Sick Day French AMA (1/9/2018)

Hey everyone. I am home fighting off a bug. With some free time, and with college football's 2017 season closing out last night, I thought a little unscheduled AMA would be well suited.

Topics could include:
1) Final assessment of the 2017 Hokies
2) Looking ahead at 2018 Hokies
3) High level thoughts on recruits that have signed their LOIs (my policy is not to review kids who are not committed yet, as I don't want any critiques to be used to consider a different school if they read TKP.)
4) Food and Movie Hot Takes
5) Sports history and trivia
6) Fishing
7) Potpourri

Ok, bring it.

Comments

Three questions:
1. Thoughts on Tua's performance last night? (Especially since he's a true freshman)
2. Someone else asked in another thread, if you saw the game winning throw in OT, could you break it down?

And,

3. Do you think JJ has the arm strength to make that throw? I felt like his deep ball sailed a little this year, and really didn't have that "zip."

"...I'm getting a little tired of hearing how good everybody else is..." -Coach Fu [This week: 1-0]

1 and 2 I can't answer because I didn't watch the game. At the end of the year, I am a little football burned out because I spend so much time (sometimes as much as 10 hours a week) watching film.

As for Jackson, I think there are a couple of issues that he has that are correctable and one that is more problematic. He is a freshman, he will get more comfortable in the pocket and read defenses quicker. His confidence and arm look much better when he clearly knows the coverage and is confident that his WR will get separation (which I will highlight closer to spring football.)

The pocket presence will be helped by having a left tackle that keeps him clean. Plantin played really well, but he gives too much ground to stay at left tackle and allow the QBs to stay comfortable. Osterloh just couldn't handle speed rushes. Jackson had happy feet and his eyes drop when he climbs the pocket. It negated some wide open stuff down the field (especially the last snap Osterloh took when Jackson had the right slot receiver completely behind the defense on a post.

He is a freshman. I keep saying that. That being said, the thing that will give Jackson the advantage over other quarterbacks will be decision-making and accuracy. Between the screens, the missed throw to Murphy on an OZR fake slant, the deep overthrow... there were 3-4 touchdowns that were there (despite inexperienced WRs, despite poor pass protection etc. etc. etc.) and he didn't capitalize. If the other competitors for quarterback can make those throws, they will beat him out. Arm strength is the least of my worries with Jackson.

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(sometimes as much as 10 hours a week) watching film

via GIPHY

Most weeks it is less. When we do a preview, that is when it creeps up. It is MUCH more difficult to write a preview than a review.

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What is your feeling towards the offensive line next year? Obviously losing Teller hurts, but I'm confident in the depth we have to develop from.

Pfaff is fine. He isn't an all star, but he is a very reliable guy. He needs to improve against mobile defensive tackles. He had a couple of busts when the DL stemmed (motioned pre-snap) where he seemed to lose track on them. Plantin will play somewhere. It could be right tackle if Chung's 6th year doesn't get approved. It could be left guard. Nijman should be back at left tackle, although I think his money will come as a right tackle at the next level.

I like this offensive line class. I think Harris will be an excellent guard- he doesn't have the talent of a Teller but he has excellent fundamentals and attitude. Culver is solid- I think he was the most-ready to play OL option that was still on VT's board (I have been very vocal that I thought Rasheed Walker is a high upside project who is still learning the basics of playing OL), but will likely be a redshirt-sophomore type before being possibly ready. Darrisaw intrigues me, but I have seen so little of him that I will reserve judgement until I see him in the spring.

Of the returners, Hoyt has the most pressure to be good since he is likely the starter at center (unless Chung gets moved inside.) I have heard good rumblings about Aiden Brown, but I haven't seen anything beyond his high school film, and the same goes for Lecitus Smith. I think they need to get Tyrell Smith on the field somewhere. He has terrific feet and compete level and looked good last spring. Perhaps he is the left guard in a scenario where Chung is needed at center and Plantin is at right tackle? Austin Cannon also looked good in the spring.

TJ Jackson is a wild card. I think he is a unique NFL caliber talent as a pass protector. Yet, when Nijman went down, we got Plantin and Osterloh- two guys who were obviously playing out of position. To me, that is an indicator that Jackson was not playing up to starter level at practice. His run blocking, which combines attitude and technique more than athleticism, is likely an issue. A situation where Jackson takes a big leap, moves Nijman to right tackle, and allows those experienced guys to move inside where they likely fit better could really help matters.

Nijman is a guy who needs to step up next year. I thought he was one of the guys who really underperformed before the injury. He wasn't the same player that I saw the year before.

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Two questions:

1) In your opinion, who is the player on the O-line that made the biggest improvement during the season?
2) Favorite potpourri scent?

1) Pfaff (Cunningham if you want to count Y as an OL. He was spectacular blocking in the bowl game. Keene was also excellent.)

2) Apple?

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Expectations for Frosh / True Frosh after Bama played their players last night (and I guess UGA too). Bama obviously recruits at a higher level than we do, but can we use the crutch of frosh players from this past year whereas their won the NC?

If healthy, Turner plays. Goode has a big chance to get on the field quickly. Webb will be needed to play immediately at least as a rotational guy. Ideally, the rest of the OL and DL will get to redshirt.

Again, the best guys play. If a player isn't on the field, with very few exceptions, the guy on the field ahead of him is better. Keep in mind, "better" and "more talented" are two different things.

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Thanks. I was really more asking if we can use our crutch of this past year of having too many frosh on the field when Bama just won a Natty with theirs. I suppose the answer is somewhat intertwined with their Frosh being at a higher level than ours, but after a season already in the books I guess i'm driving at why our Frosh couldn't step up in the bowl game?

It's definitely a raw talent thing. Najee Harris, Leatherwood, Jeudy and Tua were all the number 1 recruit at their position. Any of them would have been the best at their postition at VT, with maybe the except of Jeudy and Cam.

Hunter is the only player we have that's close to that level and he still isn't.

Just going to put this out there...DeJuan Ellis and Mecole Hardman have virtually identical measurables coming out of HS.

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Can you make any recommendations for potpourri?

EDIT: I got beat by two measly minutes.

Knowing what you know right now, which returning Hokie are you most excited for on each side of the ball in 2018?

Chem PhD '16

Ricky Walker (with Devine Deablo a close second. I think he is a star in the making.) Caleb Farley.

I am also very excited to see how all those redshirted edge rushers step up this spring.

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I figured the Deablo move to safety spelled the end of his VT career but man did he look incredibly rangy. Pairing him with any of Rell/Floyd/Hunter at rover is going to be great

Deablo at free, Terrell if he returns, at rover, that is the best lineup. I could see Floyd staying in the lineup with Rell moving back to corner, but he would have to lean up. He didn't have an ounce of fat on him, yet the mass he added caused him to struggle in coverage at free safety. VT was better when Deablo was a free and Edmunds moved to rover.

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Have you had a Skeeter dog recently? How do you feel about the changes at Skeeters?

I didn't know Skeeters has changed. I did eat a cheese-less Stromboli at CJs Pizza on my way to Abingdon back at Thanksgiving.

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Ahh, all of this SWVA food talk has me itchin for a Big Pal right about now, or some cheddar rounds.

Big Pal, LTMOP, Frenchie Fry, Pals Tea.

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What is an LTMOP?

Lettuce, Tomato, Mustard, Onion, Pickles

Lettuce tomato mayonnaise onion pickle?

Edit: Damn should have refreshed lol.

this

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LettuceTomatoWhiteCondimentThatIsAlmostAsBadAsCheeseOnionPepperoni

Hey, it's better than,
Leeks, Turnips, Maple Syrup, Okra, Parsnips

Says you!

1) What's the best steak you've ever had? Looking for stuff to try when I'm on business trips and have opportunities for free steaks.

2) What's your worst fishing-related accident?

