Nov 9, 2013; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies wide receiver Willie Byrn (82) fumbles the ball as Miami Hurricanes defensive back Ladarius Gunter (37) pursues in the third quarter at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports
Look ahead to Miami
The Hokies have the second of back-to-back Thursday night games this week against the Miami Hurricanes The Hurricanes, like the Hokies, are young and talented. But their youth could be a huge downfall as there is no place like Blacksburg on a Thursday night under the lights.
The Hokies will need to feed off a surely packed crowd to get the game off to a good start. The Hokies will hopefully have their workhorse back healthy and ready to run. With Marshawn Williams back, the Hokie offense should get back to normal.
The defense will be without their leading tackler in Chase Williams. Williams is more than just the leading tackler, he is the defensive quarterback, calling out plays and making adjustments at the line. Losing Chase is a definite problem, however, the Hokie defense has a next man up mentality and I’m sure Andrew Motuapuaka will be more than capable of filling in.
Motuapuaka and the rest of the defense will be challenged as Miami is very fast at the skill positions. Tackling will be a point of emphasis, as failing to get a Hurricane player to the ground could result in watching him score. I know one thing, Thursday night will be a great game and a great atmosphere. It is up to the Hokies to take advantage of the opportunities they get and send all the fans home with a smile on their faces.
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