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The 2008 Virginia Tech Hokies football team represents Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universitymarker during the 2008 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The team's head coach is Frank Beamer. Prior to the season, the Hokies were expected to be in a rebuilding mode, recovering after the graduation of several key players. Despite that fact, Tech was picked to win the Atlantic Coast Conference's Coastal Division in the annual preseason poll of media covering the ACC. The Hokies were ranked the No. 15 team in the country at the start of the season, but suffered an upset loss to East Carolina in their first game. Tech recovered, however, and won five consecutive games following the loss.

Schedule

Source: ACC

Roster



Flanker
  •      Zach Luckett - Sophomore
  •      Germond Oatne - Freshman
  •   4 Marcus Davis - Freshman
  • 11 Dyrell Roberts - Freshman
  • 13 Xavier Boyce - Freshman
  • 80 Brandon Dillard - Junior
  • 81 Jarrett Boykin - Freshman
  • 83 Patrick Terry - Freshman
  • 85 Ervin Garner - Freshman


Split End
  •      Randall Dunn - Freshman
  •      Zac Evans - Freshman
  •   3 Ike Whitaker - Junior
  • 19 Danny Coale - Freshman
  • 87 Prince Parker - Sophomore


Center
  •      James Brown - Freshman
  •      Bo Gentry - Freshman
  • 58 Ryan Shuman - Senior
  • 60 Beau Warren - Sophomore
  • 61 Barrett Mears - Sophomore


Offensive Guard
  •      Aaron Brown - Sophomore
  •      Daniel Neal - Freshman
  • 65 Matt Baldwin - Freshman
  • 67 Nick Marshman - Junior
  • 68 Jaymes Brooks - Freshman
  • 69 Hivera Green - Junior
  • 70 Sergio Render - Junior
  • 76 Will Alvarez - Freshman


Offensive Tackle
  •      Nick Becton - Freshman
  • 62 Blake DeChristopher - Freshman
  • 64 Richard Graham - Junior
  • 72 Andrew Lanier - Freshman
  • 74 Michael Via - Freshman
  • 75 Greg Nosal - Freshman
  • 77 Ed Wang - Junior


Tight End
  •      Jacob Barron - Freshman
  •      Nelson Ward - Freshman
  •   8 Greg Boone - Junior
  • 18 Sam Wheeler - Junior
  • 86 Chris Drager - Freshman
  • 88 Andre Smith - Sophomore
  • 98 Rob Stanton - Sophomore
 

Quarterback
  •      Joseph Clayton - Freshman
  •      Austin Decker - Freshman
  •   5 Tyrod Taylor - Sophomore
  •   7 Sean Glennon - Senior
  • 12 Cory Holt - Senior
  • 16 Jeff Beyer - Junior
  • 30 Brian Saunders - Sophomore


Tailback
  • 20 Kenny Lewis, Jr. - Junior
  • 25 Josh Oglesby - Freshman
  • 27 Jahre Cheeseman - Junior
  • 32 Darren Evans - Freshman
  • 34 Ryan Williams - Freshman
  • 35 Dustin Pickle - Senior


Fullback
  •      Josh Call - Freshman
  •      Joey Phillips - Freshman
  • 31 Kenny Younger - Junior
  • 42 Kenny Jefferson - Junior
  • 44 Devin Perez - Senior


Defensive tackle
  •      Antoine Hopkins - Freshman
  •      Jeff Wardach - Freshman
  • 53 Dwight Tucker - Freshman
  • 56 Demetrius Taylor - Junior
  • 59 Courtney Prince - Freshman
  • 91 John Graves - Sophomore
  • 93 Kwamaine Battle - Freshman
  • 95 Cordarrow Thompson - Junior
  • 96 Justin Young - Freshman
  • 99 Vinston Painter - Freshman


Defensive End
  •      Russell Becker - Freshman
  •      Chad Carlson - Junior
  •      George George - Freshman
  •      Joe Jones - Freshman
  •      Phil Sayre - Freshman
  •   6 Jason Worilds - Sophomore
  • 47 Nekos Brown - Junior
  • 51 Bruce Taylor - Freshman
  • 55 Isaiah Hamlette - Freshman
  • 82 Steven Friday - Sophomore
  • 90 Orion Martin - Senior
  • 92 Khalil Latif - Freshman


 