3) what's your favorite and least favorite movie of all time?

1) Capitol Grille in Chicago
2) Honestly, I have not had one that caused a serious injury. I have been poked by hooks a bunch of times, yet have never been run through. I had one near miss where I slipped wading in the Potomac above Fletchers Cove. I destroyed my phone and was lucky not to hit my head on rocks. I finished wading out, took my shirt off and laid it in the sun to dry. I imagine that was some visual for shirtless French in waders for some of the passers-by.

Also, a bluefish almost bit my damn nipple. Took a hole out of my shirt. You have to watch those yellow-eyed bastards..

4) My favorite movie depends so much on my mood. It is hard not to say The Three Amigos. The worst movie I ever had to sit all the way through? Hope Floats.

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To elaborate on the steak question, what kind of cut/style was it? For example, I recently had a dry-aged steak in KC for the first time and really enjoyed it, didn't even know that was a thing until I was at the restaurant.

I like T-bones.

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Do you see VT becoming a legit CFP contender within the next five years?

I want to see how this staff upgrades the front seven. I want ACC title contender. Then let the chips fall where they may. Right now, this is a team that should contend for the Coastal. They need to get better in the front seven to be consistently better than the Clemsons, FSUs, and Miami's of the world.

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Does Fuente have what it takes as a recruiter to eventually get VT above the 50% Blue Chip Ratio required to have the talent necessary to win a national championship?

@Fightin_Gobbler

Go Hokies

Go Falcons

Honestly, I don't know. I do like his eye for talent that fits his scheme except at running back. Devyn Ford is a no brainer, and I have liked some of his targets. But of the guys he has signed, I am kind of eh on.

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For me, this is the most important thing for Virginia Tech. Until we start accumulating talent above a 50% blue chip ratio, our ceiling will be capped at competing for conference championships.

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That level of recruiting is much more institutional then coach specific. I think we'll need at least another decade of success before that becomes manageable (ie. the class of 99 needs to have their kids going to school, multiple generations of strong football tradition is the best way to raise a donor base and elevate a program)

1. With the departures of Motuapuaka and likely Tremaine Edmunds, who do you believe will start at Mike and backer next year? Who has the most upside for each position of the players on the roster or signed with the team at this point?

2. How wrong are you about cheese? Scale is from 5 (simply wrong) to 10 (the most wrong anyone can be). /s

"That move was slicker than a peeled onion in a bowl of snot." -Mike Burnop

1. Right now, Ashby at mike and Rivers at backer. If Hollifield picks VT, he would be a guy I would throw into the mix to compete. Ashby is a guy with some limitations, but damn he is a pretty tackler. Before folks cast shade at him, remember, Vince Hall wasn't built like Dick Butkus either.

2. I am right about cheese. Why would anyone eat spoiled milk?

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I am right about cheese. Why would anyone eat spoiled milk?

The same reason why we'd eat spoiled / fermented vegetables for alcohol - because it tastes good.

But Vince Hall never took a step in the wrong direction to make up for physical limitations.

And Ashby has? Please do tell.

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I did not mean this as a slight to anyone else; only a complement to Hall. Hall, Flowers, Tapp etc. those guys were all time greats for Bud. Hoping for that level of play out of a new recruit is fine but expecting it is not fair.

If anyone can come in and be as consistent in their reads as Hall was throughout his career in Blacksburg I will be estatic and hold them in the highest regards too.

Understood. I am not sure if Bud will ever get a linebacker as instinctual as Hall. He always seemed to be in the right place despite not being particularly quick.

At the same time, until we see Ashby and Kearny actually get some reps in spring ball, projecting them at this point is purely rumor an inuendo.

In the spring, Ashby and Kearny will be at mike, Rivers and Griffin at backer. Someone will have a chance to wow.

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Are you dairy-free, or just not into adding cheese to your burgers? I ask this, as someone who has to avoid it for allergy reasons.

This Hokie, is one who is always looking for dairy-free recipes.

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I have a gag reflex to cheese that came from getting sick from an Arby's Beef and Cheddar when I was very young. It is kind of like if you get sick from some kind of booze. Then when you smell it down the road, you get queasy. I am that way with cheese. I managed to eat pizza for awhile. But slowly, different kinds started to bother me (first Little Caesars, then Dominos.) By the time I moved to the DC area (2004) I could only eat Papa Johns and Pizza Hut. Now I eat cheeseless pizza when I get it.

I don't eat cheese on anything else. Other foods I have gag reflexes for (not as severe as cheese.)

1) Honey Nut Cheerios
2) Cooked brocoli
3) Bananas

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Now I eat cheeseless pizza when I get it

All I can say is thank you for doing football film reviews and not food reviews.

pizza

Chem PhD '16

Nowww I get it. Vodka is a major no-no for me.

"I'm a Miller Lite guy, always have been, since I was 8." -John Daly

I have an issue with George Dickell, for the same reason.

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Checking in with Southern Comfort.

Old Grand-Dad bourbon for me. Could barely drink any bourbon for a year. Still took a pre-game shot during football season though!

"That move was slicker than a peeled onion in a bowl of snot." -Mike Burnop

Gin.

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Peach Schnapps for me.
1986 Peach Bowl, Chris Kinzer, New Year's Eve.....someone thought doing peach schnapps shots pre-, during, and post-game would be fun.
To this day, I gag with the smell. (And I live in South Kackilacki.....)

Oh, God! I remember Peach Schapps at that game...everyone seemed to be drinking it. And I haven't touched it since, either...

Sloe gin...there may still be a purple stain on the ground in the bushes by Vawter Hall from January 1976. But the snow felt so good on my face afterwards...

After shock. Recommend you not drink an entire bottle...

I had a permanent falling out with Pepe Lopez at VT. It took me over a decade to be able to drink other tequila in a mixed drink, and another to be able to drink good tequila straight. Still can't take Pepe, that back stabbing bastard.

Sometimes we live no particular way but our own

Moonshine for this guy.

It isn't my fault though. When you show up to a man's house after having three jumbo Texas margaritas at dinner, and he just happens to have 11 different flavors of moonshine...you make a point to try every one. You regret it severely the next day and every time since when you try to even taste moonshine, but at least you have a damn good story.

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

Fun Fact: Moonshine does not give you a hangover. But the active ingredient in it that is good at removing rust and grease will.

I don't know what it was, but I assure you I had one. I just know that since then moonshine turns my stomach.

The margaritas didn't help. Thankfully, I can still enjoy those and tequila at will.

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

I have an issue with George Dickell for different reasons. ;-).

If you are gagging on bananas try smaller bites /s

My banana issue relates directly to football. I had really bad cramping issues when I was a freshman and sophomore in high school. I didn't care for bananas. However, to increase my potassium intake I would eat them for breakfast during two a days. For some reason, I struggled to keep them down (until college I had a very difficult time keeping food down during practice, especially the first week after two-a-days for some reason.) After football was over, I would gag at the flavor of bananas.

There was one exception- I can, on occasion, eat a very green banana. If there is so much as a tint of yellow, it is too ripe and sweet for me.

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This may have been easier

Now I eat cheeseless pizza when I get it.

Y... you ... you're a monster!

I don't think there is any cheese in an Arby's Beef and Chedder. There is a yellow blob of water, canola oil, and modified corn starch.

That's like saying you cannot eat grapes because you once puked when you drank too much vodka + purple Gatorade (not that I would know anything about that).

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

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

Yes, however, any strong scent of cheese still makes me turn green. My now-fiancee didn't believe it until she led me through the cheese section at Wegmans to get to the meat section. I changed three colors.

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Arby's Beef & Cheddars were my reward to myself for getting a good grade on big projects when I was at VT.

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

Who will start the game at QB against FSU in September?

If I'm being paid to read TKP does that mean it offsets the cost of a Key Players Club membership?

