The Fisher Law Firm Friday Q&A: Offensive Pace, OL Recruiting, And More

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1) If picking up the pace on offense equates to more players in the playing rotation at several positions, will Bud need to adjust his rotation philosophy on defense to keep the defense fresh late in the game (ie. playing multiple LBs in a game assuming they’re game day ready)? – Al Czervik

Chris Coleman: Well, any thoughts of playing multiple linebackers probably just disappeared with Carson Lydon leaving the program.  But Bud Foster has never liked to do it anyway.  The last time I remember it happening was when Jake Houseright and Brian Welch rotated at mike in 2000 and 2001, and Xavier Adibi and Mikal Baaqee rotated at backer in 2004.  It’s rare around these parts.

Let me throw some numbers at you….

In 2015, the Memphis offense averaged 79.1 plays per game.  The VT offense ran 72.2 plays per game.  That’s a difference of just under seven plays per game.  That’s less than two plays per quarter.  That isn’t a lot.  Opposing teams ran 66.7 plays per game against Tech’s defense, while the Memphis defense was on the field for 73.8 plays per game.

Overall, there were an average of 138.9 plays during Tech games, and 152.9 plays during Memphis games.  That’s 14 plays per game…an average of 3.5 plays per quarter.  That’s