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Play Charting Thoughts

I've been trying to figure out how I can better detail the play charting of the Texas Tech offense, more specifically, the Shotgun and Pistol formations.  You can go to the Northwestern game as the last example.  I have come up with the following designations. 

The first group is for the Shotgun formation:

S00 = Shotgun, 0 RB, 0 TE, 5 WR
S01 = Shotgun, 0 RB, 1 TE, 4WR
S02 = Shotgun, 0 RB, 2 TE, 3WR
S10 = Shotgun, 1 RB, 0 TE, 4 WR
S11 = Shotgun, 1 RB, 1 TE, 3 WR
S12 = Shotgun, 1 RB, 2 TE, 2 WR
S20 = Shotgun, 2 RB, 0 TE, 3 WR
S21 = Shotgun, 2 RB, 1 TE, 2 WR
S22 = Shotgun, 2 RB, 2 TE, 1 WR
S23 = Shotgun, 2 RB, 3 TE, 0 WR

This second group is for the Pistol formation:

P00 = Pistol, 0 RB, 0 TE, 5 WR
P01 = Pistol, 0 RB, 1 TE, 4 WR
P02 = Pistol, 0 RB, 2 TE, 3 WR
P11 = Pistol, 1 RB, 1 TE, 3 WR
P12 = Pistol, 1 RB, 2 TE, 2 WR
P20 = Pistol, 2 RB, 0 TE, 3 WR
P21 = Pistol, 2 RB, 1 TE, 2 WR
P22 = Pistol, 2 RB, 2 TE, 1 WR
P23 = Pistol, 2 RB, 3 TE, 0 WR 

If the quarterback is under center, which will most likely be rare, you won't see a letter in front of the numbers, but rather, if Texas Tech has two running backs two receivers and a tight end, then it would be 21 personnel.  I will also continue to have the designations for whether or not Texas Tech has three receivers to the right or left or if they are split (i.e., 3L = three receivers to the left; 3R = three receivers to the right; and 2&2 = the receivers are split).  If Texas Tech runs plays out of the Wildcat formation, then we'll use the W prior to the numbers.

Obviously, I'll only be able to track plays for the games that are actually on television (darn television contracts), but please let me know if you see any flaws in how I'll be tracking plays this year or how I might be able to improve.