Will Stewart wrote an article called “Patience” following the first open scrimmage of the spring. Recalling that article after watching Saturday’s Spring Game really makes it sink in that Virginia Tech’s offense is in full rebuilding mode. There is no overnight fix.
I heard a lot of comments about this fall’s Alabama game on Saturday, and I even made a few in jest myself. There’s one important thing to remember about this season, however. 2013 is not about Alabama. 2013 is about Virginia Tech getting better. It’s about whether or not they beat Georgia Tech, UNC, Pitt and UVA, not whether or not they beat the Crimson Tide.
This is college football, where anything can happen. Can Virginia Tech win the Alabama game? Yes, they can. Win or lose, that game is not going to make or break the season.
Think back to that 2003 Miami game, when the Hokies blew out the #2 Canes on national TV in Lane Stadium. That was a great moment in time. But did it truly mean anything? Tech followed up that huge win with losses to Pitt, Boston College, UVA and Cal. They didn’t use that win over Miami as a springboard to bigger and better things.
If Tech beats Alabama, they’ll still have to deal with the Yellow Jackets, Panthers and Tar Heels, among others. So don’t worry about Alabama right now. This year is about Virginia Tech. And for the record, the Crimson Tide turned the ball over a whopping nine times in their Spring Game on Saturday, including two interceptions by quarterback A.J. McCarron. I think Bud Foster’s defense is going to give those boys a battle.
The good: 16-of-29 (including a drop or two) for 214 yards. Thomas made some very impressive throws in this game, he looked more decisive (for better or for worse), and he did a better job of checking down to his running backs.
The bad: three interceptions.
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