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Top 25 Intel: No. 5 Virginia Tech

The Hokies went 10-4 with an offense still on training wheels, but they're loaded in '09

Originally Published: June 29, 2009
By Chris Sprow | ESPN The Magazine
Getty ImagesAccording to his offensive coordinator, Taylor is truly gaining a feel for the Tech offense now.

Virginia Tech offensive coordinator Bryan Stinespring recalls that there were times last season when his offense would break the huddle and start walking toward the line, but it was as if they had all agreed to close their eyes and try to find their positions. A test of sublime competence?

Not exactly.

"People would be standing here, and others would be walking in the wrong direction, you know, sort of waiting to see if someone was following or going the other way, and I'd think, 'Oh, here we go again,'" Stinespring says. That was the Hokies' passing game in a nutshell. A sophomore quarterback, still learning the system, led a pair of freshman wide receivers, and stood behind an offensive line in tatters. How bad was it?

Well, eight of 120 Division I teams (including the three run-heavy academies) had worse passing attacks. The offensive line didn't helped much either. Over the past two seasons, Tech has given up a Division I FBS-high 97 sacks.

"The funny thing is," Stinespring says, "we got off to a terrible start, but based on the positions we put them in, we played about as well as we could."

For Tech fans, the reality is this: Even in a season in which the offense was on training wheels, the Hokies still won the conference and captured a BCS bowl game. Just imagine what can happen if the guys actually know where to line up.

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