Darren Evans will turn Professional and Enter the NFL Draft

Thank you for everything Darren, and I wish you nothing but the best of luck in the NFL.

“After sitting down with family, I’ve decided to declare for the NFL Draft,” Evans said. “I felt like this is the best opportunity for me and my family. This was a tough decision because Virginia Tech was good to me and my family and I had fun. I was blessed to play at Virginia Tech and at that level of football. I have plans to graduate and I will, but the NFL has always been a dream so it’s hard to pass it up right now.”

via hokiesports.com

We'll all remember this.

It sounds like Ryan Williams is leaning towards the NFL

Take a read through the following series of Tweets from ACC Mania's Josh Parcell (@accmaniac) who spoke to Ryan Williams today and draw your own conclusions.

Just spoke to Ryan Williams via telephone. He will announce his intentions to turn pro or return to Va Tech by January 10th.

Williams said he still had to decide what agency/training facility he wanted to use, before denying that he's already decided to turn pro

Williams: "(Darren and I) aren't having a press conference. We'll talk to the coaches and go about our business"

"I'd say Darren is leaning towards the NFL, but you have to talk to him"

Williams on choosing an agent "There are so many people trying to contact me. I have to talk to a lot of people"

To me, it sounds like Ryan Williams is headed to the NFL.

My Tech Talk Live Question

Mr. Roth,

This question is for Coach Beamer (who I hope will be appearing on this week's show).

Hypothetically, if the Orange Bowl had been the National Championship game, would we have done anything different in terms of balancing recreational activities against football preparation?

Thank you, and go Hokies!

Joe @ TheKeyPlay.com

Getting this loss off my chest.

Here’s the truth. We won eleven football games this season, another ACC Championship and extended the ten-plus-wins a season streak to seven. Standing on its own 2010 was an impressive campaign, especially after our disastrous start, as part of the whole, over the last seven years, it helps comprise a top ten resume. However, is that being elite? No, it’s being consistent. Consistently the best team in the ACC, but not good enough to beat a quality opponent. What’s frustrating is I honestly don’t know what’s keeping us from taking that next step.

Shot-from-the-hip observations

Edit: Moved to the front because they are great discussion points.

- Beforehand, I promised myself that I wouldn't get that upset if we lost. Considering how we started the season, where we ended up was pretty incredible. I didn't think we'd win a game this year walking out of Lane after JMU. Still, I'm upset with how we looked, especially in that 2nd half. I'll enjoy Tyrod' ridiculous TD pass for a while, but will do my best to forget the absolute nothing we did in the 2nd half.

- Let's look on the bright side: Ryan had like 3 carries. No stage to show off for the NFL. I feel like if he was on the fence about going or staying, tonight should help him decide to return.

Orange Bowl Preview

The Orange Bowl is tomorrow. And we're playing in it. Isn't that amazing?

I wrote this before we played ECU.

But, it was supposed to be our year...

I know, believe me I know. My brain told me otherwise, but I believed my heart. I thought this would be the year. Not too long after we lost to Boise State I was concocting crazy scenarios in my head that would get us into the Championship Game. If Miami beats Ohio State they could be 10-0 and number one when we play... We'd have another chance to win a statement game... And maybe Boise will slip up... Then we lost to JMU. We're not winning the National Championship this year, and neither are 118 other teams. It's time to move on.

There are still plenty of reasons to be excited. And no, I'm not talking about the ACC Championship, or a BCS bowl, or anything else big picture. How about the simple satisfaction of watching the Hokies play football games. We didn't win a damn thing last year, yet we all were straight giddy when Ryan Williams was draggin' corpses into the end zone, proud of the guys for how they went toe-to-toe with Alabama, and delighted when we beat Tennessee. We just need to give these guys a chance to shine.

David Wilson and Antone Exum Suspended

Even though David Wilson eats Chick-fil-A on Sundays he still needs to be in his hotel before curfew. Both Wilson and Exum broke 1:00 AM curfew and will sit out the first quarter of the Orange Bowl. According to Darryl Slater Rock Carmichael will take over for Wilson on kickoff return.

