I'm sure he would, too. Ray Rychleski (special-teams coordinator) said UNC is actually very good. Tar Heels' kickoff cover team is fifth in the country in return average. This is a pet peeve of mine. the more important statistic on kickoffs and coverage is where the average return gets to. Holding a returner to 10 yards doesn't mean anything if the kickoff lands at the 25.
I think that's part of of it. I think Days is one of the better blocking A-backs, and I imagine Johnson wants to get help to that area.
Smelter was thrown to more times than the three catches against Duke and then against Miami they just didn't throw much. And, again against Duke, the perimeter blocking didn't seem there, which is probably at least partly why the A-backs didn't get the ball more. The A-backs weren't as productive against Duke as they had been. Perkins was 7-65 against Miami, for instance. Also, the nature of the option is such that the defense can kind of determine who gets the ball.
I don't know specifics, but I can't imagine it's too different from similar programs. I do know they practice pretty hard and are in full pads a lot, but I don't know how different that is from other teams. I vaguely remember reading something about how often Alabama goes in full pads. As far as faltering goes, that may be the case, but every week half the teams in the country falter. for whatever it's worth, Tech is 8-4 in the final six games of the regular season the past two years (although the schedule has had a lot of tough games on the front half both years).
I don't know if I'd expect 68-50, but unless Tech is extremely effective at keeping the possessions low, I'd say there's a good chance of it.
As I wrote a few minutes ago, my hunch is no, but that's all it is and probably means 120 yards and three touchdowns for Leggett.
I don't know if figured out is the right word, but "determined what works best for them" is probably better. Johnson was saying on his radio show Monday that Virginia Tech, Miami and Duke all basically defend Tech the same way. And, it probably bears mention that Tech just beat the first two this year. There's different ways to measure things, but Tech has been fourth in the ACC in yards per play the past two seasons in league games behind Clemson, Florida State and Miami. That's not too bad.
Well, you're talking about two different things here. The Alcorn State/Mercer/KSU games will always be a part of the schedule, unless the CFP people make it clear that that is not an acceptable scheduling strategy for playoff hopefuls. Tech also tries to get a game against a non-power conference FBS team (like Tulane) and then a power-conference team in addition to Georgia. i don't think Chizik is alone in his thinking. I do think that makes it harder for Ryan Bamford. I would point out that Ole Miss has stayed on the schedule, and a 2017 Chick-fil-A Kickoff game against Tennessee looks like it'll get done, and I believe Bamford is working on at least one home-and-home with a power-conference team.
Boy, that's a tough one. My guess would be no. The last time I asked Johnson, which was maybe the open week, it didn't seem like Leggett was close, so he would have had to improve a lot. It's possible, but I imagine it'd be asking a lot. A gut feeling from reading tea leaves.
Now we're getting somewhere, 3ME. (ha ha) I think the ceiling is to compete every year for the Coastal and ACC, which I think you could say Tech has done. But also, if things were really hitting, which I guess is the ceiling, it'd be being consistently in the top 25. Maybe not always, but on a regular basis. The thing is, though, to me, it's hard to say what Tech would do with another coach. I don't know that you can fairly compare what Tech did under George O'Leary, for instance, with the present situation. A lot has changed. So maybe Hypothetical Coach X would lift the program higher. But maybe not. It's hard to say.
I'm not sure what you're after. It sounds like you're taking a shot at Tech and Georgia at the same time. Georgia State fans applaud you. I think giving tickets to anyone who wants to attend a game is a fine idea. I have a friend Dave who would love your tickets.
Whoa, there. Let's see if Tech can slow down Marquise Williams and UNC first. But, to answer your question, if Tech has played well enough to win the Coastal, I'd give the Jackets a shot, though not a great one, against FSU (assuming the Noles make it). I think it'd have to probably be a 35-minute, nine-possession game where you hope you get a little lucky.
the only place I can think that I've been to is Four Corners, a sports bar in downtown Chapel Hill. It was OK. (I suppose that's probably sacrilege to say to a Tar Heels fan.) This, though is a great list.
I don't know if you can necessarily put that on Johnson. I think, to some extent, it's the situation Tech is in. The powerhouses are in the position they're in because they can recruit better. I'm including a link the 2006 class.The offer lists probably don't 't look that much different.
Funny you mention that. Driving home yesterday I was thinking about that, that I had no idea how Jeremiah Attaochu (and others) were doing. I'll put it on the (growing) list. Thanks for the suggestion.
I confess I don't. I look at it occasionally, and I should probably devote some time to understanding what the different metrics mean, but haven't yet.
I don't think it's merely Tech fans. I think it's the case with football fans everywhere except in places where the starting quarterback's production is exceedingly obvious. In this instance, Byerly's performance Saturday and his past record in scrimmages fanned the debate a bit. If you want to call it a debate.
I don't know a ton about North Carolina yet, but I think a lot of the problems have been an inability to play disciplined. I'd say they're probably weaker in pass defense, though.
Good morning, all. Hope you're having a good week. Let's get started.
I'd doubt it. Typically, teams defend the offense the same way year over year. I think because it's unorthodox, defensive coordinators would rather players build knowledge and experience than try different schemes year to year.
Good question. I'd suspect it'd be tougher to confuse a veteran like Boone. I don't know what, beyond consistent pass rush pressure, would get Boone uncomfortable, but whatever it is, I'm sure Roof will be focusing on that. I would think containment will be critical. Given that Tech's pass rush has trouble getting upfield, perhaps keeping Boone in the pocket might be easier. Not exactly the trade you want to make, though.
Maybe that's a question better posed of him. I do think he seems to be in a better mood. I think being 5-0 helps, but I think it started in the preseason. He really likes the players on the team and they're practicing hard and presumably not giving him headaches off the field, and I think all that affects his demeanor. I'll say this about him. He's not a warm and cuddly guy and he has a bit of smart aleck to him, but he's honest and usually pretty interesting and answers all my questions. I give him credit for that.
I haven't. For what it's worth, Duke actually played Miami the week before Tech did in the same time slot. But, anyway, I agree that it's a tough team to read. They've won big in their four games, but they were against four pretty weak teams and they were beaten convincingly by Miami. Duke lost a lot off of last year's team and, as I noted a minute ago, suffered some critical injuries prior to the start of the season. I'll dig some more.
I'm not quite sure what you're getting at, but Duke lost in the ACC title game to Florida State. they lost to Miami two weeks ago, their most recent game. As far as personnel, they were hit pretty hard in the preseason. I don't have it in front of me, but the losses were pretty severe. I can think, for instance, of linebacker Kelby Brown, an All-ACC player, who tore his ACL in August.
I totally hear you, particularly the overturned fumble call against Georgia Southern. that's a tough question to answer. I think they've definitely gotten some breaks where it seems like so often they've gone against them. That said, Virginia Tech's touchdown off the fumble could be considered luck, and the penalty on Paul Davis in the Georgia Southern game, while not luck, was a big break for the Eagles. I think maybe the bigger point is that Tech has taken advantage of those breaks. And I think that, with each passing win, the confidence grows, and I do agree that I think the team is getting better.
I would doubt it. I think he was just answering the question, perhaps a little more bluntly than was probably wise. His answer did also mention how a running back with NFL aspirations would have reason not to play there. He kind of covered all the bases.