Re: Does Spurrier ever consider stats in play calling?
Yes. I can't guarantee it in this particular instance, but I know that he has an incredible mind for stats (it's been referenced several times by reporters that he remembers stats from almost every game he ever played in), and I know he thinks about it.
Fact: Last year during Arky game, we were something like 5 rushing yards away from everyone getting a free Rush's burger. Hence why we kept rushing with 5 seconds left on the clock. When asked why he continued to run the ball, knowing we were going to win, Spurrier said, "Hey, you got your free burger, didn't you?"
Fact: He mentions stats when talking about going for it on 4th and long. Some math whiz figured out the percentage of getting the 1st down vs turning the ball over and the other team scoring. The percentages were calculated based on which yard they were on (for instance, 50 yd vs 25). Spurrier mentioned at least once that he uses these stats when he considers whether he goes for it or not.
I think he also cares deeply about these kids getting a fair shot at continuing into the pros. Remember, he was a player himself. He will do what he can to help them, as long as we can continue to win. Hell, I think sometimes he lets his love for a player, his desire for them to succeed, keep him from making the decision to pull someone from a game. At least, he doesn't pull them the way he did back in the 90's at Florida.
When you take all of this into consideration, I think you have to assume he's making play calls based on all this stuff. The man is a chess player.