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Advance Auto Parts Hokie Hotline Notes
Monday, October 11, 2004
by Phil Noftsinger
Hokie Hotline was broadcast live from Beamerís restaurant in Christiansburg,
Virginia. Tonightís guests included Jim Weaver, Jim Cavanaugh and head coach
Bill Roth opened the show by reviewing the Hokie news of the day:
∑ Monday night was the deadline for students to
sign up for the student lottery for the Maryland game. Menís basketball
season tickets are being sold for $5 per game for students. A signup has
started and if demand exceeds supplies, a lottery will be implemented.
∑ Techís menís soccer team knocked off #1
ranked Duke last Saturday in Durham.
∑ Chase Harrison was named the ACC soccer player
of the week.
Roth mentioned that Techís defense has really played well so far this
year. Coach Cavanaugh responded by saying that Wake Forest is a team that
could have a much better record. Roth mentioned that five ACC games have been
decided on the last play of the game. Coach Cavanaugh said that this is the
best talent ever on a Wake Forest squad. Roth asked if ACC teams are good
football teams, or is there just a lot of parity? Cavanaugh said that the juryís
still out on the ACC, but that the talent level is very good. Coach said that
more games this year are lost rather than won, with teams making a critical
mistake at a critical time. There is also a lot of inconsistency with the
teams week to week, so itís difficult to determine which team is going to
Coach Cavanaugh said that last year the defense would make crucial mistakes
during the fourth quarter. Over the off-season the coaches went through,
evaluated those mistakes, and felt like the team wasnít that far off base
last year. Now with some minor adjustments the defense is playing much better.
Roth said that last year when things went wrong things seemed to snowball, but
this year the team seems to rally together more and overcome a missed field
goal or turnover. Coach Cavanaugh said that this year we have great seniors
this year, with some serious experience. These seniors have a lot of reps
under their belt, and they play as a team.
After the break Roth talked about the recruiting so far this season. Coach
said that each year there is a different group of guys. Coach said that Penn
State started this early recruitment about 5 years ago. Coach said heís not
a big proponent of that, but if it exists then heís going to take advantage
of that. The recruits are a little more exposed to what you have on your
football team, with the camps and early visits. Coach said that the ones that
have committed thus far have visited the campus.
Roth asked Coach Cavanaugh how he has been so successful in the recruiting
arena. Coach said that heís worked in this state for a long time, and on his
second generation of high school coaches. After a while these coaches start to
get to know you, and they understand that if you say something then they know
that heís going to follow through on it. A lot of young college coaches are
afraid to tell a high school coach when they're not interested in a particular
player. Each coach in college coaching has a reputation, good bad or
indifferent. Coach Cavanaugh said there is one high school coach who he has
visited 22 years in a row, and to date that school has not produced a player.
However, he is going to continue to visit that coach, build that relationship,
and when a player does emerge, he hopes to have an opportunity to recruit that
Roth mentioned the night Michael Vick committed to Tech, and he asked if it
ever gets old. Coach Cavanaugh said that there are long nights, when youíre
driving back, after a kid has told you heís going to another school. Coach
said that each year, we get more rules by administrators who have never spent
a season recruiting. Coach continued that in the old days you were gone all
year, recruiting. Now there are rules that wonít allow you to be around the
kids as much, so you donít really know as much as you need. This decreases
your margin of error on selection of potential players. With the new academic
rules, you can tell if a kid is qualified, but you donít have as much time
to look into a kidís heart and understand as much as you need to about a
player. You have to rely on the high school coachís ability to evaluate the
talent a lot more.
Todd from Christiansburg, who was in the audience, asked if this was
going to be a cardiac team all year. Coach Cavanaugh said that he thought it
would be, but not because of our football team. There is so much parity that
there are a lot of good teams out there. The evolution of the passing game has
changed college football, and teams move up and down the field more quickly.
There have been a lot of changes in college football. Who would have ever
thought that Nebraska could get beat as bad as they did by Texas Tech (70-10)?
After the break, Roth asked Coach Cavanaugh, who was the player that after
he committed he was the happiest about and who was the one player that he was
most disappointed to lose. Coach Cavanaugh said that he likes them all who
have committed, but the most disappointment was when he was coaching at UNC
and lost Anthony Poindexter to Virginia.
Richard in Roanoke called in and he asked the coach to describe the ďwheel
routeĒ. Coach Cavanaugh said that the wheel route is when two receivers are
split to one side, the first receiver runs like he is going to run to the
flat, and he ďwheelsĒ and turns up the side line. The receiver outside of
him will run a curl or post to remove the corner from the edge. Some people do
it with the tight end, but they are typically not fast enough.
