The Fisher Law Firm Friday Q&A: Offensive Line, MJ Walker and More

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1) Which play in recent (Vick-present) history would you pick to go different? – jdbowman

Chris Coleman: That’s an easy one for me. The final play of the opening drive of the National Championship Game.

After a false start penalty on the first play from scrimmage, the Hokies proceeded to drive the football from their own 15-yard-line all the way to the Florida State 4-yard-line. I’m sure the Noles came into that game thinking they were going to beat Virginia Tech pretty easily, so when Tech drove it right down their throats to start the game, it probably came as a shock.

The way Tech dominated the line of scrimmage in the running game on the opening drive, I can’t blame Frank Beamer for going for it on fourth and one from the FSU four. The Hokies were a very difficult team to defend, especially on the option, and as the rest of the game would prove, Florida State just couldn’t handle Tech’s running game.

Unfortunately Vick turned the wrong way on an option play and fumbled the football. To this day, I believe it cost the Hokies the touchdown and possibly the game. They would have been up 7-0 and had the momentum. Instead, they fell down 14-0 and later 28-7. If I had a magic wand and could go back in time and change any play, that would be the one.

The other one would probably be a fumble from the same game. Down 36-29, Vick scrambled for a first down at the VT 36, but fumbled the football again. Florida State recovered and turned the fumble into three points,