Stats & Info: Terrance Williams

Top things to know: NFL Draft depth

April, 19, 2013
With the NFL Draft looming, here’s a look at the top things to know related to depth at notable positions.

QB class lacking a megastar
There have been four quarterbacks taken in the first round of the NFL Draft each of the last two seasons. This year, Geno Smith is the top-rated quarterback in the class, but he has the lowest Scouts Inc. grade (91) of any top quarterback in the last nine seasons.

QB class has lots of shotgun/pistol experience
The NFL is trending toward spread tendencies, but the average NFL quarterback still attempted less than two-thirds of his passes after taking a snap from shotgun last season.

Four of the top quarterbacks in this draft class -- Landry Jones, Geno Smith, Ryan Nassib, and EJ Manuel -- attempted at least 88 percent of their pass attempts last season from either a shotgun or pistol formation.

Lacy leads a light-RB class
Eddie Lacy is the only running back projected to go in the first round by both Mel Kiper and Todd McShay. This would mark only the second time since 1985 that only one running back was drafted in the first round. It also happened in 2011.

In fact, since 2005, every NFL Draft but the 2011 one has had a running back drafted within the top 12 picks.

Lacy is the top running back prospect of the 2013 class according to Scouts Inc., but he was the beneficiary of one of the top offensive lines in football. Lacy gained 65 percent of his yards before initial contact and averaged 4.1 yards before contact per rush.

Receivers with lots of different skills available
An average of three wide receivers have been drafted in the first round of the NFL Draft over the last five seasons. Mel Kiper’s most recent mock draft has four. Todd McShay’s latest one has two.

Among the most notable leaders among wide receivers, Tavon Austin led AQ-school receivers with 947 yards after the catch, Terrance Williams led FBS receivers with 27 receptions on passes thrown 20 yards or longer, and DeAndre Hopkins and Stedman Bailey led FBS with 10 touchdown receptions on throws 20 yards or longer.

Teams looking for multi-purpose receivers should know that Austin and Cordarrelle Patterson were the only players in FBS with at least 300 rushing yards, 600 receiving yards and 500 return yards in 2012.

Tight ends that can go long
Tyler Eifert and Zach Ertz highlight a tight end class with the ability to stretch the field vertically.

Eifert and Ertz combined for 45 receptions on passes thrown 15 yards or longer over the last two seasons, including five deep touchdowns.

A rich defensive draft
According to Scouts Inc., defensive players make up 19 of the top 32 overall prospects. Todd McShay’s latest mock draft has 12 defensive front seven players taken in the first round of the draft, one behind the 2011 and 1974 NFL drafts for the most in the common draft era.

A look at some of the collegiate leaders in some notable areas:

LSU defensive end Sam Montgomery had three sacks against a double team, most among the 35 defensive FBS prospects rated 80 or higher.

Among the top-10 defensive end prospects as rated by Scouts, Inc., Florida State's Bjoern Werner had the most sacks on a standard pass rush (12) and Georgia's Jarvis Jones had the most from a blitz (7).

Purdue's Kawann Short led all FBS defensive tackle prospects rated 70 or higher with seven sacks and 13 run stuffs last season. A “run stuff” is a tackle on a rushing play that ends up in negative or zero yardage.

Records crash in Geno Smith masterpiece

September, 29, 2012

AP Photo/Christopher Jackson
Geno Smith was the star attraction in the fireworks show in Morgantown Saturday.
If defenses were being put to the test in Saturday's Big 12 clash of high-flying offenses at Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium, everyone failed. The offenses combined for 19 touchdowns, the most ever in a game involving FBS teams.

But no one in Morgantown came out of the 70-63 West Virginia Mountaineers win looking better than Geno Smith in what could have been the first Heisman Trophy-defining performance of the season.

The senior quarterback set school single-game records for completions (45), pass yards (656), total offense (687) and passing touchdowns (8) in a virtuoso performance. He threw for more touchdowns than incompletions (6).

Going back to the 2012 Orange Bowl, Smith has 26 touchdowns and zero interceptions and hasn't thrown for fewer than 323 yards in a game.

Compared to last year's Heisman winner, Robert Griffin III, through four games, Smith has 345 more pass yards with a better completion percentage and more touchdowns. And his team was still perfect while Griffin III's Baylor team was 3-1. Smith actually has the most touchdown passes in his team's first four games of any season since the turn of the century with 20.

West Virginia's Stedman Bailey turned 13 grabs into a school-record 303 yards and he didn't even have the most receiving yards in the game. Baylor's Terrance Williams also set school records with 17 receptions and 314 yards. Bailey also had five touchdown catches, tied for the second-most in a game by an FBS player since 2000 (Oklahoma State’s Rashaun Woods had seven in 2003). No Mountaineer player has ever had more receptions in a game than Bailey's teammate Tavon Austin, who had 215 yards himself.

We can't confirm when the last time opposing teams each had a 300-yard wide receiver. But the NCAA does note that a pair of Tulsa players, Rick Eber (322) and Harry Wood (318), did so in the same game against Idaho State on October 7, 1967.

For a program that took some beatings in its history versus powerhouses like Texas, Oklahoma and Nebraska, Baylor's defense broke some dubious school records today. It gave up 807 total yards, 656 of them through the air.

Baylor elected to send three pass rushers or fewer on 32 of Geno Smith’s 56 dropbacks. He completed 27 of 31 passes for 413 yards and four touchdowns when Baylor did that. He was under duress on just three plays and was not sacked when Baylor dropped eight into coverage.

It's not common that a team can score 63 points in a loss. The Bears' point total matches the FBS record for the most points scored in regulation by a losing team (Rice versus San Jose State in 2004; Toledo versus Western Michigan in 2011).

The sunny side of that stat is that Baylor's quarterback had to have a pretty memorable day as well. And Nick Florence did, setting school records with 581 pass yards and 575 total yards en route to five scoring tosses. But it's too bad he couldn't help out on defense.

Smith and Florence combined to throw for 1,237 yards, 16 yards shy of the NCAA single-game record by opposing players.

• West Virginia: 807 total yards.
• Most total offense by a player: Geno Smith, 687 yards
• Most Pass TDs by a player: Geno Smith, 8 (tied B.J. Symons' record)
• Most receiving yards by a player: Terrance Williams, 314
• Combined passing TDs: 13 (tied for most in a game among FBS opponents -- San Diego State/New Mexico State, 1969 & Hawaii/BYU, 2001)