Sorry for the silence, folks. I'm still here. Just not really. It's crunch time in the Illinois Hokie household, with the Christmas countdown still just barely in the double digits and much to be done. So please accept this randomness as my lame excuse to buy time until I can sit down and put a more meaningful blog post together.
He Did What?
With his 274 yard performance against Clemson in the ACCCG, Logan Thomas (who, if you haven't heard, stands 6'6", weighs 254 pounds, and came to VT expecting to play tight end) passed for more yardage in a single season than any other quarterback under Frank Beamer, claiming the title from Tyrod Taylor. Logan's 2,799 passing yards puts him 444 yards behind all-time single season passing yardage leader Don Strock, and if LT gets his per game average against Michigan he will become just the second Hokie QB to ever throw for over 3,000 yards in a season. LT has also set records under Beamer for attempts and completions.
Someone's Catching All Those Passes
Jarrett Boykin also broke the single season receptions record at VT with his three grabs against Clemson. He's now hauled in 57 catches on the year. Danny Coale is currently sitting at 52 receptions. In terms of yardage, Boykin sits at 2,854 yards in his career, while Coale is at 2,541. They are the first two receivers in Virginia Tech football history to go over 2,500 receiving yards in a career. It should also be noted, just because I like pointing it out, that Danny Coale was rated as a two star recruit by Rivals.
Forde Ounces to Freedom
Pat Forde, formerly of ESPN and currently of Yahoo! Sports, is leading the charge of moral indignation about Virginia Tech's Sugar Bowl invite. Forde fired his first salvo against the Hokies with this piece, penned shortly after the announcement was official. To be fair, there was a TON of backlash against the Hokies immediately following the announcement, and at first Forde was just more noise. Forde proved he intends on staying the course by calling the Sugar Bowl "a joke of a matchup" in this piece, written two days later, and then continued the drubbing a week later in this analysis. At this point it's fair to say we can expect all of December to be reserved for bashing the Hokies in Forde's column. Be sure to follow Pat on Twitter at @YahooForde to keep up to date on the Hokie Bashing. (By the way, did you know you can send people messages through Twitter? Interesting.)
FBS Mission Statement:
We at FBS believe that offensive coordinator Bryan Stinespring bears the largest share of the blame for years of sub-par output from some of the most talented players ever to set foot on Worsham Field. We believe the main objective of the VT football program - a national championship - will escape us as long as Stinespring is making the calls. We therefore advocate the improvement of our football program through the replacement of our offensive coordinator.