Back in the spring, Virginia Tech offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler said there were no more excuses for his group heading into the season.
The offense is no longer young, nor does it have an inexperienced quarterback. Based on what he has seen so far during fall practice, Loeffler remains cautiously optimistic about seeing massive improvement in 2015.
"My feelings haven’t changed whatsoever from spring," Loeffler said in a recent phone interview. "Our first group is playing like they’re supposed to play."
The biggest concern is building depth. Outside of running back and tight end, Virginia Tech is thin behind the starters. While the Hokies return two stellar receivers in Cam Phillips and Isaiah Ford, the time has come for seniors Demitri Knowles and Kevin Asante to step up their game. Loeffler said Knowles is "a very important aspect of what we want to do."
As for the development of quarterback Michael Brewer, Loeffler sees a vastly different player today than the one who arrived a little over a year ago. That should be extremely beneficial when Brewer faces Ohio State again in the opener on Labor Day.
"He’s a guy that understands protection now, he understands the offense, he understands how the footwork marries up to pass plays," Loeffler said. "Haven’t had to say too much to him in training camp, which is great. Last year it was a conversation between each rep about what to do, what not to do. I put a lot of pressure on him. I put a lot of pressure on that quarterback room in general. I think they’ve responded."