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Hokies defense leaves Tech OC Loeffler disappointed

Tom Savage, Jack Tyler, Dadi Nicolas

It is no secret Virginia Tech is a team that will focus on defense first and hope the offense can put together enough points to win some games. That was the case Saturday as the Hokies brought a close to spring practices with the annual spring game. The defense recorded six sacks and 17 tackles for a loss while holding the offense to 106 yards over 96 plays.

“I felt like our defense took a step forward today,” head coach Frank Beamer said following the scrimmage. “They were having fun, flying around and being aggressive.”

Defensive end Dadi Nicolas had 10 tackles, a sack and 2.5 tackles for a loss. Defensive tackle Luther Maddy had six tackles, 1.5 sacks and two tackles for a loss. Linebacker Chris Williams also had a fine afternoon with 1.5 sacks. In the battle to replace Logan Thomas as the starting quarterback, Brenden Motley and Mark Leal each tossed a touchdown but neither excelled against the Hokies defense.

“The art of playing quarterback is whenever there are people around you and in your face, and you’re making plays or not making plays, that’s a huge indicator,” offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler said. “That’s why you want to see it.”

“Offensively, we’ve been taking steps, but I thought we took a step backward today for whatever reason,” Beamer said.

The Hokies offense is in need of an upgrade. Virgnia Tech ranked 12th in scoring offense, 13th in rushing offense and ninth in passing offense within the ACC in 2013. Going up against the Virginia Tech defense is certainly no confidence booster for an anemic offense, but the opportunity to work against one of the best defenses in the ACC should, in theory, benefit Virginia Tech in preparing for the season.

For now, there is a bit of a negative vibe following the Saturday scrimmage. Loeffler was not pleased.

“Our intensity was terrible,” Loeffler said. “I’m really disappointed in how we walked out on to the field and competed. That hasn’t been our M.O. this spring, but it obviously was today, and I was very, very disappointed.”

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4 Responses to “Hokies defense leaves Tech OC Loeffler disappointed”
  1. auburntigers34 says: Apr 26, 2014 7:17 PM

    Scot Loeffler is terrible. Probably the worst OC in college football.

  2. westof1club says: Apr 27, 2014 8:49 AM

    That makes him a perfect fit for one of the worst head coaches (Beamer) in CFB. Blind leading the blind.

  3. urfinished says: Apr 28, 2014 10:29 AM

    So basically the same story for Virginia Tech for the last 20 years minus Tyrod and Vick…great defense and no offense.
    Beamer has done great things for that school…but he needs to retire gracefully.

  4. enef21 says: May 1, 2014 11:46 AM

    I believe you have a mistake in your article. Considering tech doesn’t have a LB named Chris Williams, and when you click on the name the bio jumps to a WR from New Mexico State…it seems logical that you meant to type Chase Williams…

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