What to Expect from Justin Fuente’s Offense

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Curious about what’s in store for the Hokie offense next year?

For this overview I’m looking mainly at the Ole Miss game because Tech faces a slew of good defenses next year, and I don’t see a new QB in a new system going “bombs away” too often. The Rebels ran a two-high safety scheme for most of the game versus the Memphis spread, which I also think we’ll see teams do, mainly because they’ll have the confidence to handle the run game without loading the box and will be content to let Tech attempt to grind out yardage while matriculating down the field.

The three big problems with this focus are 1) we’re not going to have equivalent talent (especially in terms of QB where we’ll be lacking the seasoned, hyper-accurate Paxton Lynch), 2) Ole Miss’ front seven was shaken up when all-everything DT Robert Nkemdiche left the game with a concussion, which altered Memphis’ game plan, and 3) Ole Miss played with a breathtaking display of arrogance/stupidity at times, including a failed fourth-down attempt around their own thirty. All that said, I still think this was the best game to review, but I’ll try to balance it out with my observations of other games.

I charted 99 offensive snaps vs. Ole Miss—this will differ a little from box score numbers, as I included plays called back by penalty, dismissed any victory formation snaps, and had a few small gaps in footage. Scrambles and sacks are charted as the pass plays they were intended to be. Comments on other games are observational and supplemented by box scores.