Hokies and Wahoos playing for more than bragging rights

With 8 seconds left on the game clock in Doak Campbell Stadium Florida State kicker Dustin Hopkins lined up for a 43 yard field goal attempt that would give the Seminoles a victory over the Cavaliers of UVA. For only the 4th time all year Hopkins missed the kick wide right. The impact of this missed field goal could be felt not only in the Sunshine State but also in the great state of Virginia 625 miles away in Blacksburg. The impact can be characterized as both one of joy and one of fear. Joy because it means that the annual game between VT and UVA will have bigger implications than in recent years. Fear because of what can happen to the Hokies season with a loss to UVA, something that hasn’t happened in 2,550 days (That’s 7 years ! )

Davon Morgan and friends celebrate 2010 Cup win

Last years game as seen in the photo above was played in Blacksburg and won by the Hokies 37 – 7. Even though the Hokies have dominated the rivalry a lot has changed since the last time these two met. In the off season UVA and coach Mike London dominated the state of Virginia in recruiting. Taking recruits like CB Demetrious Nicholson , RB Clifton Richardson and WR Dominique Terrell from the tidewater/ Virginia Beach region of the state that the Hokies have been controlling for years. Nicholson has been the most productive of the group with 50 tackles and 2 interceptions coming into Saturdays game. This early production is only a sign of whats to come of the Hoos 2011 recruiting class.

Nicholson is one of many players thriving in Mike London’s defensive scheme that is ranked 28th in the nation for points allowed per game(20.1). Led by junior LB Steve Greer, who has 94 tackles on the season, the Cavs have used speed and athletisim to mess with the opposing QB especially in the red zone. Another bright spot for UVA has been the play of QB Mike Rocco and RB Perry Jones who have each provided sparks when their team needs them most. Look for Jones to have a tough day going against a Hokies defense that has allowed and average of 3

Perry Jones

.3 yards per carry this season. UVA will have a shot to upset their hated rivals and win more than just the Commonwealth Cup.

For the Hokies to avoid the upset and the embarrassment that the Cavs are planning to give them they must do 3 things perfectly.

  1. Don’t go for the big hit just make the tackle: The Hokies have struggled with wrapping up ball carriers this season and it has lead to big runs and plays. Fortunately this only happens a few times over the course of a game but it usually results in a score for the opposition.
  2. The O-LINE must buy some time for Logan Thomas: In Tech’s Thursday night win over UNC Logan Thomas was outside of the pocket more than he was inside of it, Sure he works well on edge and utilizes his feet but he would benefit greatly with a few extra seconds to make a clear decision on where to throw the ball. A sloppy game by the big boys up front would be fatal to Techs chances.
  3. Don’t be complacent: So many times when a team is ranked highly and predicted to win by many experts they become happy or content with what they have and don’t strive for more. It’s what knocked my own High School team out of the playoffs this year and its what can certainly destroy any hopes that the Hokies have of an ACC Championship and a BCS Bowl appearance.

The Hokies should win this game with the play of David Wilson and Logan Thomas in recent weeks. Sure UVA’ s defense has been pretty good and they have a lot of momentum building to the game but they have yet to see a QB of Thomas’ size, speed and athleticism. Tech will have to play perfect and score early silencing the Wahoowaa in Charlottesville and crushing any hopes that they have of an upset.

My prediction is that the Hokies will win over UVA for the 8th straight year but it will be very very close and could come down to the final minutes of the game. Techs special teams will give them the slight edge and the leg of Kicker Cody Jounell will show the country that the Hokies do belong (something that Oregon, Oklahoma State and Alabama failed to do).

In addition to predicting this game I also have some picks on the other rivalry games of week 13

Arkansas will beat LSU on their home field.

Auburn will beat Alabama in Auburn in what will be the best Iron Bowl to date.

Oklahoma State will beat Oklahoma in Bedlam

If my 1st two picks are right look for the Hokies to move into the top 3 with a realistic shot at a BCS Championship game berth. But for any of that to happen Tech must 1st take care of UVA and maintain control of the Commonwealth Cup.

Happy Thanksgiving to all and enjoy your football weekend !

