The Virginia Tech Offensive Scheme: Part 3

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Justin Fuente, Virginia Tech
Justin Fuente with the Virginia Tech offensive line. (Ivan Morozov)

Part 1

Part 2

Last week, we talked about how Virginia Tech relies on taking what defenses give them, using a limited in-game playsheet, trying to keep things simple for players, and calling plays more to players’ strengths than to specific preferences from the coaches. Let’s keep looking at some of the big ideas behind Tech’s offense.

Run First

Last week, I used Mike Leach as an example of a coach who didn’t focus much on the run when I said he’d carry very few runs into games (particularly when he became a head coach.) What I didn’t tell you is that sometimes there weren’t any runs at all on his call sheet (depending on who you ask, this might even include his short-yardage plays.) If his team ran the ball, it’s because the QB checked into a run at the line.

That is not the approach at Tech. Despite both being QBs in their playing days, and despite running spread offenses for most of

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