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It’s unofficially official Hokies, we have a new offensive coordinator and his name is Scot Loeffler. Previously at Auburn, Loeffler is a younger coach who should bring a new sense of energy to this stale Virginia Tech offense. While his stay at Auburn was rocky (even though it’s really hard to gauge a coach after just one season), Loeffler had an extremely positive impact at Temple in 2011. Steve Adazzio, Boston College’s new head coach, gave him a ringing endorsement.
Overall, I’m excited for this news. Loeffler is a good quarterback’s coach and I’m hoping this causes Logan Thomas to return for his senior year. He has tutored Chad Henne and Tim Tebow during his career. While neither was good enough to make a huge splash in the NFL, both were outstanding collegiate quarterbacks.
As for the style of offense he’ll run, well that is unknown. At Temple, Loeffler ran more pro-style sets. Lots of ACE formations coupled with numerous shotgun sets. The most impressive part of that is that Loeffler created an offense that catered to Temple’s strength. The Owls finished the 2011 season ranked 7th in rushing offense.
However, at Auburn, Loeffler ran more spread sets with a lot of misdirection. That was largely unsuccessful and it leads me to wonder if he was just the wrong fit for what Gene Chizik wanted to do. Gus Malzahn was a tremendous hire for Auburn a few years back and Loeffler struggled to adapt his system to Malzahn’s players.
That said, I’m just happy to have some new blood on this Virginia Tech coaching staff. If Loeffler can improve our offense and just make it efficient, I will be thrilled.
Jeff Grimes – Potential OL Coach
I haven’t heard whether or not Jeff Grimes will officially join Loeffler in Blacksburg but if he does, every Hokie fan should be absolutely stoked. Auburn had a dominant offensive line during his 2009-2012 tenure at the school. A large part of that was due to Grimes’s national recruiting prowess. In fact, in the 2010-2012 recruiting classes, Grimes signed 12 four star recruits total. Most of which, were offensive linemen.
With his presence in Auburn, Georgia, Texas, and in other areas, I could see this hire being largely due to his ability on the recruiting trail. That said, Auburn’s offensive line has never been an issue. In their National Championship season, they had one of the better units in the country.
As much as I like the Loeffler hire, Grimes will be a tremendous boost to our offensive line.
Aaron Moorehead – Potential WR Coach
The last position available is at WR coach and it appears that the position may have already been field by current Standford WR coach Aaron Moorehead. Moorehead is a young coach who started his coaching career as a graduate assistant at New Mexico University in 2009. He has spent the last three seasons at Stanford.
Moorehead is a Super Bowl Champion, winning a ring alongside Peyton Manning back in 2007.
Moorehead graduated from Illinois in 2003.
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