The Hokie Herald 2013 edition

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    The Hokie Herald 2013 Edition

    2013 Virginia Tech Hokies Season Preview

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    2012 Record: (11-3, 6-2)
    2012 Bowl: Meinike Car vs Kansas (W)
    Coach: Coach Hokie Effect (41-14 at VT)

    Returning Leaders
    Rushing: SR Antone Exum, 1298 yds 14 TD; SR David Wilson 840 yds 13 TD
    Passing: SR Antone Exum, 1060 yds 6 TD
    Receiving: SR DJ Coles, 15 rec 322 yds 2 TD
    Tackles: SR Zach Horn SS, 72tkls
    Sacks: SR James Gayle, 10 sacks
    Interceptions: SR Jayron Hosley CB, 3 INT​

    The 2012 turned out to be quite successful as the Hokies returned to the ACCCG. There were many question marks to begin the season as both the offense and defense turned to new schemes. The newly installed option offense put up impressive numbers as the Hokies finished top 3 in scoring and total offense.

    RB Sweetness was in the media most of the year, but despite injury was able to back up most of his talking by taking home AA honors and best RB award. Virginia Tech wishes Sweetness best as he decided to pursue an acting career over football as he stars in the upcoming action flick “Rush Hour 4â€ÂÂ

    STARTING QB
    SR Antone Exum (95ovr, 91spd, 87tha, 91thp)

    Exum lead the option attack last year and was very deadly on his feet. Virginia Tech’s late season run happened as Exum developed his passing game. Expect to see Exum display his arm more in 2013 as the Hokies look to become more balanced.

    STARTING BACKFIELD
    RB- SR David Wilson (98ovr, 95spd, 99acc)
    RB- JR Jeff Bell (89ovr, 91spd, 93acc)
    FB- SR Everett Crowell (84ovr)

    If David Wilson can stay healthy the record books might not be safe as Wilson looks to emerge from Sweetness’s shadow. Bell is a proven backup and the Hokies have some young speedsters to provide depth

    STARTING RECEIVERS
    WR- SR DJ Coles (94ovr)
    WR- SR Jason Merriman (85ovr)
    TE- SR Logan Thomas (95ovr)

    This will be an obvious weakness for VT’s offense. Who will emerge?

    STARTING O-LINE
    LT- SR Andrew Miller (90ovr)
    LG- JR Kevin Drew (88ovr)
    C- SO Steve Mitchell (82ovr)
    RG- FR Patrick Hammond (86ovr)
    RT- FR Titus Brown (81ovr)

    Inexperience and a average o-line. Will the dominating running game conitinue?

    STARTING D-LINE
    DE- SR James Gayle (91ovr, 85spd)
    DE- JR Kevin Mullins (86ovr, 87spd)
    DT- JR Jim Young (94ovr)
    DT- SR Clay Martinez (91ovr)

    Young and Gayle provide experience and leadership for the front 4. Coaches are excited about Mullins and think he may be the next great DE for the Hokies.

    STARTING LB
    OLB- JR Fabian Goddard (89ovr)
    OLB- SR Tariq Edwards (93 ovr)
    MLB- SR Danny Walker (89ovr)

    Edwards leads this years LB core and has proven to be a front runner to carry the lunch pail.

    STARTING DB
    CB- SR James Hopper (87ovr)
    CB- SR Jayron Hosley (92ovr)
    FS- SR Telvion Clark (90ovr)
    SS- JR Zach Horn (88ovr)

    This years DB’s are experienced, but can theykeep up with the speed of the rest of the SE teams.

    SPECIAL TEAMS
    K- SR Gerard Gunn (86ovr)
    P- SR Rico Gunn (85ovr)

    The Gunn twins were both under some heat last year with lack of leg strength. Lets hop all those squats paid off during the offseason.

    KR- SR David Wilson (99ovr, 95spd)
    KR- JR Jason Merriman (97ovr, 93spd)
    PR- SR James Hopper (99ovr, 93spd)

    Put your fastest guys in open space and cross your fingers. Lets hope the move to KR will not provide more opportunities for injury for Wilson.
    The outlook for 2013 looks promising as the Hokies should be the front runner in the coastal division. If someone can emerge as a threat at WR the Hokies offense could put up big numbers again. The defense plans to experiment with some new schemes as they won’t be able to outscore everyone. Will this be the year Virginia Tech gets back to a BCS Bowl? Hokie Nation thinks so!!
     
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    2013 Virginia Tech Hokies Schedule

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    Week Opponent Result Record
    1 LSU(shortbus) W38-14 1-0
    2 @ Auburn (knight) L20-48 1-1
    3 @ Georgia Tech W45-0 2-1
    4 @ FSU (recchem) L7-28 2-2
    5 @ Duke W64-0 3-2
    6 BYE
    7 Marshall W69-7 4-2
    8 Maryland W50-0 5-2
    9 Boston College
    10 Miami
    11 BYE
    12 @ UVA (more)
    13 UNC (jello)
    14 @ Michigan
    15 BYE
    CCG
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    Virginia Tech- 38
    LSU- 14

    This game was alot closer than what the score shows. Virginia Tech was able to drive the ball with a heavy dose of the running game to take a 14-0 lead. LSU turned the ball over on their first possession as they entered the redzoneo answer the Hokies first score. This would be a common theme for the Tigers as they turn the ball over a total of 3 times. Sheppard seemed poised to prove to the SE that he is a deserving MVP canditate by showing off his arm early playing near flawless......but Sheppard goes down with a back injury and will be out 2 weeks. This is when the game started to slip away for LSU. The injury bug happened on the VT sideline as well. David Wilson was in and out of the game with a shoulder injury. The Hokies schedule doesn't get any easier as the face Auburn next.
     
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    Auburn- 48
    Virginia Tech- 20

    Starting the game my offense had 2 fumbles and a pick 6. Down 21-0, add 3 more turnovers and the fact that I had a pixeled screen, I say I didn't play too bad. Knoles is very good with the sticks so not taking anything away from him.
     
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    Virginia Tech- 45
    Georgia Tech- 0

    The Hokies rebounded well from last week's defeat with an impressive 45-0 stomping of the Yellowjackets. Virginia Tech outgained Georgia Tech 525yds-198yds, with most of the Yellowjackets offense coming in the second half against the 2nd team D. David Wilson led the Hokie rushing attack with 173yds 3 TD and Antone Exum combined for 246yds 2 TD on the ground and in the air. The Hokies will be tested again next week as they face FSU and hope to avenge last years imbarressing defeat.
     
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    Virginia Tech- 69
    Marshall- 7

    This game was over before it started as the Hokies outgained the Herd 635yds to 194yds (mostly in the second half against 2nd team) and put up 59 points in the first half allowing the cheerleaders too see some playing time the second half. In Exum's first game back from injury he threw for 178yds 2 TD and ran for 99yds 2 TD. Wilson ran for 82yds 3 TD and Logan Thomas had a coming out party with 141yds 2 TD. The defense forced 4 TO's and recorded 4 sacks.

    Not much else to say. I guess Virginia Tech was just too BIG for Marshal to handle.

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    Virginia Tech- 50
    Maryland- 0

    The Hokies continue to roll as they outgained the Terps 528yds to 251yds and won the turnover battle +3. Exum and Wilson put up good numbers, but freshman RB Gary Ralph added 110yds 1 TD on only 5 carries giving VT a glimpse of the future.
     

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