Open Scrimmage I Thoughts

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Here's the recap from Hokie, and my thoughts follow below.

Thomas completed 8 of 14 for 75 yards, with a long of 22 that went to Marcus Davis. Davis led all receivers with four catches for 47 yards. On the rushing side, Josh Oglesby rushed for 32 yards on eight carries and James Hopper finished with 23 yards on eight carries. David Wilson had 15 yards on four carries.

The lone touchdown of the scrimmage came on a Trey Gresh 69-yard scoring pass to tight end Randall Dunn against Tech's third-team defense. Gresh completed 4 of 8 for 96 yards, with the touchdown and an interception, while Mark Leal completed 6 of 11 for 34 yards. Dunn caught two passes for a scrimmage-high 82 yards.

Defensively, Gayle recorded three tackles, including the two sacks. Barquell Rivers and Jayron Hosley led everyone with seven tackles each, and both had sacks. Eddie Whitley, Duan Perez-Means and Nick Acree each had five tackles, and Brian Laiti had the scrimmage’s lone interception.

The offense did not run any red-zone plays, as the coaching staff flipped things around any time the offense reached the red zone.

I think this is going to be the best way to summarize Logan's progress and our expectations of him from now until the fall.

Logan held steady, and didn't inch any closer to Cam Newton levels of hype during today's scrimmage. According to those at the scrimmage who were Tweeting Thomas was solid, but not extraordinary.

James Gayle dazzled and looks to be our most dominate lineman on either side of the ball. Two years ago I would have said, "Who's James Gayle?" Now this fall I expect him to come off the edge with the speed and aggressiveness of a Velociraptor ripping anyone in his path to shreds.

It's good to see Barquell Rivers shining in the absence of Bruce Taylor and Jack Tyler. If he can get back to where he was in 2009 I can't see him being buried at third string Mike during the season.

Finally, Mark Giannotto of the Washington Post noted the following about the offense:

Simply put, our offense is fucking boring. That's how the Frankinator likes it, and it's not going to change much regardless of who's calling the plays. So temper the idea of Mike O'Cain directing some 50-points-per-game hell raising juggernaut that gobbles up chunks of yards like turkey legs in Lane. However, what can change and improve is play selection and tempo management. Neither of which are fair or realistic to judge by watching a spring scrimmage.


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