It could be worse, but balls. If things are going well for us, I wouldn't expect either of them to play.

212

"At 211 degrees, water is hot. At 212 degrees, it boils. And with boiling water, comes steam. And with steam, you can power a train. Just one extra degree can make all the difference."
From givemore.com

These are the Hokies beginning to bubble at 211°, I can't wait to see them heat up just one degree more.

Mount St. Mary's Preview

Who: Virginia Tech Hokies (8-4, 3-2 home) vs Mount St. Mary’s Mountaineers (3-11, 1-9 away)

When: Sunday, January 2 @ 2:00 p.m.

TV: None

Where: Cassell Coliseum, Blacksburg, VA

The Opponent: The Hokies ring in the new year with their last non-conference game before ACC play when the Mount St. Mary’s Mountaineers visit the Cassell. The Mount comes out of the Northeast Conference and is currently mired in a seven game losing streak that extends back to December 2. Hokie fans will remember the last time these two teams met, an ugly 62-57 Tech victory back in 2008, a year in which the Mount made the NCAA Tournament by winning the NEC.

Much like the Hokies previous opponent, USC Upstate, the Mountaineers aren’t exactly offensively gifted. The squad averages just 60.4 points per game, which is 317th out of 345 teams in Division I.

Hokies Handle USC Upstate 64-53

It took 112 games, but Jeff Allen finally went a game in his Virginia Tech career without committing a foul in the Hokies’ 64-53 victory over USC Upstate. Tech’s senior forward finished with 16 points and 15 rebounds, his fifth double-double of the season, to lead the Hokies (8-4) to their fourth straight victory after a 4-4 start.

After starting the game on a 7-0 run, Tech hit just three of their next 15 shots and found themselves down by as many as seven at 25-18. Upstate's zone defense gave Tech fits and forced the Hokies to take shots from outside the arc, where they hit just 2-of-11 in the first half. Down by seven, Tech changed its defense to a 1-3-1 trap zone, which forced Upstate into seven turnovers and 2-of-9 shooting in the final five minutes of the half. The Hokies took advantage, ending the half on a 16-4 zone, including eight fast break points to take a five-point advantage into the break.

In the second half, the Hokies changed their approach, attacking Upstate's zone with Jeff Allen down low, while opening up a 10-point advantage five minutes into the half. However, Tech went four minutes without scoring allowing the Spartans to creep within five. After a Seth Greenberg timeout, the Hokies went on a 10-2 run to open up a 13-point lead and put the game away.

Ryan Williams Says Ryan Williams is a Hokie... For Right Now.

via: @DavidJNeal

On Tech Talk Live last Monday Williams reiterated the same thoughts, "whatever is the best decision for me and my family at the time I'll make that decision, but as of right now I'm a Hokie."

Bill Roth preceded that question by asking him what feedback he thought he'd receive from the NFL Advisory Committee. Williams responded, "I think I would hear, you know, potential first round to second rounder, I wanna hear the same thing."

USC Upstate Preview

Who: Virginia Tech Hokies (7-4, 2-2 home) vs USC Upstate Spartans (2-9, 0-5 away)

When: Thursday, December 30 @ 2:00 p.m.

TV: None

Where: Cassell Coliseum, Blacksburg, VA

The Opponent: The Hokies close out 2010 with their first ever meeting with the Spartans of USC Upstate from the Atlantic Sun. Upstate is in its final year of transition from Division II to Division I of NCAA and therefore is ineligible for postseason play despite playing a full A-Sun schedule. The Spartans and Hokies have two common opponents in Virginia and Campbell. Upstate was tied with UVA with 14 minutes to go before falling by 20 to the Cavaliers, 75-54. The Spartans lost to Campbell 67-60.

VT-Stanford stats

Promoted to front page because I heart statistics --Joe

Hey guys, I crunched some numbers to see how the two teams compare- what surprised me was how little separation there was between them in the numbers I ran. I find this particularly useful given the JMU aberration, which I conveniently threw out (along with Stanford’s Cal State-Sacramento game).

