Hokie Tracks Are Heading to Greenville

Are you hazy on just what-in-the-hell ECU's Air Raid offense is all about? Then checkout this piece from the TKP archives.

The Air Raid aerial philosophy is like a polished playground attack. There's not an overwhelming amount of passing plays. Rather, the same plays are ran out of many different formations. It also stresses quality, through repetition at practice, over quantity. Receivers work short routes over the middle of the field and to the sidelines trying to feel out and settle in space, and there's always an option to push it deep. Simply put the receivers try to get open and make a play. How our linebackers defend the short routes is going to be something to keep an eye on.

The chillest offensive line in the country?

This isn't a new or lofty request, a bunch of SEC schools provide scooters for the players to cruise around on. I've seen Georgia and Florida players riding them first hand. I'm not sure what Jaymes means by "carts", but I can only assume it's either golf carts riding on chromed out eights, go karts, or co-eds with broad shoulders. Whatever it may be just keep in mind that recruits like shiny things.

Six Pick: Week Two

That felt gooooood. Let's do another 14 more weeks. The shock (ongoing conference expansion) and awe (Maryland's uniforms) certainly kept Twitter abuzz for week one. This week I hope it's more about close games like the TCU-Baylor classic. Luckily, over the horizon are a large number of high quality games, so keep your eyes up and clicker close. To those paying attention, Notre Dame vs Michigan and South Carolina vs Georgia did not make this week's cut. The Irish and dawgs have to earn the right to make the Six Pick again. Though the Michigan throwback compilation by Adidas is almost badass enough to garner that spot.

Well my weekend plans are up in the air. As of this past Monday, I was Los Angeles bound for work. Using some marriage capital, I got the OK to head out a day early to catch Utah vs USC in the Coliseum. I am not going to lie, I was pretty geeked to see the legendary Coliseum and bum some fantastic West Coast IPAs in the parking lot. All sadly is for naught, as someone on the left coast dropped the ball. That does leave me with time and opportunity to go to ECU to see the Hokies take on the Pirates. Though there is a let down if you consider I am trading L.A. for Greenville. I've been to Greenville multiple times, visiting (getting torqued) family and friends who were attending ECU. This gives me some insight for my fellow Hokies heading down for the game. Go to B's BBQ, this is not a suggestion. It's a hole in the wall, where they have no time for websites or even telephones, they are all about pork and fried chicken. That 10 minutes added to the front end of your trip is well worth it as they are the best Eastern Carolina BBQ in town. Have thick skin, the Pirate fans are a faithful, delusional and enthusiastic bunch, some who will surely spit some anger your direction. Look with amusement, then carry on. Also, if scalping tickets, do not buy seats in the upper deck, those seats stank, I'd rather watch at a bar.

Offensive Line Review: Vs Appy State

One negative yet consistent theme for Hokie football throughout the 2000's has been weak early season offensive line play. That theme has stayed true regardless of changes from the I formation gap concepts of the 90's and early 2000's to the zone blocking schematic used today, and we have seen inconsistency early in seasons from both veteran groups and newcomers. I think most Hokie fans have come to expect early season offensive struggles, no matter how promising the outlook for the season.

App State Roll Call

We saw a lot of players, young and old, take the field during Saturday's drubbing. Because Tech isn't an elite team, I considered talking to Foster about getting some work in at Whip -- but it was too hot outside.

Even though I didn't get any good reps in on Saturday, I decided to talk about those who did -- all of them.

Obviously, it wasn't easy to come up with something for everyone who played against App State, but I at least typed a word in for each player.

1. Antone Exum - Exum didn't play a mistake-free game, but he made a lot of good plays, including setting the tempo early by hopping on that fumble. The beautiful thing about him is that he's good and I think he's going to get better and better.

2. Josh Oglesby - It was nice to see Josh get 10 carries. He had some tough yards and a touchdown. You have to love the effort on the 3rd-and-3 carry, when he looked up, saw nothing but defenders, reversed field and powered his way to a first down.

