Blacksburg Gobbler - 2014 Virginia Tech Hokies

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    Welcome to the 2014 Preseason Preview, presented by the Blacksburg Gobbler

    The Hokies will enter the season ranked #14 in both polls. This puts them in third place in the ACC, behind division foe North Carolina (#11) and defending conference champion Florida State (#13). Coach Cheez is disappointed with being ranked so low to say the least.

    It's a tragedy we are ranked as low as we are. We feel that we have one of the top teams in the country, and it's a shame that we aren't being recognized for it yet. However, we all know that preseason polls don't mean a thing. We will have our chance to showcase our talent next week though, and a win there would certainly put us in the conversation.

    The game that Coach Cheez is referencing is a week 2 matchup with second ranked Oklahoma. That is just one of a litany of difficult games for the Hokies who are looking to recover from an embarrassing Sugar Bowl loss to Georgia.

    2014 Virginia Tech Schedule:

    Week 1: at Hawaii
    Week 2: vs. #2 Oklahoma
    Week 3: vs. Georgia Tech
    Week 4: at #20 Missouri
    Week 5: vs. #9 Notre Dame
    Week 6: vs. NC State
    Week 7: BYE
    Week 8: vs. Duke
    Week 9: at Boston College
    Week 10: at Miami
    Week 11: at Maryland
    Week 12: vs. Virginia
    Week 13: at #11 North Carolina
    Week 14: BYE
    Week 15: BYE

    Along with being miffed at being ranked #14 in the preseason, Coach Cheez feels as though his players were not given enough recognition to begin the year.

    I think it's a reflection on having a new coach, and the voters not knowing what to expect out of the players in a new system. I fully understand that from a voters' perspective, but they need to keep in mind that they are voting for the most talented players on the field, and I feel that we have more of those than we are given credit for.

    Here are the preseason award winners for the 2014 Virginia Tech Hokies

    Preseason All American 1st Team:
    DT Nick Acree

    Preseason All ACC 1st Team:
    QB: Courtney Jones
    DT Nick Acree
    FS Christian Carter
    K Gerrod Butler

    Preseason All ACC 2nd Team:
    C Thad Harvey
    DE Nick Lloyd
    DT Clay Floyd
    SS Nick Dew
     
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    The Blacksburg Gobbler is proud to announce the following commitments made during Week 1 of recruiting season:

    #4 TE Heath Meeks - 6'5, 225 lbs - Williamsburg, VA - Blocking Tendency - [​IMG]
     
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    Tale of the Tape
    #14 Virginia Tech at Hawaii

    Overall Rating: B+ - C
    Offense Rating: B+ - C+
    Defense Rating: B+ - C

    Corso's Pick: Virginia Tech
    Herbstreit's Pick: Virginia Tech
     
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    Virginia Tech Dominates Hawaii in Season Opener
    Hokies: 21 14 10 7 52
    Hawaii: 7 3 0 0 10

    In what can be best described as an opening day trap game, the Virginia Tech Hokies passed with flying colors and gave Coach Cheez the first win of his career in dominating fashion. The Hokies looked like a team to be reckoned with, as they were able to have their way with Hawaii on each side of the ball from the opening kickoff on. It took only two plays for the Hokies to force their first turnover of the season, as Fuller was able to make a leaping grab to steal a pass away from the intended receiver. Then it only took two more for the Hokies to find the scoreboard, when Morris took a handoff to the left and was untouched from 34 yards out. After forcing a 3 and out by Hawaii, Morris would take the handoff on first down and go another 64 yards without being touched.

    That was only the beginning of the onslaught that Virginia Tech's offense would attack Hawaii's defense with. Virginia Tech finished with 407 yards of total offense (248 rushing, 159 passing), with subs playing the majority of the second half and the focus of the game being to kill the clock and make the flight home with nobody banged up. Coach Cheez indicated there would be a little more focus on the pass this yearthan there was in the past, but all signs pointed towards a run-dominated offense with the threat of a passing offense. When asked about the offense and the clash with his comments in the preseason, Coach Cheez had this to say:

    In a game like this you need to run the ball more. Obviously, we were looking to kill time and trying not to run up the score on them. The easiest way to do that is by running the ball. That is why we had a 2:1 run to pass ratio. Yards wise - credit our offensive line for a tremendous job opening holes all game. They need to work a bit on pass blocking, but they did real well when a rushing play was called.

    Leading the way for the Hokies was Morris, who had 190 yards on 17 carries and the two first quarter touchdowns. Spence had a decent game passing as well, completing 10 of his 17 attempts for 159 yards and two touchdowns (rating of 176.2). Spence hit seven different receivers in the game on his ten completions, but Graham (3 receptions, 38 yards) was his most frequent target. As mentioned earlier, the defense forced three turnovers: 2 interceptions (Fuller, Brunette) and a fumble recovery (Thompson). The interception by Brunette was returned for a defensive touchdown.

    Next up for the Hokies, one of the biggest inter-conference matchups this season. #2 Oklahoma comes to Blacksburg for the home opener against the Hokies. Coach Cheez has asked everyone in attendance to wear purple and to cheer their hearts out for the Hokies in hopes that they can pull off the upset of last year's national title runner ups.
     
