JB Shugarts is the 39% #OCCUPYSCRIMMAGE

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November 22, 2011 at 11:18a
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You've thought it, said it and heard it for the past three years: JB Shugarts has to have at least 50 false start penalties in his career. BUT DOES HE REALLY?

Shugarts' false starts have become so routine they're practically expected in each game. However, in honor of Bruce Hooley's agonizing difficulty in differentiating between tongue-in-cheek and literal statistics (he might still be trying to mathematically parse 11W's stated "99.7%" probability of Urban Meyer coaching Ohio State) we've decided to get literal with JB FalseStarts as he heads into his final regular season game.

Shugarts didn't become a full-time starter as a sophomore, so we didn't bother including his freshman year. The numbers are below. Ohio State has accumulated 59 false start penalties over the past 37 games (yay coaching!) of which #76 has put his name on 23 of them, or 39% of the total: [Ed. The Michigan and Florida numbers were added post-publication]

GAME SHUGARTS TEAM
Navy (2009) 0 3
USC (2009) 1 3
Toledo (2009) 1 2
Illinois (2009) 1 1
Indiana (2009) 1 1
Wisconsin (2009) 0 1
Purdue (2009) 0 3
Minnesota (2009) 1 1
New Mexico State (2009) 0 2
Penn State (2009) 1 1
Iowa (2009) 0 1
Michigan (2009) 0 1
Oregon (2010) 1 2
     
Marshall (2010) 1 3
Miami (2010) 0 0
Ohio (2010) 2 3
Easern Michigan (2010) 0 0
Illinois (2010) 1 1
Indiana (2010) 1 2
Wisconsin (2010) 0 0
Purdue (2010) 0 2
Penn State (2010) 1 3
Iowa (2010) 2 3
Michigan (2010) 0 0
Arkansas (2011) 1 1
     
Akron (2011) 0 1
Toledo (2011) 1 1
Miami (2011) 0 2
Colorado (2011) 1 2
Michigan State (2011) 1 3
Nebraska (2011) 2 3
Illinois (2011) 0 3
Wisconsin (2011) 1 1
Indiana (2011) 0 0
Purdue (2011) 0 2
Penn State (2011) 1 1
Michigan (2011) 0 1
Florida (2012) 2 2
TOTAL 25 62

It only seems like Shuggy Bear jumps early in every game. He only gets twitchy in most games, not all of them.

So if you're the type to get literal with your frustration, now you have the statistics. Great news for Saturday: Shugarts has never false-started against two Big Ten teams: Purdue and Michigan.

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