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Virginia Tech 1-1, (0-0) in the ACC
In the news
Tyrod time: Tyrod Taylor got his first NFL regular season start on Sunday after winning the starting job over the preseason and he did not disappoint. He finished 14-for-19 for 195 yards passing and one touchdown and added another 41 yards rushing to help lead the Buffalo Bills to the upset victory over the Indianapolis Colts.
In an interesting twist, Taylor's first start came against the same quarterback he faced in his last start: Andrew Luck. Taylor last started for Virginia Tech in the 2011 Orange Bowl against Luck and Stanford.
Motuapuaka out: Inside linebacker Andrew Motuapuaka will miss up to four weeks with a sprained MCL in his left knee, according to the Virginia Tech medical staff. He suffered the injury against Furman.
Motuapuaka was the team's primary defensive play-caller and has eight tackles in two games this season. He also returned an interception for a touchdown last week against Furman.
Mike linebacker was considered a thin position for the Hokies this season and Virginia Tech radio analyst Mike Burnop called Motuapuaka the player the team could least afford to lose behind Brewer.
Sean Huelskamp, a walk-on redshirt sophomore will start in Motuapuaka's place, but all indications from defensive coordinator Bud Foster this week are that Huelskamp and true freshman Carson Lydon will both play.
To redshirt or not to redshirt: Running back Marshawn Williams is expected to be medically cleared within 30 days. Williams suffered a torn ACL in November and has not recovered as quickly as Shai McKenzie who also suffered a torn ACL last season because Williams suffered other structural damage to his knee in addition to the ACL tear.
The question now is whether Williams will redshirt or not, something head coach Frank Beamer said the team was still discussing.
Williams is still not participating in contact drills and has only been getting "mental reps" according to running backs coach Shane Beamer. With McKenzie, J.C. Coleman, Travon McMillian and Trey Edmunds all at running back, why would the team consider brining back Williams at all this season?
Because Williams might be the best of the bunch.
Williams was considered a co-starter last year as a freshman with McKenzie and rushed for 475 yards before suffering the ACL tear. The fact that he has not even participated in contact drills already three weeks into the season makes me believe the team will elect to redshirt him, but after watching all of their running backs go down with injury last season, there's really no reason to rush any sort of decision.
Finally some good news: Both Coleman and tight end Bucky Hodges left the game against Furman early with injuries, but it was confirmed this week that both injuries are minor and both players are expected to play against Purdue.
Thomas to the practice squad: Logan Thomas was waived by the Miami Dolphins on Friday, but was signed to the Dolphins' practice squad on Monday. Thomas was originally picked up by the Dolphins after being cut by the Arizona Cardinals.
Last week's game: 42-3 win over Furman
Virginia Tech didn't make many headlines with their easy win over Furman, but given the circumstances this was a very important game for the Hokies.
Before you dismiss this game because of the opponent keep in the mind that Virginia Tech had only five days to prepare Brenden Motley for his first collegiate start. The Hokies managed 583 yards on offense, the first time they gained more than 500 yards against an FCS opponent since 2011 when they had 518 yards against Appalachian State.
Motley went 16-for-24 with 233 yards and two touchdowns. He was never sacked and did not give up any turnovers. Dismiss that if you will, but consider where the Hokies would be this week if he had struggled.
The win may not have been newsworthy, but it certainly was noteworthy for a Virginia Tech team that had a lot of questions going into that game.
Next game @ Purdue, Sat. 3:30 p.m. ET
Virginia Tech hits the road for the first time this season as they make their first-ever trip to the state of Indiana to face Purdue.
The schedule worked out well for Virginia Tech in the wake of the injury to Michael Brewer. A game against Furman followed by Purdue is about as good as you could hope for when it comes to easing a new starting quarterback into the position. Purdue definitely is a step up from Furman, but not by much.
The Boilermakers have gone 5-21 during the tenure of head coach Darrell Hazell and are 1-1 on the season. While Hokies fans likely have already marked this game down as a win prior to the season, when you're missing your starting quarterback, you can't take any games for granted.
Offensive coordinator John Shoop has plenty of experience against Virginia Tech as he was offensive coordinator for North Carolina from 2007 to 2011. Purdue likes to primarily run the ball with running backs D.J. Knox and Markell Jones. Quarterback Austin Appleby is also capable of pulling the ball in and running as well. With the injury to Motuapuaka, it should be no secret where Purdue is going to try and run the ball. They are going to come after Huelskamp and Lydon early and often and they will keep doing so as long as they can find success there.
Purdue will also get a boost on defense with the return of defensive end Gelen Robinson who was serving a two-game suspension to start the season.
Offensively, the Hokies will look to build on their offensive performance from last week. The big question is how will Motley look against a better defense in a hostile environment. It will also be interesting to see what Beamer does with Dwayne Lawson. The Hokies burned the freshman quarterback's redshirt last week so they may have plans to use him more this season.
What Virginia Tech fans should really be excited for is the possibility for some big special teams plays. Joe Schopper, a freshman, is expected to handle punting duties for Purdue and you can bet the Hokies are going to come after him looking for blocks.
Also, Purdue kicker Paul Griggs has gone only 2-for-5 on field goal attempts this season. Against a defense like Virginia Tech's Purdue cannot afford to leave points on the table. Don't be surprised to see Hazell take some chances and go for it on fourth down when the offense gets into Virginia Tech territory.
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