Jackson until someone takes it from him. Hooker can, but he has to be better than he was in fall camp. And I don't prescribe to thinking a true freshman will start at QB. If Patterson comes in and BMOCs the other guys, then you play the best guy. I just think the adjustment to the speed of the college game and the reads are too much. Whenever I get excited about a true freshman playing, I flash back to the first few weeks of practice in college and how much my head was spinning. It is tougher than folks realize.

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You wrote about a crowded group of safeties competing for playing time next year. What are your expectations for Devon Hunter? He seemed to have really mixed results as a true freshman and never really played up to the hype.

Hunter is a guy who was so critical from a perception perspective. If you just watched his film and didn't know his rating, his location, or any of that, it was ok, not mind-blowing. I think he will be a good player at VT. He has to stay healthy and be terrific when he gets reps in practice.

I am a big Deablo guy. Just a handful of snaps into the WVU game and I thought "man, that guy is going to be a star."

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Where does your deep hatred of Cheese come from? Was there a time that you ate it? And is there anything cheese related that you still like?

You answered this shit already my bad.

Would you rather party with Worf or Data?

Which one hangs out with Dianna Troy more?

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Deanna Troi. And seeing how Worf was trying to smash that, I would have to say him.

I think Worf totally smashed it a few times in some alternate realities. But that's about it. But Riker, yeah totally smashed it.

Riker was the most deviant sexual predator in the entire Galaxy.

Don't forget that Data had that wild time with Tasha Yar

Yes which brings up so many questions for me on what Dr. Soong actually gave Data down below, and whether or not he could make it do different things. That is a conversation for another day though, and one I have had drunk many times. It always goes well.

Well don't forget he's functional in: "In every way, of course. I am programed in multiple techniques. A broad variety of pleasuring."

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If you have ever seen the beginning of "Not Another Teen Movie", that is basically where I am going with this.

Well being that I wasteen about 30 years ago I can't say that I have.

You may not want to play this at work. I mean I'm at work but you get the idea.

Okie Dokie!

Since we seem to be thin at DL and somewhat crowded at LB is there any chance we see 3 DL with 4 LB on the field more often than not next season?

Not french but we're not close to having the personnel for 3 down lineman to get any penetration whatsoever. Slick is borderline, and Gaines, Hill + young DEs are way too small.

As long as Bud Foster is the coach and is breathing, this team will be a 4 man front one gap fit principled team. The 30 fronts use 40 principles and they can't sustain using 30 front except against certain packages.

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We don't have the personnel types needed for a 3-4 defense.

You need a NT that has both size and speed to eat up blockers and get penetration.

The DEs also need to be big, to handle double teams while still being able to provide upfield rush.

What are the top four positions (in order) on defense it is important to have a stud at in Foster's defense and why?

1) corner- a guy who can take away 1/3 of the field by himself (Flowers, Harris, Kendall Fuller, and most significantly Jimmy Williams) allows Foster's safeties to operate more in the box.
2) defensive end- Ends have to be physically gifted and selfless. In the scheme, they are asked to spill the ball rather than chase it which goes against every instinct.
3) backer- requires a defender that can play tackle to tackle and set the edge.

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Football - what's your final grade for the 2016 + 2017 Hokie teams?

Fishing - what's your favorite rod/reel setup (that you have)?

Hokie fan | W&M grad

B. In 2016, my expectations were exceeded. In 2017, the record exceeded my expectation. However, the schedule ended up being less challenging than I expected.

I have caught more fish species and numbers on my Stradic 3000 paired with my 6-12 pound St Croix Triumph than any other rod I own.

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I've got a Stradic 2500, with a 7' 3" Fenwich Elite Tec. Pretty similar setup, and definitely one of my favs.

Hokie fan | W&M grad

Can't go wrong with the Stradic. I wish I could get Sustains for all my light spinning rods. That is the best spinning reel I have used.

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Where do you see guys like Proctor and Garbutt lining up and how do you feel about them? They were obviously big targets for us but I feel like I never heard much about either of them after they signed.

Garbutt will be at DE and I think he has the physical ability to be a top pass rusher. He needed technique work and added strength.
I had trepidation about Proctor. His HS film had him playing a very passive read and react LB. He is a very good athlete who has to learn a ton about playing the position. I can't draw a good impression of him until I see him actually playing DE.

Everyone knows I love Debose. I am still a bit surprised that he didn't beat out Minor/Belmar this year.

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I remember you talking about how much you loved Debose and I hope he can contribute this coming year.

Another question kind of coming off this is how much does our DE size effect our scheme? Garbutt, Debose and Belmar don't have great length but have the tools to be good speed pass rushers because they can bend and beat big tackles around the edge. Does this lack of length and size effect us negatively though when it comes to defending the run?

1. I've seen you many times (usually during GT whine week) defend the practice of cut blocking as valuable and necessary. As a guy who's never played OL (or organized football, for that matter) I'm curious why that is. It seems to me, that with football leagues paying much more lip service to player safety, allowing 300-lb linemen to dive at a guy's knees is something that they might consider curtailing. That looks like one of the more hazardous moves in the sport. I know it's already illegal to cut block a guy from behind, but these from-the-side cuts look almost as dangerous to my untrained eye. What makes this particular technique important and valuable enough to the sport to outweigh the hazards?

2. Why are all your food takes (except Pal's) so awful? Did you lose your taste buds in a bizarre flagpole incident as a child?

*edit* I see your cheese response above and that makes sense, but some of your other peculiarities are still truly perplexing.

“You got one guy going boom, one guy going whack, and one guy not getting in the endzone.”
― John Madden (describing VT's offense?)

1) It is all about technique. If an OL is asked to block a, in theory, faster defender who has an angle, a scoop block is an incredibly challenging block. A cut block allows the OL to execute the block more effectively. We are all taught that low man wins. That was the essence of football into the 90s. It has been lost with the new rules.

I'd recommend going back and watching video of college football teams blocking in the 70s, especially wishbone teams. It will blow your mind how the OL comes off the ball, hits low, and cut blocks when appropriate.

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Basically without cut blocks, certain offensive plays would not be executable because of blocking angles.

That being said, with the way that college offenses have elevated their yardage/scoring #'s over the last decade, scaling back what offenses can do may not necessarily be a bad thing.

Assuming it's possible to do so, and assuming your life depended on it, what would be your strategy for earning a six figure income in the outdoor/fishing industry?

I wouldn't know where to start. I can say that the minute something I enjoy becomes a job, I generally cease to enjoy it.

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Good call. I am usually on the same page with that sentiment.

As a former Class-A2/A13 PGA Professional who only plays golf (maybe) twice a year these days in corporate scrambles, I wholeheartedly agree with this sentiment. I've heard too many people use the old adage "do what you love and you'll never work a day in your life." I call bullshit. Find something that you don't hate doing 5-days a week, and make that your job. Keep you loves separate, lest they become ex-loves rather quickly.

"You know when the Hokies say 'We are Virginia Tech' they're going to mean it."- Lee Corso

"Keep your loves separate". This is one reason I'm glad my wife doesn't like to fish.

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"Keep your loves separate"

And my mind jumps straight into the gutter, not to hobbies.

Sometimes we live no particular way but our own

"To our wives and girlfriends... may they never meet!"

"Those who jump into the void owe no explanation to those who stand and watch."
--unknown

As a professional fly fishing guide, it is incredibly hard to make six figure income in the outdoors industry. I'm not sure that I know of anyone personally doing it. All of us fishing guides have multiple sources of income. To make 100k one would need to own an outfitting service/lodge to do it consistently IMHO.

