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Miami QB Ryan Williams tears ACL

It's all here:

http://college-football.si.com/2014/04/05/miami-hurricanes-qb-ryan-willi...

But the synopsis - the Miami senior qb tore his ACL in a scrimmage - no timetable yet for his return, although you have to think he's missing the year. No chance for a medical redshirt, as he hasn't missed another year to injury.

I hate the canes as much as the next guy, but that really sucks. For a senior to wait his turn and then miss the only season he'd really have a chance to start... ugh. Keep our fingers crossed we don't see anyone get hurt in the next couple of weeks.

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Miami RB Dallas Crawford moved to DB

Running back Duke Johnson, who suffered a season-ending ankle injury in Miami's 41-14 loss to Florida State, isn't expected to practice this spring. That should give the rest of the Hurricane backs plenty of reps. Without Johnson, Miami's running game faltered late averaging just 99 yards in the Hurricanes' last five games. Dallas Crawford, who was second behind Johnson with 558 rushing yards and 12 rushing TDs, enters spring listed as a defensive back on Miami's current roster. That means highly-touted Joseph Yearby, an early enrollee from Miami Central, could see some time early in his career along with Gus Edwards and Walter Tucker, who is moving from fullback to running back.

Aggressive Defense and Conservative Offense, Miami Film Review

Against Miami, the offense did what I expected them to do all season long. An offense that controls the clock and focuses on picking up first downs. An offense that protects the football and puts Foster's defense in favorable positions. An offense that scores in the red zone. An offense that runs the ball. Loeffler trusted his offensive line, and in the second half he leaned on Edmunds and Coleman to get first downs and keep the ball away from the big play Miami offense. This is what I envisioned when Loeffler was hired.

If you haven't read French's review of the run game yet... what the heck is wrong with you? It's a celebration of the first game this season where the rushing offense truly "broke out". I won't try and improve on the run game analysis (it's not possible), but I will say that the ground game's maturation came at the perfect time.

Design, Personnel, Trust, and Execution: Running Game Film Review

It was more enjoyable to watch the film this week after two gut-wrenching Sunday's in a row. After a shaky start, the Hokies benefited from several Miami special teams turnovers and the running game finally complimented the ever-improving passing attack. Also, some of the burden of picking up short yardage was lifted off Logan Thomas' shoulders, and you saw the result. A huge part of Saturday's success can't be documented with X's and O's. Some might say that Virginia Tech benefited by some lucky bounces, but A.J. Hughes stuck his head in on a bigger, stronger, and faster player to knock the first ball loose. Derek DiNardo chased down the Artie Burns to strip the ball from behind. Kalvin Cline punched the Stanford fumble away from a Miami defender so D.J. Coles could dive on the loose ball. Demitri Knowles hustled after the play to be in position to recover the Byrn fumble in the end zone. Trey Edmunds made several Hurricanes miss on a critical third down conversion when he was dead to rights on a pass in the flat. These were all effort plays. The Hokies offense outworked the Hurricanes defense.

A stunning win?

ESPN has our win over Miami on the front page with the tagline, "VT stuns Miami." But was it that stunning? Maybe not to the Hokie faithful who know our team can actually play half-way decently at times.

I enjoyed this little gem from the AP write-up. The all caps are their emphasis. Guess everyone was shocked that we managed to put up 28 points total, much less in the first half.

Virginia Tech's 28 points in the 1st half against Miami (FL) is already their 3rd-highest point total for A FULL GAME this season. The only two games in which the Hokies have posted more than 28 points were a 45-3 win over Western Carolina Sept. 7 and a 29-21 win over Marshall Sept. 21.

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