This is our weekly transcribed phone interview with Raleigh Hokie.
The offense played much better against Bowling Green, beginning with the second quarter. What did they do to get things jumpstarted?
The primary thing is that they started attacking the edges more. Bowling Green’s strength was right there in the middle, and their speed was questionable. Tech just decided to get the ball to the edge more with Tony Gregory and J.C. Coleman . They also had some third down conversion plays that were very important.
They got the wind behind them, which was a little bit of a help. They got the edge attack going, and they got some movement. They had some big third down conversions on their extended drives, and those plays were big in getting the offense in a rhythm and gaining some confidence.
Do you feel like the outside running game is their strength as far as the running game goes?
I don’t know if I’d call it a strength. I’d say it’s less of a weakness. They are going to have a hard time getting to the edge against fast defenses. They aren’t going to be able to do that kind of stuff against Florida State, for example. Especially the simple releases to the back, and the quick pitches. The basic stuff on the edge, that won’t work against a fast defense.
But I do think it’s less of a weakness. I think running inside is a big issue for them. I don’t think Andrew Miller has played as well as he did last year, and certainly not as well as everybody thought he would play this year. With David Wang hurt, Michael Via is playing right guard and left guard. So they’ve got problems inside at guard and center. That’s part of the issue.
The other part is that the running backs really haven’t shown the attitude for an inside running game. They have been a little bit tentative at times. In the second quarter and the second half, they were able to run inside and outside, and they did a good job with that. Was it a springboard to a better running game? I guess we’ll just have to see.