You will see this game, this upset and this sign next on ESPN Sportscenter. Virginia Tech 31 Miami 7

Ex-guide here, and I concur with your opinion. Big time guys with TV contracts can do it, Ken Penrod probably does it, but like you said, without the big production, meaning employees and infrastructure, it is incredibly difficult to do.
As for the make it a job and it's no fun anymore take, that's not altogether applicable for the fishing biz. You can guide smallmouth and love to musky or walleye fish. Guide for bass but love to trout fish, etc. What you're more likely to get tired of is the really hard work, and the clients, but again, some good, some bad.

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I know a civil engiener outside of Bozeman, Montana who runs a lodge and guides fly fishing trips. Far as I know, he can't do it full time, but he's working towards that. Probably once he pays off the lodge he'll quit engineering entirely.

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it is much more realistic (though not necessarily easy) to earn a six figure income that still leaves you time to fish...and that also means you probably need to live real close to the fishing

That is my goal...

And no fishing TV. Basically those folks are now all digital marketers with a hobby (notice how Instagram suddenly is filled with women catching fish in their bikinis.) Most have their shows are either breathing commercials for gear or funding by the locality (Bass to Billfish as an example gets a bunch of funding from the state of Florida, and Ontario's provincial government funds a bunch of the shows on WFN.)

Besides, I have a face for radio and a voice for newspaper.

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Recently got a new package from verizon for customer loyalty and it includes pursuit tv which has fishing and hunting shows. Some of the fishing shows are unbearable to watch with how little they know/poorly explain what they are doing.

So, film review it is, then. ;^)

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We've had this discussion but Houston and Jacksonville, two places I have lived, would be good targets for you (and I'm sure there are others). Both have strong med infrastructure and both check the year round fishing box quite well if you have even a modest boat. Good schools (which it sounds like you may have a need for) and nice places to live. You would miss out on your pier fishing however.

Top guides get about $500 bucks a day. Assuming you live in the tropics and can actually count on guiding pretty much at will, maybe you could do it. Where I lived, and how I guided (rowing a raft backward against the current of the New River all...damn...day long) it was pretty hard to get enough days in to make a fraction of that, even with tips. I'd venture to say that most fishing guides work pretty hard to make $60,000 a year, and most a lot less. Like Hokieflyguy says, most fishing guides, even the good ones, have more than one job.

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The charter boat guys on the coast are in the same boat. They all have side hustles. The guys who are booked up all peak season have a brutal schedule. Oregon Inlet I think is about $2000 a day (not including tips now.) Probably $600 or more gets eaten up immediately in gas, and likely another couple hundred will go into the fund needed when the boat needs maintenance. Those captains have to be small business owners, regulatory experts, marketers, diesel mechanics, and lord knows what else. Many of them also commercial fish. It is a tough racket.

I believe the mates still work for tips as well. The good news is that can be $300-400 a day cash when things are going well. But, without bookings, hello Schitts creek. And the mate job is brutal.

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Great discussion. I figured it's as tough or tougher than I'd imagined. I like the idea of making $100k doing something that allows time to fish. Maybe I'll luck into that someday lol. Thanks all for your input.

1. Who will be our punt returner next year ? (I'm going to miss Stro)

2. Which young corners that we haven't seen yet or not much of get significant playing time next year ?

1) I have not the foggiest idea. I will go out on a limb and say Grimsley. He showed some wiggle late in the year. Carroll is the safe bet because he returned punts when Stroman didn't in the past.

2) Bryce Watts has good length and looked good on special teams. I am assuming he is the next man up beyond Alexander. I wish I got to see more of Rodgers. I don't even recall him playing special teams.

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No Henri Murphy? He's looked pretty good on kickoff returns when given the opportunity the last 2 years.

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― John Madden (describing VT's offense?)

Punt returning requires a lot more shiftiness vs just speed. To have any shot at a decent return you generally got to make a guy or two miss. KO returns typically have guys that have more speed, which is why we have guys like Clark and Murphy back there.

1) Ability to field the punt. Just consistently making fair catches will save a ton of field position.
2) Toughness and instinct to get up the field quickly.
3) Phonebooth quickness. Long speed matters much less.

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How about McClease? He's small and shifty

Hey man. Here is an E&H question. What do you know about the new DC....Tommy Buzoo. He is from Brooke point HS.

I never have heard of him. I do know I would rather it be Marshall Doss.

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who do you see at kick return next year? we have next year and had this year explosive guys that i thought all were pretty productive at times but the rotation seemed almost random at best. i like murphy back there even though he had the lowest avg i thought he had the most potential for a home run outside of clark. i know james Clark was hurt and that's why he was subbed out but why not give him the job back when he was healthy again then i remember McMillian actually getting hurt on a play and then returns a kick a few plays later when he still looked hurt. i didn't see anything from quillen that made me confident in him.

edit: someone posted while i was typing lol------ same question for punt return. stroman has been a real asset at punt return over his career i cant think of any fumbles or muffs really and hes been real reliable back there with field position of course we will miss the returns for TDs but more than that he saved us a ton of field position by fair catching punts and once he figured out not to run backwards anymore getting up field and getting hidden yards.

last question: do you think AJ will change positions and if so what position and what are the chances he sees the field.

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"Gettin' Jiggy Wit It" or "Ice Ice Baby"?

Jiggy Wit It

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no explanation needed. screw da []_[]!

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What was life like at E&H before the internet and before you could make the "quick jaunt" to Exit 7 for food and entertainment?

My high school did band camp at E&H and it felt like being in remote isolation, especially when I went back for two years to teach drumline as a college kid. I remember thinking how in the world do these kids eat nothing but dining hall food?

Also, if you have time, can you regale us with one funny E&H football story, please?

We had internet when I was a freshman. As for living, it was it's own isolated bubble initially. Everything was at your fingertips. From a kid who had basically been around the same 200-400 people his whole life, EHC was a brave new world. Also, it had every form of recreation. I played a ton of tennis and pick up basketball, played cards and video games. It was a blast.

However, the fishbowl was small. By the beginning of my junior year, the fishbowl was too small. Everyone knew everyone's business. It got tedious. That brought on driving to Johnson City to go to clubs, road trips up to Blacksburg and Radford. By the time I finished with school, I was eager to go.

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We had internet when I was a freshman.

So, porn. Got it.

But seriously, thanks for taking the time to answer that.

1) Biggest fish you ever caught both fresh and saltwater. Where, when, how long did it take you to reel it in?

2) Worst movie about football and worst actor?

3)Where's your next planned vacation?

“I turned down 12 other opportunities. You know what I mean?” - Fuente

1) Freshwater- I actually shared that experience with a fellow member of this board, HokieObsession. He took my father and I fishing right before Christmas a few years ago on Smith Mountain Lake and I managed a big striped bass. We released her as quickly as possible, but nothing else has been close. As for saltwater, the biggest harvested fish was a 223 pound bluefin tuna. It was 72 inches long, which is the biggest length that can be harvested without using a trophy tag. I have released bluefin tunas over 76 inches long that we released next to the boat. The longest fight was on a bluefin I released. I was fishing with Captain Jason Norton out of Hatteras Inlet. Another angler was hooked up on a bluefin when the Seawitch on the 50wide reel went off. I got stuck having to stand up on a monster with the lightest tackle on the boat. I vomited on myself while fighting the fish, and it took well over an hour to land.

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Bluefins sound like a pain in the ass... but it's definitely on the bucket list.

I prefer not to know what in Smith Mtn Lake. I feel like shit is always bumping into me there underwater.

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Bluefin fishing is awesome. Nothing else makes you feel so small and helpless.

Here is a photo of what a bluefin does to a rod. That fish was the 50 wide fish. We had already harvested our one fish per boat, so we released it in the water. It was in the 80 inch range. I had a bunch more layers on when that started. After the other guy released his fish, I got to use the chair. The captain did a LOT of backing down on that one.

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This is the biggest one I harvested. My dad is 6'2 just to give the comparison, and the fish is bent because it was too big to fit in the meat cooler on The Ranger.

