46... Jamel Smith.

via: http://spec.lib.vt.edu

Smith was a four-year letterman and a three-year starter for Virginia Tech from 1996-99. He finished his career with 301 tackles with 27 tackles for losses, including six sacks. Smith was voted second team All-America by the Associated Press in 1999 and first team All-Big East Conference. He was a semifinalist for the Dick Butkus Award, given annually to the nation's top linebacker, as he led the Hokies with 89 tackles (52 solos) as a senior with eight TFL and one sack. He also led Tech in tackles as a junior with 99 stops.

47... Nekos Brown.


  1. Which Hokie had 47 total tackles in 2009?
  2. The Hokies played in their _____ game, a 47-0 win against James Madison in 1999.
  3. The win against JMU started a __ home winning streak.

If anyone has pictures of general Hokie awesomeness that they'd like featured on the countdown email them to me (thekeyplay [at] gmail [dot] com). I'd appreciate it.

*The first person to leave a comment with the correct answer(s) gets a point. Each correct answer is worth a point. At the end of the season the most points wins a free tee from GameDay Passion.

Dewayne Alford Accepts Hokies' Offer

Dewayne Alford has the potential to be an impact player in college, at least our coaches think so. Aside from Tech, Alford had only received offers from I-AA schools James Madison and Old Dominion. The following is from Doug Doughty.

Nansemond River coach Tracey Parker said Alford has some of the same attributes as Chris Ellis, who played for Parker at Bethel High School in Hampton before an outstanding college career as a defensive end for the Hokies.


This picture is absolutely beautiful. Look at the eyes. One pair is intense, focused on the double-team, the other wide at the sight of opportunity.

via: http://spec.lib.vt.edu

Ladies and gentleman there are 49 days until Virginia Tech football kicks off. Let's go!


Patrick Stevens Ranks Hokies 6th

That seems counterintuitive, since Taylor has started 28 games over the last three seasons. But consider that in those starts, he's faced a deficit of more than a possession just five times.

Sure, he led a comeback from down 17-3 against North Carolina in 2008 (going 5-for-8 for 53 yards in three scoring drives in the second half; the Hokie rally included a 30-yard touchdown drive preceded by a fumble recovery and a 45-yard field goal set up by a Tar Heel personal foul).

There were also four setups with a deficit of at least two possessions --- Boston College and Miami in 2008, Alabama and Georgia Tech last year --- that didn't work out so well.

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Collegiate programs' success is measured on gridiron, hardwood

A third-place finish in the Directors' Cup is all well and good, but until Craig Littlepage can find a way to get success from his football and men’s basketball programs, there’s not a whole lot to brag about in Charlottesville.

Wah-hoo. Blah.

That's the closing paragraph of a brutally blunt take down of Jefferson's 3rd place Director's Cup finish. It's a must read.

What Will You Consider a Successful Season?

In sixty days (Yes! Only sixty more days. OK, excitement contained.) Virginia Tech will kickoff its season against Boise State in The Clash in the Capital. Some Hokies will say that it's a make or break game for the 2010 season. Others will argue that the outcomes of Georgia Tech, at North Carolina and at Miami will define the season. And some will go home happy if we just beat UVa. So let's break it down.

The Hoos, and only the Hoos matter.

These Hokies are fine with going 1-11 as long as the one win is against UVa. Other wins are just gravy poured on top of the Commonwealth Cup. Mmm Gravy. This has always been a minority opinion and now that we've beaten UVa 10 of the last 11 years it is almost non-existent. By my best guess, this thinking was popular back in day when beating UVa was really the only thing we were capable of doing.

If you subscribe to this theory, consider this, UVa is now beating UVa. Also, it never gets old.


6-6, 8-4, 7-5 it really doesn't matter to these guys. Why? Because they're going on VAY-CAY-TION! There's only a few things to do in Southwest Virginia during December: drink, watch football and be cold. So why not drink, watch live football AND take in some local cuisine and attractions all while being warm. They justify the on the field performance by the logic of, "we've won at least as many as we've lost."

10 Wins

Since 2004 we've won at least ten games year, the only other team to do so is Texas. You've heard this all before, but the gist of it is overlooked. The streak exemplifies our consistent excellence at winning each season. However, it has become something of a consolation prize, like in '05 and '06 when we seemed capable of something more.


On my way to Blacksburg for the spring game he was in front of me on I-66. I tailed him, and by tailed I mean ass-to-ass, for 20 miles and could never get close enough to get a shot. Huge props to @Barron18.

It's not a question, but a definitive statement.

And while we are at it let's pile on. UVa scheduled a home and home in 2013-14 with, drum roll please, UTSA.

Hokies Receive Another Commit

Dinwiddie County (Virginia) quarterback Chris Hall is fifth player to commit to the Hokies. Hall will grey shirt and will play tight end. He's lean at 225 pounds, but has a big frame, 6'4" to build on upon. Just think of Greg Boone, who was 6'3" 258 lbs when he first got to Blacksburg. His highlights below are all of him behind center, but it's still worth the watch. Surely the level of competition has something to do with it, but he's showing off his athleticism by consistently outrunning opposing defenses. At he 2:10 mark he fakes the QB blast and throws a jump pass for a touchdown. Wild Turkey anyone?

Adeboye Aromire Commits to Virginia Tech

Well, that's another huge get this week for the Hokies (and we're hearing there could be another later today). Adeboye Aromire is an imposing physical corner, with speedy 4.47 40, that could play elsewhere in the secondary if need be. Aromire was Ricardo Young’s former teammate at H.D. Woodson High School out The District and selected Tech over Maryland and UNC. Check out VTF for a more in depth breakdown.

H/T BeerControlOffense

Hokies Are Macho Men in the Weight Room

Now understand that a workout at Tech’s football complex is not like an afternoon at your local gym. There are no TVs in the corner, and no smoothie bar in the lobby. In fact, the sign on the door says "No cell phones and no iPods allowed." This is a work place. Every minute counts and every lift is charted, and there is a method and system that’s evolved over the years. It’s high intensity, all under Gentry’s eye.

But the atmosphere is still enjoyable and fun for the players. They see the progress their teammates are making and help each other through the most challenging and difficult lifts. Good chemistry all the way around.

And then there is the music.

Christian Reeves Gives Solid Verbal to Hokies

Soon to be senior wide receiver / defensive back / linebacker Christian Reeves of Eagles Landing Christian Academy in Georgia gave his commitment to Torrian Gray today. He caught 26 balls for 584 yards (22 YPC) and 4 scores his junior year.