Ok, it’s been 15 days since practice started, and it’s another 15 until the season-opener against Jacksonville State.
What have we learned? Plenty, though how much of it is relevant to what could happen this season remains to be seen.
The offense, all three units, appears to be clicking well, from what we’ve seen in 11-on-11 drills.
T.J. Barnes seems to have flicked a switch during the past week or so and could be a difference-maker on the defensive line.
There are a lot of players who started in last season’s last game that may be on the bench in 2 1/2 weeks.
There are several freshmen, including wide receiver Stephen Hill, defensive ends Izaan Cross and Emmanuel Dieke, defensive back Jemea Thomas, and A-back Robert Godhigh who will likely see snaps this year.
There should be more big plays this year from the running game and passing game, if history is any indication.
Jonathan Dwyer looks as explosive as he was last year.
Derrick Morgan looks like he’s going to be a beast, as long as teams don’t double team him.
Some of the receivers had the drops during the first two weeks of practice. I would expect that won’t last.
Special teams is still an area of concern, but Scott Blair was booming kicks during practice and mostly accurate with field goals during the first two 11-on-11s.
Virginia Tech was trying to close the door on the ACC, but running back Darren Evans’ injury means its anyone’s game now.
What are your thoughts? What do you hope to hear and read during the next 2 1/2 weeks?