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(Some trivia on this fish. The mate on this trip was "Willbilly" from the Wicked Tuna OBX edition. He mated on "The Foolish Pleasure" for the show.)

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2) Worst movie about football that I have seen? I'd have to go with Any Given Sunday. Only Oliver Stone could pick Al Pacino as a coach (the most un-coach like coach ever) and put Lawrence Taylor at middle linebacker. The worst actor? I am going to go with Bill Pullman.

3) The next planned vacation- right now, I really don't know. I was supposed to go on a short fishing adventure in Charleston, SC this past weekend. The weather killed that.

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I disagree with Any Given Sunday. I have to go Varsity Blues as hands down the worst football movie ever. Now don't get me wrong its entertaining, but as a football movie it is, so unbelievable. The players run the coach off? That shit never happens. How about going to strip club the night before a big game? Every team I ever played on had a strict curfew. It's littered with this kind of crap throughout the movie.

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Oddly enough, I believe the players did a revolt and got a coach fired in southwest Virginia after that movie came out. I believe it was JJ Kelly High School but I can't swear to it. Others could chime in. Maybe in 1999?

The Program is always my number 1 football movie. DON'T THROW THE FLAT versus a robber in a 2 minute drill!

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JJ Kelly was my HS alma matter, and I think you're right. This was some 20 years after my time, though, and I've been out of Wise since 1985.

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

It's high school how the hell you have a curfew prior to the game? How they check on you?

Wet stuff on the red stuff.

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In my day, the "they" that checked on me was mom and dad. Believe you me, if they said be home at whenever, that's when I got home.

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The coaches would call and see if you were home and of course the parent were on the same page. Most kids I knew that got in trouble, actually did so, the following night.

I played on Saturdays, not Friday nights.

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And I didn't play at all, being a typical band nerd, but my point is that it was definitely a different world in the days when parents and teachers knew each other and had no problem telling kids what to do, and expecting them to actually do it. Did it chafe? Well, you betcha it did. But, I did pretty much what I was told until I was on my own and self-sufficient. Well, at least until I was so far away that they didn't know my teachers and where I was at any given time. Thanks, VT!

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What VT player exceeded your expectations the most, all time, and conversely, which one never measured up to your expectations?

All time? Brandon Flowers was tremendous and didn't look it. I also thought VT was in trouble when Cam Martin finally was replaced with Cody Grimm. Grimm was such a liability in coverage. Nobody could have predicted how he ended up generating so many turnovers and big plays.

More recently, Chuck Clark comes to mind. And nobody was a bigger advocate of Woody Baron back when he committed than me. Tons of folks on social media complained about him getting a scholarship, especially when he gray-shirted. And yet, he contributed from day 1 on campus.

Never measured up? That is tougher because you have to qualify it by highlighting guys who got on the field, which means they were contributors if not stars (for example, Chris Hill, Zach McCray, JC Coleman.) Generally the guys who washed out that were highly rated were guys I had trepidation about. Holland Fisher's film was all of him playing middle linebacker. Austin Clark didn't have great feet. etc. etc.

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I thought McCray was gonna be a stud

"I'm a Miller Lite guy, always have been, since I was 8." -John Daly

Henri Murphy is/was considered one of the fastest guys on the team. How come we didn't see him that much in the PR/KR game??

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PR/KR isn't always about speed. Brian Mitchell was one of the best if not the best ever returner in the NFL and he was not fast. It is about first being reliable about fielding the ball and second feeling the seams. Murphy didn't see the field for long stretches in any fashion (which made his presence in the bowl game even stranger), but I just don't know if he had the feel for KR like a Greg Stroman had for punt returns.

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I hear ya and 1K% agree. And if you were to create a pie graph broken up into percentages of importance on the skills of a PR/KR, how would that look (and what % would speed take up)??

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Mix Mel Gray and Brian Mitchell, and you have a perfect kick returner. A hard nosed guy who will go north south, with Gray's blazing speed.

And pie is delicious.

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Gotcha. Thx.

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I like beets and lamb kabobs.

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Together? Like, on the same skewer?

"Our job as coaches is to influence young people's lives for the better in terms of fundamental skills, work ethic, and doing the right thing. Every now and again, a player actually has that effect on the coaching staff." Justin Fuente on Sam Rogers

1. Knowing your disdain for all things cheese... have you ever visited Wisconsin?

2. T or F. The mere sight of a cheesehead Packers fan makes you wanna spew.

Interestingly, it is one of the states I have not been in. Here is my list of "not visited states." Please keep in mind, some that are not on this list I have only set foot in the airports.

Alaska
Alabama
Mississippi
Arkansas
Wisconsin
North Dakota
South Dakota
Montana
Idaho
Wyoming
Utah
Oregon
New Mexico

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I don't have time to watch much NFL anymore. Even when I was a passionate fan, the Packers didn't bother me one way or the other. I detested the Cowboys, Redskins, Giants, Dolphins, and Broncos (I was a Bills fan as a kid.)

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...some that are not on this list I have only set foot in the airports

Those don't count. Please revise your list.

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It would take a ton of time and reflection. But, I know that Minnesota would get added. I am not sure how many others would be added, come to think of it. I was only in Vermont for about 3 hours, right on the border of Vermont and New Hampshire.

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Ya gotta go to Utah. I could write a book, but Canyonlands would be the title.

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THIS. The southeastern portion of Utah is the most bonkers landscape on earth and should be witnessed by all Americans. I work in nuclear fuel and have visited about a half-dozen uranium mines in the area over the years. My career has afforded me the opportunity to visit every major continent this planet has to offer, and no place is as haunting to me as southeastern Utah.

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Man, there are a lot of folks in nuclear power on this board!

I would love to make the BYU game more than just a weekend hearing this. My first trip to the Rockies was last year; just the drive from Laramie to Boulder was fascinating to me.

Making the BYU game more than just a long weekend is a fantastic idea! If you enjoyed the drive from Laramie to Boulder, you're gonna love the trip from Salt Lake City down to southern Utah. Highly recommended if you're into endless stunning vistas and like the ability to visit several National Parks in relatively close proximity to each other. Namely, Canyonlands, Arches, Capitol Reef, Bryce Canyon, Grand Staircase-Escalante, and Zion to name a few. You can't go wrong!

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Flew into Salt Lake City and drove up to WY to visit Grand Tetons and then Yellowstone (parts even in MT). I've never been fly fishing but seeing guys doing that on the Snake River REALLY makes me want to learn.

The Snake is a great river to float, very dangerous to wade. Lots of solid tributaries to wade fish.

You should learn, it will ruin your life.

You will see this game, this upset and this sign next on ESPN Sportscenter. Virginia Tech 31 Miami 7

You HAVE to go to Montana. Glacier National Park is by far the prettiest place I've ever visited.

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I'm going to throw in Larson Bay Alaska as the most beautiful place I've been. Plus I caught more salmon, halibut, and saw more bald eagles, puffin, fin whales (had a 70 footer dive under our 15' boat) sea otters, and brown bears than we saw people. Perfectly cold clear waters surrounded by high green mountains. Huge expanses of flat bay water, occasionally broken by a whale, without another boat in site. Black sand/stone beaches so clear you could see brightly colored star fish 20' deep. Spiritofalaska.com with my uncle for his dream retirement trip.

Sometimes we live no particular way but our own

But hurry, the glaciers are melting like you wouldn't believe.

Which of the Class of 2017 do you think will make the biggest impact next year? Debose? Garbutt? Rivers? Hunter? Or somebody on offense like Farley?

If healthy, Farley.

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He opened my eyes at the spring game. If you were there, you saw a unique athlete. Hopefully he can be healthy, because Facyson was the same way as a true freshman and then he started to get hurt. Facyson did some things in a scrimmage that first year that most NFL corners couldn't do in terms of closing speed. Farley will have a bunch to learn about the WR spot. But, he has amazing speed (long and short) and he can go up and win the balls guys were missing on this year. I encourage other folks to chime in.

