Jamie Strashin · CBC Sports
A trio of University of Toronto students has won what you could call the Super Bowl of analytics competitions.
The group beat out 300 other teams from around the world and walked away with $20,000 US at the NFL’s annual Big Data Bowl, held in conjunction with the league’s scouting combine, set in Indianapolis.
Hassaan Inayatali, a third-year student in the engineering science department, has never played a down of contact football in his life or experienced the crush of a defender’s helmet.
But along with fellow students Aaron White and Daniel Hocevar, he was able to develop a new way to measure one of the most important things in football: getting pressure on an opposing team’s quarterback.
Currently in football, pressure on a quarterback is measured by stats like sacks, hits or hurries.
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