Finally, a good day to watch a scrimmage

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Scrimmage highlights courtesy hokiesports.com – PLEASE NOTE THAT HIGHLIGHTS MAY NOT DISPLAY PROPERLY ON SOME PLATFORMS.


It’s amazing how a 24-of-35 outing from the quarterbacks will brighten your day.

Now that it’s a week in the past, I’ll fess up: last Saturday’s scrimmage left me in a foul mood. Another snoozer of an outing by the offense, with about three memorable plays out of 48 run from scrimmage. Subpar play from the QBs, almost no carries for Marshawn Williams (three) or catches for Bucky Hodges (one), and Adam Taraschke bouncing snap after snap to Andrew Ford left me thinking, “Why do I come to these things?”

One week later, Taraschke is still a work in progress, but the effort put forth by the rest of the offense was on another level, led by Ford, Williams, and a surprisingly effective Brenden Motley.

Spring scrimmages — even fall scrimmages — are known for their ugly offensive performances. Frank Beamer usually matches up #1 against #2, and even the #1 offense often struggles to do anything against the #2 defense.

The #2 offense against the #1 defense? Forget about it. Ford didn’t have a second to breathe last Saturday. What a tremendous waste of time.

But today’s scrimmage was vastly different, starting with the quarterbacks.

With Mark Leal out with a gimpy knee, that gave Motley (#1 offense) and Ford (#2 offense) a chance to get into rhythm, and did they ever. Motley came out of the gate strong, throwing a sideline pattern for 43 yards to Demitri Knowles. At first, it looked as if Motley, who didn’t put much air under the ball, had overthrown Knowles, but the speedster from the Bahamas turned on the jets, laid out, and made a nice catch.

Motley stayed strong, finishing 12-of-20 for 163 yards and a TD. As the scrimmage wore on, his accuracy faltered for a while before closing well, but his decision-making was good all day, from his choice of receivers to his decision to keep or pitch on the option. Late in the scrimmage, after pitching

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