1st Quarter Second Guesses: Focus on the Defensive Line (Wake Forest)

After the defensive line debacle versus Miami, I took the opportunity to examine how the depleted Hokie defensive line performed against Wake Forest. With the Hokies schedule including pro-style power I running teams like UNC and UVA, as well as a wishbone Georgia Tech team, developing backup defensive linemen who can not only fill in for injured guys now, but who can also play important snaps late in the season, is crucial for Virginia Tech to win the ACC this year.
1st Quarter:
1st defensive series:
1st and 10- bootleg, defensive line flows, the whip apparently has bootleg responsibilities. Good coverage by Exum.

The Virginia Letters

Sitting at Virginia's football game-week press conference this afternoon, I was surprised to hear Associated Press reporter Hank Kurz ask defensive end Jake Snyder if he'd heard how U.Va. had recently sent letters to football recruits that basically said by the time they read the letter U.Va. will have already beaten Georgia Tech.

Snyder said he hadn't heard about it. I immediately went to Kurz and inquired about where he'd gotten the info about the alleged letters to recruits. He said U.Va. defensive coordinator Jim Reid told him after the Georgia Tech game the Cavaliers had sent out the letters.

Sounds like a pretty reputable source to me, but I'll try to get further confirmation. Either way, that's the kind of sexy line in a love letter to a recruit that makes a prospect take notice, especially if a program can back it up like U.Va. did with Saturday's 24-21 win against No. 12 Georgia Tech.

via: http://weblogs.dailypress.com/sports/college/accblog/2011/10/virginia_shows_confidence_in_r.html

This isn't the first time Virginia has passed along a letter to a recruit, far from it. In fact, snail-mail communication with prospective players is a practice that began under Al Groh, and is continued by disciple Mike London. A The Key Play.com investigation has obtained copies of correspondence through the years.



You're going to have to sell yourself a little bit better son. Are you worth that scholarship? I've seen a lot of other players move better than you and they can make all the open field tackles too. How are you going to separate yourself from the pack for me?

I'm still not convinced,

Virginia Head Coach Al Groh

Grillin' With Wolf: Clambake

Boston College is a private school that was established in 1863 in Chestnut Hill, MA. The campus is in a historical district just 6 miles west of downtown Boston. Outside of Doug Flutie and Matt Ryan what more can be said about the Eagles in football? Well, we could make fun of the fact that they pump in music to the stadium to make up for the lack luster fans, or maybe their current 1-5 record. Like most of you I despise Boston College for some strange reason (and most Boston sports for that matter). Though I must say that alumni such as Leonard Nemoy, Joe Mullen, Brian Leetch, and Jack Ryan (even if he is fictional) quells some of my hate.

What can I do to remove that vile taste BC put in my mouth on October 2007? Replace it with a mouth watering clambake.

A traditional clambake is cooked in a pit dug on a beach with hot stones, but we are not able to recreate that in the parking lot. We are also not able to walk along the beach and gather the necessary seaweed and seawater either, so we have to live without that as well. However, I will give you an easy way to make a modified clambake right on your own charcoal grill.


BCS Primer - Week 1 of the BCS Standings

The season's first BCS rankings have been released, and I figure if TheKeyPlay.com has any chance to become a dominant force in the college football blogosphere it's about time for us to start talking about bowl games and who's going to square off in the BCS Championship Game.  Let's face it: it's mid-October, we're halfway through the college football season, and the Hokies are bowl-eligible for their 19th straight year.  We're late to the game!  ESPN.com has had their bowl projections going since ... well, I think they've had them since January.

Week 7 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 and I'll adjust the poll as necessary.

  • Oklahoma State - It's splitting hairs but I like the Pokes' resume a tad better than Boise's right now.
  • Virginia Tech - Another marvelous game by Logan Thomas. He quickly put a slow start behind him and the defense had an impressive outing despite numerous injuries.
  • Michigan State - I had been undervaluing little brother because I couldn't get over Notre Dame tooling on them, and them struggling so much against Ohio State. The offense leaves something to be desired, but their defense dominated Michigan. As a Hokie, I have to respect that.
  • Georgia Tech - Once again Tevin Washington is throwing the ball like I'd expect a Paul Johnson quarterback to. That's not a good thing. He's 12/39, for 255 yards, with 2 touchdowns and 3 picks against NC State, Maryland and UVa.

Wake Forest Roll Call

Like the coaching staff complimented itself and the players for, I did not panic after quarter 1.

It was frustrating to watch, but you just had this feeling that everything was going to correct itself. And it did. Logan found his touch. The line popped open some holes. The defense started to get good pressure. It was fun to watch.

The big concern of the night was the D-line and I thought the young guys answered the bell. Let's talk specifics:

1. Antone Exum - As I hoped, he's getting better. I like where this is heading.

2. Josh Oglesby - Not a ton of running room for him on Saturday, but he ran tough with what he had.

3. Logan Thomas - I'm trying not to get too excited here, but he's making it difficult. I think we're seeing a special talent develop. By no means do I think he's arrived. The first quarter is proof of that, both in decision making and touch. However, he settled in, made some beautiful throws and went through his read progression nicely. And with the ball in his hands, he's going to do work. I swear, if we ever get to 3rd-and-1 and do not make it because we didn't sneak, I'm going to fire a coach myself.

4. David Wilson - He's out-pacing Ryan Williams' 1,655-yard season. That stat is better than any compliment I could give for Saturday night's effort.

Sunday Reminder

Editor's note: I'm still traveling and away from the computer dealing with the consequences of back-to-back open bars. There will be multiple posts analyzing our domination of Wake coming. Until then, how about them Hokies? And this below. Please chime in with your thoughts, especially if you went to the game. --Joe

Wake Forest Live Blog

I'll be attending a wedding today (I know, believe me I know) so I'm watching on my iPhone. Eric's running the ship here. It should be a good game. It's on ESPN3, if you don't get ESPN3 then VTPhreak probably has you covered. Let's go!