Rhode Island Review: Looking at Virginia Tech’s Coverages

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Reggie Floyd, Virginia Tech
Reggie Floyd struggled in coverage against Rhode Island, and he’ll be suspended for the first half against UNC. (Jon Fleming)

I think Coach Foster’s read on Rhode Island’s passing game was similar to mine: great receivers, iffy QB, a slow/grabby o-line, nothing from the TEs, and poor blocking from the backs. Even if you didn’t know their receivers were good, you could tell Foster respected them when he did things like covering them in the slot with his corners. It also sounds like he was as surprised as I am that quarterback Vito Priore played as well as he did, and I’ll also bet he was pleasantly surprised that receiver Aaron Parker wasn’t as sure-handed as usual.

On the season, Priore’s completing 66% of his throws for 7.8 yards an attempt; Tech held him to 55% and 6.1 yards an attempt (roughly the same as he did against FBS Ohio U.) I would’ve taken that going in, especially if a pick or two were thrown in for good measure. Still, I expected him to be a little more inaccurate; while he did have his usual slew of high balls roped in by his receivers, there weren’t many complete misses and the general problems that plagued him