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    Tale Of The Tape
    #2 Oklahoma at #14 Virginia Tech

    Points Per Game: 59.0 (#3) - 52.0 (#7)
    Total Offense: 593 (#5) - 407 (#24)
    Rush Offense: 223 (#6) - 248 (#4)
    Pass Offense: 370 (#4) - 159 (#29)
    Total Defense: 189 (#2) - 326 (#14)
    Rush Defense: 17 (#2) - 12 (#1)
    Pass Defense: 172 (#12) - 314 (#28)
    Turnover Differential: 2 (#6) - 2 (#6)

    Corso's Pick: Oklahoma
    Herbstreit's Pick: Virginia Tech

    Oklahoma Team Leaders:
    Passing: C. Wood - 12-16, 315 yds, 4 TD
    Rushing: R. Finch - 18 carries, 101 yds (5.6 / carry), TD
    Receiving: B. Harris - 3 catches, 155 yds (51.7 / catch)
    Tackles: J. Hutchinson - 5
    Interceptions: Daniels - 1
    Sacks: Grissom - 2

    Virginia Tech Team Leaders:
    Passing: T. Spence - 10-17, 159 yds, 2 TD
    Rushing: M. Morris - 17 carries, 190 yds (11.2 / carry) 2 TD
    Receiving: E. Smiling - 2 catches, 60 yds (30 / catch), TD
    Tackles: C. Morris - 6
    Interceptions: K. Burnette - 1
    Sacks: N. Lloyd - 2
     
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    #9 Notre Dame vs. #17 Virginia Tech

    Points Per Game: 30.2 (#31) - 24.5 (#53)
    Points Allowed Per Game: 12.75 - 16
    Total Offense: 1750 (#6) - 1232 (#51)
    Rush Offense: 759 (#3) - 607 (#10)
    Pass Offense: 991 (#15) - 625 (#67)
    Total Defense: 1141 (#78) - 1219 (#93)
    Rush Defense: 274 (#43) - 325 (#58)
    Pass Defense: 867 (#43) - 894 (#103)
    Turnover Differential: +1 (#48) - 0 (#61)

    Offense Rating: B+ - B+
    Defense Rating: B+ - B+
    Overall Rating: B+ - B+

    Corso's Pick: Virginia Tech
    Herbstreit's Pick: Virginia Tech

    Notre Dame Team Leaders
    Passing: A. Bellamy - 56-97, 745 yards, 8 TD, 2 INT
    Rushing: S. Hall - 75 carries, 483 yards (6.4 ypc), 3 TD
    Receiving: B. Jackson - 21 receptions, 332 yards (15.8 ypr), 2 TD
    Tackles: M. Anderson - 11 tackles
    Interceptions: J. Porter - 2 interceptions
    Sacks: L. Bonner - 3 sacks

    Notre Dame Injuries
    OT M. Matthews - OUT

    Virginia Tech Team Leaders
    Passing: T. Spence - 43-72, 625 yards, 4 TD, 4 INT
    Rushing: M. Morris - 77 carries, 537 yards (7.0 ypc), 4 TD
    Receiving: B. Graham - 13 receptions , 176 yards (13.5 ypr)
    Tackles: C. Morris - 19 tackles
    Interceptions: K. Burnette - 1 interception
    Sacks: N. Lloyd - 6 sacks

    Virginia Tech Injuries
    -none-
     
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    Tale Of The Tape
    #9 Virginia Tech at #13 Miami

    Points Per Game: 35.3 (#14) - 38.5 (#10)
    Points Allowed Per Game: 11.4 - 17.3
    Total Offense: 2966 (#63) - 3442 (#24)
    Rush Offense: 1490 (#7) - 1352 (#14)
    Pass Offense: 1476 (#72) - 2090 (#20)
    Total Defense: 2084 (#24) - 2681 (#77)
    Rush Defense: 598 (#12) - 665 (#25)
    Pass Defense: 1486 (#49) - 2016 (#98)
    Turnover Differental: +7 (#16) - +15 (#2)

    Corso's Pick: Virginia Tech
    Herbstreit's Pick: Miami

    Offense Rating: B+ - A-
    Defense Rating: B+ - B
    Overall Raing: B+ - B+

    Virginia Tech Team Leaders:
    Passing: T. Spence - 84-126, 1457 yards, 13 TD, 4 INT
    Rushing: M. Morris - 164 carries, 1038 yards (6.3 ypc), 12 TD
    Receiving: L. Rodriguez - 13 receptions, 400 yards (30.8 ypr), 5 TD
    Tackles: C. Morris - 37 tackles
    Interceptions: T. Tremblay - 3 interceptions
    Sacks: N. Lloyd - 8 sacks

    Virginia Tech Injuries
    -none-

    Miami Team Leaders
    Passing: B. Bell - 121-185, 2044 yards, 15 TD, 7 INT
    Rushing: E. Clements - 140 carries, 1004 yards (7.2 ypc), 11 TD
    Receiving: A. Wilcox - 44 receptions, 862 yards (19.6 ypr), 9 TD
    Tackles: M. Smith - 39 tackles
    Interceptions: C. Hayes - 3 interceptions
    Sacks: L. McKenzie - 8 sacks

    Miami Injuries
    FB S. Dorsey - OUT
     

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