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I always wondered what the circumstances were with his "soft" dismissal from the staff. Can anyone offer some subtle insight without going out of bounds? I remember his ouster followed a recruiting period where VT lost out on some big-time recruits but then I also heard he was instrumental in VT acquiring KJ. Just wondering what the deal was. TIA!
I still think he was sacrificed for Newsome just to ensure we get Tyrod. At the time, we had gone ALL IN in his recruitment. We didn't get recruit any other QB's (Wilson was in same class). Newsome knew the Taylor family and was tight with Mike Smith, the Hampton Coach. And Looking at the History of Beamer...He covets the Dual threat QB that can change the game even with bad play calling (Deshazo, Clark, MV1, Randall, MV2, Tyrod).
Wilson was in the same class, but if I remember, wasn't highly recruited at all.
Wilson wan't ranked in the top 30 in state...you can definitely say he wasn't highly recruited.
Yup, Wilson was a composite #34 - a high of #25 by Doug Doughty. The old TCB site had him at #34.
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Would you rather have had Tyrod for 4 years or Newsome for 8 years?
It's been a while, and my memory may be fading with almost 30 years of living... BUT didn't folks say that he was one of our best football minds on the staff?
Was there a direct correlation with his departure and VT getting worse offensively?
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Just goes to show how the rankings are educated guesses at best. He played at Collegiate School here in Richmond and being private and looking at the level of competition he played (and probably the amount of time he spent with Baseball....from February until football started....not going to football camps), he was just undervalued (significantly). What a lot of people around Richmond knew about, but rarely ever gets factored in, was his intelligence, drive, and supreme confidence. He turned out to be a five star and proved it at two schools and now int he NFL. Tyrod is a 5* too and I loved him at VT, so we did what we had to do to get our guy and NO ONE in Merryman regrets it for an iota. Tyrod will get his chance in the league; he is just in a different situation and gets to "season" a little on the bench before being put on stage. Think about Aaron Rodgers or Matt Schaub.
Do you think Tyrod would do well in Philly? I'm not one that thinks Chip Kelly will employ all of his offense in the NFL but a mobile qb that can throw may be a good option and Baltimore and Philly don't meet a lot so a trade isn't out of the question.
I don't have any doubts that Tyrod can run a Kelly offense (or Pro Hybrid Kelly offense) successfully. The only question is (and this really pertains to all Pro QB's) is can a QB take the pounding of pro defenses for 16 to 20 games per year that that offense exposes them to. I think the answer, really, is no to that question; so while you can use some read option and sprint outs, you really have to temper that due the exposure and punishment you subject your quarterback to. Also, that type of offense cuts the field in half for a QB and in the pros, with their size and speed, that gives them an advantage.
Didn't we have both?
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