Nerdpod: Wide Receivers, part 1

2015 August 7 SPT - Campbell v Kahuku FB - Campbell's Noah Esprecion makes a catch in front of defender Kahuku’s Stokes Botelho in the second quarter of the Campbell vs Kahuku football game at Kahuku field.  HSA photo by Bruce Asato
2015 August 7 SPT – Campbell v Kahuku FB – Campbell’s Noah Esprecion makes a catch in front of defender Kahuku’s Stokes Botelho in the second quarter of the Campbell vs Kahuku football game at Kahuku field. HSA photo by Bruce Asato

This post is not about actual hands-on value or eye tests or blocking skills or route-running. It’s not about toughness and playing through pain, though no doubt every player endures that over the course of a long season. This isn’t science. It’s just goofy, nerdy fun for me. And though I didn’t settle my all-state ballot based strictly on these numbers, it was fun in the process. And, yes, it helped open my eyes to some of our lesser-known WRs out there. It began with a comparison of two excellent WRs: Noah Esprecion of Campbell and Martin Tigilau of Kailua.

¥ point value (reception = 1 pt; 1 yard = .1 pt; TD = 6 pts)
$ strength of schedule (5 pts per Top 10 opponent)

REC Noah Esprecion CAM
vs. Martin Tigilau KAIL


Noah Esprecion 10g 73-859, 5 TD (85.9 ypg)
> Led OIA in receptions despite lack of ground attack
> Six of 10 games against Top 10 teams
¥ 188.9 pts / ¥18.9 pg
$ +30 (six gm vs Top10 * 5 pts)
¥$ 218.9 / ¥$21.9 pg

Martin Tigilau 10g 43-676, 12 TD (67.6 ypg)
> Second in OIA in TD catches
> OIA Blue
> Four of 10 opponents in Top 10
¥ 182.6 pts / ¥18.3 pg
$ +20
¥$ 202.6 / ¥$20.3 pg

Kingston Moses-Sanchez FAR
11g 52-824, 8 TD (74.9 ypg)
> OIA Blue
> Five of 11 games against Top 10 teams
> Huge first half against Waianae in playoffs, shut out in second half
¥ 182.4 pts / ¥16.6 pg
$ +25
¥$ 207.4 / ¥$18.9 pg

Ethan Takeyama PUN
10g 53-691, 9 TD (69.1 ypg)
>> Eight of 10 games vs. Top 10 level teams (ILH Division I)
¥ 176.1 pts / ¥17.6 pg
$ +40
¥$ 216.1 / ¥$21.6 pg

Andrew Simanu WAIP
8g 50-779, 5 TD (97.4 ypg)
> WAIP no running game
> OIA Red
> Four of eight opponents in Top 10
> One game against McKinley, a depleted team (before it forfeited its last few games)
¥ 157.9 pts / ¥19.7 pg
$ +20
¥$177.9 / ¥$22.2 pg


Drew Kobayashi STL
10g 34-695, 4 TD (69.5 ypg)
> Hampered by injuries early in season and injuries to his QB at midseason
> Eight of 10 games against Top 10 teams (includes Liberty)
¥ 127.5 pts / ¥12.8 pg
$ +40
¥$ 167.5 / ¥$16.8 pg

Keoni-Kordell Makekau IOL
8g 53-717, 5 TD (89.6 ypg)
> Sat out one game
> Seven of his team’s nine games vs. Top 10 teams (ILH Division I)
¥ 154.7 pts / ¥19.3 pg
$ +35
¥$189.7 / ¥$23.7 pg

Ty-Noah Williams KPO
10g 50-1,051, 9 TD (105.1 ypg)
> 313 yards in playoff win over Castle
> Shut down by KAH in playoff loss until garbage time
> OIA Blue
> Five of 10 games against Top 10 teams including two vs. Kahuku
¥ 209.1 pts / ¥20.9 pg
> Factor out the Castle outlier (313 yds+rec+TDs against a roster of 25 tired and mostly two-way players — McGoldrick started and played both DB and WR all game) and Williams’ ¥pg would have been roughly 5 points lower, at ¥15 or ¥16 pg. Then again, few WRs had to face Kahuku’s secondary (three all-state first-team DBs) TWICE in one season.
$ +25
¥$224.1 / ¥$22.4 pg

Jeremy McGoldrick CAS
8g 43-690, 15 TD (86.3 ypg)
> Shut down for two receptions, 0 TD by KPO in playoffs
> OIA Red
> Four of eight games vs. Top 10 teams
¥ 202.0 pts / ¥25.3 pg
$ +20
¥$222.0 / ¥$27.8 pg

Kumoku Noa KS
9g 55-1,200, 15 TD (133.3 ypg)
> Seven of nine opponents in Top 10
¥ 265.0 pts / ¥29.4 pg
$ +35
¥$300.0 / ¥$33.3 pg
Note: This does not incorporate all of his impact-making plays as a kick returner.


Kalakaua Timoteo MIL
12g 70-1,345, 22 TD (112.1 ypg)
> Seven of 12 opponents in Top 10 (counting Liberty)
¥ 336.0 pts / ¥28.0 pg
$ +35
¥$371.0 / ¥$30.9 pg

Next: Part 2, a look at many, many more receivers.

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