So whatever relief Coach Frank Beamer got from Saturday’s 37-0 victory over Bowling Green wasn’t evident on his weekly teleconference with reporters. He called this week’s opponent, Cincinnati, “by far the most athletic team we’ve played” this season.
The Bearcats present challenges on both sides of the ball, starting with an offense led by dual-threat quarterback (and candidate for the best name in college football) Munchie Legaux. Through two games the junior is completing close to 62 percent of his passes and also ranks second on the team with 142 rushing yards.
Legaux also has plenty of weapons surrounding him. Running back George Winn, who scored a 58-yard touchdown on the first play of a 34-10 victory over Pittsburgh, is averaging nearly seven yards per carry, and fellow tailback Ralph David Abernathy IV is the team’s leading receiver with seven catches.
But in just two games, Legaux has completed passes to 10 receivers.
“They got good skill people around [Legaux] so trying to cover everything in this offense, it makes it tough,” Beamer said.
Cincinnati’s defense, Beamer noted, led the nation in tackles for loss and finished second in the country in sacks last year.
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>> Linebacker Tariq Edwards played for the first time this season in the second half against Bowling Green on Saturday, but Beamer said the team will wait and see how he progresses before rotating him with senior Bruce Taylor and junior Jack Tyler.
“He did okay and I think each week goes by, he’ll get a little bit better,” Beamer said of Edwards.
Beamer added that he didn’t expect quarterback Logan Thomas to be hindered this week by the lacerated fingernail he suffered against Bowling Green. The junior signal caller said his nail got bent back during the game.
>> One of the bright spots in Virginia Tech’s win over Bowling Green was the play of the tailback committee. All four played well, Beamer said, particularly junior Tony Gregory. He rushed for a team-high 68 yards on 11 carries and caught two passes for 20 yards, showing off a burst of speed that had been missing from the backfield. But it doesn’t sound like any of the running backs have separated themselves from the pack yet.
“I’d rather see them all come along and make it hard to decide who should be in there,” Beamer said.
>> Sophomore Caleb Farris saw some extensive action at center Saturday, more so than the Hokies’ other reserve linemen, but Beamer said it was not because starter Andrew Miller was injured. The coaches like what they’ve seen from Farris and wanted to get him some more experience for the future.
“I think keeping our guys fresh is an important part of being consistently good on the offensive line,” Beamer said.
>> The ACC announced Monday that Virginia Tech’s game at North Carolina on Oct. 6 will be a 12:30 kickoff on the ACC Network.