Cornerback
  •    3 Nobel Iyebote - Freshman
  •   1 Victor Harris - Senior
  •   9 Cris Hill - Freshman
  • 15 Eddie Whitley - Freshman
  • 21 Rashad Carmichael - Sophomore
  • 22 Stephan Virgil - Junior
  • 37 Jacob Sykes - Freshman


Linebacker
  •      Austin Fuller - Freshman
  •      Lyndell Gibson - Freshman
  • 26 Cody Grimm - Junior
  • 33 Brett Warren - Senior
  • 36 Jake Johnson - Freshman
  • 36 Quilie Odom - Freshman
  • 40 Hunter Ovens - Freshman
  • 41 Cam Martin - Junior
  • 45 Purnell Sturdivant - Senior
  • 46 Dylan McGreevy - Senior
  • 49 Allen Stephens - Freshman
  • 52 Barquell Rivers - Freshman
  • 89 Jonas Houseright - Senior
  • 94 Mark Muncey - Junior


Free Safety
  •      Ron Cooper - Sophomore
  •      Scott Dalton - Freshman
  •      Dean Hill - Freshman
  • 14 Lorenzo Williams - Freshman
  • 17 Kam Chancellor - Junior


Rover
  •      Alonzo Tweedy - Freshman
  •   2 Davon Morgan - Sophomore
  • 23 Matt Reidy - Junior
  • 24 Dorian Porch - Junior
  • 43 Jeron Gouveia-Winslow - Freshman


Snapper
  • 50 Collin Carroll - Freshman
  • 57 Jon Conlon - Freshman
  • 63 Matt Tuttle - Junior
  • 66 Jacob Gardner - Senior


Punter
  • 30 Brian Saunders - Sophomore
  • 97 Brent Bowden - Junior


Place Kicker
  •      Scott Demler - Freshman
  •      Chris Hazley - Sophomore
  •      Matt Waldron - Sophomore
  • 28 Tim Pisano - Freshman
  • 29 Dustin Keys - Senior
  • 48 Justin Myer - Freshman



Source: http://www.hokiesports.com/football/players



Coaching Staff

Position Name First year at VT First year in current position
Head Coach Frank Beamer 1987 1987
Associate Head Coach and Running Backs Coach Billy Hite 1978 2001
Offensive Coordinator and Tight Ends Bryan Stinespring 1990 2006 (Offensive coordinator since 2002)
Defensive Coordinator and Inside linebackers Bud Foster 1987 1995
Offensive Line Curt Newsome 2006 2006
Wide Receivers Kevin Sherman 2006 2006
Strong Safety, Outside Linebackers, and Recruiting Coordinator Jim Cavanaugh 1996 2002
Quarterbacks Mike O'Cain 2006 2006
Defensive backs Torrian Gray 2006 2006
Defensive Line Charley Wiles 1996 1996
Source: http://www.hokiesports.com/football/players/


Preseason

During the 2007 college football season, Virginia Tech accumulated a 11–3 record that ended with a 21–24 loss to the Kansas Jayhawks in the 2008 Orange Bowl. The Hokies also won the 2007 ACC football championship, but were not predicted to repeat that success in 2008. In the annual preseason football poll of media covering ACC football, Tech was picked second in the conference, behind the Clemson Tigers. The Hokies were picked to finish first in the ACC's Coastal Division, but lose to Clemson in the ACC Championship Game.

The reason for that second-place prediction was the loss of several key players from Tech's ACC-champion 2007 team. Virginia Tech lost its top four receivers, its leading rusher, and seven starters from a defense that ranked fourth nationally in total defense. Eight players from the 2007 team were taken in the 2008 NFL Draft, and Tech's 2008 team featured just 10 players who started during the previous season. Making matters more difficult for Virginia Tech, the Hokies suffered several preseason injuries and multiple players were kicked off the team for disciplinary reasons.

On August 26, Tech head coach Frank Beamer announced his intention to redshirt backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor, keeping him in reserve for the 2008 season. Following Virginia Tech's loss to East Carolina in the first game of the season, however, Beamer removed the redshirt and Taylor played in Tech's second game in the season. After he proved successful in that game, Taylor was named the team's starting quarterback for the remainder of the season, supplanting first-game starter Sean Glennon.

Game notes

East Carolina

The Virginia Tech Hokies' first game of the season also was its first loss of the season. In a neutral-site game at Bank of America Stadiummarker in Charlottemarker, North Carolinamarker, Tech was upset 27–22 by the East Carolina Pirates. East Carolina, members of Conference USA, became the first team from that conference to win a game against a Bowl Championship Series member school since 2002.

