Emptying the Tape Recorder: “Even the footwork is new.”

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Several offensive linemen, as well as Jeff Grimes, met with the media following Wednesday’s practice.

Caleb Farris

Caleb Farris

On what positions he has played so far: “I’ve played first string center.  I’ve been left side guard with the ones and twos, and right side guards with the ones and twos.  We’ve been rotating around.  Today I was the starting center.”

On whether Tech needs to have their starting lineup in place after the spring: “I think it’s going to be a work in progress.  It’s always up to the coaches and all that.  We’ll work through the spring is over, and we’re not taking a break, we’ll work all through summer.  We’ll study at the house and watch film, or whatever.  We’ve got a lot of work to do.”

On whether zone blocking is the vision for the offense, or just all VT has installed so far: “I think it’s just what we have installed right now.  I feel like they have something up their sleeve, still.  We’re trying to do all we can with the certain plays they put in this spring, kind of take it a little slower, it’s new techniques for everyone and new plays, new calls, everything is brand new.  Even the footwork is new, so we have to really start from the ground up.  They aren’t throwing the book at us yet, but we have a lot more to install.”

On the differences between Curt Newsome and Jeff Grimes: “Both great coaches.  I’ve grown fond of Coach Grimes, he’s a helluva coach and a great man.  And I felt the same way about Coach Newsome.  They had the same mentality, no BS, no sugar coating.