I thought the starting offensive line played poorly as I watched the Spring Game live on Saturday. Judging from the talk I heard around me, you probably did too. However, making judgments before watching film is never wise.
After watching the tape of the Spring Game, I can say this with confidence: it wasn’t as bad as it seemed. Nowhere close, actually. In fact, I saw some definite positives. In some situations, the Hokies were just one block away (yes, I went there).
I put together a video of 15 plays from the Spring Game. Once you watch it, and you read the descriptions of each play, I think you’ll feel a little bit better than you did on Saturday when you walked out of Lane Stadium.
I recommend referencing the video after reading the comments about each play. If you want to open the video in another browser, click here for a direct link to YouTube.
Play #1: This is a well-blocked play by the #2 offensive line against the starting defense. However, the play failed because of Duan Perez-Means . Perez-Means did a good job of double teaming James Gayle with Augie Conte at the start of the play. He then correctly realized that Conte had Gayle under control, so he peeled off the block to go after the next defender, who happened to be Kyle Fuller . He did everything correctly, from a mental standpoint. The play failed because Perez-Means failed to execute his block. He just didn’t hit Fuller. That play would have gone for a nice game if he had made that block. Of course, there is also the fact that Kyle Fuller has been an outstanding player on the edge against the run for his entire career. Perez-Means certainly isn’t the first guy who failed to block Fuller.
Play #2: This play failed for two reasons. First and foremost, the defense had 10 men in the box against eight blockers. Second, the running back failed to make a play. As you can see, every offensive player is successfully blocking a defensive player on this play. There was simply nobody to account for Brandon Facyson...
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