BYE WEEK: Ask French

Morning Everyone,

My review of the Boston College game will go live Thursday morning. Without spoiling anything from the film review, I will be online today and will take your bye week questions. Load them up!

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What do you think will be different in the matchup with Ga. Tech this year?

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Georgia Tech's running game will have a bit of a different flavor. Last year, Matthew Jordan was the QB and he did serious damage on quarterback lead plays (I call them "double dives") and midline options. Marshall (the current starter) is much more dangerous outside on traditional option, counter-option, and RPOs.

The key to the game will be Settle and Walker's ability to stop the dive without needing the mike linebacker to help. That let's the mike align deep and flow to the ball better.

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Which coordinator's job on Tech's staff is the least secure right now?

Edit: sorry, I meant position coach

I don't think either coordinator is threatened in any way.

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Did you mean position coach?

Yes. Thanks!

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This made me giggle. +1

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We have all heard the "theories" and justifications for Fuente/Cornelson being allergic to a traditional running game and giving any back a consistent amount of carries from game to game/series to series. Do you think this is just who they are? - they prefer jet sweeps, passing game vs. running or is VT lacking a "David Wilson/Kevin Jones" and if Fuente had one of those guys, he would get 20-25 carries and allowed to get some rhythm/momentum?

I think they want their tailbacks to generate more yards. But, the entire offense is predicated on getting the defense to move, which means that the tailbacks are going to have plays where defenders are unblocked and they have to win that one on one battle. This is different from the I formation or zone, where the run is designed to go where the numerical blocking advantage is located.

Devyn Ford would cure a ton of ills. Remember, Fuente has never had an elite tailback. An elite talent, with some of the holes that present themselves in this system, would put up a ton of big plays. But if you are looking for the Hokies to line up and grind teams down with the tailback for 30 carries a game, you will be waiting until Fuente moves on.

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you will be waiting until Fuente moves on retires 30 years from now.

Fixed that for you

Now finish up them taters; I'm gonna go fondle my sweaters.

you will be waiting until Fuente moves on retires 30 years from now dies on the sidelines from old age.

Fixed that for you, for real this time.

If you're reading the above post and thinking, "is this guy serious?!?," you can safely assume I'm not.

I think we need a David Wilson type, Speed, power and ability to make a man miss..If thats what Devyn Ford is then, I want that guy.
Coleman Fox - Made a few nice cuts, garbage time or not, its worth noting
McClease - Powerful finisher on runs, haven't seen the breakout speed yet
MacMillan - Speed, still not a complete back.

you combine the able three and maybe a little of Steven People...you have your back, I think there is a reason Fuente is mixing everyone in.

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I'd take Dwayne Thomas. Andre Kendrick would be real good in this offense.

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Do you think JC Coleman would have produced in this offense?

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Not any more than he produced in Loeffler. Loved his guts, but he was about elusive as Andre the Giant playing a game of hide and seek.

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I would've paid to watch that. Is that weird? He is the brute squad...

Devyn Ford would cure a ton of ills. Remember, Fuente has never had an elite tailback. An elite talent, with some of the holes that present themselves in this system, would put up a ton of big plays.

So, are you suggesting that if Fuente had an elite tailback (a DW, RW, or (hopefully) a Devyn Ford), we'd see that tailback become the primary ball carrier, getting the majority of the carries, rather than a 3 way even split?

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I still don't think he would get 25 carries a game consistently. But, I think a back of his caliber would get more consistent touches.

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Why do we seem to be having more trouble getting to the QB this year more than past seasons. I know Mihota is not Ekanem but still expected us to really pressure the QB (especially up the middle with Big Tim and Walker) with having really strong DB play/depth this season. Even with the best guys back there if they have to cover that long someone will eventually come open.

VT is blitzing less, and Hill is the only real natural pass rusher. As I noted often last year, Vinny Mihota is a damn good football player, but he helps create pressure by stunting to open lanes for blitzers. He isn't a speed edge rusher with great leverage moves.

And, most of the offenses VT has played have gotten the ball out quickly. Sacks are down everywhere. A pressure that helps force a third down incompletion (which we saw plenty of vs BC) is as good as a sack today.

I hope that DeBose, Garbutt, Proctor etc are going to bring something as pass rushers. And Belmar has gotten pressures on Bryant and Brown when called upon.

I want to see more from Gaines. He is much bigger than he looks on the field, and given all the pressure he generated in the spring of 2016, I really expected him to be the guy who could give more edge pressure. Frankly, he has played "small."

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walker leads team and all ACC DT with 6 QBH and tim pushes tbe oline back into the qb face. They just not getting the sacks and seems bud blitzing less.

Based on depth and performances from the underclassmen so far this season, what do you think will be the problem spots in 2018, particularly regarding depth?

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They need cornerbacks. Watts and Rodgers will be ok, but Quillen has not impressed me in the spring or on social media. I think free safety is a need spot depth-wise. Deablo is the guy there long term. The challenge is that Hunter, Floyd, (and Terrell if he comes back) are all better suited to rover. Ladler made a real nice play in an earlier showcase. Hopefully he is recovering some of his range. Hopefully Nadir Thompson can recover from his injury and step in. He is a very good athlete.

Defensive tackle is a worry. I really like Glaze if he puts some time in the weight room. Porcher is a talent, but I am not sure how much he can bulk up. I was bullish on Hewitt coming out of high school, but right now I feel like I missed that evaluation. Hewitt, Taylor, Burke, and Fullwood are guys that I don't see as long term contributors if Wiles and Foster can recruit effectively. The miss on Victor Dimukeje really hurts. He is starting and playing well as a true freshman for Duke.