 

Joe Pa out, Cardinal vs Ducks and Logan Thomas is the BIG man on Campus

There is so much to talk about in the college football universe. Between the firing of the legendary Joe Paterno to this weeks monster matchup in the PAC 12 this week, 4 Stanford vs 7 Oregon and even the Hokies win on Thursday night and the career nights of RB David Wilson and QB Logan Thomas. We’ll start with the hot button topic of Joe Pa’s exit at Penn State.

Paterno and Sandusky

For 46 years Joe Paterno has not only been the face of Penn State football but also one of the great figureheads in college football. He is up there with Bear Bryant ,Bobby Bowden, and Woody Hayes on the Mount Rushmore of College Football coaches. He has 409 wins overall as head coach and has built  a  prestigious program out of nothing. But it has all been overshadowed by one bad decision that he made or one that he didn’t make when he knew of longtime assistant coach and defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky’s behaviors and horrific actions with little boys no older than 10 years of age. I won’t go into detail with the story because it seems to be changing every minute and it is also known by everyone. But the real question with the whole mess lies with the board of trustees’ (Who were appointed by Paterno) decision to relieve Joe Pa of his duties is justified. There are two ways to look at it… He did do the right thing according top the law by reporting it to his superior but morally he failed miserably and is now paying the price for it, granted that Paterno was close to retirement anyways being 84 years old and having to coach from the press box over looking the field of play. This incident will have an impact on the athletics of Penn State and the university as a whole this whole event deeply saddens everyone. My thoughts and prayers go out to the victims of this horrific event.

On a happier not we now move to the monster game tonight in the PAC 12 between the only 2 teams of relevance in the conference, the Stanford Cardinal and the Oregon Ducks. These two teams are complete opposites of each other in the way they play the game, the types of players that they recruit and in their mentalities. The Ducks are a fast paced team that runs the spread offense. Everything from their erratic style to their endless number of uniform combinations makes them an exciting team to watch especially with QB Darron Thomas and RB LaMichael James in the backfield. The team in the opposite side , Stanford is based on power and traditional football. The star power of QB Andrew Luck (who will be a future 1st overall selection in the NFL draft either this year or next) and the use of big physical TE ‘s  like Coby Fleener who measures up at 6’6 244lbs has 8 TD’s this season. This game will be close (tonight on ABC @  8pm eastern time) but like Lee Corso I think that Stanford’s experience and leadership will payoff and get them a home victory over the Ducks.

Fear the Tree

 

And now for the Hokie topic of the post… Coming into the season people of Hokie natoin didn’t know what to expect from 1st year starting QB Logan Thomas. Would he live up to his 5 star recruit hype ? or would he be a total bust and be forced back to a TE or WR role ? The answer has been yes to the 1st statement has Thomas has passed all tests (with the exception of Clemson) with flying colors. throwing for over 2000 yards and having a QB rating of 140.3 Thomas is showing why I made suck a big deal about him back when I used to do “Hokie Updates” in 2008 (https://mattburrill.wordpress.com/2008/11/09/hokie-update/). Lets look at Thomas from a defense players perspective. He stands at 6’6 weighs 260 lbs and runs a 4.6 40 ?!?! Impossible is usually the explanation when these stats or attributes get put together but not for Thomas who is only in his Sophomore year giving him up to 2 more years as a Hokie! His size and speed has made him a running threat an automatic go to guy in 3rd or 4th and short situations. To back it up Logan has rushed for 335 yards (3.4 yard average) and scored 8 times by using his legs this season .The other reason for Thomas’ success is the other guys around especially RB David Wilson who like Thomas had a career night in Atlanta.  Wilson who got virtually no carries a season ago splitting time with now NFL players Ryan Williams and Darren Evans has shown that he belongs here. Rushing for 1360 yards so far (175 on Thursday). David Wilson is getting some Heisman Trophy looks as maybe a 3rd or 4th candidate, his chances will depend on the Hokies success moving into critical matchups with ACC opponents UNC and UVA to end the season. The Hokies will next play on Thursday Night Football this week on ESPN @ 8 pm in the Hell Hole they call Lane Stadium.

