Virginia Tech football just broke August Camp 2016 and is now finally in full preparation mode for a warm-up Liberation weekend followed by a totally jumped-up call for …Volunteers.
Tech reported everyone back to camp; although as you no doubt already know by now, uber talented yet pretty well muddied off-field and therefore likely formerly Qb3 Dwayne Lawson has left the Beamer Barn building; accordingly, Godspeed and God Bless to Mister Lawson out in Kansas. In the meantime however, we have objective summer training camp regimental things to examine and a few early returning weigh-in whispers and vibes; plus some overall offensive tempo driven things and as always a few odds and Split-Ends to tie up. So with less than 30 shopping days until Hokie football v.2016, let us get started and jump right on in!
Today’s word of the day is… succinct
adjective. suc·cinct·er, suc·cinct·est
- characterized by clear, precise expression in few words; concise and terse: a succinct reply; a succinct style.
- Archaic encircled as if by a girdle; girded.
- the NEW coaching Staff practice field and meeting room methodology!
Interesting practice scheduling emerging, of which I could not approve more…
- Part I: Firstly, Fuente said that he and his staff planned on spending the opening week initializing and then installing the base offense and defense for the upcoming season in totality; before taking this Wednesday off.
- Part II: Secondly, then they will begin specific situation work. Down-n-distance driven then via specific down(s) (1st, 2nd, then 3rd) itself.
- Part III: Thirdly, game week normal work load begins the final week of August in preparation for his Hokie debuting coach-Fu offensive showcase on o9.o3, in Lane Stadium down on the Worsham Field turf vs. little ole Liberty; or so we all hope. (READERs note: although you have to wonder if coach-Fu and company can resist the temptation to begin operations for Top-10 ranked Tennessee and the battle of Bristol with Vegas charting Virginia Tech-31 or as a thirty-one point favorite for game#1)
Now, what do all of you notice about all of this regimentation and/or newfangled scripting? Seem different to you; as in very? Before, it was pretty much an elongated version of part I, with a lotta definitional sorting out (between the 1’s the 2’s and the 3’s) as to who may or may not be able to potentially help right away. And then of course the inevitable segue into part III to prep’ for the given seasonal opener. Or in other words… this is quite the sandbagging job as most position races seem to be mostly decided already to me. And that creates a bit of a relief valve to individual competition(s) which places any given Staff –sooner– into pure gelling, cohesion and synchronization mode or pure team building in lieu of extended pitting of 1’s vs. 2’s vs. 3’s. As coach-Fu is industrializing a far more long-view approach that spares us all the tactical lassitude’s at the expense of getting down to strategic brass tacks right away; or at least as soon as that given seasons’ depth chart can afford. If you ask me; and you did by reading this column …this new Staff sure seems: “succinct”, as in extremely, in a single word.
Specific, exact, measured, quantified, objective and directed; as in very. Long long gone is the the anthology of plays otherwise known as the Frank-n-Stiney offense; likewise the N.F.L. complex sometimes compound fracture of the “great” Scot offensive set –which sure seams misplaced to me up in Boston College; though I digress. As this is a very vector specific set under coach-Fu, measured precisely to the arc-minute if not to the very arc-second. A very specific set that specifically metamorphose itself to emphasize the lockeroom talent it fields and the match-ups that avail themselves per the given breaking of tape on that specific opponent that specific Saturday afternoon. That seem refreshing to you for what had been a very very moldy and offensive stale set when in O&M possession of the ball? As this coach-Fu work seems so very refreshing to me, that I dare say this is a unique offensive era in the entire offensive history of V.P.I. football dating all the way back to the inaugural Fighting Gobbler offensive season of 1892. As this offensive side of the ball has been spayed or chaste for far too long; As these 2016 first steps may be virgin steps indeed; although the time has come to open things up and let her rip. And I for one can not wait to see what the Fu’fense is all about; as o9.o3 can not possibly get here soon enough.