On offense, tailback is the word. There are numbers at the position, but I don't see "the guy" who helps the offense take the next step. I like the young OL, although I would like to see 2 more good young OTs (Harris is a good player and will be a guard.) I am very bullish on our WR group with Turner, Hazelton, and Farley added to the mix. And between Jackson, Hooker, and Patterson our QB depth and upside is spectacular.

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Most surprising/impressive most disappointing players units positions. Halfway point mvps

Most surprising:
Savoy- I thought he would play day 1. But I didn't think he would be the number 2 option. His route running is that of an upper-classman. His blocking needs to improve, but he has been a home run.

Deablo- Deablo looked like an All-ACC safety in the making, and the defense looked it's best with Deablo at free and Terrell at rover.

Impressive:
4-8 defense- I said back during Tim Settle's recruitment that he would be the most talented Hokies defensive tackle since Bruce Smith the moment he stepped on the field. He has worked hard to get his body right and we are seeing the results. Ricky Walker is so underrated even on these pages. He executes the scheme brilliantly. He has the lead in his pencil to fit his gap effectively even when he doesn't beat the block. He is a terrific football player. Those two are the keys to the defense.

Most disappointing:
Tremaine Edmunds has been wildly inconsistent. One minute he is making dynamic open field plays. He is consistently good at the point of attack, both spilling and filling the alley. However, he has also struggled with tackling at times in space (which should be a strength) and he has blown two coverages that have resulted in 14 points.

Yosh Nijman- Like Edmunds, Big Yosh is a guy who very easily could be counting NFL dollars next spring. But, after a really good start against West Virginia, Yosh has been incredibly passive. He struggled against ODU oversetting against their speed rushing defensive ends. He has been very passive and taken poor aiming points against 3 man fronts. Against Boston College, he took an awful angle on the speed option and didn't cut off the middle linebacker on what would have been an easy first down. While he did ok matched up against Harold Landry, Allen whipped him several times (although it wasn't as apparent as when Allen crushed Kyle Chung.) Both Teller and Nijman need to return to the form they showed last year for this team to win the Coastal.

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Do you think Terrell, Tremaine, and Adonis all return next year? I think it would be a very wise move to stay for their last year of eligibility. Agreed that Tremaine is insanely talented but has been inconsistent this year thus far.

I have been thinking about this a little recently. I think Tremaine goes. I think Terrell will get a return to school suggestion from the board and I hope he listens after what happened to our early declaring Hokies last year. I would have said Adonis leaves after this year, but after the second suspension and just not being quite as elite as we thought he would be, I think he stays to improve his draft stock.

Am I overreacting in thinking that we're in for a world of hurt against GT if we can't quit this habit of starting slow and deliberate? The way we play vs the way they play seems to have an inherent advantage built in for the Jackets, and I'm very worried that we're set up to let that game get so far away from us early that there won't be enough time to make it up late.

Don't let this comment take away from the fact that Arkansas blew a 24 point 2nd half lead in the Belk Bowl.
Don't let the Belk Bowl take away from the fact that Matt Ryan blew a 25 point 2nd half lead in the Super Bowl.

Hopefully the days of VT being the only offense in the ACC that can't move the ball on GT are over. I hope that last year was an anomaly for Fuente in terms of offense vs. GT. Nobody else really has trouble moving the ball on them- Tennessee had a million yards, Miami will put up more yards on them than they did FSU, etc. So the hope is, VT can score more than 17 points and not have to rely on zero margin of error from Bud. If you look at the games, Bud usually does a damn good job defending them- our offense has just sucked. I think Bud will emphasize corralling the QB this year and keeping the 60 yard wide open pitches to a minimum. I think we will play well against them this year.

Definitely need to get GT behind in the score to beat them. Otherwise they just eat the clock and limit opportunities for the other team. Get a nice lead on them, and they might hang around, but they might be forced to pass more often then they would like.

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And this is precisely where I am worried. Our inability to start fast seemingly puts us behind the 8-ball against a team like GT. If we can go up 14 on them, they have to change their style, and we'll roll. If we go down by 2 scores at any point, its an incredibly tall task, because of their ability to dramatically shorten a game and limit possessions.

Don't let this comment take away from the fact that Arkansas blew a 24 point 2nd half lead in the Belk Bowl.
Don't let the Belk Bowl take away from the fact that Matt Ryan blew a 25 point 2nd half lead in the Super Bowl.

Thoughts on UVA and Miami? Are they as good as their records indicate. Will the defense have trouble defending against UVAs Air Raid offense, like it did against WVU?

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I like the matchup with Miami- their defense runs themselves out of position, and their offense has two good receivers but I think that Bud can scheme some things to keep Rozier from getting the ball in their hands. Berrios and Richards are good, but I feel better about that game than most do.

UVA- they are improved. Ellis is a tough tailback, and Benkert has been more accurate. But, UVA has played a very soft schedule. Boise is way down. Duke lost because their offense had one of their worst games of the Cutcliffe era. Duke (because their defense is much more athletic and they blitz a ton) scares me more than UVA. The most dangerous player for the Hoos is Zaccheus. It still baffles me that he got so few touches vs VT last year.

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Agree with not being concerned about Miami. They have athletes, but they look sloppy playing out there, and Mark Richt always finds a way to screw at least 1 game up a year.

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^^ This on Miami. I was at the Miami / Dook game and was unimpressed, despite the final score. They play too emotionally, just like the Miami of old. Even when up big, they were vacillating from super high to super angry; I can see them getting out of control quickly especially if the game is called tight by the officiating crew. French, check out the end of the 2nd Quarter film and you'll see why I strongly agree with you on this one. Rozier is getting his wheels as a mobile QB, but he still made more than a few questionable decisions. If he can get the ball out, Berrios is a real threat and was great at making contested catches.

