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Scot Loeffler was introduced as offensive coordinator and Jeff Grimes as offensive line coach on Friday. Here are some excerpts on a report by Andy Bitter of the Roanoke Times. Andy was formerly the Auburn beat writer for the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer.
From Andy's story:
– In an offensive coordinator, Beamer wanted someone who held the same philosophy as him. He said that starts with running the football. Loeffler fit the bill. “The philosophies that have always been here at Virginia Tech is what I grew up in, particularly during my Michigan years,” Loeffler said. “So we’re getting to play to the strengths of our team. We understand that Virginia Tech has always played great defense, they’ve always played great special teams. We need to have an offense that is able to run the football effectively. Play-action pass, be productive on third down and obviously in the red area, score touchdowns rather than field goals. But the similarities that you see, there are things Bryan has done here in the past in his system that are similar to what we believe in. I think the marriage between what they’ve done in the past and what we want to do is excellent.”
– Loeffler met with Logan Thomas the day before he had to make his NFL decision. He said it kind of felt like recruiting him. “He’s an absolutely wonderful person,” Loeffler said. “I think he’s got tremendous upside. The thing I really like about him is that Virginia Tech football is important to him. And he came back to win championships and to make sure that his legacy is to go out his senior year as a champion.”
-- Grimes and Loeffler coached together at Auburn. They are of a similar mindset. “I think we had an immediate connection,” Grimes said. “He’s probably in a former life been an offensive lineman. Because he has a lot more the temperament and some of the personal habits of an offensive lineman. But he coaches like an offensive line coach does. And what I mean by that is he’s very demanding, he gets after the guys. He and I just really have a great relationship and have spent the last year getting to know one another. I feel great about being here with him. I believe wholeheartedly in his ability as a coach, as a coordinator. And I’ve been around some great ones, but this guy has more football knowledge than anybody I’ve ever been around and is a great motivator too, so I’m really excited to be here with him.”
– Loeffler didn’t want to get into what happened at Auburn, when the Tigers’ offense sputtered in 2012. He said he wasn’t going to talk about it out of respect for people there. “I’m at Virginia Tech and it’s a new year,” he said. “Did I learn a lot of lessons? Absolutely. Do I want to get into those lessons? No. Absolutely not. I’m at Virginia Tech and I’m excited to help this program win."
Roanoke Times' Andy Bitter reports, analyzes, blogs, tweets Virginia Tech Hokies football from Blacksburg every day for roanoke.com
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