The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly from the Hokies’ Loss to Boston College

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Nov 1, 2014; Blacksburg, VA, USA; Boston College Eagles quarterback Tyler Murphy (2) with the ball as Virginia Tech Hokies linebacker Andrew Motuapuaka (54) and safety Detrick Bonner (8) and cornerback Chuck Clark (19) defend in the third quarter at Lane Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

The Good

The Hokies had some good parts to their loss against the Eagles.  The first is the play of Sam Rogers.  Rogers is the best example of what hard work and determination will get you on the football field.  Rogers is a former walk-on and has earned not only a scholarship but every minute of playing time.  Rogers has a workman like attitude normally associated with the Hokie defense.

Rogers is bringing this attitude to the offense which is definitely something the Hokie offense needs.  All season long, Rogers has been an important part of what the Hokies try to do on the offensive end.  As the season has progressed, Rogers has had to step up more and more as injuries have mounted.  This past game, Rogers was a huge part of the offense.

Rogers amassed 70 yards receiving on only 4 catches.  Rogers also chipped in on the ground for 4 rushes.  Rogers’s catches were instrumental in keeping offensive drives alive as well as opening up other options in the passing game for Michael Brewer.  It will be important for the rest of the season for the offense to use Rogers and keep defenses on their toes.

Players on the offensive side of the ball were not the only players who stepped up and performed.  Andrew Motuapuaka and Deon Clarke starred for the defense.  Motuapuaka has stepped in for the injured Chase Williams and so far has been up the task.  Motuapuaka is young and makes some young player mistakes but he also makes some great plays.

Motuapuaka led the team in tackles with 14 and made several key tackles to keep plays from being huge plays.  Deon Clarke also chipped in with 8 tackles and 2.5 tackles for loss.  Clark,e like Motuapuaka, made several tackles that kept plays from becoming big plays.  Both are going to be depended on for the rest of the season as well as the upcoming seasons to anchor the defense and make big plays.