And no surprise there, it's Wally Lancaster with an airball that looked gorgeous on its way to nowhere...
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Can we expect to see hunter play more time later this season? Going into the season I had heard rumbles he'd be competing for a starting spot but his times been limited to special teams so far. Is it down to his size not quite there or he's still not impressed bud enough to be the starter?

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would love to see him cut down on special teams penalties

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What are you talking about? That was Butler.

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"How the ass pocket will be used, I do not know. Alls I know is, the ass pocket will be used."
- The BoD

What am I talking about? That was Butler.

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Those rumbles were mostly from folks who had "shiney new toy" syndrome. Most of the time if you expect true freshmen to start or play meaningful snaps, you will be disappointed. Hunter also has had some injury issues.

If there are more injuries, he may get a look. But, I haven't seen him do anything on special teams that makes me think that they have to get him on the field more. If Floyd struggles, don't be shocked to see Mook get moved to free safety, Edmunds to rover, and Newsome to whip before Hunter plays. Just my guess.

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I've noticed what I feel is a trend in Jackson's play, where he backpedals out of the pocket when under pressure. Ideally, he would step up and into his throws more. Am I making this up? If not, is he justified in bailing out early based on O-line play, or is this on him?

A majority of the sacks this season have been because Jackson was too slow to "go"- ie in this offense Jackson has the option to run if his first read isn't there, and he hesitates to take it. As for backing up in the pocket, I think that is just his attempt to continue to scan the field. He is a freshman. As he gains experience, that mental clock will move faster.

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What needs to be improved in the home stretch to get us into the ACCCG? I'd say we're playing as a "B" team so far, which all things considered is solid, but what tweaks in playcalling and/or on field performance will get us to B+/A- like we would hope to see?

Offensive line playing faster, especially in the run game. Establishing a vertical threat on fade routes. Finding a 3rd defensive tackle and defensive end that can give those starters some rest. Tackling better.

With play-calling, I think a little more blitzing would help matters. I also would like to see more quick hitters in the run game. Everything feels slow when they run the ball. The McMillian TD- the backfield mechanics and blocks looked fast in between the snap and the moment McMillian reached the line of scrimmage.

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I don't feel like Stroman-Alexander-Facyson-Mook has been the suffocating force we all thought it would be in the defensive backfield. Has the secondary stagnated? Or is it just that we had such high expectations coming into the season that it seems like it has?

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Facyson has been ok- he just doesn't have the explosiveness because of all the injuries over the years. Adonis has missed time and that should be self explanatory on how it impacts his performance. Mook has been good at what Mook is good at (run support minus the brutal missed tackle against Kelly Bryant) and has been better in zone coverage. Terrell Edmund's struggles against quick slot receivers as a free safety will be an ongoing story this year. While his added weight looks good to scouts, I think he has lost some quickness and he gets caught flat-footed more than I can remember when he was at corner and rover.

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And Stroman has been excellent.

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Is Stroman an NFL caliber player, despite his size?

he would have value as a guy who can play special teams and in coverage. I would say yes, but he would need to be healthy and stick with the right team.

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Like Marcus shearells (sp) for the Vikings. Dude has almost never cracked our two deep, but is a dynamic special teams player and return man. I think he's our all time leading punt returner now. I want to say similar builds and skill set

And Stroman can be a serviceable NFL corner. I don't think he is a starter. Kendall Fuller is the most naturally gifted corner at VT since Macho Harris, and he isn't starting for Washington, so that is a very high bar.

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In all fairness to Kendall, he's slotted behind Josh Norman on the depth chart. And is pretty much always on the field in the nickel spot.

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Yup

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You brought up a good point earlier. You stated that "Duke scares you." Do we not have the capability and forces to win by at least 2 TDs over them? Is their team actually equal/greater to ours??

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Their offense has struggled mightily, and without the benefit of studying the film, watching at live speed tells me that their WRs can't get space and it has affected their QB. Their OL isn't great.

Defensively, they pose some serious problems up front. Number 99 Mike Ramsey is big, physical, quick and disruptive. He is every bit the player that the Allen kid from BC was. Dimukeje was good against Miami. And their two linebackers, Humphrey and Giles-Harris may be the best pair in the ACC. They have abandoned their version of the 3-3-5 where their two "up safeties" were getting the ball spilled to them in the box. Now, they attack and blitz all over the place.

I think we win that game, but it will be a miserable day at the office.

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but it will be a miserable day at the office.

Just like last year.

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Just like last week.

If you're reading the above post and thinking, "is this guy serious?!?," you can safely assume I'm not.

What are you thoughts on Vice as the OL coach? Are you seeing an improvement in the line or is the jury still out on him?

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I don't like the passivity of their technique in run blocking. Sometimes it makes sense on the backside of plays, but at the point of attack I want to see our offensive linemen on their toes and getting movement.

Pass blocking- I think when their have been struggles, it has been more of a technique breakdown by individuals than schematic issues. Part of it is merely a talent deficiency. Kyle Chung has been much better than expected this year. But Chung versus Allen of BC, that was a mismatch.

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If earlier reports are true and Drake is in fact getting reps at WR what could he bring to the table? Seemed like a big bodied guy who can work the middle of the field and be a mismatch for lb's.

Jury is out. I assume that Cornelsen wants to throw more fades. For everything good in the passing game versus BC, it was almost exclusively on misdirection routes or routes breaking to the middle of the field. Teams (SEE PITT) are going to start playing inside leverage and forcing throws to the outside. They need someone who can go up and win a jump ball, especially in the red zone.

