Friday Q&A: April 24, 2009

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Chris Coleman is today’s guest on our weekly Friday Q&A. Today, he
tackles questions about football and basketball, as well as football recruiting.
Do the Hokies have a good shot to land a quality quarterback in the 2010
recruiting class? And who will join Jeff Allen in the starting lineup in Tech’s
frontcourt? Chris gives his thoughts on all of that, and more.

1) VT finished 103rd in Total Offense last season. Statistically
speaking, where can we expect the Hokies to finish this year if no major
setbacks occur (i.e. injury to Tyrod Taylor)? What’s the highest we can go
realistically?

I don’t think you can assign a number to something like that. The best Tech
offenses, statistically speaking, were 1999 and 2000. The Hokies finished 9th in
total offense in 1999, and 20th in 2000. Of course, future #1 draft pick Michael
Vick was the quarterback of that team, and the offensive line was performing at
a higher level.

In the post-Vick era, the best Tech offense came in 2003. That year the
Hokies averaged 401.77 yards per game, which ranked 39th in the nation. Tech had
Bryan Randall at quarterback, two future NFL Draft picks (Kevin Jones and Cedric
Humes) at tailback, a future NFL starter at tight end (Jeff King), a future NFL
wide receiver (Ernest Wilford), a fullback who went on to start two games for
the Miami Dolphins (Doug Easlick), the best center in the country (Jake Grove),
and two other offensive linemen who went on to be drafted (Will Montgomery, Jon
Dunn). Not to mention that the other starting wide receiver, Justin Hamilton,
was drafted by the NFL as a safety.

In short, that 2003 team had a loaded offense. What’s more, they were a very
experienced offense. This 2009 offense has talent, but they are still young at
wide receiver and tailback, and the offensive line depth is also very young. I’m
not expecting numbers that are approaching that 2003 offense, though I’d
certainly take it.

Also, you have to consider Virginia Tech’s offensively philosophy. If the
Hokies have the lead in the fourth quarter, they are going to sit on the
football.

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