The Virginia Tech Hokies were offensively inept in 2012. The Hokies' offense finished No. 81 in the nation in total offense and longtime offensive coordinator Bryan Stinespring was reassigned as a result.
Head coach Frank Beamer took his time in the search for a new offensive coordinator before settling on Scot Loeffler. Loeffler spent 2012 as offensive coordinator at Auburn and was relieved of his duties when the entire staff was fired.
Loeffler's offense struggled in his only season at Auburn, and many Hokie fans originally questioned the hire. Before Loeffler's one unsuccessful season at Auburn, he was terrific in his one season at Temple the year before. Loeffler's philosophy of building an offense around a strong running game to complement a deep passing game mirrors Beamer's preferred style of play.
One thing Loeffler is known for? Developing quarterbacks. Loeffler has a strong track record working with successful quarterbacks, and the Hokies have a talented and experienced senior in Logan Thomas.
Can Loeffler get the Hokies' offense back on track in 2013? If he can, the Hokies will likely rebound from their worst season in 20 years.
Here are the four biggest challenges Loeffler faces in his first year in charge of the Hokies' offense.