Logan Thomas and Kyle Fuller represnted Virginia Tech at ACC Football Kickoff, the conference's preseason media event, in Greensboro, North Carolina Sunday. I didn't attend in person, but I watched the live stream and followed along on Twitter. This is what piqued my interest.
LT3 nonchalantly talking about trucking defenders en route to six. "Put a left shoulder down on somebody." I'm giddy.
Thomas noted the offensive line's improvement over the course of spring practice.
"Throughout the spring, they have gotten better and better every single week," Thomas said. "Every single scrimmage, you could see the difference. The last scrimmage that we had, the defense was sending the house at us. We were picking it up, we were able to get the ball out of my hand quick, picking up big gains. That's what you want to see and that's what we were doing."
Seeing the light come on for those guys, so to speak, gave him a jolt of excitement.
"Definitely so, because I know how I felt when the light finally came on for me," Thomas said. "You know you're doing good when Coach [Curt] Newsome's back there yelling – but he's back there yelling because he's happy. When he sees it and I get to see it, that gives me the extra confidence that I don't have to worry about it."
Thomas mentioned to Andrew Allegretta that he believes the camaraderie and nastiness along the o-line will make them an effective unit.
Additionally, LT3 elaborated on a bit of news from spring, Tech's offense will go up-tempo at times.
Changes in the offensive game plan:
I feel like it's gonna look the same, but maybe a little bit faster. Hopefully we can spread it out a little bit more with the speed that we have and the experience that we have. Hopefully we can add a couple more dimensions to the offense and just be better. We want to get better every year, every day. Hopefully it picks up quick.
VT's Logan Thomas says he's comfortable with & likes uptempo offense. But he won't be lobbying for more of it. Expects to use it 10% of time— Mike Barber (@RTD_MikeBarber) July 22, 2012
Shortening the downtime between plays outside of the two-minute drill would provide a nice change of pace for the offense. However, it can't stand on its own. It needs to be a part of the overall offensive synergy, which we saw come together beautifully at the end of regular season last year. Then Clemson and Michigan happened. There were high points, but the offense has struggled to be consistent against equally or superiorly talented defenses. With an elite quarterback behind center, and a talented, but somewhat unproven o-line, success against all-comers is promising.
Mike O'Cain advised LT3 to improve his footwork durring the offseason. Back in March, Logan worked with quarterback guru George Whitfield. This excerpt is more relevant to me today.
"He can knock a man down with the football, but a lot of guys' bootlegs, they're moving backwards. They don't want to be moving to their weak side or close side," Whitfield said. "I'm chasing him with brooms, working around cones and all he needs to do is see it and he sees it and then immediately — and just like the great ones — they look at it and say, 'Okay this is what they're trying do. I have an answer for this.' He's only 20. This kid was absolutely, he's awesome."
BIG QB ON THE FLOOR BIGGER THAN BIG AREA RUG.
The biggest news as it relates to Tech football, Kyle Fuller is going to play Whip against Georgia Tech.
That game, they did ask me this summer, would you rather play whip or corner? I'd rather play whip. I've played it for two years, I know what to read. Having experience there, I think I'll be able to do a pretty good job.
Fuller is healthy, our best open-field tackler, and heady. He played Whip/nickel against Georgia Tech last season. The ripple effect is less experience, but maybe more talent, on the field defensively. Seniors G-W and Tweedy will sit and either freshman Donaldven Manning will start at corner, or Foster will shuffle the rest of the secondary. Bonner (So.) could move back to corner, Jarrett (So.) can play either safety spot, and Boye Aromire (So.) had a strong spring. It would seem as if Foster trusts the young guys in the defensive backfield to step up, that's a positive.
Kyle also fielded a bevy of questions about where his younger brother Kendall, who is set to pick between Virginia Tech and Clemson, will commit to play college ball.
Kyle, who said he doesn't know which school his brother will pick or when, hasn't pressured him much.
"I used to just sit back," he said. "Recently I've been saying a little bit more. Not too much, but he knows what I want him to do."
His sales pitch?
"Our defense. Why wouldn't he want to play for a dominating defense on a team that wins?"
The Frankinator, along with the rest of the league's coaches speak today.
What are your thoughts?