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Virginia Tech devastated

Posted on: August 12, 2009 8:11 am
 
End of the season for the Hokies?

That's the initial question that pops out for me after leading rusher Darren Evans blew out his left ACL on Tuesday. Knees and joints get hurt all the time. The question is how surviving members of a team deal with those injuries. Mentally.

For the moment, it will be easy for the Hokies to go in the tank. With Evans, they were a top 10 team. Without him, there is uncertainty. The No. 1 tailback now becomes redshirt sophomore Josh Oglesby, a guy with 38 career carries. There are a couple of freshman on the come -- redshirt Ryan Williams and true freshman David Wilson -- but their time was in the future.

At first glance, the season is shot. The two-time defending ACC champs can still win the conference but with Evans there were higher hopes. Virginia Tech struggles offensively most of the time as it is. This puts more pressure on quarterback Tyrod Taylor who has the feet, not necessarily the arm to take over full-time for the first time. But things would have been a lot easier for Taylor with him handing off to Evans 25 times a game.

Now the Hokies go into opener against Alabama hobbled in more than one way. Bama will have an easier time of it diagnosing Tech's offense. Things suddenly look a bit brighter for Nebraska (Sept. 19) and Miami (Sept. 26) which both visit Blacksburg.

Veteran Tech running backs coach Billy Hite said Evans' girlfriend was "a basket case." Hite added, "It just doesn't make any sense. It's not fair."

If that continues to be the mood at Tech, then the season is shot. As I said, injuries occur to star players all the time. Teams rebound. Coaches adjust. You hope that the Hokies haven't chucked their hopes down a well before Labor Day.

The upside for Tech is that the injury occured in the preseason. It has time -- only a matter of days, though -- to adjust to the loss. Oglesby can get used to being the man. Perhaps Wilson or Williams can rise up and become what Evans was in 2008 -- a freshman sensation.

 
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The Bearded One
Since: Jan 18, 2009
Posted on: August 14, 2009 9:42 am
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Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: August 13, 2009 5:08 pm
 

Virginia Tech devastated

Bearded one,

I got on Dodd because he said this about Coach Hite.

Veteran Tech running backs coach Billy Hite said Evans' girlfriend was "a basket case." Hite added, "It just doesn't make any sense. It's not fair."

If that continues to be the mood at Tech, then the season is shot. As I said, injuries occur to star players all the time. Teams rebound. Coaches adjust. You hope that the Hokies haven't chucked their hopes down a well before Labor Day.


Dodd, the "mood" at VT is fine. Coach Hite and VT know injuries occur all the time. Had Dodd posted the rest of Hite's comments, he would have mentioned that Hite also said "It is part of the game. I told him that. We’re going to fight our (butt) off and he’s going to be back out there next year."

Dodd was reaching big time for this article. He made it sound like Coach Hite was feeling sorry for VT, and complaing that maybe the season is shot. That could not be further from the truth. Coach Hite was feeling sorry for Evans, not VT. Here is the quote word for word, yet Dodd chose to use the middle of the quote to tell a different story. THAT is a bad piece of writing and he deserved to be called out.

Here is the quote again.  Now, you tell me if you think Dodd did a god job with what he chose to quote:

"The boy’s put so much into it. It just doesn’t make any sense. It’s not fair. It is part of the game. I told him that. We’re going to fight our (butt) off and he’s going to be back out there next year.”







Since: Jun 9, 2009
Posted on: August 13, 2009 1:14 pm
 

Virginia Tech devastated

I wish the Hokies luck this season, but in reality I have to say, they won't finish in the top 15 in the country.I think this is possible but not likely.  They've finished inside the top 15 five of the last seven years and often with far less talent and cohesiveness then this group.  They've finished with 10 or more victories 8 times since 1999.  They're pretty much a model of consistency.  They may not be USC or Florida but they are consistently good.  Again, I don't think one player, however good, can damage VT's season that significantly.  As Dodd said, it's possible that NC talk can be kissed goodbye, particularly after we see the results of the Alabama game but again, don't count them out just because one guy in a talented stable of backs went down.


