The easiest way to get over a tough loss is to tell the team what needs to be said about the game, and then immediately move on to the next game. There’s no reason to spend a lot of time looking back.
Some people were surprised by the Duke outcome, but when a team comes in with a 5-2 record it shows you that they are very capable.
Women’s soccer has been great this year. They are ranked #4 in the country and have one more regular season game before the ACC Tournament and the NCAA Tournament. The NCAA Tournament is a bidding process, and Tech could host again this year. They play #1 UVA this week.
Kendall Fuller is tied for the national lead in interceptions, and the Hokies as a team lead the nation in interceptions. The secondary has been on fire this year. They are very disciplined and very talented.
Anyone who watches the game knows why the Hokies lost. If you turn the ball over four times, that’s not going to win games in the ACC.
The receivers have made a lot of progress since the spring. They have put in the work, and the game experience has helped them. He never saw Willie Byrn being a guy who is arguably the #1 receiver. He thinks this group has a bright future ahead of it.
The Alabama game was rough, but almost none of those receivers had any experience, particularly on that stage. Day in and day out since then, they have had an “us against the world” mentality. People weren’t nice to the receivers after that game, but they are a lot better now.
Charley Meyer worked really hard to play, but he ended up tweaking both hamstrings during training camp. It’s tough to come back from that.
Coaching at Stanford was great. Blacksburg is more like the Chicago weather that he was used to growing up. He loves coaching under Frank Beamer. Stanford coach David Shaw told him “you are going to the greatest place you could possibly go”.
Working with Andrew Luck at Stanford was like working with Peyton Manning. He makes throws every day that make you say “wow, did he really just do that?” Both are very cerebral guys.
Moorehead feels like he knows what it takes to succeed at a professional level because he played in the NFL. You can use that to your advantage in recruiting as well. He certainly wears his Super Bowl ring when he goes recruiting.
When you try to make an NFL roster, you have to understand that you are trying to take someone’s job. Football feeds that guy’s family, and he doesn’t want to give that up, so you have to go in there with the mentality that you are going to take it from him.
Logan Thomas saw on film that he missed Willie Byrn a couple of times this past weekend. Working on his reads and progressions is something he’s working hard at. Byrn has done a great job getting better.
There are times when Logan Thomas makes NFL throws, and there are other times where you wonder if you need to scale things back for him. It’s tough adjusting to a new offense.
Moorehead likes to recruit high school wide receivers to play wideout in college because it’s easier to make the transition. They are in a position to contribute earlier. It’s a tougher transition when you play a different position in high school.
BC is a tough football team. Their front seven is a tough group. You have to execute very well against them. They have four games to get where they want to be, which is Charlotte.
Moorehead likes practicing on Sundays because it helps the players put the previous game behind them very quickly. It wasn’t acceptable to lose that game, but there’s nothing you can do about it. You have to put it behind you.
When plays presented themselves on Saturday, the Hokies didn’t make them. There were five opportunities for touchdowns in that game that they didn’t get. If you miss five times, plus turn the ball over, it’s not going to work out well for you.
Moorehead recruits in DC and Maryland, and he spot recruits in Indianapolis and Chicago. Recruiting has been great so far.
BC is always the toughest and most physical team the Hokies play. They love to recruit smashmouth type of players.
Everybody could have done a little bit more to get that win against Duke. Everybody shared in the loss.
Tyler feels like everybody was over the loss to Duke on Sunday morning. They had a good practice. The loss didn’t really change anything. The ACC Title goals are still on the table.
The defense is having a lot of fun playing together. The front seven and the secondary work great off each other. There is great camaraderie.
Tech has the best defensive coaching staff in the country, hands down. He feels like they could roll out a long snapper at middle linebacker and they would make as many tackles as Tyler.
Andre Williams at BC is a big back. He is tough to tackle behind a big offensive line. Tech’s defense likes to play physical as well, so it should be a fun game. There aren’t a lot of tricks. Just go and make plays.
Sam Rogers is a film room guy. He learned the offense quickly, and he works really hard. Tech fans are going to know his name for a long time.
A year ago Rogers was playing high school football. He didn’t have scholarship offers, except for Bucknell and St. Francis. Tech and UVA both asked him to walk on. His mom went to UVA, but he realized that Tech was the right fit for him.
When he saw how Tech responded to a 7-6 season, it helped make his decision. Most teams would be satisfied, and they weren’t. They showed a lot of character down the stretch. It’s the type of program that he wanted to play for.
Shane Beamer always told him that he would have an opportunity to play early. He expects big things from himself in the future.
Rogers was calling Shane Beamer a lot before he ever arrived to ask about the playbook, and he kept his nose in the playbook once he arrived. That’s how he’s been able to play early.
His whole life is football and school right now. Time management is tough.
Rogers’ brother was an All-American center at Hampden-Sydney.
When Rogers got hurt, he lived in the training room. It was a bad ankle injury, but it’s much better now.
Tech can’t worry about the Duke game right now. They have to have short memories. All athletes have to have short memories. You can’t let one loss beat you twice.
Jack Tyler is a great All-ACC linebacker. He’s a guy to look up to, especially for a guy like Rogers.
Saturday was a tough loss, and it was disappointing. They didn’t play their best, and they didn’t make some plays. But you move on to the next week. How will the team respond? That’s the issue now. They certainly have a challenge ahead of them this week.
Logan Thomas really cares about the team and he wants to go out on a winning streak. He tries really hard, and sometimes maybe too hard. Everybody could have done something better on Saturday, including Beamer. He takes responsibility, and it’s time to move on to the next game.
Beamer has seen Cody Journell make too many good kicks to lose confidence in him. Beamer thinks he might be thinking about it too much.
Football is a fun game. The Hokies need to play fun, relaxed and loose. They didn’t play their best against Duke. They need to fly around and have some fun.
Beamer anticipates Brandon Facyson playing against BC. He didn’t guarantee it, but he thinks he’ll be back.
Antone Exum didn’t have a lot come at him, but he did ok for his first start. He should be even better as he gets more reps.
There was plenty open in the passing game on Saturday, but the Hokies didn’t take advantage. If they had made some better decisions and some more plays, they could have put up some points.
On a punt, if the ball touches a player is out of bounds then the play has to be stopped by rule. If the Duke player had been inbounds, then it would have been a touchback. But the play can’t keep going when a player out of bounds touches the ball. The ball can’t be redirected by a player out of bounds, so you have to stop the play. That’s why the punt was ruled down at the one on Saturday. It’s a rare play, but it happened on Saturday. It ended up not being an issue, because the Hokies scored.
Beamer thought enough time had passed since the 1994 UVA to wear the All-Orange uniforms again. But he promises this time that it will never happen again.
BC is always a very tough football team. The offensive line is always big and rugged. They emphasize playaction pass and pounding the football. They are a very solid football team. They played their best against FSU and Clemson.
Monday was Day 3,258 of Virginia Tech’s continuous possession of The Commonwealth Cup.