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In the news
Fuller among top NFL prospects: ESPN's Todd McShay released his top 32 prospects for the 2016 NFL draft on Thursday with Kendall Fuller coming in at No. 18. Heading into the season, Fuller was considered one of the best defensive backs in the country along with Florida State's Jalen Ramsey. Ramsey came in at No. 4 on McShay's list. Somewhat surprisingly, was that Fuller was actually the third-highest defensive back with LSU's Tre'Davious White ranked ahead at No. 13.
No doubt the Ohio State game will not help Fuller's draft profile, but he has a full season to rebound from a rough outing.
Logan Thomas heads to Miami: After trading for Matt Barkley, the Arizona Cardinals cut former Hokies quarterback Logan Thomas. He was quick to land on his feet, however, as he was claimed by the Miami Dolphins.
As long as it was not the Miami Hurricanes, I'm sure Hokie fans will be happy for him.
J.C Coleman's watch: In case you missed it, Virginia Tech running back J.C. Coleman caught the attention of the the social media world by wearing a gold watch during the game against Ohio State.
This was nothing new for Coleman who began wearing a watch last season as a reminder that "it's my time."
It sounds like that tradition may be coming to an end as running backs coach Shane Beamer told reporters "that's not Virginia Tech football."
Exit light, enter the Hokies: The game may not have gone the way the Hokies wanted, but the entrance was as good as ever.
— Tony Rice (@rtphokie) September 8, 2015
Last week's game: 42-24 loss to Ohio State
Virginia Tech led 17-14 at halftime and it looked as if they could potentially pull off the miraculous upset once again. Starting quarterback Michael Brewer, however, suffered a broken collarbone in the third quarter and Ohio State quickly reasserted themselves.
After a shaky start, Brewer began to show how much he and the offense had improved over the offseason. Losing him for at least a month if not longer is a devastating blow to a team that looked as if they at least had the potential to return to national prominence this year.
There's no guarantee that Virginia Tech could have won if Brewer had remained in the game -- the Buckeyes are far and away the best team in the nation -- but whatever chance they had quickly evaporated without him.
Troubling was the fact that the Hokies defense allowed 572 total yards to the Buckeyes. Greg Stroman was victimized by Ohio State's pass attack and even Fuller, one of the best shutdown corners in the nation, was burned by the Buckeyes' receivers.
To be fair, it looked like the team really threw in the towel in the second half after the Brewer injury. Urban Meyer teams simply do not take their foot off the gas, ever, so things were bound to get ugly. The defense's rough day likely had more to do with Brewer's deflating injury and Ohio State's collection of talent so it's definitely not time to panic. The Hokies will not face an offense this good again this season.
Next game vs. Furman, Sat. 3:30 p.m. ET
With Brewer out for at least a month, Virginia Tech cannot afford to overlook any games on their schedule. Furman may be an FCS opponent, but the Hokies lost to JMU in 2010 under similar circumstances.
After a narrow loss to Boise State on Monday night, Virginia Tech returned home and were stunned by JMU just five days later. A five-day turnaround gives teams less time to recover and less time to prepare. With Motley taking over at quarterback, he needs all the time he can get to prepare for this game.
Furman is not a pushover FCS team either. They lost to Coastal Carolina 38-35 in their opener on Saturday, a team currently ranked No. 1 In this week's FCS rankings. The Paladins put up 525 total yards of offense behind quarterback Reese Hannon who threw for 365 yards and two touchdowns. Hannon was able to spread the ball around well with three receivers totaling over 70 receiving yards and another with 69.
The key for this game, however, will be the Hokies' offense.
Motley takes over as starting quarterback with freshmen Chris Durkin and Dwayne Lawson as backups. Lawson is one of the most highly touted quarterback prospects to go to Virginia Tech since Tyrod Taylor. It was believed that he was going to redshirt this year, but Frank Beamer said in this week's press conference that was not necessarily the plan and he could play this year. If the team believes he is ready and Motley continues to struggle passing the ball, he may end up seeing some playing time this season.
Having said that, that can't be the plan. While fans are used to seeing quarterbacks cycle through in FCS matchups, expect to see Motley get a lot of playing time on Saturday even if the Hokies control the game throughout. While it is important they win, Virginia Tech also has to work on getting Motley comfortable to take over the team against more formidable competition.
One thing that would help is finding a way to get tight end Bucky Hodges more involved. He did not have a single reception against Ohio State despite being one of the best receiving tight ends in the nation.
The Hokies will also get a boost in their running game with the return of running back Shai McKenzie. McKenzie's freshman season was shortened by a torn ACL he suffered last season against North Carolina. He served a one game suspension to start the season and will be available to play Saturday. He and Marshawn Williams were co-starters at the beginning of last season before injuries decimated the team's running core. If he is healthy, his return will be a boost for sure.
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