The Double-Edged Simplicity of the Hokies’ Passing Game

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Jerod Evans
Jerod Evans has to be sharper against Notre Dame this weekend.

I wrote a while back that the Hokies had gone all-in on college-style football, from defense, to special teams, and especially offense. Virginia Tech has today’s quintessential college offense: the hurry-up, no-huddle spread with a healthy dose of option plays.  The Hokies have flirted with this style in the past, but even with a limited passer like Logan Thomas under center, they never fully embraced it.

One of the things this offense does in most iterations (Fuente’s included) is that it goes out of its way to take stress off the quarterback.  Horizontally stretching the offense and smart combinations of route concepts make finding the open man easy, while the tempo keeps defenses from showing exotic coverages.

One of those stressors it relieves is asking the QB to make sequential reads in the passing game.  Just how much does it relieve?  Unlike last year, where Brewer had the opportunity on most of his drops to work across the field to find an open guy, Evans usually has one or two snap decisions to make and his options often get worse if he holds onto the ball for more than three seconds.  On the other hand, there’s less of a learning curve in the Fu-fense, the rapid fire nature of the plays can offset their lack of complexity and help protect the QB from bad pass protection, and the route structures are conducive