Grimes, Beamer, Loeffler, Moorhead
As much as I want to say the new coaches' debut was a success, the score indicates it was far from that. There were encouraging signs, however.
Offensive line coach Jeff Grimes had his unit playing well. The increased competition in both spring practice and fall camp brought out the best in this group. He continually rotated his linemen around, until he found his best five. Credit Grimes for having the fortitude to start a true freshman at left tackle against Alabama.
Wide receivers coach Aaron Moorehead's group was terrible. But something I like about Moorehead is he isn't afraid of getting after his players. This group needs it. After the Thomas interception, when Coles quit on his route, Moorehead pulled the senior to the side and chewed him out. This coaching staff, on the offensive side, has been afraid to do this in recent years. He coaches them hard, and that will pay off.
It is hard to judge Scot Loeffler's debut as coordinator. There were some head-scratching calls in the first quarter, but overall, play-calling was not an issue. Execution was the Hokies' biggest problem against Alabama.