The running game, the passing game, and the fight

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Virginia Tech’s freshmen offensive tackles struggled, but Logan Thomas threw a 30 yard touchdown pass to Joshua Stanford to highlight Saturday’s scrimmage in Lane Stadium.

This was a much more entertaining scrimmage than last week’s, because most of the starters participated.  However, note that the offense’s production was limited because tight end Ryan Malleck and wide receiver D.J. Coles did not scrimmage.  Also, starting tailback Trey Edmunds only had 12 total plays and one carry, while #2 tailback J.C. Coleman was out with his two sprained ankles.

Defensively, Kyle Fuller didn’t scrimmage because he had a Summer Session final exam.

Alright, let’s get right on to the observations.

The Offensive Line

Considering Tech played a r-freshman and three true freshmen at offensive tackle, a couple of walk-ons guards with the backup group, and they really only used their #3, #4, #5 and #6 running backs ( Chris Mangus , Jerome Wright , Daniel Dyer and Maurice Taylor), the running game went about as I expected it to go.

Maurice Taylor broke a couple of nice runs up the middle and finished with 54 yards on six carries.  Tech has added some inside zones this August to go along with the two outside zones they ran in the spring.  I don’t have the benefit of replay, but I believe both of Taylor’s runs came on inside zone plays.  The #2 offensive line did a pretty decent job up the middle against a mixture of the #2 and #3 defense.

The Hokies are doing a lot of #1 offense vs. #1 defense during regular practices that nobody is allowed to see.  They know what they have in Trey Edmunds as far as running the football goes, and there’s no reason to give whichever Alabama scout that was in the crowd today a scouting report on the r-freshman tailback (I’m just guessing that Bama