Takeaway movies, defensive preparation and successful punting


Watching a movie and learning from it is one of the most important things for Virginia Tech this week. (Ivan Morozov)

It’s Virginia Tech Open House Week, which means the Hokies are reviewing the movie, adjusting, and resting. Brock Hoffman and Braxton Burmeister discussed their takeaways as they reviewed the first four games, while TyJuan Garbutt praised his co-defensive line coaches. Plus, Peter Moore could be Tech’s most consistent player so far this fall.

Takeaway movies

In all sports, free time gives you additional opportunities to roll out the tape and take a look at the positives and negatives of previous matches or matches. That’s what Virginia Tech did in the final days of its opening week ahead of next weekend’s clash with No.9 Notre Dame.

It’s especially important for Hokies coaches and players to understand what went wrong for the offense that struggled against Richmond, which was about average over four games. Quarterback Braxton Burmeister has stressed he is not finishing records.

“I feel like we’ve had a lot of practice where we started well and then we went into the red zone and stalled,” said Burmeister. “It will be a big problem going forward, figuring out how to finish these practices and get points on the board.”

Against West Virginia, the Hokies didn’t score any runs in three trips inside the Mountaineers 10-yard line. They had no problem getting there, totaling 329 yards. The problem came with the conversion when the time came, which they didn’t.

In the Richmond game, it was the opposite. The Hokies netted 318 yards, but only reached the red zone twice. When the offense found itself in those positions, which came in during the first practice of each half, it scored a touchdown. Burmeister hit Tre Turner in the back of the end zone for a 10-yard strike in the first quarter, and Connor Blumrick pushed his way through a one-yard run. The Spiders, however, passed Virginia Tech and forced six punts.

Connor Blumrick has rushed for two touchdowns in red zone situations so far this season. (Ivan Morozov)

Burmeister only returned the ball twice, an interception against UNC and a fumble against WVU. He completed 61.4% (62-101) of his passes for 746 yards and five scores. But as Fuente and offensive coordinator Brad Cornelsen said on Monday, he can be even more effective. Burmeister agreed.

“I feel like I did a really good job taking care of the ball, and I think there is definitely a step we can take to take more risks, and that is something that I ‘considering during the week off,’ said Burmeister. . “During Richmond we took a few more shots in the field. It’s something we can grow on, but I feel like taking care of the ball should always be the top priority, but sort of sprinkle those shots when we get the chance.

To shoot, Burmeister must have time, and the running game must help him. He had both against North Carolina and Middle Tennessee, having only been sacked once in each game. Tech ran 127 yards against the Heels and 224 against the Blue Raiders.

When you break it down, however, Tech is averaging 3.2 yards per carry or less in three of his four games. The outlier is an average of 5.7 against MTSU. Burmeister has also been sacked six times against WVU and twice against Richmond. Part of that falls on the running backs and part of the offensive line.

Center Brock Hoffman, who played left-back last week, mentioned it on Wednesday. After watching the movie, he said his biggest takeaway was offensive line footwork and the hand placement needed to be cleaned up.

Brock Hoffman said the offense needs to clean up their technique and footwork. (Ivan Morozov)

“We just need to clean up our technique and our footwork,” Hoffman said. “I think we can work to get our foot in the ground. This will help us when the defenses try to do a lot of movement. Other than that, getting back to basics is what we have to get back to.

“We are really talented,” said Burmeister. “We know we are really talented. We are always trying to find our identity and move forward, especially on the offensive side of the ball. We all know we have guys in this room to win games and make big numbers. … It’s a process, but I think we’re much closer than people think.

Defensive preparation

Defensive line co-coaches Bill Teerlinck and JC Price have their squad played well for four weeks of the season. TyJuan Garbutt, Jordan Williams, Norell Pollard and Amare Barno all have more than 10 tackles this season. Barno and Garbutt each had 3.5 tackles for an edge loss and combined for 4.5 sacks.

There is depth in the group of Teerlinck and Price, yes, especially at the level of the defensive tackle. Mario Kendricks and Josh Fuga, together with Williams and Pollard, have made a really strong unit that can constantly turn.

Garbutt, however, said the best thing about Teerlinck and Price, whom he called Sully and Mike from Monster’s Inc. (the big and the little), is that they’ve set the group up for success in the game.

TyJuan Garbutt has 13 tackles, 3.5 TFL and three sacks this season. (Ivan Morozov)

“They are two great coaches,” Garbutt said. “We like to joke and say the price is muscle. Since coming here he has really trained us on our technique, letting us play the game before the game even takes place. With Teerlinck, it is called the brain. He tells us that the race is moving away from us or towards us. Just simple little things that you might not think are important, but when you’re out on the pitch and practiced all week, you almost know what game is going on before it happens.

Garbutt said the group also had good chemistry, which resulted in strong performances on the pitch. It’s a process that started in the spring, and the older guys bring in the younger ones. Having coaches who are good teachers really helps.

“You can break a room down one way, you can break it down another way,” Garbutt said. “They both say the same thing, just different terminology. It’s great to have because you get different perspectives on everything you learn.

“That’s why a lot of young guys can go out there and play games. We trust them as much as the coaches trust us, and we always preach that there is no fall, so for us it’s more like we expect them to come out and do so much. games as possible.

Punt successful

In four games, freshman Peter Moore has kicked 19 times. Eight pinned opponents inside the 20s, seven went over 50 yards, 12 were just caught and only one, against WVU, attempted a touchback.

There were a few questions about how Tech’s boats would go without Oscar Bradburn. The Australian had 9,796 yards on 225 attempts over his four years. 49 of them traveled more than 50 meters and 81 landed inside the 20.

Moore, a Davidsonville, MD native, has filled these shoes pretty well. Bradburn helped him adjust to punting in college and trained with him over the summer, which meant a lot to Moore.

Moore has been one of the Hokies’ most consistent players for four games. (Virginia Tech sports photography)

“I improved my punt a lot in the red zone,” said Moore. “When I got here I really struggled with it and worked with Oscar Bradburn on this thing during the offseason.

“In training once when I got here I was struggling and I dropped a snap and I was down and slumped off the pitch. He came up to me and said, “man it’s okay, it happens to everyone, it’s gonna be okay”, and that was an important moment for me, him being an older brother and making me feel great. better about the situation.

So far in four games, all but one of the opponent’s possessions have started within his 45. A graph, which shows how each opponent’s possession started, is below.

14 of Moore’s 19 punches have pinned opponents inside their own 30s. The reversal of position on the field is crucial, which Justin Hamilton stressed on Monday, which he called “complementary football.” . Moore has played a very important role in setting up the defense for success so far this season.

“I have a lot of confidence right now, I’m just putting the defense in a good position. It’s a good feeling to help the team that way.

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