Fuente's Year One Offense, Film Review: Getting Vertical

Wrapping up the four-part series with a look at how the Hokies leverage play-action, as well as an eye on what Josh Jackson needs to do to be successful.

[Mark Umansky]

Justin Fuente has an inherently conservative approach to football which yields explosive results when opponents lose discipline or are overmatched physically. His philosophy can lead to long, methodical drives down the field that leave opposing defensive coordinators flabbergasted at how to stop his offensive attack. Teams who prefer to force the issue by bringing pressure find that Fuente's scheme has plenty of answers for that pressure.


Defenses too eager to stop the run or short pass plays are susceptible to the play-action passes and double moves. Nearly every play in Fuente's playbook has a play-action pass complement, making it difficult for opponents to know when the deep pass is coming.

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