While pouring over pages upon pages of statistics in preparation for our annual season preview addition of Blue & Gold Illustrated (be sure to pick up the 2012 installment later this month if you’re not already a subscriber to our print edition), there were numerous interesting nuggets that filled our notebooks.
Sophomore WR DaVaris Daniels is one to watch in 2012
Here are a few to chew on concerning the outside receivers heading into this fall:
• Only two passing plays went for 40 yards or more in 2011 — one a 45-yard dump-off pass to The Riddick in the closing minute of the loss at Stanford and a 56-yarder by Michael Floyd against Navy.
• John Goodman, a fifth-year senior in 2012, averaged 9.3 yards per catch and T.J. Jones averaged 9.6 last season.
• The top games in terms of receiving yards over the last decade belong to Golden Tate, who recorded 244 against Washington in 2009, and Maurice Stovall, who finished with 207 against Brigham Young University in 2005. Omar Jenkins registered 166 yards against Navy in 2002, Stovall tallied 171 versus Purdue in 2003 and tight end Anthony Fasano notched 155 against Purdue the following season. Jeff Samardzija went off for 177 yards vs. North Carolina in 2006 and, in a miserable year in almost every conceivable category, Robby Parris produced the high game of the 2007 campaign with a 94-yard effort against Boston College.
Since then, Golden Tate put up 177 yards against Hawaii in 2008, tight end Kyle Rudolph was good for a 164-yard outburst at home against Michigan in 2010 and Michael Floyd rattled off 159 in a loss last season in Ann Arbor.
• Floyd caught 100 of Notre Dame’s school-record 302 pass completions in 2011.
• Before playing a down at Notre Dame, DaVaris Daniels impressed in winter workouts and posted numbers that would have had NFL scouts salivating, including a couple of efforts that would have topped Floyd at the NFL Combine earlier this year. His 40-yard dash (4.5 seconds), vertical jump (38 inches) and broad jump (10 feet, 5 inches) all would have placed in the top 15 among receivers that competed at the combine.
• The Fighting Irish failed to record 200 yards passing in three games last year (Michigan State, Wake Forest and Florida State), finishing 2-1 in those contests.
• Though ND didn’t eat up big chunks of yardage through the air often in 2011, it did complete 139 passes between 10-19 yards, which ranked tied for 24th nationally.