There was plenty of hype surrounding the hire of Tennessee defensive coordinator Bob Shoop this offseason, so his debut on Thursday against Appalachian State generated a lot of attention as well.
At least according to The Week 1 Coordinator Grades from the CFB Matrix, Shoop had an impressive start for the Vols.
This was the methodology, according to CFB Matrix writer Adam McClintock:
“I graded all games between FBS (no FCS opponents are included) teams using per play efficiency metrics to determine the effectiveness of every coordinator in week 1 of FBS play. Each coordinator received a grade for raw performance numbers and also a TAG (Talent Adjusted Grade) which measures his efficiency relative to the talent gap between his roster and his opponents. The larger the talent gap, the better his results should be and vice versa. These are also excellent in identifying trends early which can be used in leaning for an Over or Under play.”
Shoop graded out with an A+ in both raw and TAG grades for the week as the Vols gave up 292 yards and 13 points in an overtime game against the Mountaineers.
Offensive coordinator Mike DeBord, on the other hand, received a failing grade. He received an F- in both categories after the Vols only scored 13 points in regulation (20 including OT) on 319 yards against the Mountaineers.