As BC prepares for their showdown with the Virginia Tech Hokies, we reached out to SBNation blogger Gobbler Country to talk about Frank Beamer, Michael Brewer and the vaunted Hokies defense.
BC Interruption: Last week VT had an epic battle with the Duke Blue Devils and eventually fell in 4OTs, talk a little about how your feel after that back and forth?
Gobbler Country: The Duke game was a real roller coaster. There was a genuine opportunity for Hokies to win that ballgame, but fell just short. The offense was brilliant in spurts. The Hokies had a drive in the 3rd quarter that featured over 20 plays, and was the longest in Frank Beamer's coaching career. The defense had some breakdowns in the running game, and the secondary gave up some big plays. The defense has had a hard time stopping the QB run up the middle, and Sirk was able to exploit the soft middle of the defense on first down. The clock mismanagement during the end of the fourth quarter was unforgivable. The idea that our kicker Joey Slye could connect on a 67 yard field goal was laughable.
BC Interruption: The QB situation has been something that has evolved as the season has progressed for the Hokies and the offense, and on Saturday Michael Brewer really showed up against Duke. What does he bring that the Hokies lacked under Brenden Motley?
Gobbler Country: Brenden Motley is known as a dual threat quarterback, but the reality is,he is predominantly a runner. At Christiansburg High School he never threw for more than 1000 yards per season. Brewer gives the Hokies the ability to utilize the entire Scott Loeffler playbook. Brewer has done a great job getting the ball into the hands of our playmakers. Bucky Hodges had 3 touchdown catches in last weeks' game, and Isaiah Ford continues a march to an All-ACC selection. Turnovers have always been Brewer's bugaboo, and so far this year he has done a much better job protecting the football.
BC Interruption: Obviously the loss of Kendall Fuller was a big blow for the Hokies defense. But there are stars up and down this roste with Dadi Nicholas and the other weapons Bud Foster has at his disposal. How do you expect to shut down BC's high flying offense?
Gobbler Country: Dadi Nicolas has been a bit of a dissapointment for us this year. He has had nagging hand injuries that just won't seem to heal. He has gotten pressure, just able to capitalize with sacks. Luther Maddy was also preseason All-ACC and has been off form. The defensive front has shown flashes of dominance, and at other times looked undersized and slow. Linebackers have had a rough go of it, but Andrew Motuapuaka has really progressed this season. The back end really feels the loss of Fuller, but Brandon Facyson has rebounded from an injury riddled 2014 to have a productive season.
BC Interruption: There have been a ton of coaching changes already this season in college football. How are Hokie fans feeling about the direction of the program, and do you think that Frank Beamer will return in 2016?
Gobbler Country: The whispers that began the season calling for a change have turned into a roar. It would really surprise me if Beamer is at A.C.C. media days next season.
BC Interruption: Alright prediction time, who you got?
Gobbler Country: This should be low scoring game. I'm not convinced the Hokies will be able to run the ball effectively against a very stout Eagles defense. Hokies 20 B.C. 17