3. Logan Thomas - Almost everything has been said about LT3. His touch was off, but nothing to worry about. A little more air on some of his deep balls and I'll want Tech to go vertical every play. The thing I noticed most was his patience -- oh, and him trucking their safety for a first down.

Grillin' With Wolf: Parrot Wings

East Carolina University situated in Greenville, North Carolina is home to this week's opponent, the Pirates. Notable former students include Chris Johnson, Sandra Bullock, the guy who founded Golden Corral, James Maynard, wrestling owner Vince McMahon, and one of my favorite authors, Rick Atkinson. For our swashbuckling neighbors, we are going to make some "Parrot Wings". They pair great with 20-yard gains by David Wilson. I will be making mine in the true Buffalo style with 1/2 Frank's RedHot, 1/2 butter, and only served with blue cheese, but I will offer you guys some alternatives to try.

Ingredients

  • Whole chicken wings
  • Baking Powder
  • Salt
  • Blue Cheese
  • Butter
  • Frank's RedHot

Directions

Week 1 BlogPoll Ballot

My full poll is after the jump. As always I'm going to rely on y'all to keep me in check so leave your opinions, thoughts and suggestions in the comments. Happy Labor Day everyone!

  • Boise State - For my money, Boise State's win was the weekend's most impressive. The Broncos raced out to a 21-point lead and methodically nursed it for the remainder of the game. If Boise State was a WWF superstar its finisher would be an armbar. There's nothing flashy about them, but they are fundamentally sound in all three phases of the game and do a suburb job of limiting mistakes. The only place Boise can go from here is down. As the teams ranked behind them play in, and win, their marquee games they'll, probably, eventually put together a more impressive resume.
  • LSU - The Tigers defense held the Ducks to 335 yards. Oregon averaged 530.69 yards per game in 2010. It's evident that Oregon's young offensive line wasn't up to the challenge Saturday night. They were either spinning their wheels, or getting pushed backwards. LSU would have been higher had their offense looked capable of beating an elite defense.
  • West Virginia - StlHokie made a good point last week, they are talented and led by veteran quarterback Geno Smith, and should be higher.
  • Notre Dame, Georgia and Auburn all get the ban hammer (for now) after their lifeless performances.

1-0.


LULZ

1-0. I cannot tell you how good that feels to write. Again, we're one-and-zero. That hasn't happened since 2008, but you don't need me to remind you of that. You were there for the losses, and you felt the pain and frustration. It's been a disappointing start to the last three years of Hokie football. But today, we got off on the right foot, finally. I'm ecstatic.

I hope this post will be a place where we can share all of our thoughts from the game. Mine are as follows:

-- The offense didn't look that much different than those called by Stinespring, but the execution was that much better. Rolling up 518 yards is all well and good, but not turning over the rock once, especially when the game was over two minutes into the second quarter, shows me the focus was there.

-- Logan had just an OK debut. His numbers were average, and he didn't make any costly mistakes, but he missed some wide open guys, over threw some balls, and fired some lasers when touch was needed. Tomorrow though, the only thing I'l remember is him lowering his shoulder and trucking some mountain-man back to Appalachia.

-- Gayle is going to live up to the hype. He dominated the line of scrimmage.

Appalachian State Preview

Who: #13 FBS Virginia Tech Hokies (11-3, 8-0 ACC in 2010) vs #2 FCS Appalachian State Mountaineers (10-3, 7-1 SoCon in 2010)

Time: 12:30 PM

TV Coverage: ACC Network/ESPN3 (Steve Martin, Dave Archer, Mike Hogewood)

Venue: Lane Stadium, Blacksburg, VA (66,233 – Grass)

Series History: Virginia Tech leads 3-0

  • Last Meeting (1982): Virginia Tech 34, Appalachian State 0
  • All three games in the series took place from 1979-1982 in Blacksburg
  • This is the first time Tech has opened at home since 2007, having lost 3 straight neutral-site openers

Injury Report

  • TE Eric Martin – Probable (shoulder)
  • RT/C Michael Via – Out (sprained knee)
  • FS Theron Norman – Out (shoulder)
  • OT Mark Shuman – Out (knee)

The Opponent: The Appalachian State Mountaineers come into Lane Stadium ranked No. 2 in the FCS polls. The six-time defending Southern Conference champions were the No. 1 seed in the FCS playoffs last year, but lost to Villanova in the quarterfinals. ASU won back-to-back-to-back national championships from 2005-07, and also upset No. 5 Michigan in the season opener in 2007, blocking a kick on the game’s final play to secure a 34-32 victory.