I have found highlights of Tech’s Triumph over the Yellow Jackets courtesy of thePhreakofVT on youtube… enjoy !

 

 

Hokies Preview 2011

Another college football season in upon us. It feels like just yesterday I was blogging about the Hokies 2010 preview and saying what high expectations the veteran team led by a star senior QB, Tyrod Taylor had coming for them. The team started out the year losing a close game to Boise State and then getting upset big time by James Madison in Blacksburg. But boy oh boy did the Hokies turn their 2010 campaign around. The team would go on to win 10 straight games including their 4th ACC Championship since joining the conference in 2004. The season would however end in a terrible fashion with a beating from the Stanford Cardinal and QB Andrew Luck in the Orange Bowl.

Hokies in Orange Bowl

Now for 2011…. The Hokies have a veteran Offensive line that features 4 seniors who are all massive in size, an exciting RB that may have a chance at the Heisman depending on how the team does as a whole and most importantly a young up and coming QB that has the experts’ mouthes watering with his size, speed and amazing arm. It also helps that the Hokies have an All-American corner who led the NCAA in interceptions a year ago and 7 starters overall returning on defense.  Now lets break this down piece by piece starting with the big boys on the O-Line.

  1. The Hokies O-line is a group that possesses great size, speed and strength but aside from those obvious attributes the big boys for the Maroon and Orange have a very special characteristic that many people just flat don’t have. That characteristic is leadership the group is led by 4 seniors, in particular the big boy you see wearing number 62 in the snapshot below who is Blake DeChristopher. DeChristopher has been a key player up front playing in 37 games since arriving in Blacksburg. Blake stands at a towering 6′ 5 and weighs in around 311 lbs. The other 3 seniors on the line are guards Greg Nosal (6’6 291 lbs) and Jaymes Brookes (6’2 304 lbs) and left tackle Andrew Lainer (6’5 305 lbs). The lone junior on the line is center Andrew Miller who is also a veteran in the college ranks.The Hokies front 5 is also ranked number 8 in the nation by Rivals.com.  

Blake DeChristopher

2.        Next on my list of key factors is the speedy RB David Wilson. Wilson who is entering his junior year is the last remaining member of a 4 headed running attack that featured two former RB’s (Ryan Williams and Darren Evans) and a speedy QB (Tyrod Taylor). Known for his clutch play on special teams, Wilson will be a major player in the backfield getting almost every carry as the feature back of the Hokie offensive attack. The speed of number 4 is unmatched with almost any one in the ACC, his 4.3 second 40 Time is nothing to mess with and to back it up he also runs track and field in the spring where he helped lead the Hokies to a National title in the triple jump that he was named an All-American. David combines his explosive speed with great instinct and a unique personality to boot which is huge in the huddle and in the locker room. Look for Wilson to make a push in the Heisman race and be a threat all over the field on Special teams and in the tech offense.

David Wilson

3.       The last key factor of the list of 3 that I’ve got for you all today is the one that every college football fan has been talking about… the one the only LOGAN THOMAS. We at the Haven 1st started blogging about the now QB of the Hokies back in 2008 (November 8th to be exact) in a post title “Hokie Update” (The Link is at the end of the paragraph). I said that kid from Brookville who was recruited as a TE/WR at the time was going to be next big thing and how he was the 1st bigtime 5 star prospect the hokies had signed since Tyrod Taylor two years prior. Thomas was also mentioned in a post earlier this year titled “In Logan we Trust” when I compared the QB to Cam Newton in size , speed and overall ability. Thomas has all the pieces from the line to the backfield and even has a veteran recieving core that will catch anything within their reach. Sky’s the limit for Thomas for both this year and years to come.
 
 
As far as the schedule for the Hokies this it doesn’t look too bad. With the opener being a home game against Appalachian State who is definitely not a team to sleep on but shouldn’t be that tough of a game. After that the Hokies have 3 more non conference games beginning with a trip to @ECU followed by a home matchup with Arkansas State and a trip to @Marshall. The the ACC portion of the schedule for Tech begins with visits from Clemson and Miami. Next is a trip to @Wake Forest and a home game with the Eagles of BC followed by a trip to @Duke then a BYE week in week 10. Then come two Thursday night primetime games, The 1st being a trip to A-Town against @ Georgia Tech then a classic thursday night in Blacksburg with the UNC Tarheels on ESPN. And to end the 2011 regular season the gobblers will travel to Charlottesville to beat @UVA for an 8th straight year.
 
