Nov 16, 2013; Blacksburg, VA, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies running back Trey Edmunds (14) with the ball as offensive linesman Caleb Farris (79) blocks and Maryland Terrapins linebacker L.A. Goree (53) defends in the first quarter at Lane Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
The Virginia Tech offensive line has had a lot of struggles this season but made a slight improvement when they decided to make a change at left guard by benching Caleb Farris and starting Wyatt Teller who has probably been the Hokies’ best offensive lineman.
However, the Virginia Tech offensive line has had some struggles and decided to make another change outside of the one that made Wade Hansen the starting right tackle due to Jonathan McLaguhlin’s surgery.
The latest Virginia Tech football depth chart has Caleb Farris listed as the starting right guard, replacing Augie Conte who is listed as the backup to Hansen at right tackle. This just shows that Stacy Searels is willing to make some changes to make sure he gets the best out of his offensive line.
Farris was a better fit last season at guard than at center where he started this season at. Benching Farris probably shook him up a little and may have helped him make this comeback to where he is going to be back in the starting lineup. If Farris can play like he did last season, this will be a very good move by Searels.
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However, there is some risk with this in that Conte seemed to be the future right guard and likely still is though this will be a very interesting spring to see what happens. The difference between Farris and Conte doesn’t seem to be much of anything and if that is true, the Hokies should go with the younger player.
Farris can be a quality leader on the offensive line but they have two seniors with Laurence Gibson and David Wang so that shouldn’t be the reason. The obvious reason is that Searels thinks Farris is a better player than Conte but the way Farris and Conte have played this season don’t suggest that.
We will just have to see if starting Farris over Conte pays off.