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Da'Quan Bowers vs. Kyle Wilber

Posted this on BloggerSoDear, wanted to get Clemson's fans opinions.

 

Recently, Da'Quan Bowers has been getting a lot of press for his impressive performance in single games, as well as for the entire season. This is not only on a regional level, but a national level as well form the talking heads on Fox, ESPN and the blogosphere.

Now I am going to preface this by saying that Bowers deserves every bit of praise that he gets for what he is doing at Clemson and possibly even more. He has certainly had a great campaign so far, but my question is why Kyle Wilber is not getting the same kind of recognition at least inside the conference.

After the jump BSD breaks down the stats of Da'Quan Bowers and Kyle Wilber to see if Bowers stats are really that more impressive than Mr. Wilber's.

First of all, let's take a look at Da'Quan Bowers stats on the year.

Tackles
G Solo Assisted Total Total/G
6 19 14 33 5.50
Tackles For Loss
G TFL TFL Yards TFL/G
6 14.5 93 2.42
Sacks
G Sacks Sack Yards Sacks/G
6 7.5 61 1.25
Misc. Defense
G Passes Broken Up QB Hurries Fumbles Forced Kicks/Punts Blocked
6 1 7 2 0

 

These numbers are extremely impressive, especially the TFL and the number of sacks on the year which lead all FBS players. His game this weekend against Maryland garnered him the ACC Defensive Lineman of the week award (4 TFL, 3 sacks, 6 tackles).

Now let's take a look at Kyle Wilber's stats for the year.

Tackles
G Solo Assisted Total Total/G
7 26 22 48 6.86
Tackles For Loss
G TFL TFL Yards TFL/G
7 13.5 42 1.93
Sacks
G Sacks Sack Yards Sacks/G
7 5.0 28 0.71
Misc. Defense
G Passes Broken Up QB Hurries Fumbles Forced Kicks/Punts Blocked
7 2 1 3 1

 

Wilber has 15 tackles more than Bowers on the year, 1 less TFL and 2.5 less sacks. The tackles for Wilber are statistically relevant, as well as the sacks. The TFL are essentially a wash. Bowers has certainly been more impressive in the pass rushing with 7 QB hurries to only 1 for Wilber. This is a result of Wake Forest switching to a 3-4 scheme for the Navy and GT games to help against the option. WIlber has forced a fumble more and has also blocked a kick on the year.

It seems to me, that while Bowers has the better stats on the year, Wilber is not that far behind. Not only that, Wilber has gone up against much better competition than Bowers has on the year. The quarterbacks that Wilber has played are as follow: Sean Renfree, Andrew Luck, Ricky Dobbs, Josh Nesbitt, Christian Ponder, and Tyrod Taylor. Compare that to Bowers, who has gone up against: Cam Newton, Jacory Harris, and T.J Yates. Not exactly the same caliber list.

In the only similar opponent on the year, Presbyterian (who by my own admissions is not the best team to compare), Wilber garnered 8 sacks, 5 TFL, 3 sacks, a blocked kick, and forced a fumble. Bowers had 1 tackle and a pass deflection. This game could certainly be seen as an outlier, and maybe I am missing something were Bowers did not play the entire game, but Wilber was astronomically better than Bowers was in the only shared opponent.

This could also show that Bowers has done more against better teams, but Wilber has done more than his fair share against 3 ranked opponents this year too. He has also shown that he is a more versatile player and can play linebacker if needed as well.

This article doesn't really solve the question that I asked initially. I'm not sure why Bowers is getting more credit than Wilber for a slight statistical advantage. Clemson is 3-3, while Wake is 2-5 so neither team is setting the world on fire. Without looking the stats up, I know that Clemson is a much better team defensively, which means Bowers has a heck of a lot more talent around him than Wilber does, which makes Wilber's stats even more impressive.

As always comments/stats/tips/advice/criticisms are welcome. I would like to see whether I am being a homer towards Wake Forest or if I have a legitimate gripe as to why Kyle Wilber is not getting the name recognition and praise that he deserves.

ETA: It should also be noted that Kyle Wilber has played in one more game than Da'Quan Bowers, which obviously helps inflate his stats.

These opinions are not necessarily those of the Proprietors of Shakin' The Southland.

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