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Great Stuff so far French, Thanks.

Which elite back playing now (Penny Barkley Love etc) would best fit and be a stud in Fuente's system?

Barkley.... by far. He is terrific in a spacing oriented system.

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When are you coming to Lot 18 to tailgate before a game? After all the football knowledge you've passed on, we owe you about all the Yuengling you can drink.

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I don't make it to many games in Blacksburg. Maybe next spring game.

If the Hokies make it to Charlotte, I will be there.

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This guy's just trying to unload all that Yuengling. Be wary!

If you're reading the above post and thinking, "is this guy serious?!?," you can safely assume I'm not.

Did you/do you have a passion to coach?
And if so, what offensive/defensive system would your team employ?

I think the idea is appealing. The reality is that I am not even keel or patient enough. To coach, the highs can't be too high and the lows can't be too low. It would eat me up.

If I was a HS coach, I would probably run Wing-T or straight T. Defensively, I like two gap 4-3 but it is hard to run with so many HS teams running spread now.

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It seems clear that Cam's getting injured(thankfully not seriously, it appears) and CJ Carroll not traveling for the BC game thrust several of our younger receivers into roles they wouldn't have played otherwise.

How big was the BC game experience for Kumah, Keene, & Murphy? Also with Savoy becoming the go to guy while Cam was out? Which of the young guys has the most upside? Thanks!

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Savoy looks like the best talent. Kumah needs to be quicker getting out of his routes, and the same with Murphy. I want to see them have success on something other than a slant to make a judgement. Savoy is excellent. He has to cut out the drops and block better.

I said all along, Keene was replacing Rogers, not Hodges. I don't know if he is every going to be a classic route runner. But as he showed, he can be effective in space (and I don't think he has a drop this season.) He was wide open on a wheel route against BC where Jackson took a sack. I want to see Keene more on that vertical stuff.

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What would you do to build a stronger offensive line if you were VV?

Do you think we've improved Y/Y so far?

Are you optimistic about the future of the O-line?

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I like the group of Jackson-Cannon-Lecitus Smith-Hoyt-and Plantin. Silas Dzansi has the frame and athleticism to be a player. There needs to be more depth. Right now there are some players that are on scholarship in that group that will never contribute. If Jackson can get tough at the point of attack, I think he can be an NFL player. I also really like John Harris coming in at guard.

"Improved" is tough to measure. I think this group has been much better assignment-wise than the group was last year and had a great game against West Virginia. However, I think Teller and Nijman have taken a step backwards, and McLaughlin got more movement than Chung generates. I want to see them playing faster and getting downhill, especially with this group of backs. They have looked like they are moving in slow motion as a group the last two games.

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Thanks as always French - great insights.

Any thoughts on the lack of turnovers Foster's been able to force this year. It seems like, given the young QBs and teams we've played, there would have been more picks. Is this just luck of the draw, Foster's scheme, or opponents playing overly conservative?

Clemson was brilliant in their gameplan. Bryant protected the ball and never threw unless he had man coverage, which means way fewer interceptions. Their misdirection makes pursuit difficult and most fumbles come on gang tackles.

Otherwise, I think it has just been more happenstance. When teams got tricked, see ECU, there were turnovers. BC was so conservative that there really weren't many opportunities/near misses.

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1) Even though Dalton Keene is technically our H-back and not our top TE, does it also seem to you that he's taken Chris Cunningham's passing targets?

2) Since we're essentially playing with two ROVs (Floyd and Te. Edmunds) in our starting defensive backfield, could you see Bud moving Adonis back to FS if situations required it?

No, I *don't* want to go to the SEC. Why do you ask?

We don't love dem Hoos.

Eh, he takes Cunningham's targets when he is on the field and Cunningham isn't. But, I have not seen Cunningham open very often.

No, because FS requires calls and being in the right position. Adonis struggled at both when he was in the role (although he would help in man to man coverage)

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Why do Jesuits hate toast?

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because it repels them, like garlic for vampires. Toast is the only way to contain jesuit black magic.

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Do you think Coleman Fox will continue to get a decent amount of carries or was he basically just filling in while Travon was back in the doghouse with Fuente?

I have zero feel for the running back rotation. The deployment has been odd. McMillian is clearly the best option when he is on his game.

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The deployment feels like there is an egg timer on the sideline. 1/3rd of the game is up, you're out, he is in.

Not a complaint, just an observation.

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W/L predictions for remaining games? seems like we are the cautiously optimistic among us through we'd be headed into the bye.

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UNC-W
Duke-toss up
Miami-W
GT-L
Pitt-W
UVA-W

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Obviously last year's result gives pause too, but what scares you in particular about GT? Above you mentioned the DTs being the key to the game. I know we're short on depth, but if there's two guys on the team that I'd want to have the game hinge on after the first six it's probably them, right?

Their offense is much more explosive this year. Marshall (the quarterback) is a major upgrade, and their receivers are a little better than they have been in the last two years. The defense is hard hitting and does some things that have given our quarterbacks trouble on these single read plays. They disguise well and are disciplined. Victor Alexander, their middle linebacker who Bud recruited hard, is a disciplined linebacker.

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Thanks for the info! Hope it turns out in favor of the good guys. Paul Johnson with a defense is frightening.

You beat GT by scoring on GT. Their defense looks even better than last year when Ted Roof surprised many.

Can we score 30+ on GT? If so, we win.

In our Remaining schedule, which game do you feel is the most toughest?
And which one do you feel is a trap game.

