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O'Brien's deep ball strategy: 3 or 4 out of 10 is good

In Penn State's win over Wisconsin on Saturday, Penn State was able to connect on a number of deep throws to keep drives alive which was an integral part of their 31-24 win.

After the game, O'Brien explained his deep ball strategy by drawing a comparison to baseball.

"My theory always is that if you throw ten deep balls down the field, and I'm not sure if we threw ten, but we threw quite a few, and if you can hit three or four of those, that's good."

"That's like a guy batting .400 in baseball, that's the equivalent in football because the deeper the throw, the less percent you're going to hit and so I think we did a good job of that."

With a young quarterback - receiver combo like Christian Hackenberg and Allen Robinson, expect for that percentage (and their deep ball shots) to go up over the next few seasons and chances are really good that they're going to work themselves into one of the more exciting offenses to watch in all of college football.

Author: Doug Samuels
Doug Samuels has been with FootballScoop since 2011. Samuels joined the FootballScoop staff after serving as a college scout as well as an assistant coach at the college level, where he was fortunate enough to have coached every offensive position by age 24. Samuels is a lifelong Michigan State fan, no huddle enthusiast, and currently coaches high school football in West Michigan.