Boise State: 'This isn't your normal offense'
Boise State's offense averaged more than 42 points per game last season. And with all but one starter back, it's not a matter of who's going to start for the Broncos, it's where to start.
Seriously folks, the 2009 numbers are terrifying at the skill positions, especially if you're nervous about the Hokies breaking in seven new starters on defense:
QB Kellen Moore: 3,536 yards; 39 TDs; 3 INTs; 69.3 completion percentage
WR Titus Young: 79 catches for 1,041 yards; 10 TDs
WR Austin Pettis: 63 catches for 855 yards; 14 TDs
RB Jeremy Avery: 1,150 rushing yards; 5.5 ypc; 23 catches for 257 yards; 7 total TDs
RB Doug Martin: 765 rushing yards; 5.8 ypc; 15 TDs
RB D.J. Harper: 284 rushing yards; 3 TDs; played just three games due to a season-ending knee injury
As if that weren't enough, the Broncos' offensive line may have been the best in the nation in 2009. They allowed just five sacks all season.
"They have a lot of weapons, they're good all-around," said defensive tackle John Graves, the lone returning starter on Virginia Tech's front four. "This isn't your normal offense right here ... It's tough for any defense when you have to go against somebody who can beat you from any different level."
In particular, the Hokies' defense is worried about the amount of deception utilized by the Broncos. Boise State is known for designing plays that get its skill position players out in space. The Broncos throw an abundance of screens to running backs and wide receivers, and disguise plays with multiple formations and motion before the snap.
The pressure will fall on the Hokies' linebackers and secondary, where Virginia Tech has four new starters, to diagnose the play early and make strong open field tackles. But if there's one good thing about facing Boise State in the first week of the season, it's that the Virginia Tech defense has watched tons of film on the Broncos.
And though defensive coordinator Bud Foster has remained coy about how his defense will counteract the Broncos' dynamic attack, he did offer a few hints after practice Wednesday when discussing Moore's ability to avoid interceptions.
"He’s accurate, but he’s accurate when he’s got time to throw," said Foster. "We’ve seen a lot of film and when he gets pressure, he’s like a lot of quarterbacks. He’ll throw it up. He had three picks last year, but he had five or six others that were right in guys’ hands that they dropped."
The defense has been Virginia Tech's calling card for years, finishing in the top 12 nationally the past six seasons. This Monday, though, could be their stiffest test yet.
"I'm anxious to see what we can do," Foster said.
September 2, 2010; 3:09 PM ET
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