WFXR Sports Fresh Cut: My takeaways from Hokies win against Delaware

Well I got to tell you, as much as many of you have read about how terrible the Hokies offense looked, I wouldn't buy it. To be honest, it didn't have as much fire power verse the Delaware Blue Hens as it did against West Virginia but what was really promising was how smart and intelligent red shirt freshman Josh Jackson played in the Hokies 27-0 shutout. But first my "expert analysis" starts with the defense. 

 

High Flying Lunch Pale Defense

So the big 0 at the end of the Hokies win against Delaware is even more impressive in this age of college football. As Virginia Tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster said, it's hard to keep teams from scoring the way offenses spread the defense out. But most defenses certainly don't look like this:

 

 

What the highlights didn't include was Hokie linebacker Tremaine Edmunds who set the tone for the defense. The man had 14 tackles, 1.5 sacks and 4 TFL. Edmunds put in a days work and then some but what was great to see was his teammates step up to the plate. I mean there was literally no stopping safety Reggie Floyd. He made huge plays coming up to stop the run while all of Delaware nation was blocking Edmunds, Ricky Walker and Vinny Minhota. The lunch pale was not just one dominant being this game, it was a very delicious selection of fierce men shutting out the Blue Hens. And speaking of Ricky Walker:

Introducing the "Ickey Shuffle"

 

He calls it the "Ickey Shuffle." I asked Walker during the post game press conference what he called the shimy he did after making a defensive play and said it's what he calls it. Now my colleague Jermaine was surprised he was old enough to know what that was which I then responded, "what are you talking about?" Jermaine went on to tell me the tale of the Cincinnati Bengals former fullback Ickey Woods. I'm glad there's a modern version of this dance because I tell you what, I think Ickey Walker does it better.

 

Everyone take a deep breath and RELAX. Hokie offense will be fine.

So for my offensive analysis. I DO NOT THINK THERE'S ANYTHING WRONG WITH JOSH JACKSON. Like Coach Justin Fuente said, he's just a red shirt freshman. I do believe words like "let down", "trap game", and "win hangover" really mean something to those inexperienced players like Jackson. He'll be able to get through it because he's smart. You saw Jackson make a few plays on Saturday that really should make you happy as a Hokie fan. When stuff went to crap, Jackson made the smart play by either throwing the ball away or going down on a bad run play. Jackson also did another smart thing that led to positive yardage:

 

Jackson to Phillips is becoming a go to solution for offensive struggles.

The chemistry between Jackson and Cam Phillips is growing with every snap. It's almost security blanket like. When Jackson is in trouble and he needs to make a play I find him throwing it to Cam whether he's wide open or not. This is going to be a very exciting relationship throughout the season.

Finally, I just want to take a minute for us to all marvel at punt returner extraordinaire Greg Stroman:

I was blown away by the speed on this play. First of all, with slight twitches of his body, Stroman broke two defenders' souls. I mean he made them look ridiculous. I'm sorry but it's true. I asked him after the game what he was thinking with the end zone in sight running down the sideline and Stroman replied "Beamer Ball."


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