The never-ending search for data to aggregate has led to this little project --- trying to figure out usage patterns and strengths of Maryland's tailbacks.
It's somewhat raw --- it doesn't take into account for level of competition --- but there are a few intriguing stats that emerge after breaking down the quarter-by-quarter numbers for Davin Meggett, Da'Rel Scott and D.J. Adams.
For example ...
* Meggett is at his strongest in the bookend quarters. He has more yardage in the first quarter than the second and third periods combined. The same holds true with fourth quarter vs. quarters two and three. Remember, long runs against Navy (first quarter) and Florida International (fourth quarter) play a role.
* Scott is averaging 3.35 yards a carry after halftime and has just 12 rushes for 35 yards in the fourth quarter through seven games. At times, Maryland abandons the run in the final period, but Meggett holds a greater edge in fourth-quarter carries than any other period.
* Meggett's usage is remarkably consistent through games. His quarter-by-quarter carries totals: 18-18-18-20.
* The top six individual quarters of the entire season:
82: Meggett, Q4 vs. Florida International
75: Meggett, Q1 vs. Navy
68: Adams, Q4 vs. Morgan State
60: Scott, Q2 vs. Florida International
43: Meggett, Q4 vs. Duke
40: Meggett, Q1 vs. Morgan State
More after the jump:
Meggett and Scott combined for 111 yards rushing in the first quarter against Navy. Since the opener, they have 25 carries for 92 yards in the first quarter.
Scott busted a 56-yard touchdown run in the second quarter against Florida International, a single play that accounts for nearly the entire yardage difference between himself and Meggett in this period.
Maryland hasn't run for a touchdown in the third quarter in its last 14 games. The Terps had two third-quarter rushing scores in 2009 --- Scott's 39-yard run at California, and Meggett's 1-yard dive against Clemson.
Half of Meggett's fourth-quarter production came on a 76-yard gallop against Florida International to all but lock up that Sept. 25 victory.