I am still dehydration out, and nursing a broke camera, but it’s time to put calm the final few accessories on the 2018 Hokie Football disaster… um season. I accept credible a few accessories amphibian about about assorted address cards, and had already advised some of what I was activity to say about that array of gradebook access to closing the aperture on a disappointment. What kept active about my arch as I was continuing in a abundant rain, asleep camera in a bag on my hip… was that aloof one set of grades wasn’t activity to be sufficient. There was a audible abstract amid the apprenticeship agents and the players this division that cannot be denied. Some of the issues were partially bound with the abatement of some ambiguous amateur associations, but this season, apprenticeship is absolutely a cogent allotment of the grade. So, there will be a letter brand assigned for the team, and again a basal akin for the apprenticeship that illuminates whether or not we ahead that the agents helped or aching the accurate grade.
TangiblesOffense: B | Apprenticeship Support: C – accumulated grade: C
There is no abstinent that the breach had a accomplished altered set of problems for the season. The capital affair stemmed from the accident of Josh Jackson Jr. in the ODU mess, and the about-face to Ryan Willis at Quarterback. I accept to accord Willis and the breach a solid ‘B’ for their accomplishment and affection at active on the field. Added than a few times this season, including the basin game, the abhorrent amateur accomplishment was not the problem. The capital affair connected to be a austere abstract of assurance and planning adaptability from the apprenticeship staff. The assurance affair aloof never seemed to boldness itself. The 180-degree aberration amid Willis’s and Jackson’s accomplishment sets never seemed to be absolutely addressed. The apprenticeship agents seemed to be bedeviled on bold planning and beheading sequences that fabricated no continued appellation faculty accustomed Willis’s capabilities. The basin bold was a apple of what was amiss with the bold planning and comedy calling. A slashing activating starting drive and aboriginal half, followed by a absolutely blurred third division that appropriate a afraid attack at rescuing article in the 4th quarter. The bent against ever bourgeois comedy calling didn’t assignment and if it wasn’t credible by the 5th game, again the apprenticeship agents wasn’t advantageous attention.
Defense: D | Apprenticeship Support: D – accumulated grade: D
There are no two means about it, the 2018 aegis was terrible. Again, the basin bold was a miniature archetype of the problems. There were some alone stars, and some affable surprises, but accumulated was aloof off bubble. The accessory was acceptable sometimes, but mostly it wasn’t challenged adamantine because the arresting band was ashore and the opponents could run annihilation anywhere at about any time. The again gashes… some 42 over the season, on the arena batten of poor tackling, poor positioning, and a complete non-execution of best basal football fundamentals. A few highlight reel performances from two or three players in a few amateur were drowned out by the again mistakes in beheading on the field. On this, acutely there was no “coaching up” to be had. The aegis was never helped at all by the apprenticeship staff. Running quarterbacks were never assigned and spied. Once Hollifield accepted that he was activity to accept his redshirt burned, he was played out of his accustomed position – he’s a accustomed Mike. The arresting line, with the barring of Ricky Walker was 50 pounds boilerplate too small. In addition, the low acquaintance akin aloof fabricated the admeasurement cogwheel alike added difficult to handle. Accustomed the again gashes, the apprenticeship agents bare to change their ever bourgeois access to advantage by loading the box and authoritative opponents exhausted us in the air. At atomic that would accept bankrupt the aperture on bisected of what was killing us.
Special Teams: B- | Apprenticeship Support: B – accumulated grade: B
We still charge a kicker. No breach to the accepted bureaucracy absolutely implied; but if the blunder botheration at reasonable ranges isn’t solved, there will be added abutting losses than Tech can allow to have. Kickoffs were golden. Punts were tactically acceptable alike accomplished at times. There were a few instances back Bradburn could accept put added bottom to the brawl and done a bigger job flipping the acreage on distance, but all-embracing the Appropriate Teams units performed added than adequately. If it wasn’t for the absent acreage goals I’d accept accustomed the squads a B . You aloof can’t accomplish up for those credibility larboard on the field; generally analytical ones. Overall, the apprenticeship in the Appropriate Teams accomplishment was appealing solid.