Boy does likely Tb3 Deshawn McClease have a very high strung soleus muscle (calf muscle) with an abnormally high peak on the back of his leg. Almost as if the peak of your biceps upon flexing inched upwards towards your shoulder. Can’t say I’ve ever seen this before and that tells me that this kid is some kinda genetic freak. Also hints at a kid who should have an enhanced first-step or quicks and better change of direction and balance, for it. (And they say he has the best Tb Hokie-hands since Vaughn Hebron too; ergo you can see why coach-Corny is said to be pretty curious about him)
Possible Qb2, one #9, r-senior Brenden Motley sure looks back strong upon reporting to camp. Mot’ has never been a physical weakling, however, he has clearly added some upper hemisphere raw voltage or power to his mobile game this summer; as he is bigger than our starting Lb’s and he kinda looks more like a leaner Te, at least across the shoulders to me. When before Motley looked basically like a lean or athletic cut T-bone steak. Almost Defensive-End strong in the trapezius; as someone forgot to tell Brenden to enjoy caddying for d.Evans this year; as Mot’ has clearly come to work, after having put in the same this off-season. (p.s. Mot’s is in a full throwing-arm sleeve and in any other sport we’d call that: “tennis elbow”, here in this sport or in baseball you call it a: “tired arm” as he surely put a (bleep) ton of reps this summer to open camp with this basic precautionary measure in place –and also do remember this… Motley is an orthodontist’s dream; as this dude wears a lot of braces, or don’t worry too much about this one just yet)
I’ve said this before and I just do not know a way to say it any better; so apologizes for redundancy insert here______, check. Seth Dooley looks like he has a pair of large mouth-bass stapled to the back of his arms or what we mere mortals call: triceps! I mean this guy is absurd looking in the triceps; as he is to the O&M triceps group what George Bell and Popeye once were to forearm flexors.
Someone is also hearing a lot about Coach-Fu as a 40th President Ronald Reagan or as our very own “Great Communicator” redux. As part of coach-Fu’s knack or Gift, is just that, communication.
Hearing a lot about the following offensive keywords to put it in 2016 Google societal sporting parlance… among these Fu’Fense buzzwords would be…
- quick strike
- pushing the tempo
In a word, a sense of: urgency; as in offensive urgency; as in both efficacious and tempo terms: –and “quick strike” was one that really bent someone 1st day of practice ear.
Now thing is… how long will it take this O to get “efficacious” off of their narrower, normally 1-3 read base plays; typically? I doubt that that has ever been code for just one August Camp + just one spring. At least not when starting from newly installed scratch or from the (0, 0, 0) or origin of the learning and experience-curves alike.
Typically I’d say wait until at least beyond the first month (September), or maybe out to that second OPEN week as our schedule goes this time. Give coach-Fu and the Qb whisperer coach Corny some time to tinker and putter. Adjust. Maybe swap a few positions or guys in/out as need be.
Nonetheless, I RELLLLLLLLLLY like what I got last Friday. How long will it take for this to click? Well, I’d be voting coach-Fu coach of the year if it is any quicker than October; and the tenth month might even be code for the eleventh month some seasons.
Though I super like this offensive set now that it has been much more thoroughly; revealed.
Once it does click? There is some pretty damn smart skill position refugee talent already in place here. Who has a more talented Te, Se, or Fb? Not many have more talent at Tb, or L-Guard, or R-Guard. Not many have more experience up front along the offensive-line. And methinks Evans at Qb1 is plenty solid enough.
It is just a matter of hearing that it all came together and suddenly went: …”click”. (This is a function of time and reps; and of course it could be a function of health) Though me super thinks most of you are gonna enjoy this sleeker not at all over-thought way too thick of a Stiney play-book; or the slow-developing N.F.L. level of play-side or back-side clearing from Loeffler. As this Fu’Fense is almost a lightening version of the old-school “Fun Bunch”. Once, or when, it does eventually snap-to and “click!”
Virginia Tech=best most exacting Offensive Staff, EVER!