2011 Staff Predictions

We picked the outcome for each game, as well as, a confidence of win percentage. Basically we assigned the percentage chance (0-100%) of Tech winning a given game, and then derived our expected wins for the season by adding up the confidences and dividing by 100.

Some commentary follows the table after the jump. Feel free to agree or disagree with us, and leave your picks in the comments.

  Joe Eric Kevin Adam Joe
Date Opponent Outcome Confidence Outcome Confidence Outcome Confidence Outcome Confidence Outcome Confidence
S 9/3 Appalachian State W 100% W 99% W 90% W 90% W 95%
S 9/10 at East Carolina W 88% W 80% W 80% L 50% W 51%
S 9/17 Arkansas State W 97% W 99% W 100% W 100% W 99%
S 9/24 at Marshall W 88% W 95% W 95% W 95% W 85%
S 10/1 Clemson * W 75% L 51% W 60% L 50% W 65%
S 10/8 Miami * W 80% W 70% W 55% W 85% W 75%
S 10/15 at Wake Forest * W 85% W 80% W 95% W 95% W 90%
S 10/22 Boston College * W 70% W 75% W 85% W 85% W 70%
S 10/29 at Duke * W 95% W 90% W 90% W 90% W 85%
TR 11/10 at Georgia Tech * W 75% L 55% L 50% W 70% W 51%
TR 11/17 North Carolina * W 65% W 65% W 80% W 75% L 49%
S 11/26 at Virginia * W 85% W 90% W 90% W 95% W 80%
Expected Wins based on Confidence: 12-0 10.03 10-2 9.49 11-1 9.7 10-2 9.8 11-1 8.95

Six Pick: Week One

Welcome back, It's time for college football. I said, IT'S TIME FOR COLLEGE FOOTBALL ... and with that, I present you the 2011 Six Pick, a hand crafted selection of the finest national games of the week. For you newbies; each week on our lil corner of the interwebs I take six games to task, discussing, making japes and prognosticating against the spread. I invite you, Hokies and non-Hokies alike to make your picks against me. I use Yahoo to set the spread. Each week I will tabulate the results and keep a running count as the season progresses to see who does the best. The end of the year winner will get something special, as determined by myself, joe and our schwag/cash flow. Enough about this, the scandals, realignments and east coast humidity, COLLEGE FOOTBALL IS BACK! Give me intense rivalries, silly GameDay mascot heads, drunj bands, drunjer fans, hot cheerleaders and bad Nike & Under Armour uniforms. Give me College Football.

Now that the new season is here, the college football gods have decided to ease you into the action with a couple of very good games surrounded by ok matchups. Yes, I know the season starts Thursday, but somewhere along the line the worldwide leader dropped the ball and could only schedule UNLV at Wisconsin. Are you kidding me? That's no way to kickoff College Football! So out of protest, that game will not be included. Clearly the Saturday night games are the main event of the weekend, even with a few stars missing in the Cowboy Classic and the abomination Nike is outfitting the dawgs in the Chicken Sammich Game.

Let's get it on ...

A Few Things To Remember About Logan Thomas

With the football season now just days away, it's prudent for all of us to take a quick timeout from watching Billdozer's video on loop and talk about something one last time.

Logan Thomas is a rookie quarterback.

Logan's physical presence and potential has earned massive amounts of attention for someone who is entering his first season as a starter of the No. 13 team in the country. And while the schedule is easy and things look insanely promising, we need to take a quick step back and look at all of this one more time and enter the season on a sane mental note.

