"This is definitely the make-or-break year for Justin Fuente. I think they have to do something really big here to win back the fan base and the culture. On film they still show some of that talent, some of that old magic. They're good on defense, not really spectacular. The issue for them is that they haven't recruited well, so it gets thin really fast. They have ones who can play with anyone, but that's it. Depth is a major issue for them."
"You cannot survive on the portal. You have to sign and develop players. Their reliance on transfers is the big warning sign. I don't think they have the same presence in Virginia and the DMV they had even when things slid off in Frank [Beamer]'s last years."
"It'll be interesting to see the offense, interesting to see how much they can get out of the quarterback. It's really never been anything like what he promised, the Big 12 stuff, since he got to Tech."
"Schematically the defense is a mess. They're trying to marry multiple schemes. You can see some of Bud [Foster]'s stuff, then other stuff, then back to Bud."
"It looks like the absence of a decision, honestly. Bud would sell out and get you. You couldn't run because the box was stuffed and he'd dare you to beat his back-end guys. Now it's just a jumbled mess."
"They need a breakout offensive campaign to keep this thing going."
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