Redzone Execution Highlights Virginia Tech’s Spring Game

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Trey Edmunds
Trey Edmunds muscles past Andrew Motuapuaka to score a touchdown. (photo by Ivan Morozov)

Last year’s Spring Game ended with a final score of 7-3.  This year’s game was much more entertaining, as we saw the offense, defense and special teams all score touchdowns.  Team Medal of Honor defeated Team Pylon 24-21, with two of Team Pylon’s touchdowns coming via defense and special teams.

Some players got action with both teams, so it’s useless to do a full recap of the game.  However, there were some individual performances that stood out…

Isaiah Ford
Isaiah Ford catches a nicely thrown ball for a TD (photo by Ivan Morozov).

Michael Brewer: 4-of-7 for 60 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT.  Brewer continued his good spring, tossing a perfectly thrown touchdown in the back of the endzone to Isaiah Ford.

Trey Edmunds: 3 carries, 21 yards, 1 TD.  Edmunds looked sharp in his limited work.  He swatted aside starting mike linebacker Andrew Motuapuaka to score his touchdown.

J.C. Coleman: 6 carries, 25 yards, 1 TD.  Coleman looks healthier and quicker than he did for most of last season.

Travon McMillian: 1 carry, 4 yards, 1 TD. 6 kickoff returns for 137 yards.  McMillian looks like a serious candidate to be a kickoff returner this year.

Greg Stroman: 2 punt returns, 105 yards, 1 TD.  Stroman took the first punt of the game 88 yards for a score.  He displayed excellent speed and agility on his return.

CJ Reavis: 9 tackles, 1 TFL.  Reavis came to play, and was probably the defense’s best overall performer on Saturday.  At one point he tackled punter Michell Ludwig for a big loss before Ludwig could get the punt off.  That play led to a Travon McMillian touchdown run.

The offensive line: Tech’s #1 offense went up against the #1 defense, and the #2 offense went up against the #2 defense.  Tech running backs were only tackled for 2 yards worth of losses on the day.  The defense only had 5 TFL and 3 sacks as a unit.  The starting offensive line in particular performed well.

Wyatt Teller, Augie Conte
Wyatt Teller and Augie Conte (photo by Ivan Morozov)

Perhaps the most important thing to come out of the Spring Game was the performance of the offense in the red zone.  The offense scored touchdowns in four of their five red zone possessions, including three rushing touchdowns and Brewer’s perfect touchdown strike to Isaiah Ford in the corner of the end zone.

There were three fumbles during the game, mostly coming on misreads on the read option.  Donovan Riley picked up one such loose ball and returned it 36 yards for a touchdown.

The offense was very vanilla during the spring game, only calling a very limited amount of plays.  Overall, I’m very pleased with how the Spring Game went, and how spring ball went as a whole.  We’ll have complete breakdowns of Tech’s 2015 spring practice beginning tomorrow.

Box Score (hokiesports.com)

Spring game stats infographic by OXVT (follow him on Twitter, @OX_VT).
Spring game stats infographic by OXVT (follow him on Twitter, @OX_VT). Click for larger version
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    1. It was tough to get a good view from the ESPN3 coverage but the turn-out looked solid considering the weather. The west side looked to be about 1/2 full and then there was a small group of people in the east stands.

      1. West side was only about 1/3 full. Still we had a great crowd considering it was 40 degrees and raining.

  1. I am optimistic about the improvement on offense as well. The botched snaps by the #2 offense is a small concern, but that should be addressed well before September. Glad wet avoided any serious injuries. Hopefully we will have good luck with that this Fall too!

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