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Georgia Tech

Duke

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Thanks again.

Now that we're 6 games in - do we know yet what is Tech's go to play when they need yards (3rd and 3)? Do you expect to see a more power / IV with Jackson with the back end of the schedule?

I think so, and it would be really hard for them to screw it up. They beat Duke, should beat UNC and Pitt. That gets them there.

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1) Do you feel like Bud could have deployed the Bear front scheme in the Clemson game to force KB to throw the ball more from a collapsing pocket?

2) Thoughts on any defense scheme changes you would like to see moving forward against the upcoming opponents?

He did run the Bear some. They just shift into it rather than lining up statically.

I want to see Edmunds back at rover and more blitzing. Unfortunately, no Deablo means moving Mook to free and Deon Newsome to whip, which may not be ideal for Mook.

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Thoughts on McD's no longer selling their traditional pumpkin pies?

It's the only thing I would ever eat there and it's pretty upsetting.

Tyrod did it Mikey, Tyrod did it!!

I'm more upset they took away the premium McWraps and giant big mac.

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I don't eat at McDonalds.

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It seems as if tackling, especially on the back end has been average at best this season (poor on some occasions). I know that Bud can't go out and play the game, but man, its just plain rough to watch at times.

Do you have an opinion on why we see this from time to time with Bud's group?

Is it football season yet?

Bud's system funnels runners into confined spaces. When guys get into bigger space, it exposes that some of the defenders aren't as athletic as they appear on most reps. That is the genius of Bud's defense. If players go where they are supposed to, it makes guys look better than they would look in regular 4-3 defenses

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I had never thought of it that way, but it explains several things I have occasionally wondered about. I feel smarter just for reading that. Thank you.

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That is the essence of the whole system- get a runner to run into a single gap with an unblocked defender. An average P5 defender will make a space when the back is bracketed to a single gap. The force and spill calls basically direct the free hitter to the ball. If the other players do their job, the free hitter will look like a star. That is also why elite talents sometimes struggle to get on the field right away. They are accustomed to just chasing the ball and being talented enough to make things happen when they get there. This defense requires front 7 guys to do some things that are counter-intuitive to the way most of us have been taught how to play football.

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French:
Outstanding insight as always!
This is more on a personal note... apologies if this is the wrong forum for this. Did you ever decide on where you wanted to move/buy a house? Have not heard, so this is in hope your search went well.
I don't have any scheme questions. Enjoying letting coaches coach and players play. Just hopeful the growth curve under CJF continues it's trajectory.
Thanks again for all you do. Feel like my football smarts increase exponentially reading your stuff.

Still looking. May delay for a year to get more money to put down. This year has been more focused on paying off debt.

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Let me know when youre on Dave Ramsey's show to do the "Debt Free Scream" :)

If Caleb Farley's ACL didn't tear, would all of us have fewer headaches about our offense at this point in the season?

- "And now Miami wants to talk about it..."

Yes

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Is it wrong that I think you should wear a tricorne hat at all times? You could totally pull it off. It would also help fellow TKPers identify you in the wild.

"Never half-ass two things. Whole-ass one thing."
-Ron Swanson

"11-0, bro"
-Hunter Carpenter (probably)

I feel that would be wrong. Not a fan of the tricorne.

Sometimes we live no particular way but our own

I still have my tricorner hat from Williamsburg. Before I could talk football, I knew the American Revolution and George Washington. Those were my superheroes. When I was a kid, I watched the George Washington mini-series starring Barry Bostwick until I got a headache countless times. He was my version of Optimus Prime.

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Have you been to Westmoreland County to see Washington's birthplace?

Wet stuff on the red stuff.

Join us in the Key Players Club

There's a big damn tree in Westmoreland that saw GW. Still there with a plaque on it.

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A lot of really old homes are still around in my old home country of the Northern Neck. I lived for years adjoining the property of Sabine Hall c. 1730, the home of Landon Carter. I found a tree back in the woodlands of that property that was 19' in circumference.

Hello neighbor! Fellow 'Neck native here.

"Tajh Boyd over the middle . . . and it's caught for an interception! Michael Cole, lying flat on his back, ARE YOU KIDDING???"

Do people still ask you, "Where are you from?", just because of your accent?

Haha they sure do! And I must admit, I've been living in SC so long now that the NN accent stands out to me.

Edit: the older I get, the more I miss that place.

"Tajh Boyd over the middle . . . and it's caught for an interception! Michael Cole, lying flat on his back, ARE YOU KIDDING???"

I don't miss it much. I moved back to Tappahannock for about 10 years after college but I never really liked it there. Love living in the Shenandoah Valley.

Checked your profile, I am a few years older than you. Rapp. High, class of '79

It's hard to lose that northern neck drawl. I catch hell for it all the time. Wouldn't trade it for any other though

Loved spending summers there down the road from Nutsville

Yes, and Mount Vernon. But Yorktown Battlefield is my favorite. I still need to go to Fort Necessity.

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Yes, and Mount Vernon. But Yorktown Battlefield is my favorite. I still need to go to Fort Necessity.

Don't we all?

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We all would do well to hold George Washington in high esteem. And our other founders as well. Great men who made unthinkable sacrifices under difficult circumstances. Washington is a great hero in every sense of the word.

Take the shortest route to the ball and arrive in bad humor.

George Washington was a bum... He evicted my ancestors from their home at Valley Forge for that winter so that he could stay in the house.

You left out "like a boss."

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I thought in today's age, anyone with slaves/servants was automatically a bad person..../s

VT Marketing Class of 2009
Current Roanoke-Hokie
Go Hokies!

Legged you to cancel out the down vote. You might be skating a little too close to politics there.

