More Practice, More Focus: Hokies Prepare for the Orange Bowl

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Following the Orange Bowl loss to Kansas, the hot topic of debate was whether
or not the Hokies prepared for the game as much as they should have during the
month of December. The obvious answer was “no”. This year, Tech seems
to be taking the bowl game more seriously than a year ago, and everyone is
hoping it results in a different outcome.

Practice Time

Last year, Will wrote an article that outlined Tech’s bowl preparation in
comparison with that of Kansas. You can find that article here.
As you can see in the table in that article, Virginia Tech’s seniors only
practiced three times between the ACC Championship Game on December 1 and the
day they landed in Miami on December 28. As a result, Tech’s passing game —
which featured four senior receivers — went flat in the Orange Bowl.

If you’ll recall, Tyrod Taylor and Sean Glennon combined to go 14-of-31 for
171 yards, with one touchdown and three interceptions. The Tech wide receivers
didn’t exactly distinguish themselves either.

Wideouts in the
Orange Bowl
Player Receptions Yards
Justin Harper 4 64
Josh Morgan 3 30
Eddie Royal 1 11
Josh Hyman 1 4
Total 9 109