I'm not sure I'd go so far as to say the past few weeks, particularly if you consider North Carolina a fw weeks ago. The Pitt game was kind of an oddity. When the Panthers could hold onto the ball, they actually moved it pretty well. That said, the Virginia game was a considerable improvement. I think there are a few reasons - the pass coverage has tightened and the blitzes have become more aggressive. And maybe players are playing with a little more of an edge and better effort. Freeman has been playing better, I think, although he's had a pretty good season overall. I think that's attributable to just learning to play at this level. He was a high schooler last year, you'll remember.
I think sometimes it's just luck, but I think being conditioned and flexible (and eating right) play a part. I was looking at it, Tech actually did pretty well last year outside of Ray Beno and Chase Roberts' injuries. I'd think rotating players helps, also.
I'm not sure. It's a question I've meant to ask but keep forgetting. My guess is one of FSU's bowl games was vacated by the NCAA, but if that's the case, then I'd think Tech's Orange Bowl appearance should be vacated also.
Someone's paying close attention. He actually could play in the bowl game if he gets his grades in order.
It's a pretty cut-and-dried issue. If FSU gets selected for the CFP, the Orange Bowl has to take the next highest ranked team by the CFP selection committee. Things are subject to change, but Tech is only a couple slots behind Duke (and Clemson) as it is. Beating Clemson and Georgia, I'd think would push past Duke regardless of what Duke does (outside of beating FSU).
Maybe not letting Jacoby Brissett make a lot of plays by keeping plays alive by escaping sacks or getting free for scrambles. I think, too, making sure blitzes are effective enough to actually force incompletions or sacks.
Mikell Lands-Davis is committed and is a likely b-back. He might be the best running back in the state. To the best of my knowledge, Whitehead is on track to play next year.
That's probably part of it, but I think it goes beyond that, also. If you look at the destinations of most five-star players, it's usually a combination of a) big stadium, b) SEC c) national brand d) reputation for sending players to the NFL. I'd say Tech doesn't hit on the first three (Tech has a brand, but football-wise it's short of Miami, Florida State or Notre Dame). As for the fourth, it's been demonstrated you can get to the NFL from Tech, but it also kind of becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Let's play nice. we're all entitled to our own opinions.
Part of it depends on what happens with other teams, but my guess would be the Belk. it probably would also depend on what kind of losses they were.
No. If I had to guess, I'd say he won't play this week.
I don't think so. I think it's a game that fans and players both anticipate. The results are hard to argue with, but I wouldn't say last year's game wasn't competitive, and I'd say the same of the 2009 and 2010 games.
My fan sensing skills aren't what they used to be, but I think so.
Sort of. One of the quarterback's main responsibilities in the offense is making necessary adjustments before the snap and also making the reads on the option, which isn't a skill every running back has. But, obviously, as you note, the quarterback has to be able to run the ball.
I may miss what you're getting at, but I'm pretty sure Paul Johnson would be quite happy to bring in better defensive players. I think as long as the passes are as effective as they've been this season - losing DeAndre Smelter will have a considerable impact - they'll keep throwing them.
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I gotcha. I was just giving a frame of reference. Getting rid of an assistant would be Johnson's call, though, not the athletic assocation's.
we're in a new era of bowl tie-ins and it's not as cut-and-dried as in the past. But I'd guess maybe either the Russell Athletic (Orlando) or Gator?
I'm sure they don't like it, but the sense I get is that players on the whole like him. there's a lot that goes on between Johnson and his team that most (myself included) don't see. It's not like all he does is yell at them.