McClease TD Run

For those of you who didn't get to attend the spring game live, VT's twitter account posted a better view of the Deshawn McClease touchdown run. While he does a jumpcut, McClease isn't making anyone miss on the play. VT runs a variant of the counter trey, with Nijman pulling across from right tackle to kickout on the left side. McClease cuts to set up Phil Patterson's crackback on the mike (I believe it is Daniel Griffith.) That is a terrific block by Patterson.

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Terrific WR blocking?

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Is McClease gonna have a special year? I feel like he has something there.

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If "special" means "more than 800 yards" then I'll take it any day

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Looks like Hewitt was driven out of his lane by Silas. Can't tell why Rodgers is sitting on his butt, but if he was standing there instead of sitting he could have made the tackle. Did he get juked, blocked, or slipped adjusting to the play?

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Looks like we had the LBs flowing the opposite way of the counter.

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I don't think any back really had a chance to make anyone miss on the day (spring game). with such a limited workload but I believe that McClease can go 1/4 open field one on one making people miss he will be able to rush for 1k this year. He has good enough vision and looks like the holes are opening up. Im hoping for....

McClease 16-20 carries game 80-100 yards
peoples 5-7 carries a game and all carries inside the 5
Holston or wheatley whomever seperates themselves to get 3-5 carries or 2 drives a game

id like to see more of McClease in the passing game but I don't know if he is capable? he had 9 catches last year but from what I remember anytime we wanted to throw to a back it was peoples or TMAC.

Fox is the wild card and I think an excellent option as a 3rd down back. id look for more catches from him than rushes though aside from possible garbage time caries again. (I know unpopular opinion because he does well when in) but I think his biggest issue is he isn't able to block like an every down back and therefor gives away that its most likely going to him in those instances.

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Fox made guys miss and ran over them. More on that next week.

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ran over them

must have missed that part

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He rolled Rivers at the goalline. Can't confirm if it just caught Rivers off balance or not.

I tried to go back and watch as much as I could of his playing time during the season last year even though in mostly mop up duty I didn't hardly any cases of him blocking. hopefully this factors into your breakdown. I know he had the truck of rivers on the goal line but that's more bad on rivers leverage and drive matched with foxs effort and momentum than anything, its not crazy to assume that any of our other backs would have done the same in that situation especially Peoples.

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When I watched him on blocking plays, he didn't always initiate contact and move a player. He doesn't have the size for that. He did do a good job of getting in the way and slowing down the defender. If that's what it takes to get the job done, then I'd say he was successful at blocking.

I have a feeling he will have the same role Marshawn did Fuente's first year, second half run it down their throat with the big boy.

Looks like either Hunter bit too hard or Phil's block effectively took Hunter out of the play as well

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Pretty sure Hunter came from out wide to the top of the screen. He almost caught McClease from behind. Tisdale was sealed outside, the mike was cracked inside by Patterson. McClease went between them. I have no idea where the safety or Rodgers was in support, especially with Tisdale and the DE obviously forcing the play inside.

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Rodgers is trying to get up off the ground as McClease runs by him at the initial safety level. From where his feet are in relation to the play, it looks like he was crashing down to the outside, and slipped changing directions when McClease cut up the middle, but just a guess.

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I read: "McClease isn't making anyone miss on the play."

What I heard in my mind: "Enjoy your touchdown; there's no pie for you though."

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Didn't mean it to be a knock on McClease. He set up his block beautifully. But the crowd "Ohhhhh'ed" like McClease broke someones ankles. Instead, Patterson decleated someone. It was refreshing to see a WR between the tackles getting a thumper block.

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and to another reader's question, Patterson's path should have taken Rodgers to the football.

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Can somebody confirm who was playing Mike? My memory is that I had to look at the program and that player was listed as a tight end. Looking live, I did think McClease broke his ankles, but thanks French for pointing out that it was actually a great block.

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I thought it was just because we broke a play off. I was sitting next to Deshawn's family at the game and they were beyond hyped that play

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That "ohhh" was probably the crowd seeing a RB run for more than 5 yards on a play.

That's what was running through my mind. I was like 'ohh man, I haven't seen that in a while!'

@French - didn't mean to imply you were knocking him in any way. :)

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Aren't blocks like the one Patterson threw what has been missing in this offense for a while? From what I understand about Fuente's system skilled position blocking (especially wide receivers) is incredibly important to its success. A few times last year I went back and looked at a few plays to see how plays were developing (or not) and more often than not someone near a ball carrier completely whiffed on a block.

It is a great block by Philly P, and a nice run by D-Mac.

But to me the big takeaway is the closing speed of Hunter. I know McClease scored, but you generally don't see a LB/S catch a scatback. If he can really grasp the scheme and get on the field, he's value-added wherever he plays.

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Speed is NOT going to be a problem for Hunter. He played some running back in High School and ran away from a LOT of defenders.

I like how after the TD, McClease acknowledged Hunter's effort to catch up to him with him

Seems like he's running it with more of a drive than our running backs of recent past.

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Feel like McClease should have switched the ball to the other hand somewhere around the 25yrd line.

I think switching to the outside arm is pretty much a lost art.

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My biggest thought when I first saw this highlight was if it was good blocking or the defense was out of position. Being such a zoomed in view of the play, it is hard to see.

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ah yes, the curse of the spring game. Is it that our offense is good or is our defense just bad or vice versa? This is why we should just do an exhibition game for our spring game. Beat on some DIII team for 45 minutes and don't hold anything back.

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'cause then those that want to believe we are good can point to great numbers, and those that believe we are not can point to the athletes we played against? It would still be a spring game, and the curse would apply. I think all that would do is give the coaches half the snaps for the Hokies by giving half to someone else.

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'cause then those that want to believe we are good can point to great numbers, and those that believe we are not can point to the athletes we played against?

how would that be any different from an SEC school's OOC schedule?

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What is "Its played in the Spring?" is the only answer I got for that one.

Be careful, you'll hurt the BIG's feelings if you keep leaving them out of the schedule ducking conversations.

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Hunter is FAST! That's all I got.

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