The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly From The Hokies’ Loss to East Carolina

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Sep 13, 2014; Blacksburg, VA, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies wide receiver Isaiah Ford (1) celebrates with running back Travon McMillian (18) after a touchdown during the fourth quarter against the East Carolina Pirates at Lane Stadium. East Carolina defeated Virginia Tech 28-21. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

The Good

So how do you find the good in a game that was at sometimes hard to watch?  I will tell you, there were two good parts in my opinion.  The first good part of a rather depressing game was the “Freshman movement”.  The Hokies are extremely young at certain positions on the offensive side of the ball.  These freshman were a very vital part of the Hokie offense.

The three scores the Hokies had were all attributed to freshman.  Isaiah Ford had two touchdown catches and Cam Phillips accounted for the last Hokie score.  The freshman duo joined redshirt freshman Bucky Hodges as the favorite targets for Michael Brewer.

Ford, has proven himself from day one to be a playmaker.  Phillips has come along to contribute as of late, and with Joshua Stanford taking a leave of absence from the team, he will be counted on to make up the difference.  Hodges has been a very good receiver since the start of the year.

However, he was double teamed this past game and Brewer had a hard time figuring out how to get him the ball.  The running game was spearheaded by the freshman duo of Marshawn Williams and Shai Mckenzie.  Even if the running game never got on track these freshman give fans of the Hokies hope in the future.  All of these freshman will be counted on to make plays in the future and continue the “freshman movement” rise with the offense.

The second good thing that happened was the fact the Hokies never gave up.  Even being down 21 in the first quarter, you could see the Hokies continued to push forward.  This resilient attitude was impressive for such a young team.  The freshman on the team could have easily thrown in the towel and let the game get out of hand.

This is not the character of a team coached by Frank Beamer and Bud Foster.  The Hokies pushed hard and came back to tie the game up in the final minutes of the game.  Even if the Hokies didn’t get the result they were looking for they can take a slight moral victory in the effort they showed to pull themselves back into the game.