Every season, teams come up with a way on defense to attack us on offense. This year VPISU set the tone for the entire season with their "attack the mesh" strategy. It worked because Vad was a slow at doing the mesh/keep reads, and most importantly he wasn't able to get the ball quickly outside on the pitch. Since we couldn't execute our base offense, we put in a bunch of plays (some of them passing) to counter later in the season. I don't believe that defensive strategy would have been as effective against a quarterback who can make a fast read and get the ball to the edge.
Last year, I believe DUKE set the game plan to defend us with Tevin (give up the dive, take away the pitch and force the QB to keep). Basically bend don't break and force Tevin to beat you with his feet.
Next year, if we have a guy like #5 (JT) at QB who can make quick reads, it gets interesting. Attack the mesh? Maybe, but if he can read quicker than Vad did, then you create a big problem on the edge. A team certainly can't take away the pitch and force JT to keep...forcing JT to keep in the open field is a bad defensive strategy. So you want to attack the mesh, then take away the "keep", meaning you give up the pitch. If JT can learn to pitch (ball security), there will be some big plays on the edge. Then teams will adjust and take away the outside (keep and pitch), and force us to work inside. So we turn Custis loose and maybe learn to run the mid-line again. Remember that play?