Football season is over, yes that is depressing, but I woke up to very good news this morning. The Hokies have a wrestler ranked #1 in the country at his weight class for the first time since 2002. Devin Carter is the top wrestler in the country at 133 pounds, I'm probably more impressed with this than most of you because I have watched him wrestle from the time he was a freshman in high school.
With college football coming to an uninspiring end, it’s time to switch gears and focus on college basketball. For those that haven’t been keeping tabs on this season, you’re not alone. The Hokies are priming themselves for another run to the bubble and have a big game tonight against Florida State. Here’s a preview:
Who: Virginia Tech Hokies (11-4, 0-1) vs Florida State Seminoles (9-6, 0-1)
When: Tuesday, January 10 @ 7:00 p.m.
TV: ESPNU (Carter Blackburn and Jay Williams)
Where: Cassell Coliseum (9,847), Blacksburg, VA
The Opponent: Florida State comes to the Cassell as desperate, if not more so, than the Hokies after just one conference game. The ‘Noles were dumptrucked by 20 in their conference opener at Clemson on Saturday and have lost 3 of their last 4 overall. This is a big game for FSU as they host North Carolina (in addition to ESPN’s College Gameday) this Saturday, which could make them 0-3 in conference if they can’t win Blacksburg.
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Two-thousand-eleven was the second full season we covered, and it was our biggest yet.
Who: Virginia Tech Hokies (11-3, 0-0) @ Wake Forest Demon Deacons (9-5, 0-0)
When: Saturday, January 7 @ 12:00 p.m.
TV: ACC Network (Mike Hogewood and Dan Bonner)
Where: Joel Coliseum (14,665), Winston-Salem, NC
The Opponent: The Hokies enter conference play as winners of six straight after a gritty 67-61 win at Oklahoma State last Saturday, snapping the Pokes’ 37-game non-conference home winning streak in the process. Tech has been playing really good basketball and has had contributions from a lot of different guys.
Dorenzo Hudson scored his 1,000th point against Oklahoma State and led the team with 18 points. He’s one of six players that has led the team in scoring in the first 14 games this year. Interestingly enough, the Hokies have held the lead at halftime in every one of their games this year.
A good opening to ACC play is critical for Tech. After Wake, the Hokies host a scuffling Florida State team on Tuesday and then have an extremely winnable road game at Boston College next weekend. Starting strong is emphasized even more by what lies afterwards (UNC, @UVA, BYU, @UMD, Duke) in a span of 15 days.
David Wilson plays football on Sundays. The Hokies running back announced minutes ago he will forgo his senior season and enter the NFL draft. Wilson is rated as the 22nd overall player and 2nd running back available in the 2012 draft according to ESPN Scouts Inc.
Wilson rushed for 1,709 yards in 2011. That campaign broke Tech's single-season rushing record previously held by Ryan Williams (1,655 '09).
One or more inexperienced players: Tony Gregory (who had surgery on his left ACL yesterday), Michael Holmes, or incoming 2012 freshman J.C. Coleman, Chris Mangus or Drew Harris will try to succeed Wilson at running back this fall.
Best of luck in the NFL DW4. We'll miss your play on the field, and charisma off it, a lot.
The Frankinator released a bunch of updates on his website today regarding the future of the program.
Ju-Ju Clayton, Isaiah Hamlette, Courtney Prince and Dwight Tucker will not return to the program in 2012. Prince has one more season of eligibility and will transfer to Eastern Kentucky. Hamlette is looking to play at a I-AA school. Both have already graduated. Neither Clayton and Tucker will continue their football careers, both will graduate in May.
J.C. Coleman and Dewayne Alford will enroll in classes for the spring semester. Two other players are expected to join them. (Expect one of them to be Robert Lockhart.)
The 2012 Maroon-White Game is April 21st at 4:00 pm.
The Hokies could sign as many as 28 players in the upcoming 2012 class.
Winter Workouts begin on January 17th when the players return and run through March 12th.
Georgia transfer Brent Benedict will be a redshirt sophomore in 2012.
A projected first-team offensive line was listed as: Nick Becton, David Wang, Andrew Miller, Brent Benedict and Michael Via. Vinston Painter, Laurence Gibson Mark Shuman and Nick Acree are expected to battle for playing time as well.
These last two updates are included verbatim, read between the lines at your own risk.
I woke up this morning with teeth gritted, brain throbbing, and my heart aching. The Hokies played their collective asses off last night, and for the outcome to be what it was just makes you sick to your stomach for those kids. The defensive line, perhaps for the first time since the injury to Antoine Hopkins, completely dominated the line of scrimmage. The Hokie secondary (after a couple of hickups early) was a ballhawking unit. The linebackers did all that was asked to make Denard Robinson look like a freshman without a clue. Logan Thomas and his receivers had an outstanding game.
"DAH-NY COALE! DAH-NY COALE! DAH-NY COALE!" All the Hokies chanting, high-fiving and hugging me thought he made the catch. I didn't. Not because it din't look like a catch, it did, I saw it on replay. It looked good. It looked like a game winning catch. One of those big catches that's featured on SportsCenter and bootlegged onto YouTube. Everyone's sharing that video the next morning in the office. Your coworkers are huddled behind you ohhh-ing and ahhh-ing watching it while they sip their morning's coffee. I knew it seemed too good to be true.
That team made me proud.
No we didn't win. I'm sure a lot of y'all are pissed about some play calls. I am. More carries for Logan. More carries for Logan. More carries for Logan. More carries for Logan, especially on short yardage situations. But this wasn't the Orange Bowl last year. We didn't get our balls beat in. We didn't get throttled. We didn't get out-coached. We didn't get out-played. No one punched us in the throat... And that's why it hurts.
I have an ache in my chest right now too painful for words to describe. We came sooooooooo close, but failed. That's a strong word, but it's accurate--we failed. We came to play. We came to fucking play this game.
It starts at 8:00 PM east coast time. Box and BCO are running the show so play nice and go Hokies!