The offense-defense competition

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Creating a competition between the offense and defense

Scot Loeffler said the offense took two steps back in Saturday’s scrimmage. I’m inclined to agree. The scrimmage was a reminder, once again, that consistency on offense all comes down to offensive line play. On Saturday, the Tech offense didn’t even meet the standards of inconsistent status. Instead, they were just bad on every single play.

I didn’t notice a bunch of bad reads by the quarterbacks. I thought the running backs ran hard, but in general they were nailed by multiple defenders before they reached the line of scrimmage. For example, Marshawn Williams went from 13 carries for 66 yards last week to nine carries for one yard this past Saturday.

Of course, there are some injuries up front. Jonathan McLaughlin (6-5, 314, So.) missed the scrimmage due to an injury, which meant that Mark Shuman (6-7, 312, r-Sr.) got all the reps with the #1 offense at left tackle. With Shuman playing with the #1 offense, Brent Benedict (6-5, 302, r-Sr.) played left tackle with the #2 offense, a position which he isn’t suited to play (and Benedict has been hurt). Alston Smith (6-2, 281, r-So.) re-aggravated his leg injury early in the practice, and was replaced in the #2 offense by walk-on Marcus Mapp (6-4, 294, r-Jr.). Later in the scrimmage, Augie Conte (6-6, 293, r-So.) injured his hamstring and was replaced in the #1 offense by Braxton Pfaff (6-5, 307, Fr.). Not to mention that