Some background on what I did:

Orange Bowl, Orange Drink

The Orange Bowl is less than 10 days away, and while I've broken down and previewed the upcoming on-the-field action, the Cardinal's best and worst games along with statistics of note, I've neglected the social aspect of the game. That stops now.

Like many of you, I traveled home for Christmas. Every Christmas Eve my Mom welcomes our friends and family over her house to enjoy hors d'oeuvre, fried fish and pasta (this year we had lasagna OM NOM NOM). In the spirit of the Orange Bowl, I decided to create an orange drink bar for our guests to enjoy. This would serve a few purposes:

  1. Make family time more passable.
  2. Provide a conversation starter to educate my family and friends on the trials and tribulations of Virginia Tech football.
  3. Determine a suitable, officially unofficial, drink for my upcoming trip to Miami.

Hokies Blow 18-Point Lead, Escape St. Bonaventure in OT

Playing with just eight scholarship players, Virginia Tech saw an 18-point first half lead disappear before pulling out a 76-68 overtime victory against St. Bonaventure in Rochester, NY Thursday. Tech (7-4) played without Dorenzo Hudson and Cadarian Raines who were ruled out for the season earlier in the day, leaving them with just three options off the bench.

The Hokies came out strong in the first half, shooting a robust 52% from the field. The Hokies opened up an 18-point lead at 34-16, thanks primarily to the play of Erick Green. Making his third career start, Green wasted no time, accounting for 11 of his 15 points in the first 20 minutes, while also recording four steals. Jeff Allen also played well in the first half, recording just one foul.

However, the Bonnies closed the game to within 13 at the half and opened up the second half on a 13-4 run to cut the Tech lead to four. SBU nailed nine of its first 13 shots out of the gate, while Tech attempted just six shots. Also, Allen picked up three fouls in the first 7:30 of the half and was sent to the bench. The teams traded basket the rest of the half, with the Hokies’ lead varying between two and six. The Bonnies couldn’t ever tie or take the lead, though, until point guard Ogo Adegboye nailed an NBA range three-pointer with 18 seconds to go to tie the game at 65. Malcolm Delaney’s last second shot missed everything.

Hokies Lose Hudson and Raines to Injury

The Tech basketball team is down to eight scholarship players after the university announced that senior guard Dorenzo Hudson and sophomore forward Cadarian Raines will miss the rest of the season due to injuries.

Hudson has been battling a right foot injury since the end of last season and an orthopedic surgeon recommended that the senior undergo surgery, according to the school’s release. Luckily, Hudson is eligible for a medical redshirt since he has played in less than 30% of Tech’s games and will return next year. Hudson is the team’s third-leading scorer with 10.4 points per game. Despite not playing up to his third team All-ACC standard from last year, his loss leaves Tech without a proven scoring threat in the backcourt aside from Malcolm Delaney.

Raines has been nagged by an injury to a toe on left foot. The sophomore will also be eligible for a medical redshirt and return for his second year of eligibility next year. After having surgery early last year, Raines reinjured the foot and underwent another surgery this past April, but has not healed to the doctor’s liking. Raines has played in just four games this year, accounting for only 21 minutes off the bench.

Hudson and Raines adds to a long list of injuries for Tech. The duo now joins redshirt sophomore Allan Chaney and senior JT Thompson on the injured list. All four will be able to return next year, assuming they’re healthy.

St. Bonaventure Preview

Who: Virginia Tech Hokies (6-4, 3-1 neutral) vs St. Bonaventure Bonnies (6-3, 0-0 neutral)

When: Thursday, December 23 @ 7:00 p.m.

TV: None

Where: Blue Cross Arena, Rochester, NY

The Opponent: The Bonnies enter Thursday's action coming off a 112-107 4 OT victory against the Ohio Bobcats. The game was the longest in the school's 91-year history and improved St. Bonaventure's record to 6-3, with their losses coming against Canisius, Cleveland State, and Niagra. SBU does have a rather impressive 67-66 victory at St. John's.

The Hokies and Bonnies were both members of the Atlantic 10 from 1995-2000, with the schools meeting five times during that span. Tech has lost three straight to SBU, but the Bonnies have since forfeited their victory in 2002 due to an ineligible player. The two squads have not met on the court since.

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