Friday Q&A: Durkin, Recruiting, and More

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1) Crunch time, game is on the line, what’s our best offensive set and who is on the field? – rjh4vt

Chris Coleman: That’s hard to say without knowing exactly how much time we have left, exactly where we have the ball, and whether we are leading slightly, trailing, or the game is tied. Let’s just say it’s a tie game in the fourth quarter with a few minutes left, and we have an equal opportunity to use both the running game and the passing game.

To me, the personnel grouping is much more important than the offensive set. If I could pick 11 guys to be on the field at the same time, here’s what it would look like…

QB: Brenden Motley (r-Jr.)
RB: Sam Rogers (Jr.)
WR: Isaiah Ford (So.)
WR: Cam Phillips (So.)
WR/TE: Bucky Hodges (r-So.)
TE: Ryan Malleck (r-Sr.)
LT: Yosuah Nijman (Fr.)
LG: Wyatt Teller (r-So.)
C: Eric Gallo (So.)
RG: Augie Conte (r-Jr.)
RT: Jonathan McLaughlin (Jr.)

Sam Rogers would be my pick in the backfield because he is Virginia Tech’s best overall back. He’s the best pass blocker and the best pass receiver, for sure. He seems ideal for a situation like this. Trey Edmunds is an excellent pass blocker, but he’s not quite the all-around player that Sam Rogers is. I originally wanted to pair him up in the backfield with Travon McMillian, but that would have forced me to take one of those receivers or Ryan Malleck off the field, and I want all those guys playing on a potential game-winning drive.

The set would be your basic shotgun formation, with three wide receivers (including Bucky Hodges) and a tight end. You also have the option of flexing out Ryan Malleck.

That’s my personnel grouping and my formation, and I’d have the luxury of running the read option and passing equally out of that formation.

On another note, you’ll probably notice how young that group is.

Seniors: 1
Juniors: 4
Sophomores: 5
Freshmen: 1

With the exception of tight end Ryan Malleck, all 11 of my guys (plus almost everybody else on offense)