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I encourage other folks to chime in.

I am pretty sure she is agreeing with you on this one.

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1. Who are potential 10thCoach Candidates

2. How active do you see us on the transfer market, maybe at RB, DT,or OL?

Defensive tackle would make sense. Fullwood looks like dead wood (add him to the list of guys I watched on film- and with Fullwood there was also a televised all star game where I watched and just didn't get it.) Burke is a 5 rep a game guy. Taylor is a tweener. Glaze and Porcher still need more size. Kane and Goode can't be expected to step in and be 70% rep guys. Someone has to get that spot.

Unfortunately, I am not aware of anyone that is a great scheme fit that is out there.

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Ok, got another one. I asked this earlier on UCF Vent thread. I believe UCF would've lost to BOTH UGA & Bama. Assuming you had all the equipment at your fingertips to create a simulation, if UCF were to face either team, what would the final score/result be?? I am genuinely curious.

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Honestly, I didn't watch UCF play this year (again, 4-10 hours a week of VT and opponent film tends to burn someone out.) I have no idea, and one of the things I hate about the playoff is someone gets to arbitrarily determine if UCF should get to compete.

The fact is, UCF and every other conference champion should have an opportunity to compete for a national championship. If they get blown out, so be it. But, you as a player can't do anything about scheduling. You beat who you play. That is all you can do. I want a 16 team playoff. 10 conference champions, 6 at large. Seed them 1-6. Keep 15 bowl games (or allow the first round games to be home games) and do March Madness at Christmas. Every other level of NCAA football does this. This would be an 10 game regular season, 1 conference championship, and then 4 playoff games for the best teams. Before getting outraged about 15 games, they play 14 now, and the D3 champs and runners up have to play 14.

This is a big issue for me. In 1998, D3 did a 16 team playoff but used four regions and top four from each region. My junior year, there were 5 teams in the Southeast region that went undefeated. Catholic got picked arbitrarily to go instead of us. We went undefeated and got left home. The next year, the NCAA went with conference champs getting an automatic birth, as it should be.

It would also make for compelling national interest. Now, bowl tv audience are dropping for everything except the final 4. In person attendance is pathetic. A 16 playoff might have some blowouts, but EVERY college football fan would have some interest in every game. Much like March Madness, it makes for great TV even without a rooting interest. Like I wrote in my review, bowl season now is swag for the players, two extra weeks of practice for the coaches to get young players for the next season, and a maybe a holiday vacation for a small percentage of the school fanbase. It means jack and shit, and most folks are waking up to that.

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Now, bowl tv audience are dropping for everything except the final 4.

Excellent point. No one outside of the teams playing in it gives a shit about the HeadOn Apply Directly to the Forehead Bowl....I watched 4 bowl games this season. Our's, and the CFP/Championship. Don't care about the rest at all.

I love the idea of a 16 team college football extravaganza!!! TWO college madness's in a year?!

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I really think that they do not want to mess around with how the whole College Football season feels. Right now, you have to be near damn perfect to get into the Playoffs. 1 loss is still manageable. Opening up the field to 16 would destroy that College Football feel.

I think part of the allure of College ball is that you root for your team to try to be perfect, and root for the teams in front of you to lose. The regular season become meaningless if the playoffs expand by that much.

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Probably need to start with 8 team playoff, the P5 conference champs and 3 other highest ranked conf. champs. Of course, that would have excluded Bama this year. Can't make everyone happy, but I would like to see invitations go to teams that prove their case by winning their conference.

"Behind every great man is a woman rolling her eyes." Jim Carey

French, do you think Chung keeps a starting spot if he gets his 6th year granted? Seems like he was average for most of the year.

Also, I agree that I think the secondary will be solid for the next 2-3 years but the front 7 worries me. Do you think it benefits us in the long run for Tremaine and Terrell to stay another year and play really well or work on getting younger players (i.e. Hunter, Rivers, etc.) more reps for what looks like a pretty easy 2019 path to ACC Championship if we can get past Miami, Notre Dame (and of course GT).

I think there are more talented players than Chung. Having his experience can only help.

Honestly, I think we could see him get moved back to center. Hoyt is the biggest unknown for next year.

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what's your favorite chore?

Chem PhD '16

Cleaning my fishing rods. Susie thinks it is hilarious. When I finish a fishing trip, I take a shower with my fishing rods to clean all the salt off.

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pro tip: take the hooks off first

Cleaning your fishing rod in the shower. ;) riiiight

Do you think facyson or/and stroman will get drafted?

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I think Stroman will. It will be tough for Facyson just because of all the injuries. And, the world may be better for it if Facyson becomes a doctor.

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Moonlight Graham

Pain is Temporary
Chicks Dig Scars
Glory is Forever
Let's Go Hokies!!

Burt Lancaster always gets an upvote.

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His portrayal of Moonlight Graham was a great part of that movie and that part of the movie is a life lesson for us all.

Pain is Temporary
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That movie makes me blubber. The only one that makes me sob harder is Where the Red Fern Grows.

Dudes that are considering getting married- make your prospective wife watch Where the Red Fern Grows. If she doesn't cry, she is vicious alien in a human shell and you should run as fast as you can.

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I had never heard of this, despite being old-ish. There's NO WAY I'm watching it, or reading the novel. Just reading the plot summary of the novel on Wikipedia made me start to tear up, for God's sake. I can't imagine what would happen to me if I watched the movie.

I remember reading it as a kid in fifth grade or something. It was not a good choice. I cuddled with my dog for hours after that.

"That move was slicker than a peeled onion in a bowl of snot." -Mike Burnop

Also, this is a underappreciated Lancaster/Douglas movie that I loved as a kid.

I thought it was interesting that gangs sat around listening to Janet Jackson.

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Also the band that Kirk Douglas goes to see is the Red Hot Chili Peppers long before they were famous as well. Great movie. Eli Wallach also had a great supporting role.

You've been a champ, French. Thanks for your time, and hope you're feeling better.

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Much obliged.

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  1. Honey or Vinegar BBQ?
  2. Are you expecting Keene to be a bigger contributor in the passing game next season?

1. I am actually a big fan of South Carolina mustard sauce. Honey over vinegar though. My preference really is to eat it naked (no sauce) and if I get sauce, I prefer mustard sauce. Texas style is the worst. Too much salt and heat.

2. He will need to improve his route running. It wasn't great this year. However, he was a linebacker/QB in HS so that isn't shocking that his pass production is a work in progress. Remember, I said he would be the starter, he would significantly upgrade run blocking, and that he would slowly be incorporated more into the passing game. I thought TEs were underutilized. However, in this offensive scheme, TEs are mostly used on play action (where Cunningham was the preferred target) or on quick stick routes that require in sync reads by both the QB and the receiver. Alan Cross caught a ton of those quick stick routes at Memphis, yet I can't remember Rogers, Keene, or Cunningham being targeted once. The bust by Patterson and bad throw by Jackson on the stick route against OkST may be why we don't see it more often.

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Ok, Miley Cyrus or Hannah Montana
Jonas Bros or McFly
Britney Spears or Christina Aquilara

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1) I don't know who they are.
2) Marty McFly
3) Christina

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French,
(1) If you were looking to build an O-line from scratch, for what characteristics (physical, mental, etc.) would you look that would fit in Fuentes offense? (I realize that there are not that many 6'10", 400 lbs Rhodes scholars who can run the 40 yard dash in under 3 seconds but try to be realistic - my attempt at humor).
(2) Are there any kids out there that you would personally go after in recruitment that don't already "Alabama-esk" tattoos on their rear?
(3) What would it take to start getting first rate O-line candidates in the pipeline? (Perhaps, there already are?)

