Practice observations: Offense starting spring at a higher level

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The media was allowed to watch practice for the first four sessions on Thursday afternoon.  That comes out to around 30 minutes.  Honestly, there’s not a lot you can take from such little viewing time, particularly when the players aren’t even practicing in pads.

All that being typed, is it worth writing an article about?  Absolutely!  One main thing stood out to me yesterday, so I’ll discuss it, and then fill out the article will smaller observations.


Starting point of the offense has jumped forward

Last spring, the starting point of the offense was ground zero.  As Willie Byrn said after practice yesterday, they were working on huddling properly at this point last spring.  They literally started at the bottom and worked their way up.

“It’s night and day,” Mark Leal said when asked to compare the first day of practice this spring to the first day last spring. “Last year at this time we were kind of all over the place.  Everybody was learning the offense because it was brand new.  We have a lot of our older, veteran guys back, so everything was able to run a lot smoother today.”

The offense was very limited last spring, particularly the running game.  The Hokies basically installed two running plays at the beginning of the spring, an outside zone to the left and an outside zone to the right.  Scot Loeffler will say they only installed one running play, because that one play can be run to either side of