Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer still seeking Alabama weakness
BLACKSBURG Now that he's taken an in depth look at No. 1 Alabama, Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer's overall impressions about what he's seen don't instill Clomid Australia Price a ton of confidence that he's cracked the code for beating coach Nick Saban's team.
Where's the weakness?
"Haven't found one yet," Beamer said Monday morning.
With Tech preparing to open its season Saturday in Atlanta against Alabama, time is running out for the Hokies to find answers. Sure, Beamer isn't about to reveal any soft spots he and his coaching staff have found in Alabama's attack, but he also knows the expectation is Tech hasn't discovered any. Coleman is questionable for the game as he continues to recover from two sprained ankles. "I don't think you see many people, if any, picking us."
Though life would seem to be pretty sweet for a program coming off back to back national championships, there's been enough intrigue in the offseason to keep Alabama busy. Rebuilding an offensive line that needs three new starters to step in is the most pressing concern.
Junior left tackle Cyrus Kouandjio and senior right guard Anthony Steen are returning starters who started every game last season. Sophomore center Ryan Kelly, junior left guard Mesterolone Ireland Arie Kouandjio and junior right tackle Austin Shepherd are all stepping into starting roles.
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While Alabama's offensive line could be tested against Tech's experienced defensive front, the pieces around the Crimson Tide's offensive line are impressive. Yeldon ran for 1,108 yards last season as a freshman. Wide receiver Amari Cooper had 59 catches for 1,000 yards and 11 touchdowns last season as a freshman.
Tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster is preaching the same philosophy he's fond of leaning on against most opponents stop the run first. That's just fine with Alabama senior quarterback AJ McCarron, who completed 67 percent of his passes last season for 2,933 yards, 30 touchdowns and three interceptions.
"If I was playing against our offense, I'd want to stop the run, too," McCarron said Monday.
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Last week, Saban's attention turned to his defense in a manner in which he'd rather avoid. He suspended sophomore cornerback Geno Smith for the Tech game after he was arrested and charged with DUI. Smith, who played in 13 games last season, was "Comprar Gh Jintropin" expected to be Alabama's nickel package cornerback.
Saban, who hasn't dealt with the same sort of coaching staff shake up in the offseason Tech underwent, clearly thinks highly of Beamer. When a devastating tornado ripped through Tuscaloosa, Ala., in April 2011, Saban said Beamer was one of the first coaches to send a contribution to Saban's charitable foundation.
Saban complimented Beamer's effective "old fashioned" approach to developing a program with character and principles. The staff hires Beamer made in the offseason were done partially to prevent Tech from being old fashioned, but those are often the kinds of traits that gain Beamer the most respect from his peers.
"He's the kind of guy you really like to try to emulate in terms of the kind of class person and class program that they've had over a long period of time, so there's a tremendous amount of respect there," Saban said.
"(The season opener is) a great opportunity for every team, specifically our team, to sort of show who you are. Are you going to be the real thing? . Or are you just going to be somebody that's kind of out there (on the field)?"