1) Most important is to find a kid with great feet, long arms, and a smart guy. The key component to evaluating the kid for this system is to see regular film or see him live. When he blocks, not if his feet keep moving or there is a slight freeze at contact. If there is, he is a much lesser prospect in my eyes. Mean is a great trait, but a mean nasty guy with great strength doesn't do any good if he has dead feet.

2) Unfortunately, my bandwidth is pretty limited. If I am free one evening and a recruit is close by, I will go watch. But generally I don't go dig up their film unless they are close to being a lock to commit. I do wish VT ran an OL camp and started to actively promote a OL philosophy. Those camps unveil diamonds in the rough and can help improve overall skills. OL play in the VHSL sucks right now. Fewer kids play, especially big kids, and the coaching of OL fundamentals has never been worse. All the emphasis and camps are focused on skill positions.

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How about looking for kids with the footwork to throw the shot-put or discus during winter or spring track? It seems those two event would promote attention to detail in technique, speed and power.

That's an interesting way to look at it. Most highschool throwers also play football and I can tell you from experience that if a 17 year old that weighs 275+lbs (I threw but I wasn't that big) can move well in the circle then he has good feet and exceptional balance.

One of my good friends was a DT in highschool and went on to throw shot, disc, and hammer in college because he wasn't big enough to play football at the next level but for his size was a super quick and disruptive player.

add on to your answer from question 1- do you not think dead feet is a trait you can teach and correct? or once you got them theres no getting rid of them?

I guess this kind of goes along with it- what are the positives and negatives of vance vice you have seen so far as an OLine coach?

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1) my opinion, no. Guys who have that limitation always have it. I love when I am wrong on that, but I have not seen an example where I watched a recruit playing OL highlights where they did the plant and bench thing and improved in that area. Note, there are plenty of guys with good feet who don't always pan out.

2) I like the archetype Vice recruits to. I do wish he had more immediate success getting higher level recruits. I do like this class though. Having big man camps might help elevate Virginia's prospect pool.

I don't like some of the hinge blocking techniques and general passivity that the line uses on some blocks. I like to see pulling linemen and linemen going to the second level running through, not to, defenders. Across the board, I don't like the consistency of the pad level and aiming points on some techniques as well. I saw the same issues with the Memphis crew.

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On (1), I don't disagree with you, but I just can't wrap my head around it. If I was a lineman and I wasn't moving my feet, and a coach told me to move my feet next time, I would just do that. I played strong safety in high school, my freshman year I did every single wrong technique-wise and one-by-one they got fixed. Something like feet just seems extremely teachable

I see it kind of like a flinch when you are shooting a gun. It is a natural reaction for some people and takes a ton of effort to break. Many don't ever break it. I didn't have good feet but I kept my feet moving at contact until I suffered a severe non-football related ankle injury. When I went to college, with the exception of one blocking technique I had a habit of freezing, even for a brief second, at contact. It was probably subconscious lack of trust in my ankle. However, once that started, I never could break it, no matter how much I tried.

I have the same issue with shooting (it is one of the reasons I don't hunt often anymore.) As a young kid, I probably advanced too fast in terms of target shooting high powered rifles. I developed a flinch, which for those of you who shoot know has a very adverse effect on accuracy. It took years to break. When I moved to Northern Virginia, I stopped hunting and shooting (I had no interest in hunting here, and I couldn't take off time like I had when I was younger to go to Craig with my dad.) Then our family farm in Washington County had a deer explosion. Dad asked me to start hunting those deer to try to thin out the herd. I harvested two in the last couple of years, but even though I am close to 40, have been shooting since I was 4 years old, and the kick doesn't hurt, my flinch came back. I tried to site in my 30-30 and muzzleloader this year and I wasn't accurate to be comfortable to hunt safely and humanely so I stayed out of the woods.

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Damn good on ya. I know a lot of people would've said screw it and hit the woods anyway.

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I grew up very differently from some kids who were around firearms a bunch. They were deadly serious, always under lock and key. Every shot I fired from 2 years old to 12 was under the strictest supervision. And every time I pulled the trigger, I was reminded that once I put pressure on the trigger, I couldn't take back the shot. I received the best hunters safety/shooter education in the world.

Unfortunately, most others don't. I attended a hunter's safety here in Northern VA organized by VDGIF (at the Moore Rec Center.) There were probably 30 people in that class that had absolutely zero business ever touching a fire arm. I am not a mean guy, but when one of those dickheads swung a barrel in my face three different times during the exercise for learning how to safety cross a fence, I snatched it and told him I didn't care if it wasn't loaded. If it pointed at me again, he would eat it. I couldn't believe everyone actually got a passing grade. There is no way they would live it.

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Sounds like we had the same family-run firearms safety course. I have more similar stories than I'd like to admit of "having words" with those with no muzzle awareness while serving. You could ALWAYS tell who grew up around firearms when weapons were issued.

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Good time to rack the rifle and get a good shotgun and hunt with buckshot only shooting deer that commit suicide by walking right up to you. I know folks who do that and with all the deer these days, harvest their share.

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Super interesting explanation AND a random anecdote, big thanks

You've been pretty vocal about how dull and unwatchable the NFL has become. What parts of the college game, do you think can translate well to NFL to make it more exciting? It seems the offenses are struggling in the NFL, because of the advent of Spread offenses ruling the day. What parts of the Spread game, do you think can be implemented in the NFL?

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I think the salary cap causes two problems. First, it creates lack of depth that is in no way reflective of the ability to identify and develop talent. Second, it causes teams to invest heavily in the quarterback position and then protect the investment. With more and more quarterbacks being in these spread systems, you have fewer quarterbacks even remotely prepared to play in pro-style offenses. Rather than adapting to the skill set that is available and allowing the QBs to play their game (and if their career is shortened so be it), they try to take square pegs and fit them into round holes.

If the salary cap is a permanent fixture (and to me, it should not be. It is an arbitrary restriction on wages and represents collusion to keep wages down), coaches need to adapt better to the skill set of the talent pool they have available. Even then, until the league starts allowing for a 65 man roster instead of a 53 man roster, starts to issue guaranteed contracts beyond the signing bonus money, and relaxes the cap where a roster can be balanced even with a star quarterback, my attention will be elsewhere.

I love to go back and watch some of the games the NFL has on their Youtube from the late 80s and early 90s. The game is so much more entertaining and even in talent between the top teams. Now, even the best teams are so flawed that the winner is often which team has a match up they can exploit most effectively.

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[The salary cap] is an arbitrary restriction on wages and represents collusion to keep wages down

You're right that it is an arbitrary restriction on wages, but it is most definitely not collusion. Collusion is an agreement by multiple parties done in secret in order to mislead, deceive, or defraud another party. Ex: the MLB teams agreeing not to sign any free agents back in 1985-87 when Peter Ueberroth was the commish. The salary cap is well documented, and agreed to by both parties (owners and players) via collective bargaining.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Collusion
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Major_League_Baseball_collusion

The salary cap is not going away any time soon, because both sides believe that it has helped level the competitive balance, which has arguably increased interest in the NFL. You do make some good arguments regarding the outsized importance of the QB position and its effect on the rest of the roster, but I think those are going to be secondary concerns compared to what the salary cap has done in the interest of competitive balance.

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I appreciate the definition, and I am a king of malapropisms.

My point is that any restriction of salary for an individual player that isn't based on capital being available or diminishing performance goes against the expectations any of us would have for ourselves in our respective industries. The cap has created a situation where the top stars still get paid, however solid veterans get cut or waived while lower cost (and not as good) players take their place. It damages the product. That squeeze is arbitrary- the cap does not represent a number to keep the league franchises viable because between the equal split of TV money everyone is pretty much on an even playing field based on revenue and their revenue (at least at the last point where I cared enough to check) is monstrous.

It just reeks to me. I detest the salary cap.

