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Virginia Tech demoralizes a nation. The Hokie Nation.

Nathan (Michigan) and my (Virginia Tech) college teams finally have something in common — they are the only ranked teams to lose to an FCS school.

Unbelievable.

I started to worry furing the first quarter against James Madison when the score wasn’t 21-0, and it all went downhill from there.

Coming into this season, every Hokie fan knew we had a lot to replace on defense, but the problems are far greater than anyone imagined. Even the most fundamental part of defense — tackling — is difficult for them.

Where do these players get off thinking they can just push people and they will go down? Why is it so hard to wrap up a player and bring them down?

Linebacker Bruce Taylor has already started making excuses saying practice tackling doesn’t equal game-speed tackling. Of course it doesn’t, but why don’t you start using proper technique and it won’t be a problem — especially against a second-rate opponent in JMU.

The Hokies are being featured in a "How Not To Tackle" DVD.

Jeron Gouveia-Winslow is struggling mightily in Cody Grimm’s old spot.

So, how much blame should be put on Bud Foster for the defense? About 50%. Allowing 33 points against Boise, then 21 against JMU should never happen under Foster. I could be giving him too much credit, but I think his schemes alone can limit teams to 15 points.

As for the absurdly bad offense, it’s time for a change. Bryan Stinespring has got to be in the bottom five for worst offensive coordinator in college football. With so much talent, how can Tech put up 16 points last week?

Tyrod is scrambling way too much. Every play he is rolling out of the pocket. Why? He is a good passer, and he used to have great chemistry with Danny Coale. I think I’ve seen Coale catch a handful of passes this year.

You’ve also got Ryan Williams, Darren Evans and David Wilson in the backfield, the latter of which is already saying he regrets not redshirting. The Hokies don’t need any more drama.

I could go on forever about the offense, but I’ll stop.

Last but not least, Frank Beamer. He’s now 1-26, I believe, against top-five teams. And now he’s lost to a FCS opponent. It’s time to start looking for a replacement now.

But the last thing we need is a Bobby Bowden or Joe Paterno situation. Just because Beamer has gotten Tech on the map and a household name in college football doesn’t grant him an automatic 10 more years of mediocrity.

Clearly whatever he says to the team before big games fails. It’s like a broken record — a big game involving Tech? Put all your money on the Hokies losing. It sucks to even say that, but it’s true.

Everyone seems Bud Foster is the easy pick to step up. I’m not sure if that’s the right pick. I’d be worried about a Norv Turner situation — great coordinator, bad coach. Foster’s enthusiasm is unquestioned, though, and it just might be what all the Hokies need to hear.

Whatever the case, something needs to change now.

–Ray

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September 15, 2010 Posted by | Football | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Jayron Hosley: Cornerback of the Future

Jayron Hosley

Jayron Hosley

WILL BE PUBLISHED IN THE COLLEGIATE TIMES THIS WEEK:
How does a second coming of Brandon Flowers sound to you Hokie fans?

With the recruitment and signing of cornerback/kick returner Jayron Hosley, that is what some are saying.  The Hokies defense is sure to be set at cornerback for another four years.

Hosley comes from Atlantic Community High School in Delray Beach, Fla., the same high school that former Tech cornerback Brandon Flowers went to.  It was no coincidence that both are Hokies.

“Brandon brought him (Hosley) up by himself,” said defensive backs coach Torrian Gray.  “From a personnel standpoint, Brandon was always sharp.  He would tell me, ‘Coach you have got to recruit this guy.’”

Flowers informed Gray that Hosley is the exact same as him, except only faster.

“That’s a heck of a compliment coming from a player like him (Flowers),” Gray said.  “If Hosley can be anywhere close to that, we will be more than pleased with him here.

“Brandon and I have similar playing styles,” said Hosley.  “To hear him comparing me to him at the level he is at, I think that’s great.”

Tech was late to begin recruiting Hosley in January but it didn’t matter.  Hosley had been waiting for an offer from Tech for a while.

“I wanted a Virginia Tech offer,” said Hosley.  “If I got an offer from them, that’s where I was going.  After my visit, it sealed the deal.  They showed me around campus and the area.  It’s a nice campus with the scene.  The locker room was nice and the facilities were really good.  The coaches were really down to earth and the players were really cool.”

On Feb. 6, Hosley finally made his commitment to the Hokies.  With spring camps just around the corner, what can Hokie nation expect from the incoming freshman?

“He’s an explosive player,” said Santaluces Community High School football coach, Paul Meunier, a rival school to Atlantic.  “We were always cognoscente of where he was.  On special teams we tried to kick away from him because of that explosiveness.”

“He has the tools to be very good,” said Gray.  “He has instinct and play-making ability that will be a real asset to us.”

