(Note: Beamer’s interview was recorded earlier on Monday. Because the Hokies are playing on Friday, Monday was a regular Tuesday practice for Tech.)
Tech had opportunities to win on Saturday, but they didn’t take advantage. That makes this Saturday’s game with UVA a lot more important. Of course, the game with UVA is always important. Tech is looking to the future and thinking about UVA.
Andrew Motuapuaka has grown a lot as a player. He does things very naturally. He’s a talented player.
Wake Forest struggles a bit offensively, but Tech played a great defensive game. They didn’t allow any big plays and they flew around the ball.
Beamer is very excited about the defensive line next year, especially when Luther Maddy comes back next year.
Brenden Motley will get some more work in practice and they’ll see where that goes. Beamer has been happy with him, though he wishes he hadn’t fumbled against Wake. He’s a talented guy. It’s an important week of practice for him.
Michael Brewer has done a good job. He’s a good leader and he’s very smart. He watches a lot of video, and he comes in with the offensive staff and watches video. He physically made a few mistakes against Wake, but his heart’s in the right place.
Trey Edmunds is cleared to come back, and Beamer is interested to monitor his progress this week. We’ll see where it goes.
The UVA game is very important from a lot of perspectives. Even if nothing was riding on the game, it would still be important because it’s VT vs. UVA. It’s a great rivalry game. The pride of it all is probably the biggest thing.
Beamer feels like his team has a lot of pride. They are deeply hurt about the Wake Forest game. He is sure they will crank it up against UVA.
UVA is a good football team. They have some outstanding talent on the defensive side of the ball. Eli Harold, Quin Blanding and Max Valles are very good. They are also one of the better offenses on Tech’s schedule. They have three quality tailbacks, and they can all catch it out of the backfield.
If Kevin Parks can’t play for UVA, it wouldn’t change a lot. The UVA backup tailbacks are very good, and they are all similar players.
Tech put the Wake game behind them quickly and moved ahead to UVA. They won’t have a regular Friday practice, and that’s the only thing that changes this week.
Beamer said the team needs the fans on Friday. Parts of the season have been disappointing, but he hopes everyone puts it all on the line on Friday night.
It’s an awful feeling to lose like they lost against Wake, but they have to move on to UVA. They are jacked up to play the Hoos, and they are ready for Friday.
The game will be emotional, just because it’s a rivalry, plus bowl eligibility is on the line.
Rogers’ mother went to UVA, so he’s seen the rivalry from both sides. He’s glad to be on VT’s side now.
Rogers and his teammates want to go to a bowl. They have to go to a bowl. But it all starts with UVA. They have to get this win.
The young players know all about the VT-UVA rivalry, and they can feed off the older players’ feelings about the game.
UVA plays really hard. They have a lot of athletes on defense. Tech will have their hands full, but the Hokies will be ready too. It should be a good fight.
UVA’s defensive line is aggressive, and they play really hard. The Hokies have to match their intensity.
Rogers knows several of UVA’s players. He knows Maurice Canaday, Anthony Harris, and some others. It will be fun to play against them again.
Tech has to be more crisp on offense. They have to play faster and with more energy. They have to fix the little things and be more consistent.
Roth and Burnop
Bill Roth and Mike Burnop joined the show from Mexico where they will call the basketball games in the Cancun Challenge. Roth interviewed Burnop and got his takes on football and basketball.
Burnop’s take on Monday’s press conference and this week’s game: Everybody on the team is clearly disappointed and frustrated. They know they need to have a short memory and move on to the UVA game. There is a lot on the line on Friday, including the Commonwealth Cup streak and the bowl streak. Mike London has never beat Frank Beamer. You know London wants to win this one badly.
Burnop’s take on why the Hokies struggled to protect the QB against Wake: Tech’s biggest problem was they didn’t do well on first down against Wake. They knew Tech had to throw it, and they overmatched the Hokies on some blitzes. The Hokies didn’t play well, Michael Brewer didn’t help himself out, etc. Burnop thinks they’ll see Brenden Motley a little more on Friday.
Burnop’s take on Michael Brewer and Brenden Motley: Michael Brewer doesn’t run very well, and you can’t have a statue on the pocket. Brenden Motley gives you that. That’s been an issue this year, and they are working on that. It’s a big week of practice for Brewer and Motley.
Burnop’s take on the improved running game with J.C. Coleman: It’s really nice to see J.C. Coleman running the ball well. He’s worked very hard. Having Trey Edmunds cleared to play could be a big boost, however they have to be able to sustain drives.
Burnop’s take on how big this game is: You’ve got to feel for Tech’s seniors. They went through this two years ago, and they didn’t think they would have to do it again. This one is winner take all. It’s been such a crazy year.
Burnop’s take on the trip to Mexico: Tech has a lot of young players, and they are excited to get out of the country and play basketball. They played too soft and without a sense of urgency against Appalachian State. It was almost like the football game against Wake Forest.
Burnop’s take on the game with Northern Iowa: It’s a huge test. They return all 10 lettermen from last year, and over 90% of their scoring and rebounding. They are a really good team. They will challenge for their conference championship this year. Tech has to buckle down and play a lot better against Northern Iowa.
Burnop’s take on Buzz at this point in the season: Buzz is still learning about his team, as are a lot of coaches at this point. Buzz is disappointed in rebounding and free throw shooting. He wants a paint touch before any shot is taken, and they didn’t get that against Appalachian State. Joey van Zegeren got in foul trouble again, and that is a big issue for this team.
Burnop’s take on the student athletes playing and practicing over Thanksgiving: There’s no class, so the coaches have these guys 24/7. It’s particularly tough for the basketball players, who miss Christmas and foul break as well. However, that’s what they sign up for when they decide to play college basketball.
Burnop’s take on the UVA game: What scares you is that they laid an egg against Wake Forest. Are they ready to pack it in and go home for the holidays? You know the seniors don’t, especially a guy like Willie Byrn. It should be a whale of a game on Friday night.
The wrestling team is feeling good after the win over #4 Ohio State. They got a weight lifting session in, and they will go home for Thanksgiving later in the week. Then they have a big event in Las Vegas.
Cassell Coliseum was very loud on Sunday, and that was a big help to the team. It really made an impact on the overtime matches. They had a ton of recruits on campus, and they were all impressed. Dresser really appreciates the fans making such a big impact.
Ohio State was just one event. It was a great event, but they have to move on. It was good to see so much competitiveness. It was a scrappy event, and everybody battled.
Dresser feels like the team has 10 guys who can get it done. The guys who progress the furthest in the tournament score the most points, and he feels like he has 10 guys who can make the NCAA Tournament. He feels like he has some guys who can get to the later rounds. He obviously likes this group of wrestlers.
Tech will wrestle at the Moss Art Center on Tech’s campus on February 1. They also wrestle Pitt and NC State there. It’s a brand new building, and it should be a lot of fun.
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