Archive for January, 2008

Who’s staying and who’s leaving?

January 17, 2008

Now that the Virginia Tech 2007-08 football season is complete, we can now look forward to our abundance of talent returning next year…or can we? Let’s take a look, shall we?

Key losses (offense): Josh Morgan, Eddie Royal, Justin Harper, Josh Hyman Carlton Weatherford, Duane Brown, Jud Dunlevy (for all intents and purposes, he will be listed here)

Obviously we are losing a ton of talent at the wide receiver position. Even though most of us will not miss Josh Morgan and his numerous dropped passes, lack of intensity, and horrible blocking, guys like Royal, Harper, and Hyman will be missed because they worked hard and made plays.

Likewise, we lose senior leadership on the offensive line from Duane Brown, although did any of us really think he did much? Seriously, he can be replaced.

So, who is missing from this list? You got it. Both Sean Glennon and Branden Ore will be returning for their finals year at Virginia Tech, even though both are in line to lose their starting positions.

Expect either the two QB system to improve or Tyrod to take complete control of the offense next year. It’s pretty obvious that Glennon needs another year to improve his draft stock, but he seems to choke in the big games, and that just won’t cut it if VT ever wants to make a push to be considered an elite team. Never have we seen a QB who stares down his first option and it is not open, he takes a sack. That is just ridiculous and you will never be successful as a QB if that’s your style

Likewise, my guess is that the coaches will not simply hand Ore the starting job as he has much to prove: 1) Get and stay in shape, 2) Stay out of trouble, 3) Actually start caring about the team instead of himself. What are the odds of all three happening? My guess is slim to none. Speaking of which, does anyone else think Beamer is a bit too lenient? That’s a whole other story, but seriously, how many chances do our “troubled” players get? BLAH! Expect Kenny Lewis, Jr. and Jahre Cheeseman to make a move to other positions (think defensive side of the ball) and redshirt freshmen Darren Evans and Josh Oglesby and true freshman Ryan Williams to dethrone him. However, with Ore coming back, it seems likely that Williams will redshirt (which is a damn shame because he is an AMAZING talent, but we’ll see).

Key losses (defense): Vince Hall , Xavier Adibi , Brandon Flowers , D.J. Parker , Chris Ellis , Barry Booker , Carlton Powell

The losses on the defensive side of the ball are simply unreal. Lucky for us, shortly after Macho Harris said he would go to the NFL, he decided to stay another year . However, you can NEVER, and I mean, NEVER replace a Vince Hall or Xavier Adibi. Not only were they just freaks of nature on the field, they were also leaders of the defense.

We lose a lot on the defensive front line, but Hokies, do not worry! We have guys like Jason Worilds, John Graves, and Nekos Brown who will do an excellent job, and quite possibly even BETTER than the guys this year. So, no worries here.

What can we say about Hall and Adibi? Seriously, this is where we should worry. We do have Cam Martin coming back, which will be nice and Brett Warren should do a good job filling in for Hall, but who is going to take Adibi’s spot? This is a big, BIG concern. However, like I said, you can not replace a Vince Hall or Xavier Adibi. This will be a position to monitor during the spring.

Our secondary received a huge boost when Macho decided he would return for another year. Like most Hokies, I thought he needed another year to develop his technique, as he relies on his athleticism too much. Next year he will be our shutdown corner and also be used on special teams and offense – he should be really special. However, we are losing Flowers and Parker, which will definitely sting just a bit. Look for Rashad Carmichael, Stephan Virgil, or Cris Hill to step in and be our boundary corner while sophomore Davon Morgan will step in for D.J. Parker. Our secondary has holes, but it has a whole lot of talent as well. We’ll see what happens.

So, there you have it. Lot’s of things going on with the Virginia Tech football team. Might I add that we are bringing in our best recruiting class ever and don’t be surprised if a few of them play this year. There are a lot of questions to be answered during the spring and it should be fun to watch! Still, expect to see the Hokies in the ACC title game next year, and may even have the talent to win it. See you next year!

Orange Bowl "Thoughts"

January 8, 2008

I use the quotation marks because the word “thoughts” does not include the phrase “angry rants”. No no, I’m not super angry. More frustrated. Tired of missing these golden opportunities to jump to the next level. Sad for the fact that these BCS games don’t come too often. Nor do they come often against teams we should beat.