When all is said and done I say that the Hokies will be a 11-1 team heading into the ACC Championship game taking on Florida State.
 
Tech’s season kicks off this weekend with Appalachian State @ 12:30 on the ACC Network (or for those who are like me outside of ACC Country it can be found on ESPN 3.com)
 

Hokies dominating early 2012 recruiting

With the 2011 college football season right around the corner elite programs have already started their building a stellar 2012 recruiting class. One of these programs is Virginia Tech who currently has 20 verbal commits heading into the middle of July. Of their 20 pledges so far 3 are 4 star prospects by rivals.com (J.C. Coleman, Deon Clark and Jarontay Jones). These 4 star prospects can be impacts on the field by their freshman years at Tech. The top 3 recruits for tech all play different positions and will be used in different ways. We’ll start with Speedy J.C. Coleman out of Chesapeake, Virginia

  1. J.C. Coleman : (RB 5’7, 169 lbs and a 4.4 40 yards dash time) – Coleman is currently ranked the 3rd overall running back in the 2012 class nationally. What makes this speedy back so good is his ability to change directions moments before coming in contact with defenders. As you can see in the youtube video I have found he his one hard back to catch and shows signs of a young David Wilson , who will be the starting  back for this year’s Hokie Squad. Coleman chose Coach Beamer and the Hokies over 7 other schools who had given him an offer (UVA, WVU,Old Dominion, Maryland , FIU ,Vanderbilt and Duke). Coleman is currently the head of this 2012 class and will be a major success once he comes to Blacksburg.

    2.   Deon Clarke : (LB 6’2 ,205 lbs and a 4.5 40 yard dash time)- Clarke is an intresting prospect to say the least. He brings alot of size to the table standing 6’2 but not much weight to him weighing in at only 205 lbs.Like J.C. Coleman, Clarke is a local state prospect (Chesterfield,VA) .But even though he isn’t extremley solid he can still pack a pretty powerful punch. He is ranked the 14th best LB prospect in the 2012 class and just makes the cut for the top 150 prospects (142nd ranked). One of the major benefits for both Clarke and this Hokies coaching staff is that he has a ton of potential and with the right coaching (Bud Foster especially) he can become an elite LB in the ACC Conference. Clarke was also highly recruited by other schools within the confernece (Miami,UVA, Maryland, NC State and Duke).

LB Deon Clarke

 3.  Jarontay Jones: (DE 6’2 , 240 lbs and a 4.6 40 yard dash time)- Of all the recruits that the Hokies have gotten verbal commitments from Jarontay Jones appears to be the most suprising. A native of Stone Mountain,GA Jones has been a target of many bigtime SEC schools such as Georgia, Auburn, Florida and South Carolina among others. Jones is a player of raw speed and power that just flat out gets to the ball on almost every play. With his height and size he is a bit of a problem for O-linemen to handle and keep out of the backfield. But discounting his size a 4.6 40 time for a high school prospect at DE is quiet remarkable and hard to believe. To prove his talent I have found a youtube highlight reel of his Junior season on the gridiron. Jones will add to an already young, fast and powerful defensive front in Blacksburg.

There are ofcourse some other bigtime guys coming to Blacksburg in 2012. Defensive Backs like Donaldven Manning and Davion Tookes are ranked in the top 30 for the postion overall , The offensive side of the ball will not only feature J.C. Coleman but also QB Brenden Motely of nearby Christiansburg and WR’s Mark Irick and Mario Nixon who both stand over 6’3.  As always the offensive recruits look good but this class’ strongpoint is definetly on defense with numbers on the Defensive Front, Middle and Backfield.14 out of the 20 recruits being targeted for their talents on the defensive side of the ball.

