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April 23, 2014

Offense Doesn't Worry Loeffler

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For anyone who saw Virginia Tech's open scrimmage and even anyone who didn't, the statistics pointed out an obvious discrepancy with the offense. The Hokies had just 106 yards of total offense, including 11 of 33 passing for 96 yards and just 10 yards rushing.

Offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler hasn't dwelled on that lackluster showing, though. For him, it might have been more important how the offense responded. After yesterday's mini-scrimmage, just days from the spring game and the conclusion of spring practice, Loeffler still is hopeful with what he sees. Now, it's a matter of building on that in the off-season.

"You're trying to, every day, come out and compete the way you're supposed to compete," Loeffler said. "We let a day slip like that, it was disappointing. No, you don't want that to happen, but we have made progress. It's over now and at least we came out with the mentality to compete the way we have been, which is a positive."

Loeffler said he still isn't sure of the format that Virginia Tech will use Saturday for the spring game (coaches will meet today and Thursday to decide all the details). Whichever the format, the offense will be limited in a number of ways it will play, though the play itself might not be the most important aspect.

"There's a part of you that just wants to get out and get healthy, there's a part of you that wants to execute," Loeffler said. "Obviously, you're always limited on what you do and they're limited on what they do. It's let the kids go out there and compete. I think it's their day. I think it's a day for them to go compete in front of our fans. The most important thing is not to lose anyone."

For Loeffler, the most important step now comes after the spring game. He and the rest of the coaching staff will be limited by NCAA rules in how much contact they can have with players. And it's up to the players themselves to work and improve.

"They've gotta understand exactly where we're at and what we need to do to improve and it's their job," Loeffler said. "I've always said this, the great football teams that I've been on and been a part of, the senior leadership grabs that group and they find a way to get better. That's what's gotta happen this summer."

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