Hokies Play Fast in Blowout of Appalachian State

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Raleigh Hokie discusses the performances of Logan Thomas, the running game
and the defense against Appalachian State. He also takes a quick look at
East Carolina and how they have improved on the defensive side of the ball.

The following is a transcription of a phone interview with Raleigh Hokie.

Logan Thomas and the Offense

I thought Logan Thomas did fine. He was a little more careful in game. He had
been cutting things loose a little more in the scrimmages, but in the game, at
least in the beginning, he was trying not to make a mistake. As a result, some
of the passes weren’t exactly where he wanted them. If you want to nitpick,
that’s where you would do it. For his first start, he did everything he was
supposed to do and he did it well.

I think the biggest thing you noticed about the offense was the tempo. Tempo
leads to rhythm and rhythm leads to consistent offensive execution. The tempo
was really good for the first game, and Logan Thomas is as big a part of that as

I noticed that [the team was using 25 second clocks in the scrimmages, rather
than 40 second clocks] and they had a couple of delay of games. I can’t recall
if they’ve done that before, I don’t remember it. We’ve talked about tempo for a
few years, that the offense needed better tempo. It’s really about making things
click, and things are clicking right now.

There is no middleman with the playcalling. The call comes down to all the
coaches, including the backup quarterbacks, who have a headset. The quarterbacks
signal the play in to Logan Thomas. In the past, Billy Hite would talk to the
quarterback a lot, telling him the play. Stinespring has replaced Hite on the
sideline, but instead of talking to the quarterback, he is busy coaching up his
tight ends.

As far as playcalling goes, I didn’t notice anything different. There are a
couple of things that we’re going to be doing more of, including looking at