Friday Q&A: April 5, 2013

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1) Are we still going to run a spread or are we going back to I back with fullback?

Chris Coleman: First of all, keep in mind that we aren’t going to see a high percentage of Scot Loeffler’s playbook this spring.  He is building this offense from the ground up.  They are keeping things relatively simple this spring and trying to identify their best players.  Once they figure out who their best players are, they will use those players to gradually expand the offense.

My gut feeling is no, we won’t see as much spread this year as we’ve seen in the past.  Out of the 4+ minutes of Wednesday’s scrimmage highlights on, I think I only saw the Hokies in shotgun formation maybe once or twice.  For the time being, Tech is operating out of traditional I/Ace formations.

Obviously, that was just one mini-scrimmage.  Like I said before, the staff wants to keep things simple so they can identify their best players.  From what I could tell, the tight end will be used more this year (at least, they’ll try to use them more).  There will be more motion, and I think Tech will try to get more than one running back on the field at times.

This week’s open scrimmage has been pushed back from Saturday to Monday because of the snow in Blacksburg.  We’ll get our first look at Tech’s new offense on Monday afternoon.  Will that be the offense we see in September, October and November?  No, it will only be the base of this year’s offense.  Look for Loeffler to try and expand things gradually.

By the way, that’s a big change from what we’ve seen in the past.  It seemed like every October Frank Beamer would say the Hokies were trying to do too much on offense, and that they needed to simplify things.  In other words, they tried to put in too much offense in a small amount of time.  It makes more sense to put in your base packages early, and then gradually expand it as your players get more experienced.

2) Is there a new hope on offense that every o-line guy has a chance? It seemed like we used to have career backups who never really reached their potential maybe bc they knew they would be a backup. Now it seems like everyone knows they “actually” have a chance to compete and maybe that is getting more out of our guys than in years past.

CC: I think anytime a group of new coaches comes in, each player who has a new coach should feel like he has an opportunity to play.  All