The Fisher Law Firm Friday Q&A: The Offense Under Hendon Hooker

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1) Are we limiting how much Hendon Hooker throws across the middle? It seems to me the risky(?) seam passes that got Ryan Willis in trouble vs. BC have been removed from the playbook. Are we primarily focusing HH’s pass attempts on safer passes outside the tackle box where there is less traffic? – st_andrew

Chris Coleman: Hooker completed nine passes against Georgia Tech, and six or seven of them were of the screen or misdirection variety where he only has one read, or two at most.  As far as the traditional passing game goes, I remember two completions: a toss over the middle to James Mitchell for a first down, and the fade to Tre Turner down the right sideline. 

I don’t know if Tech is trying to avoid the middle of the field, or if they are just trying to make things easier for Hooker to read.  You don’t go over the middle very much if you are trying to limit what your quarterback has to read.  That’s where there is the most traffic, that’s where things are moving the quickest, and that’s where he’s most likely to make a mistake.  I think by limiting what they are asking Hooker to do, that automatically takes away the middle of the field more times than not, at least as far as the short-to-intermediate passing game goes.

That’s not too much of a surprise, I suppose.  He’s still a very young player.  He’s not a dinker and a dunker.  I think they are running the right offense for him.  Jerod Evans had a great season as a redshirt junior without the Hokies employing a particularly exotic passing game.

Sometimes when the Hokies struggled in 2016 it was because Evans struggled

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