Update From Friedgen
Quick update from Ralph Friedgen’s teleconference before I head out to eat a big dinner and some sweet potato pie:
No significant injuries coming out of the Virginia Tech loss.
Friedgen said cornerback Nolan Carroll was banged up pretty good after the game. He is not expected to practice tomorrow but could be okay for Tuesday’s practice. Torrey Smith's ankle seems a little better, too.
Linebacker Moise Fokou and wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey are both banged up, but nothing serious at this point. And we wouldn’t know otherwise until Thursday’s injury report, at the earliest.
Fullback Cory Jackson (knee) and running back Da’Rel Scott (shoulder) are not worse than they were headed into the game.
Regarding the awful running game, Friedgen said it was a combination of offensive line struggles and perhaps Scott’s injury. Friedgen did not think Scott looked himself when trying to run through the few holes that were available.
Regarding the defense, Friedgen boiled it down to about seven bad plays. Problem is, he said those seven plays helped Tech gain about 150 yards.
Regarding Chris Cosh, Friedgen had been frustrated with a sequence at the end of the first half that prompted him to take a timeout when Tech faced a third down and 18. Today, Friedgen said he has talked to defensive coordinator Chris Cosh, who told Friedgen that he did get a call in to the defense on time. Problem was, not all the players got the call. “There was some confusion,” Friedgen said.
Regarding overall play, Friedgen felt his team was tentative and did not play with the aggressiveness and intensity it needs to. Mental errors plagued the offensive line.
That’s about it for now. We will load up throughout another busy week as the football season approaches an apex and the basketball season revs up in full tilt. Should be fun.
The ACC race is a mess, and it is fun to watch.
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