Dive Into Data With Hudl Assist For Football

Stats add anoth­er weapon to a coach’s arse­nal, and Assist makes it eas­i­er than ever to get easy access to the numbers.

Dive Into Data With Hudl Assist For Football

Stats add anoth­er weapon to a coach’s arse­nal, and Assist makes it eas­i­er than ever to get easy access to the numbers.

You’ve prob­a­bly nev­er heard of Tucker Zeleny and, odds are, out­side of this blog you nev­er will.

He doesn’t spend his Saturdays down on the Nebraska side­line with Mike Riley. ESPN’s cam­eras won’t find him in the press box, and he’s not among the staff who meet with reporters after each game.

But the Huskers think Zeleny, now in his sec­ond year as the school’s Director of Sports Analytics and Data Analysis, and his staff are their next major inno­va­tion, sim­i­lar to the cut­ting-edge lift­ing pro­gram that allowed Nebraska to dom­i­nate the 1990s.

I think Nebraska has a his­to­ry of always look­ing for an advan­tage to be gained,” Zeleny said. When you look back at some of the strength and con­di­tion­ing things we did back in the day, we’re always try­ing to keep up with trends in the indus­try and be aware of what’s out there. With sports ana­lyt­ics sort of blow­ing up in the last four or five years, there is some inter­est to get out there and see what can be done with it.”

Zeleny’s staff works with 10 of Nebraska’s teams, but much of their time is spent on foot­ball. The crew’s respon­si­bil­i­ties include cal­cu­lat­ing win prob­a­bil­i­ties dur­ing games, scout­ing oppo­nent ten­den­cies depend­ing on the sit­u­a­tion and recruiting.

Zeleny read­i­ly acknowl­edges that his staff doesn’t have all the answers, and the data he sup­plies must be paired with the coach­ing staff’s exper­tise and expe­ri­ence to be effec­tive. It’s not about replac­ing a coach’s intu­ition or feel — stats just add anoth­er weapon to his arsenal.

It’s just col­lect­ing more infor­ma­tion on your oppo­nent and hope­ful­ly try­ing to uncov­er some stuff that might not be more read­i­ly avail­able as the tra­di­tion­al things,” Zeleny said. If we can put anoth­er tool in the tool­box with­out over­load­ing things, that should only be a help.”

Nebraska views Zeleny as such an impor­tant cog because it has real­ized the pow­er of sta­tis­tics. Zeleny sup­plies the coach­es with a wealth of infor­ma­tion and they’re free to use it as they please.

Bringing Stats to the High School Level

You might not have a Tucker Zeleny avail­able to you, but you’re still able to get a wealth of reports with­out putting in the extra work. That’s the impact of Hudl Assist, which breaks down your game and sup­plies you with advanced reports with­in 24 hours. Without lift­ing a fin­ger, you have ten­den­cy reports, dri­ve charts, box scores and more at your disposal.

Having that down and dis­tance break­down allowed me to spend more time wor­ry­ing about for­ma­tions,” Jeffrey Vlk of Rains High School (Texas) said. I picked up on some great third-down ten­den­cies on our oppo­nent. We had great third-down suc­cess because of that. There were sev­er­al times in the game where we were call­ing out their plays.”

These insights are avail­able to any­one on Hudl, but Assist tur­bo-charges the process. Instead of spend­ing time tag­ging your game, you can delve deep­er into film review and scout­ing, or you can give your­self a break and spend some time with your fam­i­ly.

I’m not try­ing to sound like a slack­er or any­thing, but the time… if you’ve ever looked at film the old way, the pen and pen­cil way, and then put it back into Hudl, com­pared to doing it with Hudl Assist, it’s kind of like dri­ving a race car then get­ting back in an old car,” David Avery, the offen­sive coor­di­na­tor at West Lincoln HS (NC), said. I can break down an offen­sive film in 20 minutes.” 

Want to see first­hand what Assist is capa­ble of? Give it a shot.