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Virginia Tech Top 5 Players

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Virginia Tech Top 5 Players

The Virginia Tech football team quickly began to evolve from a mediocre team into a perennial powerhouse with the arrival of head coach Frank Beamer in the late 1980s. His style is now stamped all over the modern-day squads, often lead by a ferocious running game, a stingy secondary and marvelous play on special teams. We recently put together a list of the five greatest Virginia Tech football players of all time, and only one came before the arrival of Beamer.

#5 Shayne Graham K 1996-99

It is rare for a kicker to end up on one of our top five lists, and Shayne Graham actually went undrafted after graduating in 1999, but his performance over the course of his career spoke for itself. Graham shattered nearly every previous kicking record held at Blacksburg, including connecting on 97 consecutive extra points over the course of a few seasons. He was 17 – 22 on field goal attempts in his senior year, where he set Virginia Tech’s single-season record by scoring a total of 107 points.

#4 DeAngelo Hall DB 2001-03

DeAngelo Hall was a fierce competitor while playing for Virginia Tech, and opposing quarterbacks only threw in his direction when they were feeling gutsy. Equally capable of making a huge interception and a huge hit, Hall fueled a powerful Virginia Tech defense during the early years of the modern millennium. He was taken with the eighth overall pick in the first round of the 2004 NFL Draft, and he has gone on to have a major impact on the professional level.

#3 Kevin Jones RB 2001-03

Running back Kevin Jones shredded defenses throughout the course of his time in Blacksburg, and his chiseled physique got the attention of professional scouts at a very early phase in his college career. Jones put together one of the most impressive seasons running the ball in Hokies history in 2003 when he amassed nearly 1,700 rushing yards and 21 touchdowns while getting about 6 yards per carry.

#2 Bruce Smith DE 1982-1985

Bruce Smith is the only player on this list to come along before the Frank Beamer era, but he is a very worthy recipient of the number two slot. Smith was simply a man among boys throughout his college career, playing the role of both the unstoppable force and the immovable object based on what the situation required.

#1 Michael Vick QB 1999-2000

To make a list of the greatest Virginia Tech football players of all time and exclude Michael Vick would border on a criminal act. It can be argued that Vick redefined the position of college football quarterback throughout his career at Virginia Tech, and dozens of highlight reels showing a collection of jaw-dropping runs against highly ranked opponents will allow fans to recall his glory days.

Virginia Tech Hits High Note To End Pitchy Season

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Virginia Tech Hits High Note To End Pitchy Season

An up-and-down 2013 regular season that disappointed Hokies fans initially before pumping them full of hope in the first few weeks of October has officially come to a close with a 16 – 6 victory over the Cavaliers in Virginia.

After winning six of their first seven games, Virginia Tech has finished 8 – 4 overall and 5 – 3 in the Atlantic Coast Conference. This was good enough for a third-place finish in a grouping that features the seemingly unstoppable Florida State Seminoles, the constantly competitive Clemson Tigers and the suddenly relevant Duke Blue Devils.

As has become custom for a Hokies team that is long on talent but also deep on drama, this past Saturday’s game was an unusual one. Quarterback Logan Thomas clearly saw the game as an opportunity to go out with a flourish following a season that has likely been a bit less than he expected. The Lynchburg, Virginia native certainly had dreams of putting together an illustrious 2013 season while building serious momentum that could carry him into the top few rounds of the 2014 NFL Draft. The reality of the situation is he will probably end up being either a late round pick or a free-agent signing.

Against the typically overmatched yet always feisty Cavaliers team, Thomas completed 13 of his 29 passes for 229 yards in a game that was actually dominated by the kickers. Virginia Tech connected on a 22-yard field goal early in the first quarter, and after Virginia scored a three pointer of their own, Eric Kristensen once again connected, this time from 30 yards to bring the score to 6 – 3.

This game was short on big plays and long on defense, and the teams traded field goals in the initial 30 minutes before Virginia Tech scored the first and only touchdown of the game after Thomas hooked up with Trey Edmonds on a 26-yard scoring strike that put the Hokies ahead 16 – 6.

Folks can be certain that both coaches emphasized the need for defense in the upcoming half during the short halftime break. This was a message that was heard loud and clear by both Virginia Tech and Virginia, and the final 30 minutes were completely devoid of any scoring. Turnovers, foolish penalties and missed opportunities were theme throughout a second half that was forgettable.

Nonetheless, coach Beamer and Virginia Tech will now head into the off-season on a high note, anxious and hopeful of recruiting a player that resembles the quarterback from Newport News, Virginia that inspired and kicked off a new era of Virginia Tech football.

Looking back on the season, there are many reasons for Hokies fans to be happy. A victory over Georgia Tech in late September stands as one of the most impressive feats of the season, and a dispatching of the North Carolina Tar Heels the following week was also impressive. A three-point loss at the hands of the aforementioned Blue Devils came as a shock in late October, but Duke has demonstrated that they clearly mean business. An 18-point victory in early November over the Miami Hurricanes also represents a high-water mark of achievement.