So far I give this Hokie class a solid A when it comes down to grading. They so far have answered all their needs but lack recruits for the offensive line which may come back to haunt them if they sign more Defensive and offensive skill positions over talent in the trenches. They do only have 5 spots left if things stay the way that they currently are so I would look for maybe 1 0r 2 more 4 star prospects to commit then the remaining spots saved for offensive linemen.  No matter what the Hokies are pretty set for both the present and the future.

Hokies entering the NFL

"T-Mobile"

With the NFL Draft just 1 Week away we here at Sports Haven hope to bring you the most and best NFL Draft coverage leading up to my personal favorite date on the NFL Calendar. To kick things off I would like to talk about one of the top things on my mind in the years draft…. Where will this years Hokie draft class end up?? Overall there are 9 different players leaving Blacksburg for a shot in the pros. The class is led by RB Ryan Williams, CB Rashad Carmichael and QB Tyrod Taylor. All three of these players are projected to be selected by the end of the 2nd day (Rounds 1-3). Today I will breakdown and give a little Bio on these 3 Hokie stars and name some of the other players who are NFL bound. We will start from the top..

 

Ryan Williams
  
  1.   RB Ryan Williams (5’9 212 lbs):   Going back to his days in Manassas,VA Ryan Williams has always been a playmaker. Whether its carrying the ball or going out for a pass there is no shortage in talent, strength , power and speed. Ryan impressed many at the combine with 19 reps of 225 lbs on the bench press and a 4.6 second 40-Yard Dash time. But where Williams has made his biggest impression is on the field. As a Redshirt Freshman in 2009 he rushed for over 1,600 yards and scored 22 TD’s earning ACC Rookie of the year honors. However 2010 would be a much different year for the speedster Williams. In the 3rd game of the season against the East Carolina Pirates Williams destroyed his Hamstring and missed the next 3 games that followed. In the end Williams rushed for only 477 yards and scored 10 times overall. But even though his 2010 was cut short Williams looked fine after the injury, partially because he was only on the field once every 3 carries (splitting time with Evans and Wilson)

In the end I see Williams going in the early part of the 2nd round to a team like the Giants or Redskins who both are in need for a young, speedy and powerful back to build their teams around.

2. QB Tyrod Taylor (6’0 198 lbs):  Since 2007 Tyrod Taylor has been a fan favorite at Va. Tech. From his electrifying “3rd and 31” conversion against FSU to his game winning toss-up to beat the Nebraska Cornhuskers in 2009 Taylor has always been cool, calm and collective when put in pressure situations.  Over his Hokie career Taylor finished with a 38 – 9 record as a starter, a career milestone for a Hokies QB. What makes Taylor so great is his ability to extend plays that could be losses into big chunks of yardage. This can be seen in his numbers all time:  7,017 yards passing with 44 TD ‘s and 2,187 yards rushing with 23 rushing TD ‘s over his 4 year career at Tech.  The big problem or “complaint ” with Tyrod is his height compared to the other QB’s in this years class. Standing at a small 6’0 feet tall only two other QB’s have had major success in the NFL.  One of those two obviously is Mike Vick, another Hokie grad. The other is Saints QB Drew Brees but I wanna focus on Vick. It is because of Vick that Taylor may get a shot to play behind center in the NFL.

My prediction for “T-Mobile” is that he will get his shot to play as a QB in the pros. Despite criticism form scouts and all the suggestions to move to a slot back or wide-out, Tyrod is a proven winner and has always played the QB position and will go along with it for as long as he possibly can. He will go in the late 3rd to early 4th rounds  to a team looking for an exciting explosion of talent and speed at either QB , WR or even HB.

3.  CB Rashad”Roc” Carmichael (5’11 186 lbs):  Probably the most underrated player coming into the draft out of Virginia Tech, Rashad “Roc” Carmichael quietly put together a solid 4 year career as a Hokie. Racking up 114 tackles and picking off 10 passes over 4 seasons. Where Roc’s presence was felt most was in the locker room. Like Tyrod Taylor, Carmichael was a very vocal leader from day 1 with the Hokies and was a playmaker on some pretty emotional plays that changed the course of some key games for the Hokies. The most recent was in the Thursday Night ESPN broadcast against Georgia Tech in Blacksburg. After David Wilson returned a kick off for a TD the Yellow Jackets were driving down field and had one final chance to win rowdy Blacksburg. This opportunity was crushed when Roc picked off a fade route with under a minute remaining, locking up the win for Va. Tech.  As for his draft prospects Roc at 5’11 will likely move to safety in the pros and become a hard hitter and playmaker on special teams. 

