#12 Virginia Tech Hokies @ #8 Miami Hurricanes
Hard Rock Stadium – Miami, FL
#12 Virginia Tech Hokies (10) – #8 Miami Hurricanes (28)
Virginia Tech’s LB Tremaine Edmunds has 1st round athleticism
I smell a first round prospect when I watch the tape of Tremaine Edmunds. Standing at 6’5” 250 lbs., his natural athleticism jumps off the tape. His speed flows him from sideline to sideline covering outside runs. He uses his hands and arm length to maintain separation from blockers as he pursues the ball carrier. During one outside zone run, he held off two blockers with one arm to create a wall in front of the ball carrier before tackling him for no gain.
Edmunds’ frame and playing style reminds me of Jaylon Smith of the Dallas Cowboys. However, Edmunds stands at least 2 inches taller than Smith, has a longer wing span to protect against blockers and, has the speed to stay intact to a slot receiver’s go route. He also displayed upper body bend while rushing the edge. I was very impressed with Edmunds’ versatility throughout this game. He did not have the amount of impact on the game that could change the outcome.
Nonetheless, his traits jump off tape and I anticipate his athleticism will have NFL teams salivating after the combine.
Miami’s Malik Rosier’s QB style resembles Russel Wilson
Rosier ran for 84 yards including 1 TD while also contributing 2 TD passes this game. Throughout this game, I kept seeing flashes of Russel Wilson in Malik Rosier. Rosier routinely understood when the defense was susceptible to him running during a pass and gained chunks of yards. Rosier also quickly diagnosed the defensive coverage to pass swiftly through tight windows.
During a RB screen pass, he side armed the pass to slide the pass through the cracks of the attacking defensive linemen to convert a crucial first down. Passes like these show a Russel Wilson like ability to quickly dissect the situation around him before swiftly reacting. Rosier’s 3 interceptions this game was unacceptable. However, before this game, Rosier had only thrown 4 total interceptions.
The key scouting trait will be how does he respond next week after a 3-interception performance. Either way, Rosier’s natural instincts may make him the Baker Mayfield of next year’s draft class.
Miami’s LB Shaq Quarterman makes his presence felt
Standing at 6’1” and 240 lbs., Shaq Quarterman is far from the size of Shaquille O’Neal but he is more than equipped to handle the middle of the defense. As a freshman, he earned Freshman All-American honors after starting all 13 games and finishing second on the team with 84 tackles. Quarterman brings the tough Hurricane mentality of the 80’s to his game and forces opponents to recognize his presence when they encounter him. He constantly threw his shoulder into blockers to stun them before bouncing off into pursuit of the ball carrier.
There were also times when he showed amazing LB instincts to read the play before the offensive lineman had an opportunity to gain an angle on his block. For instance, Quarterman sniffed out the RB screen pass during a 3rd and long and flew pass the offensive lineman to knock down the RB before the QB even threw the pass. Quarterman displayed natural LB instincts, constantly flew around the field in urgent pursuit, and enforced himself at the point of attack. Shaq Quarterman will be one of the top LB prospect for next season.
Virginia Tech’s DB Adonis Alexander can run stride for stride down field
Miami continually attacked Alexander down the field until Alexander’s hamstring pulled late in the 4th quarter covering a deep post route. At first review, the obvious concern of Alexander was the multiple pass interference penalties he committed. During these penalties, he was always in position to make a play on the pass but failed to turn his head around and got handsy with the WR late in the route.
However, at 6’3” he ran extremely well to cover the multitude of deep routes Miami attacked him with the entire game. Against each deep pass attempt, Alexander was right in the hip of the WR and ran with him stride for stride. The one time he got his head around to have a clear view of the pass, he easily jumped at the last second to intercept the pass before the WR had a chance to catch it over his shoulder.
As a junior, he has the athletic ability to declare after this season. However, he may want to show improvement in his consistency of whipping his head around to become the ball hawk his potential shows.