Today we’re going to take a look at one of Virginia Tech’s unsung heroes from the first half of the season: Nick Becton .
When a team is having a down season, the tendency becomes to focus on the negative things that are happening. When that happens, it’s easy to overlook guys who are playing well, particularly if they are at an unglamorous position such as offensive tackle. Today we’re going to right that wrong, and highlight Nick Becton ‘s play at the left tackle position.
Becton has played well in every game this season. Today we’re going to highlight his play against UNC. I picked 22 plays from that game to include in our highlight package, but honest, I could have selected almost all of his plays from that game. For the sake of time, I limited myself.
Check out these 22 plays. You’ll be impressed. Remember, Becton is the left tackle for the Hokies, and he wears #54.
Play 1: This play doesn’t work, but it’s not for lack of effort by Nick Becton . He manages to get past the defensive line and get a good block on the linebacker, taking him out of the play. It’s not easy for a lineman to get to the second level and get a good open field block against a smaller, quicker linebacker, but Becton makes it look easy.
Play 2: Get used to seeing plays like this. Becton plays with good leverage, and he moves his feet properly to stay in front of the defensive end.
Play 3: Becton sets up on the inside, and takes the defensive end right out of the play. Unfortunately David Wang gets driven two yards into the backfield to destroy any hopes of the play being successful.
Play 4: Picture perfect pass blocking from the left tackle position.
Play 5: Yet again, the defensive end can do nothing with Becton.
Play 6: Becton displays his athleticism as an offensive tackle, submarining the defensive player. Many of these plays highlighted in this collection don’t work, but it’s not because Nick Becton isn’t doing his job.
Play 7: On the quarterback sneak to the outside, Becton buries the defensive end, driving him to the inside and up the field. Thomas runs around Becton’s outside shoulder for the first down.
Play 8: On this touchdown pass to Marcus Davis, keep a close eye on...
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