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cuts both ways...salary cap also dictates a minimum spending level. so while it might cap total salaries, it forces the have nots to spend and to try to compete. in 1993, 10 of 28 teams reportedly (Orlando Sentinel) spent less than what would have been mandated.

I get that you despise the CAP, but since that isn't going anywhere anytime soon, what spread concepts do you think would work well in the NFL? There is no way a team could go full spread, because of the talent difference from college to the NFL, but I think the future of offenses are to incorporate some of those things into their offenses. I'm not positive which ones would work.

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Watch Chiefs games, they do some fun stuff. And the read-option is a staple now-adays, albeit as a change-up once or twice a game. Kirk Cousins scored many TDs this year off it

goes against the expectations any of us would have for ourselves in our respective industries

I don't think you can compare the NFL to most industries. Majority of our respective industries aren't entertainment industries reliant on competitive balance, and so have different expectations and rules governing them. That level of balance is a big reason the NFL has some amount of parity, which non-capped sports don't have and suffer because of it.

It would be nice if it was tied to revenue, and 2-3 times larger than it is (maybe even higher), but it's certainly done a lot of good to keep the league interesting and given small market teams a chance to compete, not just exist as farm teams for the higher revenue franchises.

And then you have teams like the Patriots, where the QB is a kept man and is playing for about League minimum. He has voluntarily lowered his price so the team can afford better weapons and protection for him. Going to really kill the team when Brady does actually retire.

I'd like to see a more diverse offenses even if it meant cycling through more cheaper QBs. put more focus on Defense. Problem is, I think many QBs would not be up for the beating (Jerod Evans), and there are diminishing returns by focusing $ on defense.

In regards to your point about QBs. Here is an idea that a person on the NFL board I visit proposed.

But regarding what I've been saying about quarterbacks in the league today and how to approach the position, it's basically this:

1. The NCAA is producing more quarterbacks and offensive linemen that operate in some variation of a spread (again the coaches and players on this board are the people to talk to about this)

2. NFL coaches have less time than ever to teach and install what would be considered traditional "pro style" offensive concepts

3. The hunt for the franchise quarterback has a lot of pitfalls:

a) The opportunity to get a true franchise quarterback is rare, so teams often force the issue. Bortles, Dalton, Tannehill, and others...are these guys top quarterbacks or are their respective teams hoping they'll become something they aren't? Are their teams giving them too many opportunities because they can't move on from a sunk cost? You could ask the same question about better quarterbacks in the league: Eli, Flacco, Stafford, Carr, Luck...are their teams getting their money's worth?

b) The costs of the franchise quarterback are becoming exorbitant. In 2018 Matt Stafford (the most expensive player overall...for now) will occupy 19% of Detroit's cap. In 2019 that will go well up over 30% even figuring in a salary cap increase. Given such a huge investment it stands to reason that Detroit will do what it can to build around Stafford and give him the best chance to succeed. But what happens if he gets hurt, or has a sudden change in form for some other reason? Will his backup be able to maximize a team that was built for Stafford's abilities and characteristics?

c) We can all point to the list of Super Bowl winners and the franchise quarterbacks that led them. But that avoids a key question about WHEN someone becomes a "franchise QB" and for HOW LONG he stays a franchise QB. Brady, Eli, Flacco, Wilson...none of these guys was considered elite when he won his first Super Bowl. Are they elite now? Brady is, but are Eli and Flacco? Is Wilson? I think these are fair questions. I also think we tend to label a guy a franchise QB once he's won and then hesitate to revisit the question if their level of play drops. The window for when a franchise QB actually performs like a franchise QB (and thus earns the franchise QB contract) is something that I don't think we look at with the detail that maybe it deserves.

4. We are seeing young quarterbacks come in and have success making plays using their athleticism. That style of play seems to be easier to maximize early on, which is a benefit given the limited practice time. There are also veterans that continue to play their best football when mobility is a factor: Rodgers, Wilson, Newton, and Alex Smith are examples that jump out.

5. The big drawback to the mobile quarterback is the increased injury risk. But there's a way to do it and minimize that risk. I'd point to Russell Wilson, who has never missed a game in 6 years despite averaging over 500 yards rushing per season. Consider also Lamar Jackson, whose average rushing game at Louisville was 17 carries for 109 yards and never missed a game. There's a right and a wrong way to do it. We all knew Carson Wentz's injury was only a matter of time; he was too reckless. But there are running quarterbacks that aren't. As college continues to churn out mobile quarterbacks NFL coaches need to consider (if they don't already) actually coaching the right and wrong ways for quarterbacks to run the ball. How to find the sideline, how to slide, etc. I'd also suggest that backing up a mobile quarterback with one or two other mobile quarterbacks further reduces the risk. This was Washington's great error after they drafted RGIII. What if they had drafted Russell Wilson in round 3 of that draft instead of Cousins in round 4? They may have been able to be less reckless with RGIII's health and still maintain their explosive style of offense.

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Given these points, I think it makes sense to consider abandoning the franchise QB concept altogether and moving towards something where more money can be spent elsewhere and the mobile quarterback isn't viewed with as much negativity as it is now. I would love to see a front office (and ownership) with the conviction to dedicate the time and resources to try an approach like this as opposed to the franchise quarterback model of building a team. Because as things stand now every team is pinning its fortunes on the health and performance of a single player. In a league where injuries, roster turnover, and the salary cap dictate so much that seems like an enormously risky approach. Not to mention the rarity of true franchise quarterbacks that are worth building around.

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Interesting point. The more I think about it, the more I believe simply expanding the roster size would be beneficial. I feel like too many decisions are made with gambling/fantasy teams in mind. Also, no NFL coach was going to teach RG3 to protect his body.

Its also amazing how many ways the Redskins are looked to as an example of What NOT to do.

I personally want to see the Run-Pass Option (RPOs) become a staple in the NFL.

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Mr French good sir, I have a hypothetical question (sorry I am late to the party, its been a hellacious week at work). If every starting player was average and you could only choose one of the following to replace, would you choose an elite QB, elite off line, or elite def line? Everyone always says the QB is the most important position, but a truly great o-line makes the avg joe look good and an elite d-line is the stick that stirs the drink.

Give me a great DL and OL, three great corners, and a QB who protects the football, and I am a very happy coach who could win a ton of games. Pass rush is the biggest game changer.

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Thanks everyone for giving me the benefit of the doubt for my ramblings. It has been a tough day. My dad had an angioplasty in August. He started having some chest pain over the holidays. He had a follow up cardiac cath this morning and they found that the stent had collapsed and the blockage had almost completely closed. Fortunately they were able to remove the faulty stent. I couldn't get home (I am six hours away) so I sat here waiting for news. My silly observations kept me sane today. Thank you everyone.

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Prayers out to your father and your family.

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Been through something similar with my dad, who lives in Atlanta, when he was hospitalized for a heart attack. Just so hard to think of anything else. Glad you combined giving so to much to us with a needed diversion. Thank you!!!

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Went through this with my Dad, too, and from about the same distance. I remember feeling totally helpless. You and your family have my prayers, my friend. Where is the work being done? Johnson City?

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Thank you guys. He is staying another night because the insertion point for doing the angioplasty got damaged so he has some bleeding in his leg. Everything else seems to be going ok. This happened back in August initially, and his stent apparently collapsed and the calcium deposit (my family has a genetic issue where we get calcium deposits instead of cholesterol build up) reformed. He is spending another night in Johnson City. I appreciate everyone's patience on the recruit reviews. Admittedly, my head has been all over the place and I am way behind.

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Hope he gets well soon and recovers to 100%, with the real issues being cured and not just symptoms being treated. Don't worry about being behind on things because life is more important than TKP. Recruiting reviews are nice but if anyone complains about getting them in April instead of January they can go suck a lemon.

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Johnson City is a pretty well respected hospital. He'said in good hands. Hope all goes well.

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