Hokie Tracks Are Attending the Alumni Comedy Show

Jayron gets Sport Science'd

Both Appalachian State and the Hokies will rely on contributions from freshman during Saturday's game. Caleb Farris (center), Mark Leal (quarterback), Zack McCray (defensive end), Duan Perez-Means (defensive end), Luther Maddy (defensive tackle), Corey Marshall (defensive tackle), Boye Aromire (rover), Detrick Bonner (corner) are all listed as backups on Tech's two-deep. Appalachian state is starting freshman at left tackle, left guard, receiver and right defensive end. There are 290 starts among the 57 players listed on their roster, an average of 5 each. Their backup left tackle is also a freshman, his name is Shaq Counts. Finally, excerpts from the pronunciation guide, my favorite section of the game notes. Say 'em slow now: DRAY-gurr, Daddy, JARE-in Goo-VAY-uh.

David Teel chronicles the decision that led to Frank Beamer being our coach these last 25 years and not Bobby Ross.

Grillin' With Wolf: Beer Brats

Introduction

My idea behind this series of posts was to come up with some unique dishes that shared a theme with each opponent, or their regional food. I designed dishes that are moderately easy to make, even for someone who normally does not work a grill. This will provide the least amount of work, maximum amount of flavor and freshness, and the ability to change up your weekly eats.

All of these recipes can be cooked on a gas or charcoal grill. I will let you know cooking times for each if they differ, and/or which grill I prefer to use. I will provide a list everything you will need to take with you for each recipe; an essential list is below.

Preseason BlogPoll Ballot

Again this season I'll be a SB Nation BlogPoll voter. The BlogPoll voting philosophy encourages transparency and scrutiny. Each Monday I'll post my ballot along with some bullet points explaining my reasonings for my not so obvious rankings. It's your job to keep me honest, and looking sane. I welcome your feedback telling me what I screwed up and how to fix it.

My preseason poll is after the jump.

It's Game Week.

billdozervt just impregnated the site.

For the last eight months I've been obsessively clinging to scraps; staying on top of recruiting, watching spring practice, analyzing depth charts and reading practice reports. It's game week now, and it's a relief for me to let the minutia of the offseason go and watch it fade away behind me. No sooner after it disappeared did I feverishly reach out with both hands to grab onto the season ahead. I didn't want to let it to slip on by and miss the ride.

I'm sure some of you can relate.

These next fifteen weeks are the most important fifteen weeks since the ones at the beginning of September 2010, and the fifteen weeks that will proceed September 2012. Watching, following and obsessing over our Hokies will no doubt be a frustrating, humbling, satisfying, suspenseful and entertaining trek this fall. It always is. This is a new team full of familiar faces and I'm most excited to see what kind of dynamic develops.

Our consistency during our tenure in the ACC has yielded excellence and success. It's also made for some boring Saturdays, even some of the losses became predictable. We knew how Stiney was going to call a series, we knew Tyrod would dazzle us, we knew Bud would get it done, we knew we were the team to beat in the ACC, but we'd only teased being elite.

Hokies Dress Roster for Appalachian State

One of the many reoccurring story lines during camp this August was which freshman and true freshman would dress, fill out the two-deep and possibly play. Friday night The Key Play.com reported Michael Via injured his ACL. The extent of that injury is still unknown. The Hokies 70 man dress roster was released today and it goes a long way to clearing up muddy water.

True freshman Boye Aromire, Caleb Farris, Kyshoen Jarrett, Luther Maddy, Ryan Malleck, Corey Marshall and Dadi Nicolas are all on dress the roster and redshirt freshman Matt Arkema, Riley Beiro, Detrick Bonner, Nick Dew, Derek DiNardo, Daniel Dyer, Joe St. Germain, Trey Gresh, Jonathan Halfhide, Mark Leal, Zack McCray, Duan Perez-Means and Chase Williams join them. Michael Via is not on the dress roster and is listed as injured. It's also worth noting Via underwent reconstructive knee surgery after an injury in the spring of 2009.

From all reports Via played pretty well filling in at right tackle for Blake DeChristopher these last couple of weeks. Via would have provided solid depth behind DeChristopher and center Andrew Miller. Now the Hokies are forced to rely on two unproven backups, right tackle Vinston Painter and center Caleb Farris. A deep offensive line was supposed to be a position of strength going into the season, injuries are doing their best to object.

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