The Virginia Tech football program is mired in its worst season in nearly two decades. At 4-6, the struggling Hokies must win their last two games to become bowl eligible and extend Frank Beamer’s streak to 20 straight bowl appearances.
Tech is coming off their third straight loss and have lost five of their last six games. They’ll need to beat Boston College (1-5, 2-8) on Saturday in Chestnut Hill. If the Hokies can pull off that win, they’ll return home on Nov. 24 to face a UVA team that has won two ACC games in a row.
If they manage to win their last two games, the Hokies will finish the regular season at 6-6 and will be bowl eligible. With that in mind, Beamer met with the press today to talk about a range of topics from wide receiver blocking, or lack thereof, and red zone offensive zoes, to who will take Michael Cole’s place in the secondary.
The first question asked of Beamer was about an unflattering video posted of wide receiver Marcus Davis’ blocking during the FSU game.
Question: Frank, did you see the video that was posted yesterday of Marcus Davis blocking, I guess not blocking, against Florida State, that kinda drew some headlines nationally? What was your reaction to it? Did you talk to him about it? What were your thoughts on it?
Beamer: I think each and every week you evaluate people on their performance, the consistency of their performance. And I can tell you that’s the way it’s always been in our program, and the people who gives us the consistency in their performance, that’s who’s going to be on the field.
Beamer on Logan Thomas:
Well I think we gotta continue to improve around him. I’ve said it a bunch of times, but consistency around him would help Logan. And that, to me, you know, I mean he’s had some throws that he’d like to have back, a couple of decisions he’d like to have back, but anybody that’s played the game would have that.
Beamer on the last three losses:
I think in the last three losses to Clemson, Miami and Florida State we’ve average 404 yards and the other teams have averaged like 317 or 318, but it just goes back to turnovers and consistent play. I think we’ve gotten better, but we’re not where we need to be.
Beamer on Saturday’s opponent, Boston College and it’s defense:
They’re extremely well coached. They’ve got tough guys. Like you said, they keep everything in front of them and they’ll give you a few yards, but it’s hard getting big yards.
Beamer on Spaziani’s future at BC:
Well I’m worried about Virginia Tech. We need to play better and more consistent. Coach Spaziani, I wouldn’t want to comment about his situation other than I think he’s a good coach, good person, like him a lot and that’s the way I feel about him.
Beamer on team’s motivation level:
I think we gotta have a great week of practice. We talked about it as a coaching staff; we talked about it as a team; and as we’ve had disappointment, that’s life. We gotta come back and how you come back from disappointment tells you a lot about who you are and that’s where we are. I don’t like the disappointments we’ve had, but I’d feel great about this team, I’d feel really good about this team, if we can come back and get to a bowl. I think it says something when you’ve had disappointment and you haven’t been as successful as you’d like to be, to not give in and keep fighting and keep getting’ after it and I think that’s what we plan on as a football team… got to.
Beamer on BC’s struggling running game:
Well they’ve had a couple of running backs who’ve been hurt and I think they moved a guy in there last week that’d been playing on defense. I think it kinda gets back to personnel. I do think they had a couple of good runs against Notre Dame and I think they can throw the ball around. They’ve got a couple of receivers with a lot of catches and I think the QB’s improved in his throwing. What I’m concerned about right now is that Virginia Tech plays and we function and we play with some consistency.
Beamer on the Hokies’ struggling red zone offense (2 for last 8):
I think you go back to the last one against Florida State and if we get alignment blocking on the third down play, and there’s no reason he shouldn’t and I think we probably go in the end zone and didn’t really want to go in the end zone, just wanted to get a first down and then take some time off the clock, but I think probably go in the end zone. To me it’s execution and that’s the name of the game.
You know, we drop a pass down at Miami in the end zone. If we catch that pass, it’s a touchdown, so again, I think it’s execution.
Beamer on team needing motivation, playing for Michael Cole:
As you could see on the field, there was a lot of care and concern for Michael from our football team. A great, great kid and great effort and this program means a lot to him and all those things.
Desmond Frye, we’re going to get him in there and get him going. He’s been pretty good, been very good, really, on special teams. He’s got a lot of ability, so I expect he’s going to get some playing time.
Beamer on importance of WR blocking:
Well, there’s no question, if you can get it started then your wide receiver blocking is critical for the long play. If you’ve got a five-yard gain, it can turn into a 25-yard gain, so there’s no question about the importance of your wide receivers blocking.
Beamer on clock management at the end of the FSU game:
Initially, you just want to keep the rhythm going. I thought we had them on the run and things are going good and if we could’ve picked up that first down and we call a time out with one second on the third down play, and I wanted to do that and then was talking to Mike (O’Cain) and it ended up Logan did that, which took some time off. And then if we could’ve gotten the first down then I think you take off as much as you can take off. If you can get the clock down and even kick a field goal, you’d be in good shape.