Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles is good at doing football things.
Shortly after being named the Pac-12’s top playmaking safety by Pro Football Focus, the Arizona Wildcats’ safety was ranked second in the conference among returning players in pass coverage by PFF.
No returning safety in the Pac-12 covered the pass better than Utah's Chase Hansen. pic.twitter.com/4mMnOMAcsw— PFF College Football (@PFF_College) July 18, 2017
Opposing quarterbacks had a passer rating of just 59.3 when targeting Flannigan-Fowles in 2016. Only Utah’s Chase Hansen posted a better mark (48.5).
Manning the “bandit” position in UA’s 3-3-5 defense, Flannigan-Fowles was second on Arizona in tackles, plus tallied six pass breakups and two interceptions in his sophomore season.
Per PFF, Flannigan-Fowles had a “Playmaker Index” of 25 percent, meaning he either intercepted or broke up a quarter of the passes thrown in his direction.
Considering how opposing quarterbacks fared against him, the other 75 percent of passes thrown Flannigan-Fowles’ way weren’t exactly yielding much success, either.
The Wildcats enter 2017 looking to rebound from a disappointing 2016 season, and Flannigan-Fowles will be tasked with leading a young secondary.
And based on the numbers, there might not be a player in the Pac-12 better equipped to do that.
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