Yes, we should have beaten Kansas. Not that we could have won. We straight up should have won. KU was better than I thought, for sure. Really, I had no idea what to expect as they didn’t really play anyone. But to lose by 3 after the way Tech played? We should have won.

Make no mistake, this loss set us back. A program fighting on the brink of elite did not need another loss in a BCS game. This now makes 12 years since a BCS win. Officially, no one is allowed to talk about a National Championship on this site. WVU is 10 times more likely to win one than us… that hurt to type.

So let’s play the question/answer dialog:

Was the season a success?

Yes, of course. 11-3 is always successful. I will always be happy OVERALL with a season. I got to do the tomahawk chop in mocking fashion with 75,000 of my best friends. I’ve been waiting since kindergarten to do that.

But the name of the game is missed opportunities. There is no need to document those. Besides, the computer I was tracking them on got thrown into the wall when we kicked the ball into Joe Mortensen’s stomach.

Since the season was technically a success, does anything need changed?

Good God yes. Bryan Stinespring… wow. If our offense was anywhere near AVERAGE, we finish top 5 every year. By my count, our offense cost us 17 points from turnovers. We win going away if we punted the ball on 1st down.

Despite what you probably think, I am not a football expert. I cannot tell you exactly what needs to change in our offense (i.e. RUN THE %#*&ING BALL!). But I do know that if you have a legend like Frank Beamer as your coach and you can’t recruit a top 30 offense, then you need to go home. If it quacks like a duck, it’s either a duck or coach Bombay. (Hey, think Gordon could come be OC? I’d take Charlie Conway or that cake eater Adam Banks at this point.)

By my count, there are 217 “Fire Bryan Stinespring” websites/facebook groups/nursery schools. This is not including the international community. The surge in the facebook group membership in the past 4 days should be telling enough. (The newest to join the Fire BS/VT blog community is in the links to the right.) I’m not saying its the end all be all, but sometimes a little change is good. And any change concerning our offense can’t be bad.

(Note that I refrained from using the phrase “offensive offense”… aww dammit.)

But I am only one person. How can I make a difference?

Write your congressman. Tell him or her that we cannot stand for this kind of blind bi-partisan coaching. I don’t really know what I meant by that, but forget it. I’m rolling.

Can we at least hate Kansas now?

Unfortunately or otherwise, no. Every fan we met from the heart land was pretty fun. Most likely because they had booze, and we had no contact with KU whatsoever before this game. The last time we played common opponents was in 1874.

Ironically, Michael “Ookie” Vick was transferred to a prison in Kansas. Maybe ESPN will make him define the state, cuz lord knows they made him define us. (Seriously, the freshmen this year were 12 when Vick played at Tech. No one cares.)

Will we be in the National Championship hunt in 2008?

Get the hell off of my porch, son.

But the game was fun. To all fans out there, if you can make a BCS game, DO IT. Then you’ll realize why our goal every year should be to win the conference. Yes, we are angry right now, but we are angry about one game. That’s fine. We all know we had a great season. And we will all remember that in a few weeks when we return from our hibernation.

Stay tuned for a season wrap.

Hokies v. Kansas… in football

January 2, 2008

The time has finally come. It’s been 31 long days since the last Hokie game. We tried to get by with basketball, but this year, we’re just… just awful. (National Champions in 2009. Mark it down.) But now it’s almost game time!

This is a short preview, as most of us are rolling down to Miami. Maybe someone too cheap to go down can write up a better funnier longer preview (*cough* dip/steve/tim *cough*). But we should win. And if we play up to our potential, we will win handily. But we’re all Hokies, and we all know how some of these games go. At least it will be fun no matter what.

Enjoy the BCS Bowl birth. They don’t grow on trees, you know. But this is an opportunity. Much like the ACC Championship was a must-win for legitamacy, this is just as big. In 1995, we won the Sugar Bowl. Four years later we played for the National Championship. Coincidence? Doubt it. (Yes, I know Vick was a freshman, but the rest of the team was pretty loaded as well.)

Good teams get to BCS games. Great teams win them.

Tech 33 Kansas 17