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1) Please explain the rationale for the expected offensive line improvement this year. We lost our best player, Wyatt Teller, to the NFL, the backups that ineffectively replaced Nijman after the injury last year are the same players that we are counting on this year. The main difference this season are the freshmen … do we really think that the added depth will make the line more effective this year? – Vtgolfnut
Chris Coleman: That’s a fair question.
The first thing I’ll talk about is the situation regarding Nijman’s backups last year. Nijman was at first backed up by Parker Osterloh, who wasn’t a natural offensive tackle. I didn’t think Osterloh played well until the Pitt and UVA games. But that doesn’t matter, because he’s gone. However, after Osterloh struggled against Miami and Georgia Tech, Vance Vice began to rotate D’Andre Plantin into the rotation at left tackle, and Plantin performed well.
In fact, Plantin performed well enough that I thought he should have been given 100% of the reps at that spot, in hindsight. He was a redshirt sophomore getting his first taste of playing time. He slid inside to left guard during the spring, and played well. I’m not saying that he’ll be as good as Wyatt Teller, but everything I’ve seen indicates that he’ll be a good player. He’s as good or better than many linemen the Hokies have started over the past 10 years.
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