Conference-winning quarterback Canaan Gebele ’19 is winning in the classroom too. As a data analytics major, Gebele is looking forward to a career in data analysis next year when he graduates.
But that analytical mindset is also an advantage on the football field, as he evidenced during the team’s 8-2 season, culminating in the NCAC DIII championship, and a bid to the playoffs - the first in 32 years for the Big Red.
Gebele, who was crowned the NCAC offensive player of the year, was the subject of a D3Football.com article, which noted:
The analytic side is a huge part of the game. Being able to think about how teams will attack you is huge. It definitely makes things easier come game day when you’ve seen every look and get it down to statistics and science. It’s something that’s very interesting to me, as an academic field. Data analytics, as a whole, is the future of what a lot of businesses are moving toward. The field of sports analytics is really interesting, too. I guess it all started a few years ago with ‘Moneyball.’ Now, you see all these pro sports leagues hiring analytics guys, but it’s hard to land one of those jobs.”