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1) Do we finally have quality/quantity wide receivers to go up-tempo? What would that look like? – BlackwaterHokie
Chris Coleman: I think the “up-tempo” thing is pretty overrated, to be honest. Would you consider Virginia Tech’s 2017 team to be up-tempo? It didn’t seem that way, especially late in the season, but the Hokies were actually tied for No. 6 nationally in plays per game, averaging exactly 80 (per TeamRankings.com). The following teams were the only teams to average more plays per game than Virginia Tech…
South Florida: 85.1
Arkansas State: 84.9
Washington State: 82.1
Here are the records of those teams…
South Florida: 10-2
Arkansas State: 7-5
Washington State: 9-4
South Florida and Washington State were good. Arkansas State was mediocre. Syracuse and Indiana failed to qualify for a bowl game in an age where nearly everybody qualifies for a bowl game. So really, how much does having an “up-tempo” offense really help? I’m sure Mike Leach would say it helps a lot at Washington State, but I’m not so sure....
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