Roth mentioned that on Wake Forestís final drive James Griffin re-injured
his ankle, and that Mike Daniels had to come in and play an important position
at a critical time. Coach Cavanaugh said that Mike has done a great job this
season in a utility role. Mike jumps in and is an old style football player.
Coach Cavanaugh said that Mike has played there more often than people
probably realize. The drive at the end of the third quarter Mike made a
crucial tackle on a third down. Mike also did some good things in coverage. Heís
a good tackler, and with the zone coverage itís probably more geared to his
style of play.
Jim Weaver said that there is one reason why Coach Cavanaugh is a great
recruiter, and thatís because the coaches and parents trust him. Heís a
Gary from Roanoke writes in that the drive to Winston Salem was a great
(short) distance and wanted to know if Boston College will become a yearly
rival rather than Wake Forest. Weaver confirmed that Boston College would
become our annual cross-over from the other ACC division. They will be a
Austin in Los Angeles wrote in and suggested that VT play Kansas State
out of conference. Weaver said that K-State is just now starting to play an
equity opponent out of conference, and we would consider playing them. As it
stands right now we are not looking for an equity opponent to fill our current
schedule, but as we work on years out farther teams like K-State will be on
the schedule. Roth mentioned that K-State takes soft scheduling to a new
level, but it seems that they are starting to play tougher out of conference
opponents looking forward.
Kevin in Dulles Virginia asked if Tech was 6-6 would they be bowl
eligible. Weaver said that Tech must be 7-5 to be bowl eligible this year.
Weaver said that the 6-6 rule must be re-instated every year prior to 12 game
seasons. Roth said that a team that is 6-6 shouldnít go to a bowl. Weaver
said that the ADís were a little surprised last year when the rule was
instituted, which he added was brought to the floor by the PAC-10 conference.
Josh from Blacksburg who was in the audience, wondered if Tech was
planning on getting end zone nets. Weaver said that they were planning on
having end zone nets this year and at the very last minute the various
conferences in conjunction with television stations put a hold on that. Weaver
said that next year there would be end zone nets. Weaver said that the nets
would be put up so there is little visual interference.
Don from Fredericksburg wondered if there would be more commercials
played on the jumbo-tron during the game. Weaver said that we currently have a
good balance, and there is no plan to increase the number of commercials.
Roth asked if there was any report from the ACC meetings last week. Weaver
said that there were many discussions on scheduling of various sports, but in
all of those cases no decisions were made due to a lack of total information.
Weaver did say that they were much further down the road than he had
anticipated at this juncture. Weaver said that with regard to basketball they
are trying to balance RPI concerns with total number of games. Roth asked why
ice-hockey and baseball teams can play forty games, but basketball is limited
Jeremy from Christiansburg who was in the audience asked Bill Roth what
happened to the letters from fans on the Kroger Roth Report, and he also asked
Jim Weaver to comment on Jefferson Pilot selecting VT games over in-state
rivals such as NC State vs UNC. Weaver said that we had the highest rating
that JP ever had with our Duke game, and that had spoke volumes to the JP
executives about the Hokie Nation. Roth said that he started the mailbag a few
years ago, but right now they are trying to change things up.
Andy in Roanoke called in wondered if there would be any more pre-game
flyovers. Weaver said that we are to have at least one more flyover this year.
The rumor is that next year there will be a wing of Apache helicopters.
James in Roanoke called in and wondered if there would be anything done
for John Dobbins, who was the first black football player at Virginia Tech,
and if we would do anything for the 1966-1968 football players who Frank
Beamer was a member of. Weaver said that when there are football reunions he
tries to make sure those teams are introduced. Weaver said that he is aware of
John Dobbinís passing, and they will look into it.
Jeff from Knoxville called in and wanted to know how much Tech will pay
Florida A&M for the game this Saturday. Weaver said that the primary
reason that the Rattlers are on the schedule was because they were the only
1-A team that was available. Because they decided to forego moving up to 1-A
and remained at 1-AA for now, the Hokies re-negotiated their contract to only
pay them $200K.
Roth returned from the break by congratulating Frank Beamer on the win last
Saturday. Roth asked what it says about this team that three weeks in a row
the team has made the plays down the stretch to possibly win the game. Coach
said that those late drives are great confidence builders. Roth said that the
last two weeks Imoh has given us back to back great games. Coach said that we
still want to see Hamilton and Humes get better, but that Mike has given the
running game new life and has done a great job.
Roth asked Beamer to give the listeners an injury update. Beamer said that
Noland Burchette would be out this week, and hopefully be back for the Georgia
Tech game. Mike Daniels is in Blue today, but will play this weekend. Xavier
Adibi will not play this weekend, but will return for the Georgia Tech game.