 My prediction for Roc is that he will be selected in the middle of the 3rd round by a team that will be looking to add depth to its defensive backfield. If given the chance Carmichael will prove to his team and coaches that he can and will compete for the job and for a spot in the top two spots on the depth chart. But I think the picking of Roc Carmichael will be more for his intangibles and leadership on the field than his production on the field.

Carmichaels pick against GT

 

 Other Prospects

 

  • RB Darren Evans(6’0 227 lbs) : 4-5 rounds
  • DE Steven Friday(6’4 250 lbs) : 4-5 rounds
  • DT John Graves (6’3 286 lbs) : 5-6 rounds
  • WR/TE Andre Smith(6’5 269 lbs): 5-6 rounds
  • S/CB  Davon Morgan (6’0 195 lbs): 6-7 rounds

 

In Logan we Trust

Over the last 15 years in Virginia Tech Football history the Quarterback position has been played by several talented athletes. From the cannon arm of Jim Druckenmiller back in 1995 to the speed and elusiveness of  Tyrod Taylor in recent years and everyone in between. position of Quarterback has been a major strength for the Gobblers and will continue to be an exciting area to watch when Tech takes the field.

This year the Hokies will continue their tradition of  athletic quarterbacks with the beginning of a new era in Hokie Football… “The Logan Era”. Back in the summer of 2009 at Brookville High School, Lynchburg, Virginia a star was born. Then ranked the number 1 wide receiver in the 2009 recruiting class by Rivals.com Logan Thomas, A young and athletic 6’6 monster had all the coaches in ACC country  drooling over his size, speed  and overall potential . In combines and summer camps Thomas worked out as everything from a WR to a QB.  No matter what the drill the 4 star prospect displayed both amazing skill and awareness with and 4.6 second  40-yard dash and an amazing 3.4 GPA in all testing areas. Out of the 10 schools the Logan Thomas had shown a major interest in, from the beginning it seemed like a foregone conclusion that he would end up in Blacksburg which was made official on November 6th of 2008.  Logan Thomas was only 1 small piece of a larger recruiting class that included now RB David Wilson and CB Jayron Hosley in addition to another 19 players (9 who currently start).

Logan Thomas started out his career with the Hokies in 2010 after redshirting his freshman season. Thomas immediately contributed to Tech’s efforts as a giant 6’6 deep threat target for Tyrod Taylor and served as his backup. Even though he only made 1 reception for a TD in 201o Thomas still made his presence felt but even more so in the backfield. While serving as the backup QB Thomas had many opportunities and made the most of them with 46.2% cmpletion rate and just over 100 yards passing(most of his playing time came during blowouts which led to more rushing attempts than passing attempts in the later parts of the game ).

 What LT brings to the table is the perfect combination of size (6’6,  233 lbs) ,agility(4.6 40 yd dash) and potential (#1 ranked Va prospect, #1 TE prospect Rivals and # 19 overall by Rivals). With these tools the Hokies QB is getting a lot of attention and praise as the  next “Cam Newton” in college football. Heres a little comparison of Thomas and Newton side by side….

                   Logan Thomas                                             Cam Newton

                                                                                               

  Size:                           1.   6’6 233lbs                                                                              1. 6’5 248 lbs

Speed:                         2. 4.6 seconds 40 yd dash                                                      2. 4.5 seconds 40 yd dash

Throwing motion: 3. Over the top (Gunslinger)                                                      3. Over the top (On the run ; Scrambler)

Strengths:               4. Potential and mechanics with good running ability      4. Potential , leadership and just flat-out raw power and skill

 As you can see from the comparison above young Logan has a lot in common with Cam Newton who very well could be the number 1 overall selection in this 2011 draft by the Carolina Panthers. The one major difference that I see between Thomas and Newton is the character of the two. On the Newton side of things we all have heard the controversy and all the nonsense that came up halfway through his Heisman season this year at Auburn. On the flip side of Thomas this kid has all the opportunity in the world with an experienced receiving core and a great and explosive back (David Wilson) in the backfield.

