There’s not much to say about the Duke game. We can analyze it until we’re blue in the face, but we all know why we lost: we have talent issues at certain spots, we have depth problems at others, we have questionable in-game coaching decisions, we make too many mistakes, etc. In other words, we just aren’t very good, and that’s why we’re 3-5.
I’ll talk a little bit about the Duke game, but I want to touch on a couple of other topics as well. It sure doesn’t seem like Frank Beamer will be back for 2016. If you’re more interesting in reading about that than the Duke game, feel free to skip down to the “Recruiting Misses” section.
Situational Awareness, or the Lack Thereof
Situational Awareness is the ability to identify, process, and comprehend the critical elements of information about what is happening to the team with regards to the mission. More simply, it’s knowing what is going on around you.
Virginia Tech displayed a lack of situational awareness in a critical situation on Saturday. Their clock management was poor at the end of regulation, and we saw mistakes from a player and the coaching staff.
On first and 10 from the Tech 45, Brewer hit Cam Phillips for a 5 yard gain right in front of the Duke sideline. I was screaming for Phillips to get out of bounds, but instead he tried to get around the Duke defender for a bigger gain. The cornerback pushed him out of bounds, and forward progress was called, which resulted in the clock continuing to run. Whether or not the call was correct, Phillips should have gone out of bounds immediately to stop the clock.
To make matters worse, no coach on the Virginia Tech sideline noticed that the clock was still running. If they did, nobody thought it proper to call a timeout. With Scot Loeffler and Bryan Stinespring in the booth looking at play sheets and reading the defense, that responsibility falls to the coaches on the sideline: Frank Beamer, Shane Beamer, Stacy Searels and Zohn Burden. Somebody should have noticed it and called a timeout. They didn’t.
Virginia Tech began that drive on their own 29, and ended it on the Duke 50. While taking 1:02 off the clock, they managed to run just three plays. Part of that is due to not noticing the clock running after the Phillips...
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