"Tajh Boyd over the middle . . . and it's caught for an interception! Michael Cole, lying flat on his back, ARE YOU KIDDING???"

So I take it you were into Turn? Thought it was good and glad they wrapped it up well this last/final season.

An old friend of mine was the costume designer on Turn

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random and legit. Tell him he did a great job.

Is it me or does both Savoy and Kumah look so much bigger and stronger than Cam, Aj and the rest of the receivers? The look more Buckyish than the rest of the receiving corp.

Where is Lawson?!

Savoy is tiny. Kumah is big, but needs to be quicker. Cam in person is much more filled out now than last year.

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I don't think Savoy is tiny. Short obviously, but he isn't small and doesn't play small. For 5'9 he's solid at 190 as a freshman. He doesn't go down on arm tackles, or easily at all, and has gone up for some balls on defenders.

He doesn't play small. I love his game. He just looks like Mats Zuccarello on TV.

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You ever seen a grown man naked?

I saw Gavin Degraw naked in late 2003 or early 2004. I was working a side job as a runner/AR guy for a concert promoter in Tennessee. I had to pick him and the band up for soundcheck. They had adjoining rooms at the Hampton Inn in Johnson City. The band told me he was in the other room and I could stick my head in and get him. He was rolling in the hay with some amazonian sorority girl he picked up in Knoxville the night before. I was embarrassed and thought I was going to get in trouble. But the band laughed and said it was a prank on both of us. All was good.

I also took Hank Williams III through a Wendy's Drive Through at 1:00AM.

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Ansley Roberts? I remember quite a few of those shows from the early 2000s

Joffrey, Cersei, Ilyn Payne, the Hound, Jeff Jagodzinsku, Paul Johnson, Pat Narduzzi.

Yep. I was backstage working all those shows from Saliva behind the Sophisticated Otter through the summer of 2004.

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I did a phone interview with Hank III for WUVT. Did he talk your ear off about his philosophical views on the laws regarding driving and marijuana too? I tried to get him to talk about his new album and musical gear, but he just wanted to talk about weed and driving fast.

He didn't say a word about anything except what he wanted to eat. It was... uncomfortable.

The most talkative guy was the lead singer from Saliva. I would have paid him to be quiet. It didn't help that he was a huge douchebag.

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You have one week to live. Three days to fish freshwater, three days to fish saltwater. One day to party with family and friends. Your three locations?

Mine... Freshwater: Paloma River, Patagonia Chile. Saltwater: Seychelles, Indian Ocean Home: Top of the Stairs.

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Freshwater:
Smith Mountain Lake
White Top Laurel
North Fork of the Holston at Hayters Gap

Saltwater: Three days on Avalon Pier

(I am a sentimental sort that wants to go home and be where I find comfort more than what fish I would catch.)

Party- shew... if I had a time machine to do it, The Klondike in Boone NC, 1997, for a Gran Torino concert.

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Are you from the Abingdon area?

Any Abingdon guy would obviously have picked South Holston to fish for one day!

What are your thoughts on Houshun Gaines so far? When he is in he doesn't seem to stand out, either good or bad. Should he be making more plays than he is? Also, how have Balmer and Hewitt looked in your opinion?

He has been aligning in a 7 technique most of the time, which mitigates his edge speed a bit. But he hasn't been able to turn the corner and seems to get run behind the play a bit too much. He looks tiny on the field, even though he is in the 6'4, 245 kind of range. I have been disappointed in him. I expected that in order to rest the 4-8, Mihota could slip inside on some passing downs and Gaines would give the edge burst that he showed in the 16' Spring Game. It hasn't been there.

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Do you put your jelly on one piece of bread and peanut butter on the other, both on one slice, or put peanut butter on both and jelly in the middle so it doesn't get soggy?

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- Mike Burnup

take this to the McElwain board

Crunchy Peter Pan on one side. Strawberry jelly on the other. Wheat bread only.

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Oh man, have you ever tried Smuckers Natural Chunky PB? The best PB on the market. I'm not a big fan of peanut butter with sugar in it, the jelly/jam has plenty if you're going PB&J. Personal preference for bread is Pepperidge Farm Sourdough.

Take the shortest route to the ball and arrive in bad humor.

I usually buy Simply .GIF, if I'm looking for reduced sugar/sodium. Not usually a chunky fan.

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What are your thoughts on the deep passing game? Jackson hit Cam on some nice passes against ECU, but I feel like he has under thrown a lot of deeps balls and the WRs have had to slow down or stop to try and make a play.

Is Jackson holding onto the ball too long? Is it arm strength? Is it a technique where the coaches want the ball to be under thrown instead of over thrown?

We've had WRs beat their corners and we'd probably have 3-5 more TDs if the WRs were led by Jackson.

Like all freshmen, he is a bit indecisive. The ball goes as far as he can throw. He throws too late and the WR overruns it. It will come. And if it doesn't, he has talented players in the pipeline to take the job.

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What the hell does "french60wasp" mean?

the deuce is loose

It was my yahoo handle for my email in 1997 "French- last name, 60- football number, wasp- played for the Emory & Henry Wasps"

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For years I thought it was a playcall.

French60Wasp on 2, on 2... ready... break!

Tweedy can run like a dadgum antelope or whatever. I like to use scalded dog. Do antelopes lumber? Cheetah, OK. He runs like a cheetah. He's fast. - Bud Foster

Haha, I was hoping you weren't a French person who identified as a wealthy/white Anglo-Saxon protestant.

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welsh, scotch irish, german, and colombian. Non-practicing Lutheran. And I do ok, but I can't go fishing offshore like buying lunch at Subway.