The Bearded One
Since: Jan 18, 2009
Posted on: August 13, 2009 9:19 am
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The Bearded One
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Since: Dec 8, 2008
Posted on: August 13, 2009 4:40 am
 

Virginia Tech devastated

Im not sure about VT's NC hopes, but I wasnt sure before this this happened. Honestly I love this sort of talk. Teams might ease up just abit, and from all accounts at VT, Evans is not the most talented back in Blacksburg right now. I think this helps Beamer make up his mind about some redshirting issues, but there wont be much of a drop off at the tailback position. In fact, without the redshirt of Williams, there is the possibilty of improvement at RB. Either way, like someone here said ealier, for me the question at VT is the O-line, if they open some holes consistently(something that has been a major issue the past couple of years), Tech will have PLENTY of talent to run through them. 




Since: Dec 10, 2008
Posted on: August 13, 2009 1:48 am
 

Virginia Tech devastated

Expect for a 2009 Hokie team to show how deep they truly are, and why a tough schedule, unstoppable defense, Heisman hopefulls, and overcoming devastating losses will lead this United VT Nation to win their first BCS Championship!

hmmm i dont know bout that last comment, everything else seem reasonable but BCS title isnt happening even if they did have a healthy evans they were still a bit of a long shot. UF has a alot of speed on boths sides of the ball, Texas is loaded, OU is Ou but they wont lose more than 1 or 2 games. USC is up there bama,lsu are still there cant forget  bout Psu/ohio state,so that last comment is a way way out there. Maybe if vatech didnt play a challenging schedule yeah they could coast but they play the toughest september schedule of any other team.

the acc is prolly the most even conference team wise where almost anyone can beat somebody(outside of duke). plus the media love SEC and big12 right now they cant be even or tied record wise with a top team from those conference. im not being a homer its the truth dont believe me refer to Lsu in 07.( not trying to knock the tigers)




Since: Aug 12, 2009
Posted on: August 12, 2009 8:59 pm
 

Bitter Sweeeeeet

Terrible loss to a VT team with BCS Championship expectations!  I can't wait to see Evans in 2010.  He will back with a vengance, proving himself to his team, critics, and loved family...his motivation primarily being his son.  Just goes to show an education is valuable to rely on, and he has been given that option as well.  WATCH OUT for a new and equally talented core of runningbacks to step up!  Ryan Williams has been compared to the talents of a certain Reggie Bush!  That speaks wonders for my hopes of getting this VT running game back on its' feet.  Tyrod Taylor will not only be handing it off just as much as previously anticipated, but with his much improved arm, this allows him to open the flood gates on his passing game!  ...H..H...Heisman talk a possibility?  You better believe it.  Expect for a 2009 Hokie team to show how deep they truly are, and why a tough schedule, unstoppable defense, Heisman hopefulls, and overcoming devastating losses will lead this United VT Nation to win their first BCS Championship!




Since: Jan 1, 2009
Posted on: August 12, 2009 8:02 pm
 

Virginia Tech devastated

They didn't get ranked in the top 10 because of 1 player. My fear now is (1) the pollsters drop them and it ultimately hurts Bama's strength of schedule or (2) Alabama drops their guard and gets caught by surprise. VT is a good team with super coach that will be ready. RTR



Since: Dec 10, 2008
Posted on: August 12, 2009 7:14 pm
 

Virginia Tech devastated

I don't think they're DOA just yet.  I'll use Florida as an example.  Remember before the season when Cornelius Ingram, a candidate for a top 5 draft pick and TE of the year, went down witht he same injury?  His back up, Hernandez stepped up huge and the position was better than ever.  Its all about whether or not the guys who now have the opportunity step up or not.  You can go to a share-the-load system just fine if the right adjustments are made.  Let's give it a couple of games first before all the doom and gloom

hmm that a bad example for a lot of reason: first UF had enough talent on the offense that it couldnt have started in TE in the nation(no matter how bad) and still not miss much of a beat. With harvin, murphy, cooper, rainey, demps and tebow back there offensively they prolly forgot that CI was injuried. Second vatech doesnt have the weapons that Uf has on offense, yes some other running back will step up for the hokies but it wont be like how evans would have done.

I dont see the hokies running be dominant has it would have been if they had a healthy evans taking 25 carries a game and the other 2-3 backs taking a couple carries each as a change of pace back. Together JO/williams/wilson could do a good rb committee for the hokies but defense are gonna cheat until ty taylor shows that the hokies passing game cant be slept on. hokies should run alot of spread esp if those back up backs are rele fast to go along with taylor speed.

in the end they will be fine but nc talk is out the question, acc title isnt out the question so that should still be in reach esp if on the other backups step up. but that first month schedule isnt gonna be easy.



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