Yesterday, SB Nation's College Football stats guru, Bill Connelly, unleashed upon the world his Targets & Catches totals from all of 2011. These numbers measure how many times given players are being thrown to, how often they catch those passes and what yardage they earn once they do. The master list is formidable but worth the effort of wading through.
I figured a good initial use of these numbers would be to see which SEC receivers (and running backs) were the most efficient over the course of last season. This chart lists every conference player targeted more than 50 times and then listed by catch rate. The key to the terms are at the bottom.
Targets = receptions plus incompletions targeting a given receiver.
Catches = receptions.
Yards = receiving yards
Catch Rate = catches / targets
Yards Per Target = yards / targets
Target % = the percentage of a team's passes targeting a given receiver.
%SD = the percent of a players targets that came on standard downs.
To give a bit wider view of the matter, I've also compiled a chart organized by catch rate of the top 100 SEC players targeted for passes in 2011 using Connelly's standard metrics. You can find that after the jump.