With the Beamerball philosophy of score on offense, defense, and special teams, Hosley will fit right into that.

“He had a lot of long plays and interceptions,” said Gray.  “The ball seemed to be a magnet to him.  The ball just seems to find this guy.”

When on the field as cornerback, Hosley doesn’t necessarily feel he is on defense.

“I always like to have the ball,” Hosley said.  “When the ball is in the air, it’s anybody’s ball.”

Hosley enjoys playing his part and being a good teammate.  No unnecessary flashy type moves after a play.

“I’m a laid-back player that likes to be aggressive,” said Hosley.  “Not so much an angry player.  I just like to make plays.”

That kind of attitude stems from Hosley’s family life.  He is extremely close with his family and the trip to Virginia from Florida won’t change anything.

“My family is number one for me,” said Hosley.  “They keep me focused and I like to spend time with them.  We are going to stay in contact and talk every week.  It won’t be too hard knowing they are behind me.”

Being a family is something the Blacksburg and Virginia Tech community knows all about, which is why it was taken into account during recruiting.

“The kid is very close with his family,” said Gray.  “I was impressed with how tight-knit they were.”

Hosley will soon become apart of the family and quickly get acquainted with the intensity of college level football.  The speed and complexity of the game is something both Gray and Meunier agree will be Hosley’s biggest challenge.

“For any high school player, the toughest task is adjusting to the speed of the game,” said Meunier.  “Even playing in the speed of varsity football here in south Florida wasn’t enough.”

“(First-year production) will depend on how well he can pick up the playbook mentally and translate that onto the field,” said Gray.

Hosley knows the challenge ahead of him and is ready to start.

Jayron Hosley

Jayron Hosley

“(I’ve got to) adapt to the college level, work hard and stay focused,” said Hosley.  “I expect to be great and get better every year, and be the top guy coming out of college to further my career.”

Expectations are something Hosley is ready to make a reality.  Those include continuing to be a great defense and winning a national title.

“It’s a really great defense now,” Hosley said.  “I’m a good player coming in, and we have more good layers coming in so we can be really great.  We have great potential and I think we can win one, two, or three (national championships).”

With all of the Brandon Flowers comparisons, let’s hope Hosley can help bring Hokie nation what it wants and what Flowers never could: its first BCS national championship.

February 16, 2009 Posted by | Football | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

NFL Week 10 Picks!

Last Week’s Results:
Nathan: 8-6 (82-48)
Ray: 6-8 (74-56)

Games Nathan Ray
DEN @ CLE BROWNS BRONCOS
STL @ NYJ JETS JETS
JAX @ DET LIONS JAGS
GB @ MIN PACK PACK
BAL @ HOU RAVENS RAVENS
NO @ ATL SAINTS FALCONS
TEN @ CHI TITANS BEARS
SEA @ MIA DOLPHINS SEAHAWKS
BUF @ NE PATS BILLS
CAR @ OAK PANTHERS PANTHERS
IND @ PIT STEELERS STEELERS
KC @ SD CHARGERS CHARGERS
NYG @ PHI GIANTS EAGLES
SF @ ARI CARDS CARDS

November 8, 2008 Posted by | Football | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

NFL Week 9 Picks!

Don’t forget to set your clocks back..

Last Week’s Results:
Nathan: 7-7 (74-42)
Ray: 9-5 (68-48)

Games Nathan Ray
NYJ @ BUF
DET @ CHI BEARS BEARS
JAX @ CIN JAGS JAGS
BAL @ CLE RAVENS BROWNS
TB @ KC BUCS CHIEFS
HOU @ MIN VIKINGS VIKINGS
ARI @ STL RAMS CARDS
GB @ TEN PACK PACK
MIA @ DEN DOLPHINS BRONCOS
DAL @ NYG GIANTS GIANTS
ATL @ OAK FALCONS RAIDERS
PHI @ SEA EAGLES EAGLES
NE @ IND PATS COLTS
PIT @ WAS SKINS SKINS

November 2, 2008 Posted by | Football | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

WTHWWT- Week 8 (Nathan)

Me thinking the Cowgirls would lose.

Me thinking the Cowgirls would lose.

So, I’m seriously questioning what the hell I was thinking.

1. Picking and starting the 49ers’ players for my fantasy team? Fail

2. Thinking a team from Pennsylvania would actually do something to make me happy? Epic Fail

3. Thinking Dallas would lose again? Failtacular


New England Patriots 23 vs. St. Louis Rams 16
– Just when times were getting good for the Rams, the NFL declined the contract of Jim Haslett, stating that it was an illegal contract due to the agreement on Haslett winning 6 games, and then the Rams had to travel to New England, which is never a good thing (just ask Peyton Manning).  The Patriots won another game without Tom Brady and without a dominant rushing performance by anyone. Matt Cassel had two interceptions, and yet still led his team to a victory. Maybe he is that good… Maybe!

