Thanks. You are quite welcome. I really appreciate you saying that. I hope I can continue to merit your good thoughts.
You are correct. Sorry about that.
Good question. Tough to call. A lot of them are seniors, so I don't know if that disqualifies them for "next" status, but I think Dennis Andrews might have the most playmaking (with the ball) ability of the group.
I think a lot of it has to do with the increased recruiting staff, put in place shortly after Mike Bobinski's hiring. The staff, which includes Joe Hamilton, takes a lot of the burden off of the coaching staff and allows the team to sift through more players. Bud Peterson also granted Johnson more leeway with admissions, which may be part of it, too.
I imagine you're referring to Eason Fromayan, an OT who transferred from TCU and is indeed seeking a hardship waiver. I haven't heard yet whether he's gotten it. If he gets it, he'll have four years of eligiblity.
Francis Kallon is going into his junior season. He's got potential, but he hasn't made much of an impact. I think learning to compete and practice at this level has been a big adjustment. He'll have plenty of chances in camp to get into the rotation.
In the spring, he looked pretty comfortable, though it was clear he had room to improve. I'd say he liked Vad Lee's potential, and he definitely thinks a lot of Josh Nesbitt (and Tevin Washington, for that matter.) As for the second question, I very much believe that. His speed brings a dynamic the offense hasn't had yet.
Maybe a couple guys on the o-line, possibly Trey Klock or Gary Brown. DE KeShun Freeman, for sure. It can be pretty unpredictable. No one would have guessed P.J. Davis would play so much last year as a true freshman.
I've certainly heard this opinion before. A Paul Johnson defender would point out that Tech wasn't bringing in top-tier quarterbacks or receivers before he arrived, either.
When Ray Rychleski was hired as the new special teams coach, he was also given duties to help out offensive line coach Mike Sewak. My understanding is Rychleski will help with the tackles and Sewak will be in charge of the interior three spots and the line as a whole.
I can't answer the first part, as I haven't been around players or coaches. I imagine to at least some degree they're disappointed in the failure of teammates to follow laid-out rules, but I think teams typically have an "out of sight/out of mind" mentality. They'll get past this. As for scholarships for 2015, I think they'll have the full allotment of 25 to give out ,if my math is right.
Not that I'm aware of, but I haven't spoken with Gary Stokan or Ryan Bamford about it. My guess is this could take a while. At present, I know Stokan is (or at least was) making the rounds of conference media days, so that's kept him busy. it may not happen for several months or more.
A lot of ways you could go. Position-wise, I think it'll be getting production and depth from the defensive line. Schedule-wise, maybe the Virginia Tech-Miami back-to-back games, although the Jackets will get a bye in between. Duke is after Miami, and conceivably could be a tough game, too.
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No worries. I'd have to think there's at least a little concern. He said he's re-considering, so that means there's some uncertainty. I said previously that I'd guess he'll still end up enrolling at Tech, but I'm hardly positive.
I mostly leave the recruiting to Michael Carvell, but I'd say pretty doubtful.
Practices are not open, but players and coaches are made available afterwards for interviews.
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I do. The fact that he started his career with seven touchbacks on nine kickoffs in his first game and over the season was solid from long distance (5-7 from 40-49) says he's got the leg for it. it's a matter of developing consistency. it's up to him to achieve it.
Unfortunately, I don't. I have a pretty strong suspicion, but nothing I feel comfortable enough committing to in a forum like this.
ha ha. not much. I don't get to see Chip that much, unfortunately. we talk a little about how our respective teams are doing, but mostly it's just catching up.
without looking at all the previous schedules, it's one of the best if not the best. the 2010 and 2011 schedules set up similarly, with three non-conference games to start. Starting with VT in conference play, on the road no less, is a bear. Maybe 2011 was a little better. But the two byes are in pretty good spots.
I think that's a pretty good guess. I don't know if Byerly necessarily will play more early (you'd think you'd want to get Thomas as much playing time in seemingly winnable games), but I do think there'll be a regular place for him during games, maybe as a short-yardage guy.