Friday Q&A: May 7, 2010

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There’s plenty of good stuff in this week’s Friday Q&A. We take our first
look at the Boise State game, and also talk about the chances of Ryan Williams
going pro. How many 2010 recruits could potentially contribute this year, and
what will Tech’s offensive line look like without Ed Wang and Sergio Render?
Finally, how much would the loss of Malcolm Delaney hurt the Virginia Tech
basketball team if he decides to keep his name in the NBA Draft?

1) While everyone is focusing on how Boise State and VT’s offense and
defense match up, how do you think the respective coaching staffs match up? Will
Bud make any special trips this summer to talk to schools who played Boise State
to get some insight he can’t get from watching film?

Chris Coleman: Good questions from two different subscribers. They are
fairly similar, so I just combined them into one question. Let’s start with the
second part.

We see the Tech coaching staff go on the road each summer to different staffs
to share ideas. This summer, Bud Foster and his staff took a trip to Iowa to get
a better feel for how the Hawkeyes shut down the Georgia Tech offensive attack.

No disrespect to Boise State, but I don’t think it’s necessary to make a
special trip to learn more about their offense. They don’t run the unique type
of offense that Georgia Tech runs. Their offense is not much different from
Virginia Tech’s. They like to run the football, and they rely on being physical
in the trenches, as well as a quarterback that makes good decisions and doesn’t
turn the ball over.

The Broncos averaged 450 yards per game last year, but it came against WAC
competition. The Idaho Vandals finished fourth in that league last year. Other
teams include Nevada and Fresno State, who are solid. Beyond that, you have
Hawaii, Louisiana Tech, Utah State, New Mexico State and San Jose State.

Boise State had 361 yards against Oregon, but that’s mostly because the
Oregon offense only had the ball for 17:28 in a 60 minute game. 361 yards in
42:32 isn’t all that impressive, and neither was their 2.8 yards per carry.
Against TCU, another good defensive team, the Broncos had just 317 yards and
averaged 2.4 yards per carry.

Point being, Boise State racks up a bunch of yards on some of college
football’s worst 1-A defenses. Put them on the field with a defense with equal