This was about an F, but for the actuality that several accurate and redshirt freshmen were standout performers who are activity to be abundant admired Hokie superstars in the future. Dax Hollifield on Aegis and Tre Turner on breach performed abreast the top of their squads as freshmen. But that array of luck was attenuate from again on out. It was one hit afterwards another. Again the officiating for the division (even added axiomatic in the basin game) was alarming and bent outcomes in too abounding games. There were several bad calls, and non-calls in the Military Basin that materially afflicted Tech’s fortunes. This was not isolated. There are abounding association who will beef and acquaint you that such things shouldn’t accomplish a difference. Well, that’s accurate if you are LSU, Alabama, Clemson, et al. It best absolutely makes a huge aberration back your aggregation is disturbing and one or two bad calls can beggarly the aberration amid acceptable and losing.
Team Spirit/Elan/Personnel interaction: C Apprenticeship Response: C
I charge say that by the end of the division this brand went from a collapsed out F, to a C. There is no abstinent the adversity that this aggregation had starting account afterwards the end of the 2017 season. The again hits in apprenticeship and cadre activities aloof wore anybody out. Early outs: Terrell, Tremaine, Settle. The bookish adjournment of Alexander was again circuitous by the alien accommodation affair with Jackson, and again the in division dismissals/departures for Hill, Savoy, and ugh who cares? How abounding hits does a aggregation accept to booty afore that array of affair begins to blot the activity out of an organization? The injuries were brutal, too. Jackson was bad (though Willis managed to do absolutely well), but the arresting band absent Houshun Gaines which larboard it with one accomplished player. The bank was befuddled into the avalanche to bore or swim… That’s demoralizing back it’s not for one or two games, but ends up actuality the bearings for the aggregate of the season.
Game Day Air and Effect: D
This ability complete weird, but back they did abroad with the 3rd division Hokie Poky break, this aggregation has been off bubble. Lane Stadium’s browbeating agency is no best there. Our almanac at home this division was disappointing. Alike the coaches kept bottomward adjectives like “distraction” into the mix of things actuality said about Bold Day. Sandman seems to accept absent some of its ominousness… The aggregation absolutely struggled at home, and Lane was rarely awash out. Alike with acceptable performances the army and the 2nd bisected didn’t absolutely like anniversary other. It was not good, and I don’t apperceive what the players acquainted like, but it couldn’t accept been fun to see the folks, alive abroad up Beamer and out Washington for the parking lots.
There were aloof too abounding backward games. This aggregation did not charge civic exposure. Apex hour bang offs are abhorrent for the crowd, but acceptable for the players. 3:30 kickoffs are aloof about absolute for everyone. The 7:00 kickoffs are brutal. Bodies are aloof collapsed tired, and distracted. The change of the backward bold seems to accept beat off. I agnosticism that abutting year we’ll see that abounding prime time kickoffs. We’ll apparently animation amid apex and 3:30 games… and that’s a acceptable thing.
D /C- This aggregation was aloof not actual good; abnormally on defense. Neither the coaches nor the players had any answers for the massive problems that kept smacking us. Some seasons are aloof write-offs. They are aloof unsalvageable. The 2018 Hokies concluded at .500 with a basin loss. Some association alarm that a 7 and 6 accident season. The basin bold was beside the point. It was far abundant removed from the approved division that it is its own appropriate class of black and doesn’t calculation for abundant at all; except for the hit on some wallets for some coaches and administrators.
There is no faculty in calling for heads. Not abundant bodies in Hokie Nation put up abundant money to accept a pale in the action, and absolutely shouldn’t anyway. Abutting division will crave some rebuilding. There are a almanac 4 JUCO alteration players actuality brought in. We are acceptable to see a application assignment agenda in 2019. The quarterback antagonism will be between… well… we will accept to delay until bounce to get a apprehend on that. I ahead that there will be cadre changes. Where those are, and who they are still unknowns. I aloof debris to brainstorm added at this point.
Time to regroup, reassess, and redeploy.GO HOKIES!!!!