Friday Q&A: October 8, 2010

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Today’s Friday Q&A discusses the no huddle offense, Antone Exum, and
expectations for the rest of the season. We also touch on Tech’s secondary as a
whole, as well as how the running backs are performing without Ryan Williams.

Tech Secondary Making a Big Statement

The Hokies lost Kam Chancellor, Stephan Virgil and Dorian Porch, all
significant contributors to last year’s defensive backfield. There were concerns
heading into this season, particularly on the wide side of the defense, where
Tech would be breaking in a new field corner and free safety. Five games into
the season, those concerns are gone.

If you just looked at the stats, you wouldn’t think the Hokies are that
great. Good, yes. But that’s it. However, Tech has played three big time passing
teams in Boise State (12th in passing offense), East Carolina (14th) and NC
State (8th). Despite that, Tech ranks 43rd nationally in pass efficiency
defense. I don’t get hung up on stats though. Either you pass the eyes test on
the field, or you don’t. These guys do.

Though this team as a whole surprised us early on in a number of negative
ways, the secondary was pretty much exactly what we said it would be. Eddie
Whitley is an upgrade over Kam Chancellor, Jayron Hosley is just a natural
football player, Davon Morgan is playing the best football of his career, and
Antone Exum is a future NFL player.

Regarding Exum, that guy looks like a seasoned veteran out there. I feel 100%
comfortable with him in the football game, and it’s rare you can say that about
a freshman. He’s one of the best defensive backs the Hokies have ever recruited,
in my opinion, and that’s certainly a pretty high compliment considering Tech’s
rich tradition at that position.

As good as they are this year, they could be even better next year. Exum will
become a full time starter at rover (most likely), and Kyle Fuller is the odds
on favorite to take over the starting position vacated by Rock Carmichael.
Fuller, like Hosley, has a lot of natural football ability.

These guys will get another test tomorrow with Central Michigan’s passing
attack, but odds are the Hokies will be up for the challenge.

Running Backs Look Good

Welcome back Darren Evans. Evans is Tech’s leading rusher with 324 yards on
the ground.