Another way to think about it is this: When we look back on this season in January, how were the chains moved? What was Tech’s bread and butter? Which wrinkles worked and which didn’t?
The reason this is tough is because typically, with Virginia Tech, it isn’t tough. You could see the drives of 2011 in the preseason, couldn’t you? David Wilson, 5-yard run. Danny Coale, 19-yard catch on third-and-8. Jarrett Boykin, 40-yard grab.
The variable then was first-year quarterback Logan Thomas, but anybody who’d paid attention to the preseason vibe could tell the guy had a great chance to be special. You had a sense he could deliver the ball to the known-quantity playmakers (what we perhaps didn’t know was how much of a playmaker Thomas himself would turn out to be as a rusher in the read option).
Other years, same thing. An attack built around a running back, complemented by perimeter playmakers.
What about this year? Can you envision how the chains are moved? Frank Beamer has said repeatedly that he feels the same way about new tailback Michael Holmes as he did about Thomas coming into last year; let’s take that as a good sign. We know Marcus Davis has a world of talent. Dyrell Roberts and D.J. Coles are veterans we’ve seen make plays. There is ability here, but how will it all be utilized?
Is it as simple as a new iteration of what we’re used to: Holmes for 5, Roberts for 19, Davis for 40? Is it Holmes for 5, Thomas for 4, deep shot to Davis?
I’m curious, Tech fans: When you picture Tech’s offense on the field Monday night, what do you see happening? How are the Hokies moving the chains?
(Andy’s been a busy man, as usual)
-Charley Wiles is likely to shake up the front four on Tech’s defensive line.
-Defensive end Dadi Nicolas has been reinstated to the team after his grand larceny charge was reduced.
-Brent Benedict and Michael Via will rotate at right guard.
-Highlights from yesterday’s press conference in Blacksburg.
OTHER LOCAL HEADLINES
-UVa offensive lineman Tim Cwalina has a heart condition that will prevent him from playing for the Cavaliers.
-Profile of Salem quarterback Matt Hill as the Spartans prepare to open the season against Lord Botetourt tonight.
-Robert’s high school predictions column.
-Pitcher Michael McCarthy leads the Salem Red Sox to another win over Frederick.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL TONIGHT
-N.C. State takes on Tennessee in Atlanta at 7:30 p.m. on ESPNU. Vols are a 3-point favorite.
-Boise State travels to Michigan State at 8 p.m. (ESPN).
OTHER FRIDAY HEADLINES: O’s, Yankees open improbable AL East showdown in Bronx (7 p.m., MASN)…Lattimore rushes for 110 yards and two scores as South Carolina edges Vandy, 17-13…The first Jets quarterback to lead team to end zone this preseason? Greg McElroy…Roddick announces he’ll retire after U.S. Open…Ex-Virginia lacrosse player George Huguely sentenced to 23 years…Nats say Strasburg “probably” has two or three more starts before he’s shut down.
IDENTIFY THE MOVIE
-No winner again yesterday: “The Devil’s Rejects.” I’d better soften the difficulty a bit:
“Fear and wonder, a powerful combination.”
“You really think people are going to be seduced by that?”
“I think he knows what Rome is. Rome is the mob. Conjure magic for them and they’ll be distracted. Take away their freedom and still they’ll roar. The beating heart of Rome is not the marble of the senate, it’s the sand of the coliseum. He’ll bring them death – and they will love him for it.”
NAME THAT TUNE
If I die before I get it done will you decide?
Take my words and turn them into signs they will survive
Because a long time ago I knew not to deprive
It’s safe out there now you’re everywhere just like the sky
And you are love, you are the lucid dream, you are the ride
And when you hear this you know it’s your jam, it’s your goodbye