When a coach is 69 years old and struggling to win games, it’s common for him to be asked about his future. Frank Beamer wasn’t exactly asked about his future on Monday, but he was asked if he’s worried about going out like some of his good friends, such as Mack Brown and Jim Grobe.
As expected, Beamer said that he was focused on beating Boston College: “That’s the only thing on my mind.”
However, he didn’t stop there. He didn’t go into great detail, but he noted that doing what is best for Virginia Tech is always what’s most important.
“Whatever’s good for Virginia Tech, whatever’s best for Virginia Tech, is what I’m into,” Beamer said. “I’ve always felt that way, and I always will.”
Beamer did not elaborate on what he felt was best for Virginia Tech at this time.
Hokies Able to Do More in the Passing Game with Brewer
Brenden Motley is obviously capable of doing more on the ground than Michael Brewer. However, as we saw Saturday, Tech is capable of expanding their passing game with Brewer at quarterback. We saw Bucky Hodges finally get involved in the offense again, and more than half of Ryan Malleck’s catches have come from Brewer, despite the fact that Brewer has played fewer than two full games.
“Motley did a great job when he was in there, but a lot that he was asked to do was more in the running game and playaction,” Brewer said.
That’s certainly true, as Motley is still the team’s second leading rusher despite barely playing against Duke. Brewer went into a little more detail as to why Bucky Hodges emerged again against Duke.
“Having me back and being able to distribute the ball a little bit better, and also having Travon emerging…allows [Bucky] to have more one-on-one matchups.”
Tech’s intermediate passing game looks much more efficient with Michael Brewer back in the lineup. Just ask Hodges, who scored three touchdowns, as well as Ryan Malleck.
Malleck with Brewer in less than two full games: 9 catches
Malleck with Motley in 6+ games: 6 catches
It was well-known going into this season that Virginia Tech only had four solid receiving targets: Isaiah Ford, Cam Phillips, Bucky Hodges and Ryan Malleck. With Motley at quarterback, regular routes to the tight end weren’t as effective, and the Hokies lost one of those primary options, and Hodges wasn’t very effective either. With Brewer back, all passing options are back in play. We’ll now finally get a chance to see what the offense was designed to look like with an experienced Michael Brewer under center and a full complement of weapons who are not freshmen.