The Hokies have played seven games, which is a little more than half of their
12-game schedule. However, since we’re in the middle of a bye week, we thought
it would be a good idea to take a look back at the first seven games and give
our midseason awards.
Some awards are easy to hand out, others are very difficult. They are all a
matter of opinion, of course.
This is probably the toughest award to give out, considering the offense has
struggled so much. In the end, you’ve got to go with Duane Brown. It took
some time for Brown to adjust to the left tackle position, but he appears to
have it down now. He’s graded out well so far this year, with the exception of
the ECU game: 89% against Duke, 83% against Clemson, 91% against UNC, 94%
against William & Mary, 90% against Ohio and 86% against LSU.
Imagine Virginia Tech’s offensive line without Duane Brown. Ouch. That
wouldn’t be a pretty sight.
Runner Up: Sam Wheeler. Wheeler has 14 catches for 206 yards and a
touchdown. The second closest tight end has three catches. There would be a huge
dropoff in tight end receptions if Wheeler got hurt.
Unheralded Offensive Player
Josh Hyman doesn’t get much mention, but he’s quietly having a good
season. He has eight catches for 128 yards, and leads all the wideouts with a 16
yards per catch average. He seems to have gained the trust of Tyrod Taylor, who
looks to Hyman often.
One thing you probably don’t realize is that Hyman, a backup, has been
getting more reps than starter Eddie Royal recently. Against Duke, Hyman had 39
plays, while Royal had 30. At Clemson, Hyman had 30 plays, with 18 for Royal
(Royal was dehydrated that game). We’ll have to wait and see if Hyman continues
to get increased reps.
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