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Stinespring promises turkey after Thanksgiving

In last Saturday’s 38-10 win over North Carolina State, Virginia Tech used the "Wild Turkey" formation for four plays. It was the most the formation has been used this season, but it will not be the last time.

“We’ll see it again,” offensive coordinator Bryan Stinespring said. “It’s been a positive addition to us.”

On Saturday, tight end Greg Boone ran the Hokies’ variation of the Wildcat offense. He handed off once, ran twice for nine yards and threw an incomplete pass. Before Saturday, the Wild Turkey was used only once this season, on a three-yard rush by running back Ryan Williams against Nebraska on Sept. 19.

The Wild Turkey provided a nice boost for the Hokies’ offense last season, with the big-bodied Boone (283 pounds) rumbling for yardage out of the shotgun formation. Stinespring said the Hokiers were “anxious to get out there and go” in the Wild Turkey.

“It’s probably been a mistake one my part not to get him out there earlier,” Stinespring said of lining up Boone in the offensive set.

Virginia Tech did not use the formation this season because Boone was injured earlier and the Hokies’ offense was moving the ball better without the added wrinkle. At times, Stinespring said, he worried about breaking up the normal offensive tempo with quarterback Tyrod Taylor and Williams, a running back who seems to grow more comfortable with each touch.

“In the game, things are flowing pretty good,” Stinespring said. “You get concerned – are you going to break your rhythm a little bit?”

By Mark Viera  |  November 25, 2009; 2:00 PM ET
 
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