Taking some heat off the freshmen

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After watching the tape of Saturday’s game, I wanted to write a quick article to get some things straight. Like everybody else, before watching the tape, the easy thing to say is “well, this is a young football team, and those young players will have their ups and downs.” But after watching the tape in the office today, I have some different feelings.

Tech’s freshmen wideouts dropped a few passes, but in general they made enough plays to make up for those lapses, and both guys made a number of really tough catches down the field.

Cam Phillips: 7 catches, 89 yards, 1 TD
Isaiah Ford: 7 catches, 77 yards, 2 TDs

Throw in Bucky Hodges and his big 40 yarder down the field, and those young guys made their share of plays. Marshawn Williams had 17 carries for 74 yards, which is pretty good considering Tech was down double digits for most of the game, and ECU had a big matchup advantage on the interior. Greg Stroman looked promising yet again while returning punts.

However, some older guys struggled for either the entire game, or had some bad plays in clutch situations. I believe their performances had more to do with the loss than Tech’s freshmen.

A tough day for a couple of senior linemen

Caleb Farris and Laurence Gibson did not have their best games on Saturday. For Farris, it was understandable. ECU nose tackle Terry Williams is one of the best players he’ll face this season, and Williams also wreaked havoc on David Wang a year ago in Greenville. Williams is simply bigger and stronger, and is going to win that battle more times than not.

That being said, Farris could have played better. He had a number of plays that he would like to do over, including one where he tried to cut block the less-than-nimble 353-pound Williams and completely missed him. On other plays, he was driven several yards into the backfield. Nothing will stop an offense faster than a defense that dominates right up the middle.

Certainly Farris isn’t going to drive 353-lbs behemoth Terry Williams off the ball. However, Williams isn’t the quickest guy in the world, and he shouldn’t be difficult to cut block. But on that attempted play, Farris went down for the cut and ends

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