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NC State’s Will Richardson Broke PFF Records in 2017

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NC State’s Will Richardson Broke PFF Records in 2017

NC State’s Will Richardson Broke PFF Records in 2017

ProFootballFocus is my favorite media outlet when it comes to grading the performance of football players. They watch the game film, and give each player a grade for every single play.

Last season, NC State offensive tackle Will Richardson, who was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the 4th round with the 129th overall pick, had the best season by a pass protector in the PFF era (2014-Present).

During the 2017 NCAA season, Richardson set a PFF College record by being the first ACC offensive tackle in the PFF College Era (2014-present) to allow fewer than 10 total quarterback pressures over 400 or more pass-blocking snaps.

Richardson had one of the best seasons we at PFF have seen since we started grading college football four years ago. With only four total quarterback pressures allowed, including zero sacks, Richardson had a pass-blocking efficiency (PBE) of 99.3.

His pass-blocking efficiency of 99.3 in 2017 set the PFF College record for Power-5 tackles who logged 400 or more pass-blocking snaps.

In fact, if you expand the list to look at all offensive tackles who played at least 400 snaps in a season for a single team over the last four years, you will find only one player who rivals Richardson. That player is current Los Angeles Chargersguard Forrest Lamp, the former Western Kentucky tackle who in 2016 also allowed just four pressures on 403 pass-blocking snaps. Lamp’s 99.3 pass-blocking efficiency ties Richardson’s number as the highest-ever pass-blocking efficiency in PFF’s four years of college grading. (PFF)




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