TSL Roundtable: Looking back on William & Mary

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Last week you were asked what you wanted to see from the William & Mary game.  This week, go back and talk about what you liked and didn’t like.


Upwind of uva: Revisiting my “want to see” list from last week, I got nearly everything I wanted and then some. While we didn’t necessarily dominate William & Mary, we did comfortably control the game. The offense really stood out as efficient, especially for the first game of the season. Questionable depth may limit the ceiling on this defense, but W&M only had one sustained drive on the day. Busted plays (on offense or defense) are going to happen, but on both sides of the ball I liked how we responded. On offense, Brewer was never rattled by the interception. The defense held W&M to six points off the two Tech turnovers. Those are good signs.

Offensive execution looked more polished than prior season openers. No head-scratching timeouts, which was nice considering a new signal caller and true freshmen at RB and WR. I really expected at least one motion or alignment penalty and we’ve had more than our share of over the past five or six years. That we didn’t is an indicator that the coaches have the players attention, and the players are coachable. (Editor’s note: Cam Phillips did line up wrong once, but overall the freshmen did very well in that regard.) Some of that may be a result of limiting the playbook for a FCS opponent, but it’s good to see anyway, and throw in the no-huddle look and it’s more impressive. As Chris Coleman said in another article, we’ve struggled more against lesser opponents