In this weekly series on Fighting Gobbler, we discuss five players who had standout performances from the previous week.
Here are this week’s standouts from the Hokies 64-17 win over East Carolina.
Josh Jackson– Jackson continues to improve weekly. His outstanding passer rating has earned him his second ACC Rookie of the Week accolade. His dual-threat air and ground skills and staggering numbers have surpassed the expectations of most. Jackson was 24-31 for 372 yards with five touchdowns and zero interceptions. His skill set continues to develop as he is exposed to more game scenarios. Jackson is quickly becoming a force in the ACC.
Cam Phillips– The current leader in the FBS for receiving yards has earned ACC Player of the Week Honors as well. Phillips led the team with a record-breaking 14 catches and 189 yards along with three touchdowns. His experience and consistency have made him Jackson’s number one target.
Travon McMillian– McMillian has been hot and cold for the Hokies. After his breakout 1043 yard season in 2015, McMillian has struggled to stay consistent on the ground. McMillian’s 72 yards and touchdown have given him the chance to reestablish himself as a leader in the backfield and work toward another 1000+ yard season.
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Joey Slye– Slye now holds the record for field goals, passing Shayne Graham, with 69. The senior, despite a shaky start to the season, continues to be reliable on the programs revered special teams unit. With two-thirds of the season to go and a likely postseason game, Sly has the chance to continue to write the record books and gain attention from professional scouts.
Greg Stroman– Stroman has been the Hokies’ man at returner for a while, with his role at corner sometimes being overshadowed. However, following the unexpected Adonis Alexander suspension, Stroman reminded everyone that he can shut down receivers as well. His consistent coverage and interception showed his experience, calming many fans who were on edge. With Alexander’s suspension extended another week, Stroman will have another chance to lead the underclassmen by example, and continue to be a dominant force in the defensive backfield.