The game got off to a slow start, as neither team scored in the first quarter. With 12:19 remaining before halftime, however, Virginia Tech scored the first points of the game with a 30-yard fumble return by defender Stephan Virgil. Four minutes later, Virginia Tech's offense also scored, extending the Hokies' lead to 14–0. East Carolina answered with a touchdown before halftime, but Virginia Tech led 14–7 at the beginning of the second half.

The Pirates' offense scored another touchdown with 10:05 remaining in the third quarter, but the extra point kick was blocked and returned for a defensive score by Tech's Stephan Virgil. If the extra point had been successful, the teams would have been tied at 14 points apiece. Instead, Virginia Tech kept a 16–13 lead, which it retained through the third quarter. Early in the fourth quarter, Tech's offense extended the Hokies' lead to 22–13 with a touchdown. The extra point kick was missed. Both teams were held scoreless for the next ten minutes before East Carolina's Patrick Pinkney ran three yards for a touchdown. The score and extra point cut the Hokies' lead to 22–20 with less than four minutes remaining in the game. Tech attempted to run out the clock, but East Carolina's defense forced the Hokies to punt. The kick was blocked, however, and East Carolina's T.J. Lee returned the loose ball for a game-winning touchdown. With the limited time remaining in the game, Tech was unable to answer the touchdown, and East Carolina clinched a 27–22 victory.

Furman

Virginia Tech's second game of the season came against the Football Championship Subdivision (formerly Division I-AA) Furman Paladins at Virginia Tech's home stadium, Lane Stadiummarker, in Blacksburgmarker, Virginiamarker. Despite the loss to East Carolina, Tech came into its home opener heavily favored and lived up to that expectation by beating the Paladins, 24–7.

The Hokies used backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor alongside starter Sean Glennon beginning with the fifth play of the game. Despite that change in offensive strategy, the Hokies were held scoreless in the first quarter. Tech's defense also held firm, and kept Furman from scoring in the first quarter as well. In the second quarter, both teams were again held scoreless until just 29 seconds before halftime, when Virginia Tech placekicker Dustin Keys kicked a field goal for the Hokies, giving them a 3–0 lead at halftime.

In the third quarter, Virginia Tech's offense finally hit its stride. With 8:41 remaining in the quarter, Sean Glennon completed a 10-yard touchdown pass to running back Kenny Lewis, Jr., giving the Hokies a 10–0 lead after the extra point. Tech added two more touchdowns before the end of the quarter, making the game 24–0 with one quarter remaining. The Paladins scored a touchdown in the fourth quarter, closing the gap to 24–7 and avoiding a shutout, but were unable to further catch up to the Hokies. Tech earned its first win of the season, bringing its overall season record to 1–1.

Georgia Tech

The Hokies' third game of the season also was their first Atlantic Coast Conference game of the season as Virginia Tech faced Georgia Tech at Lane Stadium. Tyrod Taylor, who had been the Hokies' backup quarterback at the beginning of the season, started the game and did not relinquish his position. Tech fell behind 3–0 in the first quarter, but took a lead in the second quarter that they did not relinquish through the rest of the game, winning 20–17.

In the game's first quarter, Virginia Tech was held scoreless while Georgia Tech took a 3–0 lead with a 32-yard field goal by kicker Scott Blair. Early in the second quarter, Tech answered the score by taking the lead with an eight-yard touchdown run by freshman tailback Darren Evans, who finished the game with 19 carries for 94 yards and the lone touchdown. Georgia Tech answered with a touchdown that came from a 41-yard pass to Roddy Jones. The extra point was blocked, but the Yellow Jackets still held a 9–7 lead with 3:44 remaining in the first half. Virginia Tech's offense answered quickly, however, mounting a drive that resulted in a Tyrod Taylor rushing touchdown with just 10 seconds before halftime.

The Hokies entered the second half with a 14–9 lead and maintained that margin through the third quarter. Early in the fourth quarter, Tech extended its lead to 17–9 with a field goal by Dustin Keys. Four minutes of game time later, Georgia Tech's Josh Nesbitt ran 18 yards for a touchdown. Instead of kicking an extra point, the Yellow Jackets attempted a two-point conversion and were successful, tying the game at 17–17 with 9:28 remaining. From that point, both teams' defenses dominated the course of play, and only Virginia Tech, with a 21-yard field goal from Keys, was able to score. That field goal was the margin of victory, and the Hokies edged the Yellow Jackets, 20–17.