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If eating cheese for the entire season meant VT would win a natty would you do it?

"It's a miracle in Blacksburg, TYROD DID IT MIKEY, TYROD DID IT!"

Not a chance. I accidentally bit into a burger that had cheese sauce in Omaha (I got the wrong order) and vomited immediately. It isn't just a preference. I have a bad gag reflex to the taste, consistency, and smell.

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You wouldn't puke 15 times over 5 months for a Natty? Come on man.

Chem PhD '16

Nope. I watch football to enjoy it. If it made me miserable, I wouldn't watch.

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I've gotten a little old for that shit, but I'm pretty sure there were a few years where I vommed 15 times during the fall/early winter.

I've been drinking.

Game 2 of the LA Kings vs NY Rangers Stanley Cup Final that went to OT made me vomit. I swore then I would never let sports make me that upset again. And, to date, it hasn't.

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Best game you've ever seen in person? VT or non-VT

Hmmmm... in person.

Probably VT vs FSU for the ACC title in 2010.

Most satisfying? The Peach Bowl win over Tennessee. I grew up in Abingdon, so that Tennessee game meant a ton to me.

The worst win- the Ogelsby Duke game where half the team was running in and out of the porto potty on the sidelines in Wallace Wade

Worst loss- Clemson vs VT at the 2011 ACCCG. As bad as Boise was, I had the video game view and being able to see how Clemson was essentially leaving the A and B gaps to be defended by two players and Wilson couldn't exploit it made me sick. That offense for Clemson was really damn good (great TE, plus Hopkins and Watkins... yikes)

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Other candidates- I saw Dobyns Bennett play a private school from the Nashville area (I don't think it was Brentwood but it could have been- they had a TE that ended up at UVA) that was an overtime game and completely sucked me in despite having no rooting interest.

My best VT memory is still listening to Mike and Bill call the Druck TD to Holmes against UVA on an AM transistor radio in our hunting camper in Craig County. We weren't in the woods because it was too windy to get in the tree stand.

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which player red shirting (other than Farley) are you most excited about?

1-0 every week

The entire defensive line group. I think there is a ton of talent there. Unfortunately, they needed some development and an opportunity to get P5 strong. Kearny I think will be a player as well.

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Hazelton

When you are watching a game, which group of people do you look at to determine what the offense/defense is doing scheme wise?

For our defense, I watch what the last defender on the line of scrimmage does. If he dives hard to the inside, it is a spill call and it means the alley player is running wide. If he stays wide, it is a force and the free hitter/alley player will fill a lane in the C gap.

To determine coverage, I watch the corner's steps coming off the line of scrimmage.

For other teams, it takes more time. You have to look at everyone and note repetition from play to play to get a feel.

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What QB prospect are you most excited about Hooker or Patterson?

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Now

Hooker, because I have seen him against P5 defensive players and I thought he looked the part. But, I have purposely not watched Patterson's senior highlights until I get his full film package to review for signing day.

I think we will see some spacing with this. I'd be shocked if Patterson doesn't redshirt because, again, true freshmen don't contribute at QB in any passing oriented offense at a championship level. (Best true freshman season at QB ever besides Holloway at OK running the wishbone was probably Chad Henne at Michigan. CHAD HENNE. We saw how that turned out.)

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We have seen over the past 1.5 years the offensive philosophy Cornelsen and Fuente have been implementing with players recruited under Beamer and Loeffler. Will we see any type of shift in playcalling/philosophy on the offensive side when Fuente gets "his guys" for his system? If so, what would that be? And which current committed/enrolled/ or prospective players in 2018 and beyond will have a huge impact on that?

Hooker, Patterson, Tre Turner, Caleb Farley, and whoever "the next tailback" is. The level of athleticism with those guys is off the chart, especially if they can sell Devyn Ford. I think you will see the same philosophy- it will be executed at a much high pace once everyone is on the same page. The difference is better athletes in space- we have already seen how good an athletic player who runs good routes can be effective quickly as we have seen with Savoy.

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Hey French, thanks for all the insights. What are the schematic weaknesses in our offense and defense? In other words, if you had to play us, how would you game plan to attack both the offense and defense?

I think the defenses have shown how to defend VT- play three down linemen. Defend the box with 5/6 and sit back and stay in your lane. Make VT "out-athlete" you in space rather than chase the ball and run out of position. Blitz heavily and take away slants on 3rd and long.

Defensively, everything defends on personnel. If you have a QB that can zone read and work play action off of it, that is tough to defend. Work play action against the backer on early downs. And if you have big WRs, throw fades when you identify man to man, again, early in the down count.

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We've struggled in the Red Zone the last 3 games - do you see this as a systematic/play calling issue, an execution issue, or are we just limited by youth/personnel right now?

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Inability to run in between the tackles shrinks the space available for misdirection outside. It is a common challenge for spread teams, especially without a power running QB. Recall the impact Evans had within 10 yards.

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I think it also goes back to your play three down lineman and don't over pursue philosophy. I took a really long look at and analyzed the first play of the Clemson game in another thread. That is exactly what Clemson did. I think an adjustment that needs to be made to this offense is to account for P5 size and speed. In P5 conferences you have 250 lb linebackers running sub 5 second 40s. That pretty much means they can be anywhere on the field vertically (from their usual positions) in about 1 second.

I know we're limited on details due to privacy concerns, but do any of the injuries to major contributors (short term or season ending) have potential to lower their upside?

(that is, any particular injury types make 100% recovery difficult or less likely)

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I've heard players who suffer amputation never reach 100% again...

