Q&A with MGoBlog

Below, Brian from MGoBlog gives MAN ANSWERS to my questions. Our answers to his questions are here (French took 1-8, I took 9-12).

1. Denard, Denard, Denard... I think most Hokies know about the freak-of-an-athlete you guys having running around the field at quarterback. How would you go about designing a game plan to contain him, and who's the second guy on offense VT's going to have to worry about stopping?

I would come after him and play a lot of robber zone stuff to take away intermediate routes when you do. Denard has been mistake-prone when pressured but when left to set his feet and throw he's been pretty accurate lately. You do put yourself at risk of Denard busting past your blitzers and giving up a big play, but that's somewhat offset by the chance he chucks an ugly interception.

The second guy to worry about is Fitzgerald Toussaint, Michigan's primary running back. He's a smallish, darting runner with the ability to juke in a phone booth and very good (but not great) top end speed. He cracked 1000 yards on the season with a late surge.

2011 Opponent Recap: Clemson

CLEM RECORD: 4-0 (1-0 ACC) (W 35-30 against #11 Florida State)

VT RECORD: 4-0 (W 30-10 against Marshall)

SCORE: (13) CLEM 23 – (11) VT 3

GAME SUMMARY: For the Hokies, this was a dual exhibit of missed opportunities and lack of execution. The offense was held to just 258 yards, and a conservative game plan resulted in constant pressure on quarterback Logan Thomas. Thomas was sacked four times. The following can be considered a microcosm of the Hokies’ offensive struggles throughout the game: down 3-0 in the second quarter, the Hokies advanced to Clemson’s 32-yard line, where the drive stalled. Instead of attempting a field goal or fourth down conversion, Tech punted. Touchback; a net gain of 12 yards. The following Clemson possession, Jayron Hosley was able to intercept Tajh Boyd and returned the ball to the Clemson 31. The Tech drive extinguished at the 7 yard line, and the Hokies were forced to settle for three. With around ten minutes remaining, down 17-3, Thomas was able to drive Tech to the Clemson 12-yard line, but the offense turned the ball over on downs. The Tigers responded with an 8-play, 88-yard touchdown drive to seal the victory.

Eastern Michigan Preview

Who: Virginia Tech Hokies (9-3) vs Eastern Michigan Eagles (5-6)

When: Thursday, December 22 @ 7:00 p.m.

TV: ESPN3 (Quint Kessenich and Glenn Consor)

Where: Cassell Coliseum (9,847), Blacksburg, VA

The Opponent: The Hokies welcome Eastern Michigan to the Cassell on Thursday evening to wrap up their 2011 home slate. The Eagles are coming off a hard-fought 52-48 win at Radford on Tuesday that snapped a five-game losing streak. Under first year head coach Rob Murphy, EMU has battled the likes of Syracuse (lost by 36), Michigan State (lost by 32), and Purdue (lost by 25) this season.

The Eagles rank near 200 in the RPI and their best win came against IUPUI, which sits at #238 in the early season rankings. Here’s a look at their starting lineup:

#ALLMAROONEVERYTHING

Hopefully in New Orleans these will be more than just pixels on a computer screen. Created with Clark Ruhland's uniform builder.

I've been struggling to write this post for the last couple of days. I've been going back-and-forth in my head, trying to put my finger on why we want to see the Hokies decked out head-to-toe in all-maroon. It's undeniable they're sharp as hell. Stare at them for just a couple of seconds and they snarl and bite at you. They clock a 4-4 forty, they got heart. They're as "Virginia Tech" as the Hokie Stone that watches students get stung by the wind as they walk across the drillfield in the winter. They're simple, not overstated, perfect for a team that carries a lunchpail to work.

There's no mention of pants. Of course not, that Tweet ran out of characters, and it's not worth noting we'll wear the same old white pants. That was me being logical. However, my initial conclusion was presuming and irrational: @VT_Football neglected the pants because they want the all-maroon uniforms to be a surprise. That's what I want to believe.

