| Dec 31, 2009
1. Break a big one
Jayron Hosley and Smithfield product Dyrell Roberts could provide enormous boosts in this area. Tennessee is 70th in the nation in punt-return yardage defense (9.8 yards per return) and 89th in kickoff-return yardage defense (22.84...
| Dec 31, 2009
All the convincing Virginia Tech offensive coordinator Bryan Stinespring needed that his starting quarterback had finally come of age came in September during a 90-second span.
Tyrod Taylor has spent the last 3 1/2 months of his junior season proving...
| Jan 1, 2010
Quarterback Tyrod Taylor made a habit of coming up with a few big plays just when Virginia Tech needed it this season.
He did it again in a most unexpected fashion Thursday night in Tech's 37-14 win against Tennessee in the Chick-fil-A Bowl.
| Jan 3, 2010
As much as Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer wanted to enjoy Thursday night's 37-14 Chick-fil-A Bowl win against Tennessee, he couldn't resist looking to the future when asked after the game about prospects for next season.
With 12 starters expected to...
| Aug 30, 2009
With eight starters back, improved efficiency should be in the Hokies' future, which is good news. Last season, Tech averaged 4.1 yards per carry on first down plays (more yards per carry than on any other down), but it...
| Sep 6, 2009
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For three quarters, it was what everybody expected -- Virginia Tech and Alabama absorbing blows and delivering counterpunches until one team couldn't stand anymore.
Tech was the team with the glass jaw in the fourth quarter.
Alabama changed the...
| Sep 7, 2009
By the time Virginia Tech gets back on the practice field this week in Blacksburg, the list of issues to address coming out of Saturday night's 34-24 loss to No. 5 Alabama will be lengthy.
Free safety Kam Chancellor might have his own list of concerns to...
| Sep 9, 2009
If past is prelude, the University of Virginia should brace for a miserable football season. And we all know what that would mean.
Summon the hangman for the head man.
Not to give Al Groh the bum's rush a mere one game into his ninth season as coach. He...
| Sep 9, 2009
Maybe the least surprised person on the field Saturday night after his 98-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in Virginia Tech's 34-24 loss against Alabama was Dyrell Roberts.
His time on the field at Smithfield High made him comfortable in that role. As...
| Sep 13, 2009
The last time Virginia Tech piled up more than 550 yards of offense in a game, Hokies offensive coordinator Bryan Stinespring was a broken man — tears streaming down his face, crouching in a corner outside the visitors' locker room of the Carrier...
| Sep 17, 2009
They lost to Alabama and waxed Marshall. What else to expect from Virginia Tech's football team?
Alabama's defense is ruder than Kanye West, and Marshall hasn't mattered since Byron Leftwich exited in 2002. Plus, the Hokies lost their most reliable...