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A View from the Sidelines: Hokies vs Clemson

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Well the game was a bit disappointing, and sometimes the pictures ended up of someone’s back... or shoes.. or head.. but here are some of the better shots from the game.

In the Trenches with the line
John Schneider - SB Nation

You have to sort of start from the beginning and after dinner the beginning is getting to the field for warmups. It was cool Saturday evening, so lots of folks were wearing jackets and looking a bit more like fall spectators than last week.

The West Stands at the South Tower looking South
John Schneider - SB Nation
Getting ready on the field
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Tight workspaces with all of the cameras
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Caught Josh Jackson thinking and stretching
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Lots to think about for this group
John Schneider - SB Nation
Name the folks in this group
John Schneider - SB Nation
Parachuting in with the flag in the dark on the mark
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Sandman
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Yes, we are, indeed
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Hokies Stopped the Run very well
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Down the line of scrimmage
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Tim Settle Sacks Kelly Bryant
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Henri Murphy runs it
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Getting a little breathing room
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Leaden play calls as follow ups to good plays
John Schneider - SB Nation
Not many flags for this
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Going nowhere
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Getting to Bryant again
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Cam Getting some yards
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Bryant Sacked again
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When the D was good, they get the highlights
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Going to do some Beamer Ball things
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Forcing an awful punt
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That Stroman almost took to the house
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Leading to Sean Savoy scoring a TD
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Tremaine should have been set up to do this all night
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Completely wrapped - no doubt
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The set wouldn’t be complete without a shot of my favorite bird.

The Maroon Effect Hokie Bird - needed a Tee?
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There are more pictures, including these up on Facebook. It was a really tough shoot. Night photos are difficult because the shutter speed slows down. The nation wide TV camera crews were wonderful, but their beast rigs were difficult to navigate around, and the ESPN announcer guy got in more of my shots than in his. He seemed to be completely oblivious to the fact that he was standing where he shouldn’t and getting in everyone’s way. There were more than a few cameramen, including me, who were secretly wishing that someone would crane him with a football... just to mess up his hair a little.

The game turned out to be disappointing in the W-L factor, though few thought that it was going to be any different. There is, however, a glimmer of hope. The game was much closer than the score indicates. The Hokie #LPD had some difficulties with Kelly Bryant running the ball (Fix that Bud!) but they eventually shut him down, and started recording big stops.

It’s just about mid season, and BC is next. We won’t be live for that game. I am not driving to Chestnut Hill and no one is paying for me to fly. Josh Jackson, Sean Savoy, Henri Murphy, Cam Phillips, Coleman Fox, and Dalton Keane are all growing into their roles. By December they, and the rest of the offense will be more experienced. They will also be more dangerous in December; much more.

We will start the mid-season reviews of where we are and where the Hokies need to go in order to get a premium bowl bid, but also maybe, just maybe get another shot at these guys. I can drive to Charlotte, that’s for sure.

GO HOKIES!!!!