2011 Opponent Recap: Marshall

MU RECORD: 1-2 (1-0 Conference USA) (L 44-7 against Ohio)

VT RECORD: 3-0 (W 26-7 against Arkansas State)

SCORE: (13) VT – 30 MU – 10

GAME SUMMARY: The pregame atmosphere was somber, as both teams took time to remember the 1970 plane crash that killed 75 members of the Marshall football program, including two graduates of Virginia Tech, Rick Tolley and Frank Loria. Loria, a fellow defensive back and teammate of Frank Beamer, was the first All-American at Virginia Tech. Like in their game against West Virginia, Marshall came out of the gates quick, moving the ball effectively against Tech until Jayron Hosley forced a fumble after giving up a 32-yard completion to Aaron Dobson. The defense quickly settled in, holding Marshall to just 251 yards total offense and sacking true freshman quarterback Rakeem Cato 5 times (J.R. Collins had half the team’s sacks).

2011 Opponent Recap: Arkansas State

ARKST RECORD: 1-1 (W 47-3 against Memphis)

VT RECORD: 2-0 (W 17-10 against ECU)

SCORE: (13) VT – 26 ARKST – 7

GAME SUMMARY: It was an ominous start for the Hokies. On the opening kickoff, return man Dyrell Roberts broke his arm and would be lost for the season. Arkansas State forced a Tech punt, then drove 59 yards to take a 7-0 lead (51 of those yards coming on a Taylor Stockemer reception). The ship would be righted, though, and Tech scored the final 26 points of the game, beginning with a safety caused by Kyle Fuller’s pass-rushing skills. Logan Thomas passed for 292 yards, and Danny Coale had his first 100-yard outing of the season (he finished with 128 yards on seven catches). Jayron Hosley added two more interceptions to his resume, bringing his career total to 11.

Hokies Crush Campbell, Host North Florida Tonight

After finishing up semester exams, Tech men's basketball team returned to the court Saturday to face a feisty Campbell squad that had already won at Iowa earlier in the season. The Hokies showed a bit of rust in the first half, shooting just 37 percent from the field, but opened things up with a 15-0 run to start the second half.

Tech went on to shoot 73 percent in the final 20 minutes, and coasted to a 85-60 victory over the Camels. The game showcased the reemergence of senior leaders Victor Davila and Dorenzo Hudson. Davila finished with 15 points, all in the second half, and connected on six of his nine buckets. Hudson tied for the team lead in scoring with 15, snapping a string of six consecutive games in which he failed to reach double digits. The Hokies' other three starters, Erick Green, Jarell Eddie, and Dorian Finney-Smith all reached double figures as well, adding 12, 11, and 10 respectively.

The Hokies forced 15 Campbell turnovers on the afternoon, converting them into 23 points. Tech also did a better job of getting in transition, notching 20 fast break points to the Camels' 8. The win was Tech's third in a row, moving its record to 8-3 while Campbell fell to 8-3 on the season.

ALL OF THE HOOS

12/19/11 - Someone associated with Virginia came to their senses, realized how ridiculous this video was and closed their YouTube account "UVAFillTheHill". I'm going to respect that and won't re-upload it.

"I Pledge" was the most UVA thing ever, now just one month later Virginia has outdone themselves, again, with a Kanye inspired "All of the Hoos" promotional video for their trip to the Chick-fil-A bowl. I don't even have to make fun of it. It stands alone, triumphantly, atop a pile of smug UVa. But I'm going to anyways.

0:00 - 0:35 Here's some typical we're-not-better-than-your-school-at-football-so-we're-going-to-imply-you're-dumb-and-snub-our-noses-at-your-(agri)culture UVa bullshit.

0:36 - 0:48 Where were these two clowns when Darth Vadar was trolling around the galaxy putting down the rebellion? YEAH, homemade, lightsaber looking, over-sized glow sticks. I bet these would be a hit at the next rave party brah. Let's just head bob like we're both E'd out, and jump on the table because don't give a fuck. WE'RE THE CHILLEST BROS EVER.

0:50 - 1:05 WE WILL HAVE ALL OF THE iMOVIE EFFECTS.

1:06 - 1:08 Superman ran for 13 yards against Virginia Tech.

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