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Kyle Fuller produced the only example of BeamerBall seen last year.
Scoring contributions from the defense and special teams have been a Frank Beamer specialty at Tech for many years.
Blocked field goals, blocked punts returned for touchdowns and constant pressure was the essence of "BeamerBall." Other teams could try and emulate it, but it was always the Hokies who had the most success.
Last season, however, this wasn’t the case. The constant threat that Beamer-coached teams used to provide just wasn’t there. Kyle Fuller scored a touchdown from a blocked punt against Appalachian State, but it wasn’t exactly a close game up to that point.
It’s not that the team wasn’t capable of doing the things BeamerBall requires, either. They got close on more than one occasion last year, only to be flagged for roughing the kicker. Whether this is down to Beamer or the players themselves, this decline needs to be addressed.
TheKeyPlay.com ran an interesting statistic at the end of last season, which is worth publishing in full:
The Hokies only made 72 percent of their field goals last season. Compare that to 95-, 87-, 79-, 81- and 95-percent success rates in 2010 back to 2006, respectively.
Reality check, a Frank Beamer-coached team didn't have a dependable punter or kicker.
Wide receiver Danny Coale took over the punting job at the end of last season, which just goes to show how ineffective Tech was at getting it right. Freshman A.J. Hughes looks to be the starter for the job this year, with immediate expectations for improvement.
Senior Dyrell Roberts returns to the team on kick returns, which will be a definite plus. Andy Bitter remarked for The Roanoke Times that Kyshoen Jarrett has also shown some skill in this area in practice, as well as noting that the team went back to emphasizing the fundamentals of BeamerBall.
With the uncertainty surrounding the offensive line and secondary, it’s absolutely vital that the defense and special teams help out with pressure. With no Wilson or Hosley to carry the load, someone else must be found to continue the BeamerBall tradition.
If anyone can find that person, it has to be Beamer. Right?