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Virginia Tech Hokies vs Miami Hurricanes 10/20/2016

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Virginia Tech Hokies vs Miami Hurricanes 10/20/2016

Virginia Tech Hokies vs Miami Hurricanes

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Lane Stadium/Blacksburg, VA

Score:  Virginia Tech (37), Miami  (16)

Notable Prospects Entering the Contest

Virginia Tech Offense

Bucky Hodges, TE/WR, Junior:  Given Hodges massive catch radius, secure hands and ability to establish body positioning and leverage, he was a nightmare matchup for Miami to matchup with. Hodges hauled in 7 passes for 66 yards and 2 TD’s while repeatedly bodying opponents and making plays. Hodges had an impressive catch when he ran a slant pass and the QB threw the ball behind him to avoid leading him into contact and Hodges was able to rotate his torso and make the reception working back across his momentum. Hodges has major pass-catching upside. Stock:  Up

Isaiah Ford, WR, Junior:  It’s clear that Ford is a twitched up athlete with explosive movement skills. It was a bit of a challenge getting Ford involved in the contest as Miami CB Corn Elder shadowed him for the most part and held him in check. The Hokies did manufacture some touches in the 2nd half to Ford as he finished with 46 yards on 4 catches. Ford’s most impressive moment was when he elevated to a pass and stretched his arms over his head to secure a reception. Stock:  Same

Virginia Tech Defense

Brandon Facyson, CB, Junior:  Facyson showed good coverage skills in the contest where he remained within the frame of his opponent and showed good movement skills. He was tested vertically on two occasions. The first rep, Facyson demonstrated ideal physicality and pinned the route against the sideline resulting in an incompletion. In the other, Facyson slipped in his break when driving on the football which lead to a sizeable gain. Stock:  Same

Miami Offense

Brad Kaaya, QB, Junior:  Kaaya was able to hit 2 vertical passes on blown coverage and the Canes were able to manufacture some easy completions but for the majority of the contest, Kaaya looked confused and slow to process. His game lacked ideal efficiency and rhythm. Part of that was due to the Hokies generating 8 sacks but Kaaya didn’t get the ball out quickly and failed to show subtle movement skills in the pocket. His interception was a poor decision to force the ball into double coverage (high/low).  Kaaya should pump the brakes on considering the NFL and focus on another year with Coach Richt and improving. Stock:  Down

Stacy Coley, WR, Senior:  In the past when watching Coley I have always seen him work the field vertically. This contest was a bit different where Coley primarily functioned in the short to intermediate areas where he was able to have success as a route-runner and attacking the football. Coley finished with 5 receptions for 49 yards and many of the catches were in contested situations where he fought through contact to make the play. Stock:  Same

Defense

Rayshawn Jenkins, S, Senior:  Jenkins was only to play about half the game before suffering a lower leg injury that didn’t look good. Prior to departing, Jenkins was active in run support and a made a few plays where his angle was terrific and finished well. When he left the game it seems the Hurricanes secondary began having communication deficiencies and a few blown coverages. Stock:  Same

Corn Elder, CB, Senior:  Elder did a terrific job holding Isaiah Ford in check while also doing a terrific job breaking on two balls thrown his way to disrupt at the catch point. Elder continues to show plus click and close ability and physicality that exceeds expectations given his size. He has good route anticipation and plays aggressive. Stock:  Same

Other Players that Flashed

Woody Baron, DT, VA Tech, Senior:  Baron had an incredibly active and disruptive game as he tallied 6 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks and 2 QB hurries. His quickness and effort on the inside was overwhelming for the Miami interior offensive line.

Sam Rogers, FB, VA Tech, Senior:  Rogers was a playmaker for the Hokies as he threw a 13-yard TD pass and produced 72 receiving yards on 2 receptions. He showed surprising athletic ability and came through when his name was called.

Best Players on the Field

Bucky Hodges, TE Virginia Tech

Joe Marino

Joe Marino is the Assistant Director of NDT Scouting and co-host of the Draft Dudes Podcast. Marino began his career as the Assistant Editor for USA Today Digital Properties Draft Sites Network in 2011.

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