The out-of-conference portion of Virginia Tech’s 2015 schedule is over, and heading into conference play, we have nominated seven Hokies as the Surprise Player of the Year so far, through four games. We’d like to know your thoughts.
Here are the nominees, in no particular order:
Adonis Alexander: a true freshman rover, Alexander moved into the starting lineup in game three at Purdue. He is the Hokies’ second-leading tackler and leads the team in interceptions with two.
Woody Baron: Baron has only started one game and is a backup defensive tackle, but he is second on the defense in tackles for loss (TFL) with 3.5, and leads the Hokies with two sacks.
Yosuah Nijman: converted to offensive tackle after a few spring scrimmages, we were told that true freshman Nijman would be a good OT “in time.” Well, it didn’t take much; Nijman hasn’t started yet, but he has received significant playing time in all four games.
Eric Gallo: A true sophomore, Gallo has stepped into the starting lineup at center and has been very solid. He’s an upgrade to recent centers and has a promising future.
Brenden Motley: pressed into service after Michael Brewer’s injury, Motley, a wing-T quarterback in high school, is #41 in the nation in pass efficiency, is VT’s second-leading rusher, and has thrown six TDs against just two INTs.
Chuck Clark: Yes, he was the defensive MVP of the spring, so is it a “surprise” that Clark is playing well? Maybe not, but he is Tech’s leading tackler by far, with 32. The next-closest defender has just 19 tackles. That’s surprising.
Travon McMillian: McMillian has only started one game and is fourth on the team in carries, but he leads the Hokies in net rushing with 209 yards. In yards-per-carry, it’s not close, with Travon averaging 8.0 ypc.
Who's your (pleasant) surprise player of the 2015 season so far?
- Adonis Alexander (39%, 688 Votes)
- Brenden Motley (36%, 638 Votes)
- Travon McMillian (12%, 211 Votes)
- Yosuah Nijman (7%, 115 Votes)
- Eric Gallo (3%, 45 Votes)
- Chuck Clark (2%, 27 Votes)
- Woody Baron (1%, 17 Votes)
- Not sure (1%, 16 Votes)
- Other (describe in the comments section) (1%, 9 Votes)
Total Voters: 1,766