 With that being said as a Hokies fan and a College Football fan in general I am really excited and am looking forward to watching the development of a young 4 star recruit into the latest and greatest Hokie and NCAA QB and premier player. 

Hokies driving new Beamer through 2011 schedule

Throughout Virginia Tech’s storied football history there has always been an emphasis on special teams and defense. This style was created by and has been kept by a man who I personally call the Father of Hokie football… Frank Beamer. Frank Beamer began his long relationship with the Hokies back in the late 1960’s (66-69) as a cornerback. After his playing days Beamer began coaching in 1972 at the University of Maryland. After Maryland, Beamer than moved on to coaching at the Citadel and Murray State from 1973 – 1986. After that Beamer returned to his true home in Blacksburg and took over as head coach and the rest they say is history…

    Now 25 years later another Beamer is taking a very similar course to the one his father took so many years before him. Shane Beamer who played for the Hokies back in the late 1990’s as a long snapper. Shane like his father has had major success in the coaching department since his days of playing at Lane Stadium. Shane also has an amazing resume as a coaching assistant and more importantly as a recruiter. Beamer has spent the last 4 years as an assistant to Steve Spurrier at South Carolina and gotten recruits like top RB Marcus Lattimore and played a major role in the Gamecocks recent signing of the number 1 overall recruit Jadeveon Clowney. Look for Shane to dramatically impact the Hokies both on the field and on the recruiting trail in years to come.

Shane Beamer

Now on to the Hokies 2011 schedule…

The Hokies who finished with another 10 win season (11-3) for the 7th straight season will have a much easier schedule in 2011. Instead of facing a powerful non-conference opponent (like Boise ) to kick off the season, Tech will welcome Appalachian State into Lane stadium. Although this may look like an easy win for the Hokies, considering the JMU diasaster last season anything is possible. Next the Hokies will continue through their weak non-conference schedule that includes trips to ECU and Marshall. And a visit from Arkansas State. 

2011 Virginia Tech Football Schedule
Date Team
Sat., Sept. 3 Appalachian State
Sat., Sept. 10 at East Carolina
Sat., Sept. 17 Arkansas State
Sat., Sept. 24 at Marshall
Sat., Oct. 1 Clemson
Sat., Oct. 8 Miami
Sat., Oct. 15 at Wake Forest
Sat., Oct. 22 Boston College
Sat., Oct. 29 at Duke
Thu., Nov. 10 at Georgia Tech
Thu., Nov. 17 North Carolina
Sat., Nov. 26 at UVA

Continuing on through the 2011 schedule the Hokies will begin ACC play with 2 of the stronger teams in the conference. It all begins with Clemson on Saturday, 10/1/11 in Lane Stadium. Tech has dominated Clemson in the past 3 meetings by a score of 147 – 50 and with the game being played in Blacksburg I really like Tech’s chances of continuing this streak. The second game of the season is an early matchup with the Miami Hurricanes who are looking to avenge the embarrassing losses in their last two games against the Hokies. After the two nail bitters to kick off conference play there are 3 games that appear to be easy wins: @ Wake , BC and @ Duke. If the Hokies were to lose 1 of these 3 games there would be a catastrophe by injuries or rookie mistakes by 1st year starting QB Logan Thomas.

Logan Thomas

 The Hokies end the season the exact way they would like to with back to back Thursday night primetime games and the annual battle for the Commonwealth Cup. The thursday night matchups feature the Hokies 1st traveling to Atlanta, GA to take on Georgia Tech who has been a major problem in recent years, and a home game in rocking Lane Stadium against the Tarheels of UNC. I think Tech will get their money’s worth down in Atlanta but will have control against UNC at home. Then to finally end the season is the annual battle (or Beatdown) for the Commonwealth Cup vs UVA .The trophy has been in the possession of Va. Tech for over 6 years now and I don’t see it leaving Blacksburg anytime soon .