10 Days Until Spring Practice: Scot Loeffler

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Scot Loeffler
Scot Loeffler

We’re about to enter year three of the Scot Loeffler era, and it’s time to see some progress on the offensive side of the ball.  Loeffler came to Virginia Tech after one bad year at Auburn, preceded by a successful two seasons at Temple.  The jury is still out, and Tech fans need to see some signs of progress during the 2015 season.

I believe that Loeffler takes too much heat for the one bad season he had at Auburn.  After all, Gus Malzahn’s offense at Auburn ranked #100 in the country in 2011, averaging just 337.85 yards per game.  Malzahn is considered an offensive genius, but he clearly didn’t have the players that year, and neither did Loeffler when he arrived at Auburn in 2012.

When Loeffler took the reigns of the Virginia Tech offense in 2013, he had a very experienced quarterback in Logan Thomas, but not much else.  He had many issues to deal with…

1: A bad offensive line that didn’t have much depth.
2: A group of wide receivers that lacked talent.
3: A true freshman tight end who had played just one year of high school football.
4: A r-freshman tailback.
5: An inconsistent, though talented, Logan Thomas.

That was a lot to overcome for any offensive coordinator.  He had many of the same issues in 2014…

1: An offensive line that had made strides, but which didn’t play well until November.
2: Two true freshmen starting at wide receiver.
3: A disastrous run of injuries, especially at running back and on the offensive line.