Warning: this post occasionally contains strong language (which may be unsuitable for children), unusual humor (which may be unsuitable for adults), and advanced mathematics (which may be unsuitable for liberal-arts majors)..

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idk man. on one hand, JPP seems to be holding it all together. on the other hand, i can't think of a better punchline than the one I just delivered.

Chem PhD '16

if Farley had an ACL, that is a crapshoot in recovery. I don't know any details on any of the other injuries to venture a guess, but when a VT player has "a shoulder" I immediately get worried. It seems like that is the first step on the road from "expecting big things senior" to "mysteriously underperforming senior year."

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I didn't see this answered earlier, but what would you do to be more offensively productive moving forward for us?

Based on film or otherwise, who is your favorite commit in the 2018 class? Who comes in and has the most instant impact?

So far, Tre Turner. He will be on the field as a freshman if his shoulder heals properly.

This is tough. Turner, Thompson, and Simmons are three of the gems of the class and all three are missing their senior years due to injury.

I think given the lack of depth at DT, Cam Goode will also have a chance to be in the rotation.

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Ok. I've got another one. Based on what happened last night between Cuse & Clemson, and last season with us, how the fuck do you defeat that game plan and execution, specifically (I know it's not impossible)? Is it mainly a case of overlooking, under preparing and taking for granted? Are they (Cuse) just better and a superior team to us? If so, that's really knowing that Syracuse has a better football program than ours.

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Clemson played us differently on defense than they played any other team this season. I did not watch the Syracuse game so I'm not sure if they want back to their aggressive defensive play or did their best impersonation of Delaware vs us. Basically Clemson imitated Delaware on defense with P5 athletes. The Delaware game showed that an FCS team could hold our offense to 28 points by not attacking too much, sitting back in the middle of the field and waiting. By clogging up the middle of the field they take away the short passing routes and pretty much take away the screen game. In addition they take away the inside run game. If you do that against our offense right now you effectively shut it down. Clemson's secondary was known to be suspect coming into this season and we were too conservative to put it to the test. Part of that is Fuente's desire to not put young QBs into confidence killing situations. Syracuse had nothing to lose and took the risks necessary to go over the top and keep Clemson honest. Syracuse's top receiver averages 23.5 yards per reception. That's enough to keep any defense on its heels.

In a nutshell Syracuse is not a better team than we are. Clemson lost Kelly Bryant which means they lost their entire offense. Every dog has its day.

The question as to what kind of offense we see coming out of the bye week is really a question of goals. If the goal is to get to the ACCCG you will more of the same. We will do enough to win but not risk anything. If the goal is the CFP we will have no choice but to trounce every opponent after the Clemson's loss to 'Cuse.

I suppose the moral of the story is that where there's a Goliath there's also a David.

My question had less to do with Clemson and MOSTLY to do with the scheme Syracuse ran.

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Damn dawg, who shit in your soup?

Let's see: Syracuse, Clemson & Georgia Tech.

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Fair enough. Syracuse runs a spread offense.

Be able to stop the run with five, and have five secondary defenders that are capable enough to play corner. Play man free and quarters and keep your LBs from needing to cover.

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Thanks.

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..

I don't have anything against him.

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Someone tried to engage in helpful dialogue with you. Don't crap all over them.

Thank you for the support VTGuitarMan.

Ok. All fixed.

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HokieMacGruber26, you don't really remind me of a VT Student or Grad. Most of us are happy to interact with our fellow students and alumni. Regardless, if I have offended French then I offer my sincerest apologies to him. In fact I'm interested in French's opinion of my answer as I think that will help me learn. As for you comments, they really aren't helpful. In any way. I don't really care if you have something against me, however, if you don't you have a strange way of showing it. I think it's clear a fair number of the TKPer's don't appreciate your behavior in this matter. Doubling down isn't going to help. If I were you, I would respect their opinions as this is a community and as part of the social contract of being part of a community we readily accept that some of our actions and behaviors should be modified if we wish to participate. Just my two cents.

I think you're a smart, intelligent, insightful individual. I wasn't meaning to devalue you or your posts. I think if we were face-to-face having a brew, my "thanks for not answering the question" probably would've come across differently than it does here (that's the way I meant it). I just presumed (incorrectly) yourself and others would've looked at it that way.

I was hoping for a more in depth comparison and contrast (a French level or close to it) of our muck up at Carrier AND Clemson's muck up. I'll freely admit you have more knowledge and insight to details than I do. No problem acknowledging it. Anymore you could shed in the answers to my question would absolutely be appreciated.

Also (at least in this timeline and dimension), I'm not a graduate nor was I a student at Tech. But a small number of TKPers on here weren't or aren't either. I went to Shendandoah. But in EVERY other timeline and dimension, I went to Tech. In fact, some of us that didn't go can and are the most passionate.

Btw, I'm not the one down voting you.

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All good. I don't think we need to occupy this thread with any more of this. I do feel bad that you did not have the opportunity to experience Virginia Tech as a student. The school, students and faculty changed me and my life forever. I can honestly say my time there made me a better a person.

Let's end this with something I think everyone on TKP can agree with: GO HOKIES!

HOKIES ALL DAY, ALL THE WAY!

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I got here late and the downvotes are confusing me. You must have cleaned up whatever was pissing everyone off. I upvoted to try and help you out.

I had the same question after I heard Syracuse won. It seems like Syracuse's strengths are the weapons needed to exploit the scheme VT and Clemson run. If the coaches were truly good at finding every team's weakness and exploiting it to victory, they would do it every week and be ranked.

I did the same thing. I generally gloss over the fuzzed out comments and if I don't see anything offensive, I upvote knowing somebody edited.