyal followers of the ACC blog know I have come down a little hard on the Florida State receiving group for not having a headliner among them.
Enter Florida State sports information man Bob Thomas.
Armed with a paper full of stats, Thomas presented me with what leading receiver Rashad Greene has done over the course of his career. Greene has not stood out for a 1,000-yard season or a 90-plus reception season, or even as one of the Top 10 receivers in the ACC in any statistical category. He was not chosen to the preseason All-ACC team, perhaps for these reasons.
So his stats on the surface are not eye-popping. Dig a little deeper, bust out those calculators and you will find Greene has an exceptional touchdown-to-touches ratio. So exceptional, in fact, that he could be called the most productive receiver in the nation.
Greene has 16 touchdowns on 128 career touches, translating to a 1:8 ratio. Greene essentially scores every eighth time he touches the ball. That ranks tops among the best ACC all-purpose receivers. It also ranks as the best ratio among the top returning all-purpose receivers in the nation.
Surprised? I know I was when I started crunching the numbers.
Take a look for yourself at the charts below. Greene does not touch the ball as much as most of these players, which probably also is a reason why he is overlooked. He is part of a deep group of receivers, so he has not exactly been a go-to guy the way Michael Campanaro and Stefon Diggs were last season. Four Noles had 30 or more catches last season; Maryland only had Diggs go over 30; Wake Forest had two. Note: Diggs has only played one season; Greene is going into his junior year.
Still, you cannot ignore what Greene does when he actually does touch the football. As a comparison, the top all-purpose receiver in the nation last year, Tavon Austin, had a 1:13 touchdown-to-touches ratio. Austin finished his career with 528 touches and 40 touchdowns, numbers Greene will never hit.
To compile these charts, I looked at receivers similar to Greene, tasked with more than just catching the football. Of those 128 touches Greene has had, 95 have been receptions, seven rushes and 26 on returns.