Dallas Cowgirls 13 vs. Tampa Bay Bucs 9 – So I pick Dallas and they lose. I pick against them and I lose. Brad Johnson led his team to victory and the Buccaneers just couldn’t get anything going. Maybe next week I won’t pick the Cowgirl game.

Reactions from Cowgirls players were positive after the W

Reactions from Cowgirls players were positive after the W

Miami Dolphins 25 vs. Buffalo Bills 16 – Chad Pennington threw for over 300 yards and the Dolphins withstood the offense of the Buffalo Bills, and survived to win. The Bills, maybe looking overlooking these next few games due to the easy schedule, just could not get any rushing going, and Trent Edwards is not proven enough yet to lead his team by just throwing the ball. Congrats Dick Jauron getting a contract extension. Well Deserved!

Cleveland Browns 23 vs. Jacksonville Jaguars 17 – HEY LOOK THE BROWNS WON A GAME!!! I guess the state of Ohio has something to cheer about after The Ohio State Buckeyes lost and watched their National Championship chances implode right in front of their eyes! Congrats Joe Pa and Romeo Crennel.

Houston Texans 35 vs Cincinnati Bungals 6 – HELLO BENGALS… ARE YOU THERE? Its time you show up to give your opponents a game. You just let the Houston Texans walk all over you. I think its time for a change somewhere on the sidelines. When will y’all get sick of losing? Hopefully, its soon.

She isnt very happy with losing to Houston.

She isn't very happy with losing to Houston.

New York Giants 21 vs. Pittsburgh Steelers 14 – Who thought a long snapper would decide the game? Well, the Steelers lost their long snapper due to injury, and his replacement took the word “long” literally and hiked the ball over the punters head and that led to a safety which tied the game. Then Eli Manning led his team to their first and only TD of the game and the Giants D stopped Big Ben and the Steelers offense to clinch the game. This is the beginning of a very tough road for the Giants.. Thanks, Steelers. You let me down again!

Seattle Seahawks 34 vs. San Francisco 49ers 13 – A new coach, a new attitude, the same result. Another L in the loss column for the 49ers. Seattle, depleted by injuries, dominated from the beginning and never looked back. Hopefully Mike Holmgren goes out strong in his final games as head coach for the ‘Hawks.

P.S.: This was written before Ray!!! Nathan Wins!!!

-Nathan

October 27, 2008 Posted by | Football | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

NFL Week 8 Picks!

Last Week’s Results:
Nathan: 9-5 (67-35)
Ray: 12-2 (59-43)

Games Nathan Ray
OAK @ BAL RAVENS RAVENS
ARI @ CAR PANTHERS PANTHERS
ATL @ PHI EAGLES EAGLES
KC @ NYJ JETS JETS
SD @ NO SAINTS CHARGERS
STL @ NE RAMS PATS
TB @ DAL BUCS COWBOYS
WAS @ DET SKINS SKINS
BUF @ MIA
CLE @ JAX JAGS JAGS
CIN @ HOU BENGALS
NYG @ PIT STEELERS GIANTS
SEA @ SF
IND @ TEN TITANS COLTS

October 24, 2008 Posted by | Football | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

WTHWWT – Week 7 (Ray)

Well, what do you know? I actually have a great week in picking! Sad thing is I almost changed my Dallas pick to St. Louis, but didn’t. Damn. The Pack crushed the Colts and didn’t allow Peyton to throw a TD. When is the last time that happened? Virginia Tech standout Aaron Rouse had a 99-yard pick-six too! Great stuff.

Chicago 48 Minnesota 41

I have pretty much ran out of stuff to say on the Bears and Vikings seeing as I write about one every week. Both teams need to figure out who they are and stop being inconsistent. The Vikes had more total yards, but Gus Frerotte threw 4 interceptions. That is not going to get anything done. Adrian Peterson ran well, but because of Gus’ stupidity, Minnesota goes down. As much as I don’t like the Bears, I like Kyle Orton, always have. I wonder if anybody remembers Rex?

St. Louis 34 Dallas 14

This is another one of the games I am thrilled to write about. The Cowboys got absolutely thrashed and I got to watch it. Brad Johnson, playing for the injured Romo, was probably the worst quarterback to replace him. He played dreadful and should just go ahead and retire. What is Drew Henson doing these days? Dallas is screwed if they keep getting injuries; the latest is safety Roy Williams who is done for the season. One thing I do want to mention is why ESPN is telling us Wade Phillips job is safe. Of course it is. Why would you even bring that up to Jerry Jones? It is not Wade’s problem that everyone is getting injured. Stop trying to make stupid drama when there doesn’t need to be. Seriously, leave the man alone.

October 20, 2008 Posted by | Football | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment