Now that we find ourselves at the end of yet another Virginia Tech football
season, it’s time to hand out some yearly awards. The Hokies had a number of
standouts that contributed to the program’s second straight ACC Championship. A
few stand out above all the others.
First, let’s take a look at the offensive side of the ball. Tech had a lot of
youth on offense this year, and the overall results weren’t always there, but we
saw enough out of some young freshmen to know that the future has potential.
Offensive Player of the Year
This one was easy for me. Tailback Darren Evans was Virginia Tech’s
most consistent offensive player this year, particularly down the stretch of the
season. He broke Virginia Tech’s freshman rushing record with 1,112 rushing
yards. That number also ranked second in the ACC.
Evans also broke the Tech single game rushing record with 253 yards against
Maryland. That’s two major school records for Evans in his first season. He is
just the 11th player in Virginia Tech history to rush for 1,000 yards in a season.
Like most good backs, Evans got stronger as the game went on. As he got more
experience, he got better. He had three 100 yard rushing games, and they all
came in the final five games of the season.
Offensive Newcomer of the Year
This award is given to a first time starter, and since Darren Evans already
won the Player of the Year honors, we’ll give this one to someone else. Danny
Coale was Virginia Tech’s most consistent wide receiver this year. He
started all 13 games, and led the team in catches with 32.
Coale also managed to break Virginia Tech’s freshman receiving record. His 32
catches topped Eddie Royal’s 28 receptions in 2004. Considering the Hokies have
six former wide receivers in the NFL right now, that’s a good start to a career.
If you’re wondering who Tech’s NFL receivers are, here is a list: David
Clowney, Andre Davis, Justin Harper, Josh Morgan, Eddie Royal and Ernest Wilford.
All are on an active roster except Harper, who is on Baltimore’s practice squad.
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