Quick, name the Clemson player with the longest play from the line of scrimmage in 2012. DeAndre Hopkins, you say? Wrong. Sammy Watkins? Nope. Andre Ellington? Wrong again.
Brandon Ford’s 69 yard catch and run against North Carolina State was the longest play of the season for Clemson.
Incredibly, Hopkins didn’t even come in second. That honor goes to Andre Ellington’s 68 yard run in the opener against Auburn.
50 Yard Club –
Some interesting observations about these 50+ yard plays:
- The first two were rushes, but the next 10 were passes.
- 5 of the 12 came on second down.
- 6 of the 12 came in the second quarter.
- Only 4 of the 12 came in Death Valley.
- DeAndre Hopkins had 5 (of the 10) receptions of over 50 yards.
- Despite the documented reduction in explosive plays, Sammy Watkins footprints are all over this metric – 3 receptions, 1 rush and 1 pass.
- Assuming Hopkins turns pro, only Watkins returns from this group (along with Tajh Boyd, of course) of explosive players.
- 12 plays over 50 yards equals 1 per game, 1 every 80.17 plays and 1.25% of plays.