2010 In Review
Frank Beamer's 24th season as a head coach at his alma mater, Virginia Tech, saw the Hokies rebound from an 0-2 start with 11 straight wins and the school's fourth ACC Football Championship in its seven years in the Conference...Tech finished 11-3 overall, 8-0 in the ACC--the first team to go unbeaten in ACC play since the 2000 Florida State national runners-up--and finished ranked 16th nationally (AP)...Tech became the first team in NCAA FBS history to win 11 straight games after losing its first two contests...For his efforts, Beamer was named the first winner of the Joe Paterno Award, which is given annually to the nation's top football coach, by the Maxwell Football Club...QB Tyrod Taylor was named ACC Player of the Year and MVP of the ACC Football Championship Game after leading the ACC in passing efficiency for the 2nd straight season...Taylor threw for 24 TD passes with only five interceptions and was a 3rd-team All-America...CB Jayron Hosley led the nation in pass interceptions (nine) and was named a first-team Walter Camp All-America...Taylor, Hosley and PK Chris Hazley, who led the nation in field goal percentage (21-22 FGs, .955) were all named first-team All-ACC...T Blake DeChristopher, G Jaymes Brooks, DE Steven Friday, DT John Graves, LB Bruce Taylor, S Davon Morgan, P Brian Saunders and SP David Wilson all earned 2nd-team All-ACC honors...TE Andre Smith and C Beau Warren were each named Honorable Mention All-ACC...DE J. R. Collins was named a 2nd-team Freshman All-America.
The Hokies lose 12 starters with five of them on the offensive side led by QB Tyrod Taylor...Taylor completed his career as Tech's all-time leader in passing yardage (7,017) and total offense (9,213) and was third in ACC history in rushing yardage by a quarterback (2,196)... Also missing from the offense will be C Beau Warren, TE Andre Smith, FB Kenny Younger and TBs Darren Evans, Tech's leading rusher (854 yards), and RB Ryan Williams, both early entries into the NFL Draft ...Defensively, Tech loses DE Steven Friday, DT John Graves, LB Lyndell Gibson, CB Rashad Carmichael and ROV Davon Morgan...The Hokies also will be without PK Chris Hazley, who ended the year with a string of 21 consecutive made field goals, and P Brian Saunders, who finished second in the ACC in punting (43.98).
Beamer welcomes the return of 43 lettermen and 12 starters, including six each on offense and defense... Talented 6-6, 245-pound sophomore QB Logan Thomas ended spring practice as the heir apparent to Taylor with junior QB Ju-Ju Clayton and redshirt freshman Mark Leal as the backups...Thomas has excellent size and a strong arm and completed 46 percent of his passes in limited playing time in 2010... Junior RB David Wilson will step into a starting role after rushing for 619 yards and a 5.5 average a year ago, earning 2nd-team All-ACC honors as a kickoff returner, with a 26.5 average and two TDs...RBs Josh Oglesby, Tony Gregory and converted ROV James Hopper provide depth... Tech's wide receiver corps is both deep and talented with starting WR's Jarrett Boykin (53 catches, 16.0 avg.) and Danny Coale (39 catches, 18.8 avg.) both returning and are joined by Dyrell Roberts, Marcus Davis, D.J. Coles and redshirt freshman E.L. Smiling...Another strength of the offense should be the line, where four starters return in Ts Blake DeChristopher and Andrew Lanier and Gs Jaymes Brooks and Greg Nosal...Coordinator Bud Foster's defense will also have some holes to plug, but not as many as a year ago....Up front Tech feels secure enough to move starting DE Chris Drager back to offense, where he will start at TE...Last year's reserve DEs are this year's starters in J.R. Collins (5 sacks) and James Gayle (4 sacks), they are joined by the brother DT combination of Antoine and Derrick Hopkins....At linebacker, Tech's leading tackler returns in junior Bruce Taylor (91 tackles, 15.0 TFLs, 6 sacks), who will be an all-star candidate this fall... Sophomore Tariq Edwards heads into fall as the starter at the ‘Backer' position, but will be pushed by Telvion Clark...Jeron Gouveia-Winslow maintained his hold during spring practice as the starter at the “Whip” linebacker position...All-America CB Jayron Hosley returns to the boundary corner position where he is a Jim Thorpe Award candidate... Sophomores FC Kyle Fuller and ROV Antone Exum are the likely starters, while FS Eddie Whitley returns to his starting berth... Replacing Hazley and Saunders will be no easy task, and the competition to do so will continue this fall.
Numbers & Notes
1 - Virginia Tech All-America cornerback Jayron Hosley, a candidate for the 2011 Jim Thorpe Award, led the nation in pass interceptions per game (0.69) and finished fifth in passes defended per game (1.31). He also finished 19th nationally in punt return average (12.58). He was named to the preseason watch lists for both the Nagurski and Bednarik Awards.
1.36 - Virginia Tech led the nation in 2010 in turnover margin, averaging a positive 1.36 turnovers per game.
2 - Virginia Tech features two of the top five career returnees in the ACC in yards-per-catch. Senior Jarrett Boykin (17.26) ranks third among all returning ACC receivers with 30 or more career catches while senior Danny Coale (16.7) ranks fifth.
3 - Although he was the third-string tailback for Virginia Tech in 2010, rising junior David Wilson still finished third in the ACC in all-purpose yardage. Wilson ran for 619 yards on only 113 carries, a 5.5 average and five TDs. He also caught 15 passes for 234 yards and four more TDs. Finally, he led the ACC in kickoff returns, averaging 26.5 yards a return, including TD jaunts of 92 yards against NC State and 90 versus Georgia Tech. Wilson averaged 110.5 all-purpose yards per game.
4 - Senior T Blake DeChristopher is one of four starters returning to Virginia Tech's offensive front in 2011. DeChristopher was named to the preseason watch list for the prestigious Outland Trophy.
5 - In each of the last five years, Virginia Tech has started a fifth-year senior placekicker. This quintet composed of Brandon Pace (2006), Jud Dunlevy (2007), Dustin Keys (2008), Matt Waldron (2009) and Chris Hazley (2010) has combined to make 103 of 119 field goals--an astounding .865 conversion percentage--while averaging 105 points per season.
7 - Virginia Tech is the only team in the country that has won at least 10 games in each of the past seven seasons. Since the beginning of the 2004 season, the Hokies have posted an overall record of 73-21 (.777) including a 46-10 mark against ACC foes (.821) in regular season play.