The Seminoles improved to 12-0 for the first time since 1999 and likely will earn a spot in the Bowl Championship Series title game by beating Duke in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game next Saturday.
Duke Earns Trip To ACC Championship Beating North Carolina 27-25
No. 24 Blue Devils "The Are You Kidding Me ACC Team of The Year" made the once-unthinkable goal a reality. Ross Martin kicked a 27-yard field goal with 2:22 left for a 27-25 to beat North Carolina. Duke fans took over the Tar Heels stadium as the ACC Cinderella win face Florida State in the ACC Championship Game.
Clemson Drops Its 5th Game In A Row to South Carolina.
The Tigers (10-2) had never lost five consecutive games to their rival in a series that began in 1896 - which they still lead 65-42-4. The loss also left record-setting quarterback Tajh Boyd 0-for-4 against the Gamecocks. This was a painful loss for the Tiger, but this was still great season.
This draft was one like no other. Many players went too early while others went too late.
Virginia Tech football players Corey Fuller and Vinston Painter were selected in the sixth round of the 2013 NFL Draft.
Fuller, a receiver, went to the Detroit Lions, who selected him 171 overall. Fuller was the second member of his family to get drafted. His older brother Vinnie went in the fourth round of the 2005 draft to the Tennessee Titans.
Fuller played in 13 games this past season and caught 43 passes for 814 yards and six touchdowns according to HokieSports.
Painter, an offensive tackle, went to the Denver Broncos, who selected him 173 overall. He started all 13 games at right tackle this season for Tech according to HokieSports.
Logan Thomas was supposed to be the Hokies Top Prospect this spring for the NFL draft, but a down year resulted in him returning to the Hokies for his senior season.
Taking Thomas’s spot as the top prospect from Virginia Tech this year is wide receiver Corey Fuller who is projected to go in the top five rounds and is ranked the 21st best receiver in the draft.
Another draft hopeful Marcus Davis is also a wide receiver from Tech projected to be drafted in the 6th round.
Vinston Painter, offensive tackle, has flashed his skills in the NFL combine and has come out of nowhere to now be drafted as high as in the third round according to cbssports.com.
Draft hopeful offensive tackle Nick Becton, is hoping he will hear his name called this upcoming weekend in the later rounds of the draft. It has become clear that if he doesn’t get drafted he will be picked up through free agency.
Whether or not these players get drafted, they will be picked up through free agency and they will compete for a roster spot in 2013.
Spring football games are supposed to bring hope, progress and excitement for the upcoming season. Well, this one for Virginia Tech did not do that for me. I know I have been spoiled by past Hokie football teams, but doesn’t mean I can’t be overly critical of the “start” to the 2014-2014 season.
There are three aspects of the game for the Hokies I was hoping to see signs of progression from the offense, especially Logan Thomas, offensive line and running game. It has been well documented in the Virginia Tech football program that as a fan you must hate the offense, because we are a solid offensive coordinator away from a national championship. There has been much discussion about the change in offense coming this season, but judging by today’s game, it looked very similar. There is hope though, as spring games aren’t the forums for coaches to throw the kitchen sink for fans.
I was hopeful that Logan Thomas would put last year behind him, but he picked up where he left off last year. He threw 3 INTs total, and two were in consecutive possessions, including one in the red zone. On the plus side for Thomas, INTs aside, was much more accurate and confident in his passing than he showed last season. If he limits the errant throws, which lead to INTs, I see him having a fine season.
It was understandable last year to see a dip in rushing production, with the loss of the elusive David Wilson to the NFL. But, with one year under Coleman and Holmes, I was hoping to see more from both of them. And, they weren’t getting much help from their young offensive lineman who, like their offensive compatriots, struggled to find their mark last season and are looking to improve this season. I am only critical because without their success, the Hokies will struggle to make another bowl game appearance, I believe.
I don’t want to seem like I am completely giving up on this season, because I’m not, and there were certainly bright spots for our Hokies. It seems that Thomas has found a favorite target in sophomore Joshua Stanford, and Stanford looks up to the task making several catches this afternoon. This element of Virginia Tech’s game is still to be determined, but the defense looked outstanding today scoring all 16 of the first half points. What is still to be determined is both offenses looked sub par, and even a Division IAA defense would look dominate against us.
All in all, there is a lot of room for improvement for the Hokies this season in order to be successful. It is extremely early and hard to be so nitpicky of on game, on beautiful day in the spring before the season. “Enter Sandman,” you are right around the corner, go Hokies!