North Carolina

Nebraska

Western Kentucky

Boston College

Florida State

Maryland

Miami

Duke

Virginia

ACC Championship Game vs. Boston College

Orange Bowl vs. Cincinnati

Rankings

Ranking Movement
Poll Pre Wk 1 Wk 2 Wk 3 Wk 4 Wk 5 Wk 6 Wk 7 Wk 8 Wk 9 Wk 10 Wk 11 Wk 12 Wk 13 Wk 14 Final
AP 17 NR NR NR NR 20 18 17 NR NR NR NR NR NR 21 15
Coaches 15 NR NR NR NR 24 18 18 NR NR NR NR NR NR 19 14
Harris Not released 22 18 17 NR NR NR NR NR NR 22
BCS Not released NR NR NR NR NR 25 19


Statistics

Team

Team Opp
Scoring 66 51
  Points per Game 22.0 17.0
First Downs 43 51
  Rushing 29 26
  Passing 11 24
  Penalty 3 1
Total Offense 819 1003
  Avg per Play 4.6 5.5
  Avg per Game 273.0 334.3
Fumbles-Lost 2-0 9-5
Penalties-Yards 13-75 19-153
  Avg per Game 25.0 51.0
Team Opp
Punts-Yards 15-584 12-524
  Avg per Punt 38.9 43.7
Time of Possession/Game 29:58 30:02
3rd Down Conversions 17/41 17/36
4th Down Conversions 0/3 0/4
Touchdowns Scored 8 7
Field Goal-Attempts 3-4 1-3
PAT-Attempts 7-8 4-8
Attendance 132,466 0
  Games/Avg per Game 66,233 0


Offense

Rushing

Name GP-GS Att Yards Avg TD Long Avg/G
Darren Evans 3-0 203 926 4.6 9 50 84.2
Tyrod Taylor 7-4 105 524 5.0 4 50 61.6
Kenny Lewis 3-3 57 199 3.5 3 24 39.8
Jahre Cheeseman 2-0 4 21 5.2 0 12 10.5
Dustin Pickle 3-0 4 18 4.5 0 8 6.0
Josh Oglesby 2-0 4 7 1.8 0 5 3.5
Greg Boone 3-3 3 4 1.3 0 3 1.3
Sean Glennon 2-2 9 2 0.2 0 8 1.0
Kenny Jefferson 3-0 1 2 2.0 0 2 0.7
Total 3 129 564 4.4 6 50 188.0
Opponents 3 111 470 4.2 3 36 156.7


Passing

Name GP-GS Com Att Yds TD INT Pct Eff Long Avg/G
Sean Glennon 4-8 62 99 704 3 4 62.6 124.28 62 65.6
Tyrod Taylor 2-1 63 114 675 1 5 5.3 99.12 40 92.5
Total 3 30 51 255 1 3 58.8 95.5 60 85.0
Opponents 3 47 71 533 3 2 63.4 134.7 41 177.7


Receiving

Name GP-GS Rec Yds Avg TD Long Avg/G
Dyrell Roberts 3-2 11 171 15.5 0 62 15.5
Kenny Lewis 3-3 6 30 5.0 1 19 10.0
Danny Coale 3-3 27 286 10.6 0 28 10.0
Greg Boone 3-3 16 205 12.8 2 27 18.6
Andre Smith 3-1 10 129 12.9 1 40 11.7
Ike Whitaker Suspended
Chris Drager 3-1 3 37 12.3 0 15 3.4
Xavier Boyce 3-0 1 7 7.0 0 7 2.3
Darren Evans 3-0 11 83 7.5 0 14 7.5
Jarrett Boykin 3-0 21 342 3.0 1 41 1.0
Victor Harris 2-2 8 63 7.9 0 16 5.1
Dustin Pickle 3-0 3 16 5.3 0 11 1.5
Total 3 30 255 8.5 1 62 85.0
Opponents 3 45 533 11.8 3 41 177.7


