That seems counterintuitive, since Taylor has started 28 games over the last three seasons. But consider that in those starts, he's faced a deficit of more than a possession just five times.
Sure, he led a comeback from down 17-3 against North Carolina in 2008 (going 5-for-8 for 53 yards in three scoring drives in the second half; the Hokie rally included a 30-yard touchdown drive preceded by a fumble recovery and a 45-yard field goal set up by a Tar Heel personal foul).
There were also four setups with a deficit of at least two possessions --- Boston College and Miami in 2008, Alabama and Georgia Tech last year --- that didn't work out so well.
Presumably, a weaker defense would mean Taylor might get that chance from time to time this season. And if it happens against one of the more imposing teams on Virginia Tech's schedule, such as Boise State, Georgia Tech, North Carolina or Miami?
The deficit statistic that Patrick has dug up is excellent. It's something I've overlooked and may temper your expectations on the season, especially if you fall into the Raise the Crystal category. You can't expect to win a MNC by leading every game. Because Tyrod is the quarterback he's going to get the majority of credit for comebacks, as well as take most of the heat for falling short. But I wonder, and I don't think this is something you can quantify, if the offensive system should shoulder most of blame. By its very nature a ball control, keep it close, grind it out in the end offense isn't meant to play from too far behind.
The rest of the preview isn't doom and gloom. After all he did rank us 6th. It's a great read so check it out.
College football countdown: Nos. 6-10 [D1SCOURSE]