What does YAC stand for in football?

Yards after catch

YAC is a term you’ll often hear in football. It’s an acronym that stands for the yards a player can make after they’ve caught the ball. It’s not spelled out like Y-A-C, but said as a single word, like “yack”.

These YAC yards are super important because they show how good a player is at shaking off tackles and running farther down the field. So when a player has a lot of YAC yards, it means they’re really good at breaking free and gaining more ground.

YAC yards can also give you a clue about how the quarterback (QB) is throwing the ball. Usually, a lot of YAC yards means the QB is making short to medium passes. That’s because the player has to run a lot after catching the ball to get those extra yards.

Example for using ‘YAC’ in a conversation

Hey, did you watch the game last night?

Yes, it was awesome! Did you see that YAC by Johnson?

Yeah, he dodged like three defenders. Impressive!

Definitely! His YAC yards were insane!