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Miami Preview and Prediction

The Hokies had a historically bad performance against Pitt. Don’t believe me? Read this. Or don’t. Either way, after a series of dismissals and injuries on defense, the Hokies are fielding a lot of 3rd and 4th options on defense. That’s not ideal on a defense that was young to begin with going into the season. You can see the results of all that youth and attrition.

Virginia Tech

Overall S&P+ Rank: 75th
Offensive S&P+ Rank: 49th
Defensive S&P+ Rank: 93rd
Special Teams S&P+ Rank: 57th

Miami

Overall S&P+ Rank: 30th
Offensive S&P+ Rank: 69th
Defensive S&P+ Rank: 10th
Special Teams S&P+ Rank: 117th

Miami doesn’t have a quarterback that is playing at a high level but they have a couple of running backs that can make the Hokies pay without having to put the ball in the air. Travis Homer and DeeJay Dallas are both averaging over 5.5 yards per carry and have the ability to break big plays if the Hokies can’t fill their gaps and wrap up the ball carrier. Miami doesn’t have a particularly strong passing game but it might not matter against the Hokies.

Miami’s defense is very talented. This might be the best defense the Hokies will see all season. If the Hokies hope to win this game, they will need to be able to move the ball against this stingy defense. This year, Virginia Tech has not been able to run the ball consistently and if there is one area of Miami’s defense where they are more susceptible it’s on the ground. Unfortunately for the Hokies, Miami’s pass defense is one of the best in the nation. The Hokies will need to look to RPOs and read option to try to move the ball against this defense. This might be a good game to get either Quincy Patterson or Hendon Hooker involved in. Watch out for Miami’s talented linebackers Shaquille Quarterman and Michael Pinckney.

After the Boston College game, I had some optimism that this team was close to putting a complete performance together on offense and defense. That could still happen against Miami or UVA, but after the Pitt performance, they look like a team that is closer to packing it in for the season than putting together a complete performance. This team just looks overmatched. The biggest key for this team right now is to not quit. Not to give up on the season. Keep fighting and try to keep getting better week-to-week and even play-to-play. If you’re looking for some positives, it’s possible that the Hokies get Jerrod Hewitt, Rayshard Ashby and Deshawn McClease back this week. Ultimately, I think the Hokies will once again be overmatched on defense. I do believe the Hokies will play better on defense than they did last week. But I don’t think the offense will be able to put up points on Miami’s defense.

Prediction: Miami 31, Virginia Tech 17

Spring Game Wrap Up

Spring Game Highlights

 

Spring Game attendance: 16,025

Stars of the Spring Game

Caleb Farley
 
Caleb started Spring practice as a CB and it sounded like he was doing pretty well there. Too bad for Bud Foster, he started getting reps at WR. He took to it \ well and had a big Spring Game with 2 catches for 61 yards. Doesn’t look like he’s headed back to that side of the ball. Expect him to get a reps in the Fall. He might be one of your starting WRs for the WVU game.
 
Hendon Hooker
 
The QB race was wide open going into the Spring. Hendon Hooker added his name to the list with a solid Spring and a big performance in the Spring Game. Hooker was 10-11 for 113 yards with 1 touchdown and 1 interception. It was a big performance for him on a day where the other QBs didn’t do much. His ability to run the ball also gives him another dimension that coaches will look at this Fall.
 
Dalton Keene
 
Dalton had 4 catches for 38 yards and 1 touchdown. Looks like Dalton might be the new Sam Rogers in the H-back role. Looks like he will get playing time as a true freshman.
 
Terrius Wheatley
 
Terrius had a good showing in the Spring Game getting 32 yards on 5 carries (6.4 ypc avg). His performance through his hat into the ring for carries in the running back rotation this Fall.  Expect him to get carries with Travon McMillian and Steven Peoples this Fall.
 
Tevante Beckett
 
Tevante looks like he is off to a good start to his career. Laying some big hits in the Spring Game. The Hokies will have an option behind Andrew Motuapuaka this year. And looks like they have their future at the Mike position.
 
Tremaine Edmunds
 
It looks like Tremaine is ready to take the next step in his development. He looked a step faster than last year and was reacting to the play in front of him. Looks like he is ready for a big season.
Can’t wait for September 2nd to get here!