Beamer is proud that Tech faced adversity at the end of the season and managed to hang tough and get themselves bowl eligible. The players hung in there and stayed together.
Several people working in Orlando around the Tech team have told Beamer how well-behaved and mannerly the Tech players are. Beamer is very proud of that. The police escort told the team on Thursday morning that he had been doing his job for 28 years, and this is the best group he’s ever dealt with.
Beamer is very proud of Antone Exum. When you really feel good as a person, it’s when you give to others.
Recruiting is the next order of business after the bowl game. They have almost finished the 2013 class. After that, they have the national coaching convention, which is in Nashville next year.
Tech has a lot of good players coming back next season, and a lot of good players who redshirted in 2012. They’ve got to get the chemistry right this spring and summer.
Losing Andrew Miller hurt Tech’s toughness this year. Beamer said that toughness is something they are going to stress more going forward with more “getting after it”.
Tech has to replace two offensive tackles next year. Mark Shuman has the ability to be very good. Augie Conte is redshirting this year, and he’s very athletic. He has toughness and he’s athletic. He just needs experience. Beamer likes Adam Taraschke as well. It’s time for Laurence Gibson to play to his ability as well. They have to get the line squared away this spring. Those guys have to play at a high level.
Beamer is a little surprised that none of the running backs separated himself this year. The coaches wanted it to happen, but it didn’t. J.C. Coleman and Martin Scales will get most of the carries on Friday. Those have been the most consistent down the stretch.
Tech probably had too many good ideas on offense this year, but you have to be able to do things consistently well. For the bowl game, the Hokies have cut back a lot to the things they do the best. Hopefully they will be more consistent against Rutgers.
Beamer thinks Logan Thomas wants to be at Virginia Tech. He understands he needs to improve overall. He has the leadership ability, talent, and competitiveness. However, he needs to wait and see what the paperwork says when the NFL sends it back.
Jawan Jamison is a very good running back. He’s quick and he hits the hole. Rutgers also has very good receivers. They are talented on offense.
Rutgers really works hard at blocking kicks. They’ve executed very well in that area of the game. They put good people on special teams who play hard.
This isn’t the same Rutgers that Tech played in the Big East. They are much more talented, and they are faster.
Khaseem Greene is a great linebacker with a nose for the football. He gets to the ball in a hurry. He’s a terrific player.
Offensively, Beamer wants the Hokies to grind the clock, pick up first downs and get touchdowns in the redzones. Defensively, Tech has to avoid the big play. They have been very good defensively when they have avoided the big play.