Defense

Name GP/GS Tackles Sacks Interceptions Fumbles Blkd

Kick
Total Solo Asst TFL No Yds No Yds TD Rcv-Yds FF
Brett Warren 3-3 26 8 18 .5 1
Purnell Sturdivant 3-3 24 6 18 1.0 1.0 2
Cam Martin 3-2 18 11 7 1.5 1.0 6 1
Kam Chancellor 3-3 15 6 9 1-0 1
Stephen Virgil 3-3 15 8 7 2.0 1 18 1-30
Cody Grimm 3-1 12 7 5 1.0 1 10 1
Jason Worilds 3-2 10 5 5 .5
Orion Martin 3-3 10 4 6 4.0 1.0 3
Davon Morgan 3-3 10 5 5
Nekos Brown 3-1 8 2 6 .5
Steven Friday 3-0 6 2 4
Victor Harris 2-2 6 0 6 6 2 1-0
Demetrius Taylor 3-0 5 1 4 .5 1-0
Barquell Rivers 3-0 5 2 3
Cordarrow Thompson 3-3 5 1 4 .5
Dorian Porch 3-0 5 3 2
John Graves 3-3 2 1 1 1.0 3
Total 3 210 96 114 13.0 3 11 2 28 0 5-30 4 3


Special teams

Name Field Goals Punting Kickoffs
FGM FGA Pct Long No. Yds Avg Long I20 No. Yds Avg TB
Dustin Keys 3 4 75.0 25
Brent Bowden 14 584 41.7 55 4
Justin Myer 10 667 66.7 4
Tim Pisano 4 232 58.0 0
Total 3 4 75.0 25 14 584 41.7 55 4 14 899 64.2 4


Name Kick Returns Punt Returns
No. Yds Avg TD Long No. Yds Avg TD Long
Kenny Lewis 4 81 20.2 0 35
Davon Morgan 2 40 20.0 0 29
Chris Drager 1 6 6.0 0 6
Macho Harris 4 30 7.5 0 16
Total 7 127 18.1 0 35 4 30 7.5 16


Notes

  1. Jason Adjepong Worilds was formerly named Jason Adjepong - see [1]
  2. Virginia Tech Athletics Communications Department. [Virginia Tech football past schedules: 2007-2008 http://www.hokiesports.com/football/pastschedules.html?season=2007] Hokiesports.com. Accessed October 11, 2008.
  3. Virginia Tech Athletics Communications Department. ["Tech picked to win ACC's Coastal Division" http://www.hokiesports.com/football/recaps/20080721aaa.html], Hokiesports.com. July 21, 2008. Accessed October 11, 2008.
  4. Dinch, Heather. ["Hokies to reload after losing winningest class in school history" http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/preview08/news/story?id=3529797], ESPN.com. August 12, 2008. Accessed October 11, 2008.
  5. Coleman, Chris. "Hokies Plan to Redshirt Tyrod Taylor in 2008", Techsideline.com. August 26, 2008. Accessed October 11, 2008.
  6. The Associated Press. "East Carolina turns back Virginia Tech with punt block for TD", ESPN.com. August 30, 2008. Accessed October 12, 2008.
  7. ESPN.com. Virginia Tech Hokies vs. East Carolina Pirates Box Score. August 30, 2008. Accessed October 12, 2008.
  8. Watson, Graham. "ECU's Lee is unlikely hero in win over Va. Tech", ESPN.com. August 30, 2008. Accessed October 12, 2008.
  9. Virginia Tech Athletics Communications Department. Virginia Tech vs East Carolina statistics. August 30, 2008. Accessed October 14, 2008.
  10. The Associated Press. "QB tandem works as Va. Tech takes down Furman", ESPN.com. September 6, 2008. Accessed October 14, 2008.
  11. ESPN.com. Furman Paladins vs. Virginia Tech Play-by-Play 1st Quarter. September 6, 2008. Accessed October 14, 2008.
  12. ESPN.com. Furman Paladins vs. Virginia Tech Box Score. September 6, 2008. Accessed October 14, 2008.
  13. Virginia Tech Athletics Communications Department. Virginia Tech vs Furman statistics. September 6, 2008. Accessed October 14, 2008.
  14. The Associated Press. "Hokies ride youth movement to win over Jackets", ESPN.com. September 13, 2008. Accessed October 18, 2008.
  15. ESPN.com. Georgia Tech vs. Virginia Tech Box Score. September 13, 2008. Accessed October 18, 2008.
  16. Virginia Tech Athletics Communications Department. Virginia Tech vs Georgia Techstatistics. September 13, 2008. Accessed October 14, 2008.


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