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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!

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VT vs BC, take two…

December 1, 2007

R-E-V-E-N-G-E…find out what it means to me. Not quite, but you get the idea – ask and ye shall receive. The fans wanted it and they got it: the grudge match. The winner take all ACC title game featuring the Hokies of Virginia Tech and the Eagles of Boston College. Take your pick…Vegas has the Hokies at -4

Who will score more?

Certainly not Matt Ryan…but seriously – anyone get that krazy feeling this could be an offensive shootout? The O/U is 46, not too shabby. Everyone keeps yappin’ about the Hokies defense (and for good reason) wanting to come out firing, but we should all realize now we’re up against one King Ryan, who feasts in his own glory, while also throwing it up on the sidelines (bet his girl still kissed him that night). Regardless, both teams have good offenses and there could be punch after punch before it’s all said and done. Tyrod is something new to BC and Sean and the line is much different. Then again, Ryan and his underlings (AKA all of his running backs) love to put together sneaky little passes. BOre is slipping through the cracks and creases of the new OLine and the E-Money and company have never been playing stronger. Either way, these two offenses are capable of going off at any moment. Call me krazy, but this is a push.

Where it’s all won

Defense wins championships. If this holds true, then the boys in O&M will spill last blood in this one. The unit is #2 in the country in scoring defense and #4 in total defense (YPG). Something else to figure into the equation: some guy named Vince Hall is back. Think BC will notice?

Likewise, BC is no slouch themselves, coming in at #19 in scoring defense and #26 in total defense, which includes the 2nd best rush defense in the country. Lest we forget that this defense hasn’t played anyone that great outside of Clemson and VT. Might we also forget that Ore was able to muster about nearly 100 on this bunch with injuries and that piss-poor OLine of the past. So much for that shootout, right? Still possible, just not probable. Too much talent here. Ain’t no question about it. Advantage to the Hokies.

If there ever was an X-factor, this is it

Trivia question of the night: Who was the recent Hokie to break the all-time record in the ACC for punt return yards? If you said Eddie Royal, then kudos. If you got it wrong, then may God have mercy on your soul (he is a Hokie, you know…ask Lee Corso). Anyway, think he might make a difference in the game? You can certainly believe we’ll need ole’ Jud due to our frequent red-zone falters. What else is there? Could we see a blocked kick? Who knows, its the ACC title game – anything can happen. BC has no answer for our special team; it’s not even close. Give this one, and then some, to the Hokies.

Leave it all out on the gridiron, gentlemen. This is the second time in three years the Hokies have been in the ACC title game since it was put into place. It’s beginning to feel like a second home! Either way, we should like the Hokeis chances here. Not only will they cover, but they will cover big.

VT 38, BC 17

Bowden has deja vu; Taylor the man

November 12, 2007

Let’s take a stroll down memory lane to the year 2000 where Virginia Tech is taking on the almighty Florida State. Even though the Hokies lost that game, Bobby Bowden was introduced to an amazing athlete named Michael Vick (yes, the name is repulsive right now, but he really was talented) who accumulated 322 yards of total offense and 2 touchdowns.

Fast forward seven years and another match up between the two teams. This time, Big Poppa Bowden is introduced to another Hampton athlete: Tyrod Taylor. He’s experiencing deja vu all over again, except the ‘Noles lost this one 40-21. This time, the star QB put up 296 yards of total offense and 3 touchdowns.

How’s that for classic irony? Bowden must have been living a nightmare in that football game because there was nothing he could do but watch.

Mr. Taylor is quite amazing. He put this team on his shoulders and got the W. Need proof? It’s the 4th quarter when the Hokies have a 3rd and goal at the 3 and Taylor looks to the coaches, pointed to his chest and said “I got it, let me take care of it!” Sure enough, on the very next play, Taylor scampered into the end zone for six (http://www.beamerball.com/).

What’s the point of all this? It’s because the kid has “IT” – not bad for an 18 year old freshman, huh? He dominated an extremely fast and talented defense and didn’t melt after he was picked off for a TD. In fact, he got BETTER. That takes guts and like it was just said, he is only a freshman!

The Hokies have their QB and shouldn’t even consider a two QB system. However, we aren’t the coaches, and most likely we will still have that system; how long, however, is another question. Regardless, Taylor is obviously for real and by the time he leaves Virginia Tech, he may be better than MV1.