Roth asked if Imoh can stand up to the pounding, playing as many snaps plus
punt returns and running the ball. Beamer said that he talked with Coach Hite
about that and he was confident that Imoh was handling the playing time well.
Beamer said that with Eddie Royal back there too, it takes some of the heat
off. As long as Imoh remains productive you have to get the ball in his hands.
Roth asked about the mental status of Cedric Humes who after a great run,
fumbled the ball down near the goal line. Beamer said that heís going to be
okay, heís a good person with good character. Beamer said that he was giving
great effort, bounced off of a guy, but just coughed it up.
Jeff from Palmyra wrote in and wanted to know how Shane Beamer was
doing down at Mississippi State. Beamer said that wins and losses are a little
rough right now, but that heís with a great staff down there. Right now itís
the first year, but they are going to be okay in the future.
Randy in Mosely Virginia wrote in asking Beamer if he is concerned
about the offenseís inability to finish the job, falling short of the goal
line several times in the past couple weeks. Beamer said that Randyís
assessment is true, but the positive thing is that we did drive the ball down
the field. There were a couple things that kept us from scoring, but overall
our offensive performance was good.
Keith in Bluefield West Virginia wanted to know what was going on in
the kicking game which seems to be more erratic, and wanted to know where Nic
Schmittís status stood. Beamer said that they moved the ball over to the
left hash for Jared Develli, and this week he got it just to the goal line but
the kicks are low. Beamer said that they worked on it today. Roth asked about
Vinnie Burns, who had a great game statistically. Beamer said that he tried to
rush his kick on that one play last week. Beamer said they worked with him
Josh from Pittsburgh wrote in and said that the while in the shotgun
the snaps have been high. Beamer said that they are trying to work on that,
and that any time youíre worried about the snap youíre not thinking about
the play. Beamer said that they are aware of that situation and are working to
correct that as well.
Gene in Farmville Virginia wrote in and wondered why we donít pass
more to set up the run, like we did against USC. Beamer said that it gets into
whether or not you need to pound a team a little bit. Overall being
unpredictable is the important goal.
Roth asked when you looked at the Boston College versus Wake, you come away
with the feeling that if they ran the ball more they might have won that game.
Beamer said that you want to keep that offense off the field, and that he felt
like they were better offensively than West Virginia.
Chris from Salem who was in the audience asked about the last drive
where Randall ran from the shotgun and if it was a designed play. Beamer said
that the last play was designed run, but the other two were pass plays where
he came out to make a play. Roth pointed out that there have been times where
Randall has missed open receivers, but when the game is on the line Randall
has been very accurate.
Roth asked Beamer about Aaron Rodgers, quarterback for Cal, and his play
against USC this past weekend. Roth pointed out that fans were critical of the
defense during the bowl game last year, but the same quarterback also picked
apart the USC defense on Saturday. Beamer agreed that Rogers is an excellent
ISP Intern Dallas with the NFL update:
∑ DE John Engleberger in his 5th year, has 10
tackles and one forced fumble on the year for the 49ers.
∑ Pierson Prioleau in his 6th year with the Bills
had 6 tackles and a fumble recovery last weekend.
∑ Cory Bird has 22 tackles for the Colts in his
∑ Michael Vick threw for almost 200 yards and
almost pulled out the win.
∑ Andre Davis for the Browns had 5 catches for 101
yards and a touchdown against Jacksonville.
∑ Ernest Wilford is has 130 yards and two
Ernest Wilford called in and Roth said that the Hokie Nation is really
proud of him. Beamer said that he talks to the Jacksonville scouts about him.
Wilford said Jacksonville is a great place to live, and he noticed that during
the Hokies visits there for the Gator Bowl. Roth asked Wilford what was the
biggest difference for him from college to the NFL. Wilford said the speed of
the game is the biggest difference, itís very fast, everyone is very
competitive. You have to be ready to play every week, and that every opponent
is as good as the previous one. Beamer said that heís very proud of him and
to keep it up.
Roth asked about his latest purchase. Wilford said that heís just
completed his first walk-through on his first house. Wilford continued to say
that the Lord has continued to work through him and that everything has fallen
into place for him so far. Heís thankful to Frank Beamer as a coach, for his
patience and is so thankful to have had Frank Beamer as a head coach. Beamer
said that when Ernest came in he thought he was going to be one of the great
defensive ends at Virginia Tech. However, he didnít get the weight on him
like he needed to, and about half way through his freshman year, Wilford came
to him and said that he really thought he was a wide receiver. Beamer said
that he started practicing with the wideouts.
Mohammed from Sterling Virginia called in and asked if we could have
Bryan Randall on the show. Roth said that thereís no rule about it, but that
it would have to be a surprise visit. You are not permitted by NCAA
regulations to promote his appearance. Beamer said that might be a
possibility. Roth said that they do that for the bowl shows.
