It wasn't a game in which Virginia Tech completely dominated, but the Hokies made quick work of Western Carolina and remedied a few ails in a 45-3 win on Saturday. They're on the road Saturday for their first true road game, against East Carolina, with kickoff at noon ET.
Coach Frank Beamer took time today to look back at the good and bad from Saturday, position statuses and other topics with the media on this morning's teleconference. Below is the transcript, followed by the audio links.
Beamer: We've really got our work cut out for us this week, without question. You're talking about an offense that has scored 83 points in their two games. The quarterback's hot, seven touchdowns, no interceptions, completing 80 percent. They've got some really, skilled people that are very, very good. They're very impressive. They won seven of their last eight games last year at home. They were 8-5. They've got eight returners on offense, eight returners on defense. It's an experienced team, a good team, an explosive team, really tough on defense, good athletes over there, a veteran defensive team. Really, we've gotta make a great preparation this week.
How happy were you with the way you guys were able to spread the ball out to a lot of different guys?
Beamer: Yeah, I thought that was good. It's really based on where the read takes you, but getting the ball around to different guys and trying to get different people involved, I feel more comfortable that you've got guys that can make catches and run with it and so forth. All of that's good.
We didn't see much of Charley Meyer. Was he completely healthy or what was his deal?
Beamer: He was in certain packages and hopefully, we can get him more involved this week. He's a guy that's very dependable, so he'll be more involved this week.
Your last two games in Greenville have been pretty close ones. You've won both games, but how tough of a place is that to go down to and play at?
Beamer: It seems like someone's told me five of our last last seven games at East Carolina have been decided by seven points or less. East Carolina is a dangerous team. I think they're sixth on the list there of non-BCS schools that's beaten BCS schools. Of course, they're getting ready to join a league that's a BCS league, too. They got our attention and got our respect. They're a very explosive football team.
Detrick Bonner's defensive touchdown Saturday was the first one you guys have had in 28 games, which is by far the longest you've ever gone there. Is it just a matter of how the ball bounces on those types of things? Or is there something else at work, there?
Beamer: That always needs to be a threat. As we started out last year, we had a lot of young guys on defense. I thought we improved as the year went on. The last part of the season, we were better, but part of it has been us and part of it has been just the way the ball bounces. Hopefully, that bounce, if you stay around it long enough, the ball bounces your way a few times. Maybe there's some more there that we can get.
In your opening remarks, you mentioned East Carolina's quarterback. What specifically about Cardon have you seen on tape that you like?
Beamer: He's certainly accurate, that's for sure. Anybody that can complete 8- percent, that's hard to do in pass skill. They're doing it in real games and he's mobile. He's got good pocket presence, he's not an easy guy to get pressure on. I think he's really good and he's got good skill people around him. The wide receivers and running backs, they've got some guys that can get it done..
Kalvin Cline is obviously a guy we didn't know anything about prior to this season and then last week, he kinda popped up number two on the depth chart at tight end in a hurry. Then, he was a big target for Logan this past weekend. Kinda give me an idea about what you like about him, how he's able to sort of climb the depth chart relatively quickly at tight end?
Beamer: Well, he's athletic. Number two, he's smart. We threw him in there last week and offensively, we move around a lot, shift and motion and a lot of stuff going on. We threw him in there and he didn't miss much. For not being around it, not getting reps and all of a sudden being thrown in there and get most of it is really pretty impressive. He's got some toughness, he cares, he wants to and you like the kid. He gives us a little stretch there. You'd like to see him get a little bit bigger and stronger and he will in time. He just is a true freshman. But he gives you something as far as an athletic tight end that can help us here.
You guys had all the drops in the opener and were much better this weekend. What did you see improvement-wise from the receivers?
Beamer: They made a couple of tough catches and had a couple of balls that could have been caught. But far less than the previous week. They spent a lot of time after practice catching balls and we'll do that again and see if we can have zero drops.
Willie Byrn obviously had a good game for you. What does Willie do and what are his strengths?
Beamer: The strengths are consistency, he's smart, he runs his routes at the corrct depth. I think Logan can anticipate with him and get the ball out of his hands before he even makes a break. He has confidence like that in him and that's a great thing for a quarterback. Those receivers, if you're on the same page and can anticipate and get your ball out, it's a lot easier to play quarterback that way.
Part of me was wondering when Caleb was reinstated after the one-game suspension, if Mangus would wind up eventauully back at receiver. But after seeing the run he had last weekend and sort of maybe what he can do in the backfield, I sort of wonder about that. Is there a chance he goes back to receiver at some point? Or are you moving ahead with him at running back?
Beamer: I think it's full speed again. We'll get him out there in space some, maybe with the motion or whatever. But Joel, he made a couple of tough runs there. I was impressed with him. Mangus, certainly on the long run and we ran it into a situation we probably shouldn't have run it into. But he made the guy miss, made a couple of guys miss and outran the rest of them. And then Joel came in there and showed good vision, good toughness. From one week to the second week, that position got a lot stronger. JC's back and feeling better now. He tweaked his ankle a little bit, but I think he'll be better this week than he was last week. That's starting to look better.
I saw you got the second-team offensive line in there, but I don't think Parker Osterloh or Wyatt Teller played. Is the plan to redshirt those guys this year?
Beamer: Yeah, if we can. We'll see how it goes. We're just really, really thin. But if we can, we'd like to right now. That's the plan right now, but as we get into it more, we'll see. But we'd like to.
It looks like Trey Edmunds has a firm grasp on the starting spot, so with J.C. Coleman back healthy, how do you split the carries? Is JC a third-down back?
Beamer: JC, he's got some explosion in there and good knowledge for pass protection. I think he's a solid, all-around back for us, just like Trey is.
Even with the other running backs now, how do you split the carries to avoid the situation you had last year?
Beamer: We'll see how we practice this week. It all goes back to how we practice. We'll determine that later in the week.
You guys lost Andrew Miller during the game. Was it anything serious and how did the line look after he went out?
Beamer: I think we miss Andrew. I think we miss his mentaility when he's not in the game, his toughness. He's exactly what you want. We're better when he's in the ball game, I don't think there's any question about that, not only from just a blocking, physically what he can do, but mentally what he brings to that group.
Was that injury anything significant or just to hold him out of that game?
Beamer: He's doing pretty well. It's an ankle injury, I think it's his other one, but Mike Goforth was saying that he really thought he was coming along well. We'll see. Later in the week, we'll know more.