Who's Your Favorite Hokie Football Player?

Doesn't have to be the best player. Just personally, somebody is going to be "your guy" no matter what.

For me, it's a split between two players. I was at Virginia Tech from 2006 to 2011 and Eddie Royal was my favorite player when I was in college. I thought he represented BeamerBall through and through. One of the best special teams players in the history of Virginia Tech. Personally, he's my #1 WR in VT history in terms of raw talent. Comes from an awesome family with his older brother playing at Marshall and currently, the CB coach at Morehead State. His younger sister is a VTCC alum and currently serves with the USAF. In addition, I thought he was a fantastic ambassdor post-4/16 and continues to represent Virginia Tech exceedingly well.

The second guy for me was Chuck Clark. I honestly think he's one of the most underrated defensive players in the Bud Foster era. Sam Rogers said he's the only person who matched his work ethic in college. Grinded from being an unheralded high school recruit to sixth-round nobody to making over 10 million in the league. Epitomizes the lunch-pail mentality. I still don't think he gets enough credit. BAMF.

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I was at VT the same time you were.

Tough to call as there have been so many great ones and there were so many great ones between '06 and '11. The top two that popped into my head were both offensive players, interestingly. I'm going to give two of each- (offense, defense)

Tyrod
David Wilson

Xavier Adibi
Brandon Flowers

*you know you're good/famous when you can be referred to by a single name

Onward and upward

Man I pick a favorite every year , how can I pick a single all time?

Not fair :(

I was at Tech the same time as Logan, so got to see Tyrod as a freshman. There are so many good players from that era that stick out to me, but Kam Chancellor is probably my all time favorite. I know they are technically not one person, but the combo of Adibi and Vince Hall was some of my favorite VT football to watch.

If you feel the leather in your hand let it rip.

David Wilson for all the electric he brought and Cody Grimm for being a defensive stud for us.

Pick any DB between 2005-2011, that's it for me.

I just sit on my couch and b*tch. - HokieChemE2016

I was at VT Between 1995 and 2000...a lot to pick from but I will go with John Engleberger

Off course I can't forget Tyrod Taylor, after the Nebraska game we were on the field and he came by and acknowledged the fans before heading to the locker room, a cool character.

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We were at VT the same time frame.

For me, it is and always will be Corey Moore

He was after my time at VT (86-92) but for me it was Lee Suggs. Guaranteed 3 yards when you needed two.

My wife takes the kids and leaves the house while I watch my Hokie games.........nuff said

Bruce Smith for me- never forget my freshman year (1983) watching him get 23 sacks in just 11 games.(including the '83 squeaker over lolUVA 48-0 where we tore down the goal-posts at Lane North.

From the 2018 VT-uva game-"This is when LEGENDS are made!"

My vote as well. Out of a whole bunch of favorites, including most of those named on here already, his continued public support for VT is a tie-breaker.

Sometimes we live no particular way but our own

Can't think of anyone outside of Michael Vick more dominant than the Bruce.

Overheard as Duke assistant coaches took elevator down from press box: “Guys, they stopped the run with a three-man front.” - David Teel Tweet 2018

Cody Grimm. He wasn't the fastest. He wasn't the strongest. He wasn't the most talented. But he turned working his ass off and an incredible football IQ...if the ball was going that way, you can bet your ass Cody was there...into a ticket to the league.

If you play it, they will win.

"How the ass pocket will be used, I do not know. Alls I know is, the ass pocket will be used." -The BoD

Macho Harris and Eddie Royal - not only because they were standouts during my time at VT, but because of how they carried themselves off the field.

I'm here for the memes, I just stay for the football.

Difficult to pick for me... But to your point about Eddie Royal, what a great man! Every home game we attended he was one of, if not the, last players to stay out and sign autographs for the kids. Not only did he sign stuff he took pictures with them, looked them in the eye and spoke to them. One of my sons fondest memories.

But Sam Rogers might embody the Hokie mentality as much or more than anyone. Walk-on who earned a scholarship and simply did whatever needed to be done. He was a starter from day one and always balled out. Justin Hamilton was another Hokie that embodied the team-first mentality like no other...

