Aug 31, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies run onto the field prior to facing the Alabama Crimson Tide in the 2013 Chick-fil-a Kickoff game at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports
The Virginia Tech Hokies will take on Western Carolina tomorrow afternoon. Western Carolina travels to Lane Stadium for the first time, as the FCS team is looking to play better competition. The Hokies will look to get their season on track and grab their first win. In the season opener against the Alabama Crimson Tide, the team struggled at times to contain bama’s explosive offense.
VA Tech had many issues in the loss to Alabama, but a major issue they will look to improve on against WC is catching the football. The team struggled to haul in passes, and Assistant Coach Aaron Moorehead was not happy. When asked about the dropped passes, Moorehead had this to say.
"It was very frustrating. I didn’t sleep very well Saturday night, I watched the whole game on the flight home and thought I would be able to put it behind me. I went home and was tossing and turning. And it wasn’t a great feeling, to be completely honest with you.”-[Quote from:Washingpost.com]"
Moorehead deserved to be upset with the receiving unit, but explained to reporters they will be ready to go come Saturday. The team has upped their reps for the JUG machines, and will look to be more consistent. Another key to the team getting their first win tomorrow is quarterback Logan Thomas. Thomas had an awful start to his season, as he only completed 5 out of 26 passing attempts. The QB only totaled 59 yards, and also tossed an interception.
With all the negatives out of the way, it is now time to focus on the positives that the Hokies will look to carry into Saturday’s contest. At the half, Alabama had only 97 total yards. For the game, they totaled 206, which is less than half of what they averaged last season. The defense was the only bright spot, as they also managed to pick off A.J. McCarron, who only threw 3 just a season ago.
The defense is definitely not the issue for VT going into Saturday’s game. Logan Thomas and the rest of the offense must step up in order to turn things around. Look for Trey Edmunds, and J.C. Coleman to have nice days on the ground, and for Thomas to play significantly better. If the offense steps up, and the defense plays like they did last week, then look for our Hokies to cruise to their first victory of the 2013 season. You can watch the Hokies bounce back tomorrow on ESPN3 at 1:30.