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Contextualization Of WR Laviska Shenault’s 2019 Pass Targets At Colorado (5 Games)

Colorado wide receiver Laviska Shenault Jr. was recently mocked to the Pittsburgh Steelers as their first selection of the 2020 NFL Draft by Chris Trapasso of CBS Sports and with that being fresh on my mind I figured I would do a quick contextualization of his 2019 targets from five of his games.

In the five games of Shenault’s that I contextualized from 2019, which were against Colorado State, Nebraska, Oregon, USC and Utah, he caught 25 total passes for 364 yards and two touchdowns on 38 total targets. It’s worth noting, however, that 71 of those yards and one of his receiving touchdowns in those five games came on one reception against USC via a 4-yard pass.

Only four of Shenault’s 25 total receptions in these five contextualized games came more than 10 yards past the original line of scrimmage. Additionally, the young wide receiver had 13 receptions in which the football traveled less than five yards past the line of scrimmage.

The average target distance for Shenault in these five contextualized games was just 10.7 yards and his average reception distance was just 6.5 yards.

Including yards gained from behind the original line of scrimmage on his 25 total receptions, Shenault had 201 total yards gained after the catch, an average of 8 yards. Once again, however, it’s important to point out that 67 of those yards came on one reception.

Shenault’s best attributes in these five games was his ability to quickly tuck the football after the catch and get up the field for yardage. While not contextualized below, he also was used as a runner quite a bit in these five games, 12 times in total, with several originating with him as a Wildcat quarterback.

These five contextualized games of Shenault’s from 2019 are probably a good overall representation of his play from the season. I plan on looking at a few of Shenault’s 2018 games as well in the near future to see if he posted similar results as he caught 86 passes for 1,011 yards and 6 touchdowns as a sophomore. He’ll probably project as a X receiver at the NFL level even though he did play some in the slot at Colorado.

OPP QRT TIME DWN DIST LOS RES YDS PDIST YAC AREA LINK
CSU 1 6:00 2 8 COLO 27 I * 21 * 1 VIDEO
CSU 2 8:28 1 10 COLO 25 C 8 1 7 3 VIDEO
CSU 2 7:42 2 2 COLO 33 C 15 -2 17 1 VIDEO
CSU 2 0:25 2 7 CSU 25 C-TD 25 24 1 1 VIDEO
CSU 4 10:36 1 10 COLO 39 I * 40 * 5 VIDEO
NEB 1 5:17 2 14 COLO 21 C 7 1 6 1 VIDEO
NEB 2 1:55 2 13 COLO 22 C 9 4 5 1 VIDEO
NEB 2 1:28 3 4 COLO 31 C 7 3 4 3 VIDEO
NEB 2 0:39 1 10 NEB 47 C 1 1 0 3 VIDEO
NEB 3 10:47 3 4 COLO 39 C 7 2 5 3 VIDEO
ORE 1 7:33 1 10 COLO 43 C 15 9 6 2 VIDEO
ORE 1 7:33 1 10 ORE 32 C 15 10 5 2 VIDEO
ORE 1 7:33 1 10 ORE 17 I * 10 * 1 VIDEO
ORE 2 14:10 2 3 COLO 32 I * 10 * 1 VIDEO
ORE 2 7:39 1 10 COLO 20 C 16 13 3 3 VIDEO
ORE 3 12:54 3 8 COLO 22 C 24 13 11 4 VIDEO
ORE 3 8:15 4 8 ORE 41 IN * 40 * 5 VIDEO
ORE 3 6:26 2 1 ORE 19 I-DR * -1 * 4 VIDEO
USC 1 13:57 1 10 COLO 25 I * 4 * 4 VIDEO
USC 1 11:31 1 10 USC 34 C 9 9 0 1 VIDEO
USC 1 9:18 2 5 USC 5 I * 9 * 1 VIDEO
USC 1 9:09 3 5 USC 5 I * 14 * 4 VIDEO
USC 1 2:25 1 10 USC 32 I * 15 * 2 VIDEO
USC 2 11:23 3 11 COLO 39 C 5 1 4 2 VIDEO
USC 2 7:56 1 10 COLO 48 C 7 8 -1 4 VIDEO
USC 2 7:39 2 3 USC 45 C 33 29 4 5 VIDEO
USC 2 7:08 1 10 USC 12 C 3 -4 7 3 VIDEO
USC 2 2:05 2 11 COLO 24 C 12 9 3 1 VIDEO
USC 2 1:39 1 10 COLO 36 I * 47 * 3 VIDEO
USC 3 14:15 2 6 COLO 29 C-TD 71 4 67 2 VIDEO
USC 3 11:18 1 10 COLO 45 C 13 8 5 4 VIDEO
USC 3 5:15 2 6 COLO 26 C 19 -3 22 3 VIDEO
USC 4 11:18 1 10 COLO 25 I * 34 * 1 VIDEO
USC 4 1:35 3 4 COLO 43 I * 2 * 3 VIDEO
UTAH 1 5:08 2 2 COLO 46 C 6 9 -3 5 VIDEO
UTAH 1 2:11 4 5 UTAH 31 C 6 3 3 2 VIDEO
UTAH 2 1:25 2 11 COLO 24 C 7 3 4 2 VIDEO
UTAH 4 13:56 3 6 COLO 39 C 24 8 16 5 VIDEO
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