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Eddie did the same thing at an "away" game at Duke, pretty sure the rest of the team was on the bus by the time he was done.

I'm here for the memes, I just stay for the football.

Mama Fuller

Never Forget #1 Overall Seed UVA 54, #64 UMBC 74

LT3 - An absolute unit of a man, put our team on his back figuratively and opponents on their backs literally season after season, nothing but grace and classiness no matter what fans were complaining about, the TRAIN-stick decleating block vs the hoos and then smacking them down on twitter with "38-0 bro" and now he's doing it in the League as a TE. LEGEND

Michael Brewer - the follow-the-play TD fumble recovery vs. GT, the T1000-esque resilience, the wild hog hunting solely to troll Arkansas...amazing how much he accomplished as a transfer.

.... this is the most perfectly written thing I've ever seen on this site
-8300A_Hokie'12

Bryan Randall. It would have been easy for the program to fall apart after Grant Noel and MV5, but we had a true field general to bridge the gap to Tyrod and beyond.

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Ben Taylor. Tackling Machine.

So hard to say just one, but it's probably Tyrod. Brandon Flowers, Xavier Adibi, and RMFW are on that shortlist as well. I could end up with a list of 20+ players quickly if I don't stop myself after this sentence.

"Take care of the little things and the big things will come."

...pop.

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God Bless!

Corey Moore. Welcome to the muhfuggin Terrordome.

21st century QBs Undefeated vs UVA:
MV7, MV5, LT3, Braxton Burmeister, Ryan Willis, Josh Jackson, Jerod Evans, Michael Brewer, Tyrod Taylor, Sean Glennon, and Grant Noel. That's right, UVA. You couldn't beat Grant Noel.

Sam Rogers. Just the ultimate football player (running, blocking, passing you name it) and a leader on the teams when I was in school. Bud said it best when he called him a bowling ball of butcher knives.

Not the reason for him being my favorite but my freshman year we sat next to each other in the math empo but I didn't know he was a football player (probably second or third week of school). We just shot the shit, complained about the empo, and helped each other out with questions. A month later I was watching a game on TV and was doing the Leo Once Upon a Time in Hollywood meme when they showed him.

Um its in my profile and its Ben Taylor. However, the 3 offensive players that we've never had players like them before and probably won't have players like them again are Mike Vick, Ryan Williams, and Isaiah Ford.

Bruce Smith with Frank Loria a close second.

Cyrus Lawrence.

Thor Kritsky

Andre Kendrick

Michael Vick is #1 for me. Kam Chancellor and Brandon Flowers round out my top 3.

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Miss these jerseys from our ACC debut so much. My all time favorite look for us.

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Lee Suggs

Tyrod forever.

Honorable mentions to:
Brandon Flowers, Cody Grim, RMFW, David Wilson, Darren Evans, Danny Coale (it was a fucking CATCH) and Sam Rogers.

"... I think he played his nuts off. And you can quote me on that shit."

Oh! Can't forget Dyrell Roberts! The catch against Nebraska and the kickoff return against Alabama were enough by themselves.

"... I think he played his nuts off. And you can quote me on that shit."

This is a difficult one, but my first memories of going to Lane were watching Lee Suggs light up the field and he's the player that stuck in my head before I was a student at VT. David Wilson was electric to watch as well as Marcus.

Favorite play that never was - "Hooker with the dime to Pimp...leton."

Where's a "Tyrod is my homeboy" shirt when you need one?

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"Sam Rogers is a college football icon" SB Nation

Thanks Frank!

Nah, the best were "Imoh is my Homi"

He might have been 5'4" on a good day, kid was absolute beast on the field. I can only wonder what if he wasn't suspended for the USC game?

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Sam Rogers on the field, but also got a chance to spend some of my time on campus in the same circles as the Vandyke brothers, Nick Acree, EL Smiling, Alston Smith, Josh Stanford, and those guys were all just so nice and friendly.