Roth mentioned the number of Hokie fans at the Wake game. Beamer said it
was great that the home team was struggling to call plays in their own
stadium. Beamer continued by saying that Hokie fans are smart, they know when
to make noise.
Roth asked about the lineup change that will happen this weekend (with
Burchette out, Jim Davis will move back to DE and Carlton Powell will start in
Davis' place at DT). Beamer said that Carlton Powell, who has moved into the
starting position, is one of many players who have stood out on the defensive
line. Beamer said that Kory Robertson will also be good in the future. Roth
said that Tech has eight defensive lineman to rotate in. Beamer said that
having depth there is critical in the upcoming schedule. Beamer continued that
the loss of some defensive lineman was part of the difficulty last year.
Barek in Blacksburg called in and wondered how some of the red-shirting
guys are getting along so far this year. Beamer said that Brandon Ore and
Jeremy Gilcrest are performing. Cory Holt was the quarterback in the
scrimmage, he threw a couple of interceptions, but heís progressing. Roth
asked about Kent Hicks. Beamer said that he will probably move to free safety
rather than rover. A couple of the freshman corners may move to free safety,
but that will be an area of concern next spring.
Junior in Shawsville Virginia called in and was concerned about the
offense, and wondered why we werenít getting the ball to the receivers.
Beamer said that a couple times we didnít have time to get the ball out
there. In this last game the run game was the focus. Beamer said that the
offense is developing, and there is some real potential. Coach said that there
are some great tight ends, and the offensive line battles real good. Beamer
really liked the potential of the offense.
Brent from Pinehurst North Carolina talked about the unusual punt
formation. Roth said that they give up a lot of yards in coverage. Beamer said
that you free up your snapper from protection, but the three guys behind the
line do not factor in protection. Beamer said that the team was real close to
getting a good return, and against that formation the return is the higher
percentage. Roth mentioned that Florida A&M has struggled in the kicking
game. Beamer said that their punter has boomed some kicks too.
Mike in Germantown Maryland called in and wondered if the pass could be
used to open up the run, whereas the contrary is normally accepted. Beamer
said that you plan your offense based upon what the defense is dictating and
you react to that. Beamer said that his philosophy is that you do what your
percentages are so you can win the football game. Beamer said that he doesnít
care how many passing or running yards you have. He is concerned with winning
the game, and you have to be able to do both.
Jane in Culpepper wrote in and wondered why Randall had to take a
timeout during the first quarter. Beamer said that the official was very fast
in starting the clock. Beamer said that when he took the timeout he mentioned
it to the official, and it seemed to get better.
Roth said that Florida A&M has a quarterback call the plays. Roth said
that this team throws the ball all over the field. Beamer said that they have
played three quarterbacks, they have five wideout sets, and they have great
ability. Beamer said that they are dangerous with their passing attack.
Roth asked if this weekís preparation is more about the Hokies than the
opponent. Beamer said that you have to respect every opponent, and that so far
the team feels pretty good. The key is to get better every week. Beamer said
that he refuses to allow his players to be slow on the field, he wants them to
think fast, play fast, and be fast.
Joe from Rual Retreat who was in the audience wondered how you teach
your wide receivers to block down field. Beamer said that itís kind of a
gift, and that Eddie Royal does a good job, and you try to get your wide out
to chop block. As a defensive back you are focused on getting after the runner
and itís much harder to come off a chop block. Tony Ball has done a good job
coaching, but Eddie just "gets it."
Ben in Salem called in and wondered how Beamer felt about walk-on
freshman. Ben is a Senior in high school. Beamer said that we have had great
success with the walk-on program, and that Ben should come on out and sign up.
Beamer said he will get his chance.
Roth asked Beamer if he is surprised that Cory Bird is a great NFL player.
Beamer said no, he was a great college player. Beamer said that you find that
the NFL guys are the unselfish, quality guys. Roth said that he felt that Cory
was one of the most underrated players to have come through Tech. Beamer said
that he wants them all to come back for the Spring game next year.
Jim in Massapequa called in and wondered about the tight end position,
and if there was more to come from passing to the tight ends. Jim also wanted
to know if Tech focuses on New York in recruiting. Beamer said that Mazzetta
made a great catch on Saturday and King had three catches. Beamer said they
will be actively involved in the offense. Beamer said that their recruiting
focus has been in a radius of about five hours, and within that radius we can
get the players that can win a national championship. Beamer said they will
travel to New York in special cases.
Roth wrapped up the show by asking the coach what we will see on Saturday.
Beamer said that he is hopeful there will be a great crowd there on Saturday.
He said that the team will try to get some things squared away on the offense
and kicking games.
Monday was day 9 of Virginia Techís continuous possession of the Black
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