As Search for New Offense Goes On, Discipline Remains a Priority

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With all the open positions on the Hokie football team this spring, from
quarterback to tailback to offensive line, finding the players to man those
positions is a priority. But Virginia Tech also seeks more disciplined behavior,
and how the Hokies comport themselves on and off the field will go a long way
towards determining their success in 2006, perhaps as much as deciding what
players will man the two-deep.

Back in late 2003 and early 2004, in the wake of a poor 2003 season marked by
turmoil, we ran a series here on TSL called “The State of the
Program.” One installment in the 7-part series was named Discipline,
Attitude, and Leadership
, and it detailed a breakdown in on-field and
off-field discipline that contributed to a terrible finish to that forgettable
season.

Where discipline was concerned, the 2005 football season resembled the 2003
season in many ways, and some of the old issues from 2003 resurfaced. If you
think that’s a preposterous statement, it’s not. Take a look at penalty
statistics from the two seasons:

Penalty Stats – 2003 and 2005
Season Games Total Penalties-Yards (PF/Unsportsmanlike)
2003 13 82-712 18
2005 13
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