"Why gobble gobble chumps asks such good questions, I will never know." - TheFifthFuller

Was Danny Coale the most talented player to ever step foot on a VT field? Not hardly. But he's the only one I know to have logged stats at: rushing, receiving, returning, defense, and punting yards. Sauce. Also as the signature goes: I found TKP after two rails from TOTS and watching the bowl game where he "caught" that ball.

Also, I know the question was for football but I'm gonna answer it in basketball too: Zach LeDay. Also not the most talented player on the court, but I saw that man outwork future lottery picks to the point where they fouled out of the game. That sweet sixteen team doesn't happen if it weren't for dudes like Zach who built the foundation for those later years to succeed.

I found TKP after two rails from TOTS then walking back to my apartment and re-watching the 2012 Sugar Bowl. I woke up the next day with this username.

Ron Mexico

"Give me a fu¢king beer", Anonymous Genius

How can anyone who watched him play not answer Michael Vick? Off field bias aside he's generational and we likely will never have another player as good as Vick

Go for it

I was at Tech starting in 2011. Corey Fuller has a soft spot in my heart because I thought he lived up to the name, was ultra reliable, and underutilized.

But Logan Thomas has to be mine. Guy came in without the expectation of being a QB, then he gets forced into the role. Sucks it up, puts up numbers, wins us big games, never complained. Met him a few times on campus and couldn't be nicer to a stranger. He holds the hokie values in the NFL and I find a lot of pride in seeing him succeed

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And not one person said Frank Beamer...
Bryan Randall, Bruce Smith and Sam Rogers for me. But the later ones couldn't have done it without Frank Beamer and his loyalty to the school.

"When you're green, you're growing. When you're ripe, you rot." -Ray Kroc

I mean, he was always "Coach Beamer" for me - his playing days are a little too far in the past 😅

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"Sam Rogers is a college football icon" SB Nation

Thanks Frank!

George George just for the name

Joey Phillips for the mullet shake

"I'm too drunk to taste this chicken" - Colonel Sanders via Ricky Bobby

Logan Thomas

Free Hugh

MV5 4EVER

Straw poll - Which was the better flip, MV7 into the End Zone or MV5's bird in Morganhole?

.... this is the most perfectly written thing I've ever seen on this site
-8300A_Hokie'12

MV7, Eric Green, TT5, RMFW, and DHall....I feel like we are finally heading back to getting players that can bust their way onto our lists.....kinda sad that there aren't many players that played for VT less than 10yrs ago....if any....In Pry I Trust.

Honorable mention goes to D Hopkins. I always loved the way he competed.

Tyrod.

Defensively? I loved Vince Hall.

Anyone who does not answer Grant Noel is wrong. Legend.

Now finish up them taters; I'm gonna go fondle my sweaters.

Anyone who played at Gate City or played against FrenchWasp60 at any point in his career

So, Benny Wolfe is your favorite.

Along with the Houseright's the Roger's and Rusty Pendleton

Benny Wolfe, there's a name from the past. I interviewed him for a job about 15 years ago. Funny guy.

Tyrod did it Mikey, Tyrod did it!!

Easy for me. The 1st 5 minutes of that NC state game was a turnover clinic and was one of his many moments that proved he had great football instincts. He was an ultimate blue collar lunch pail type player that wouldn't "blow you away in street clothes" but wowed you on the field with his play. Would love to have 11 Cody Grimm's on my defense.

Tyrod did it Mikey, Tyrod did it!!

Favorite is definitely Tyrod

Favorite(s) I've had personal encounters with were Wyatt Teller and Michael Brewer

Everyone's already mentioned the players that came to my mind when I read the thread...
EXCEPT FOR ONE.

James Gayle. Inject his UVA hate tweets directly into my bloodstream.

"GO BACK TO YOUR ROOM LITTLE BROTHER, THE CUP IS COMIN’ ON HOME!”

His hatred of loluva was legendary.

Probably Ryan Williams. I never watched Suggs or Jones, So RMFW was easily the best back I've ever saw at VT.

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I agree with Ryan Williams as the best back and the most awe-inspiring to watch operate. However, my favorite overall is Michael Brewer, especially since his AMA on TKP.