Biggest Questions for 2015, #3: Running Back Production

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This morning Athlon Sports ran their annual article in which ACC coaches anonymously discuss other ACC teams. Whoever talked about Virginia Tech didn’t get into much detail, but he had one very interesting quote

“They’re just probably looking to put it all together, because they haven’t really had an identity offensively and that’s hard to overcome.”

Trey Edmunds
Trey Edmunds

What exactly is an identity? As far as I see it, an identity is being able to either pass or run the ball (preferably both) on a consistent basis. For Virginia Tech, establishing the running game was the identity of the offense for years. When the Hokies lost their offensive identity between 2006 and 2008, and again in 2012 through 2014, the offense as a whole broke down. The Hokies still managed to win 10 games a year between 2006 and 2008, but the ACC was weaker than it is now. Without that identity over the past three seasons, we’ve seen the win totals drop.