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  10/24/20 - Khalil HerbertrSr/2021, Virginia Tech, 5-09, 205 (DS#23 RB) + More +

  Kansas graduate transfer Khalil Herbert is averaging an FBS-best 148 yards rushing for Virginia Tech. Herbert had a 291-yard performance in 2017, but had just three 100-yard outings in 35 career games with Kansas. He's already had four with the Hokies and had 357 all-purpose yards – most in FBS this year – at Duke. - AP College Football

(DS#23 RB) rSr/2021 RB Khalil HerbertVirginia Tech
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  10/23/20 - Dorian StrongFr/2024, Virginia Tech, 6-0, 160 (DS#999 CB) + More +

  Tech freshman cornerback Dorian Strong has also played an unexpectedly key role in the secondary with the Hokies missing at least one scholarship corner in each of their first four games. Strong's first career start came in Week 2 when he was the only scholarship cornerback available. He was back in the starting lineup against Boston College with Jeramine Waller out of the lineup. The Maryland native went under the radar on the recruiting trail with his size - he's listed at 6-foot-0, 174-pounds - scaring most Power 5 teams off. The Hokies had no such reservations after seeing him play at one of their summer camps. Tech thought Strong would have time to develop coming into the season with All-ACC corners Caleb Farley and Jermaine Waller, but Farley opted out and Waller's lingering foot injury limited him throughout the season.

Strong, who has seven tackles (six solo) with a team-high three pass breakups, hasn't played like a typical freshman. "I think Dorian Strong is just a big-time player, and he works really hard at practice every day," Virginia Tech safety Divine Deablo said. "He's going to be big time. I already know. I can see it in his eyes. He comes to work and I think that has the biggest impact on him." Devin Taylor echoed Deablo's thoughts. "The biggest thing I see in him is just the confidence he has in himself," Taylor said. "He really has confidence in himself and like even in practice if he gets a ball caught on him he'll come back the next play and won't let it happen. He really just has a lot of confidence in himself really." - Roanoke Times


(DS#999 CB) Fr/2024 CB Dorian StrongVirginia Tech
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  Blackshear's modest numbers in the 40-14 win - three carries for 33 yards with a touchdown, one catch for 9 yards - paled in comparison to the ones put by Hooker (275 total yards and four touchdowns) and Khalil Herbert (200-plus all-purpose yards), but the touchdown run was the kind of explosive play he hasn't made yet this season. "He came back (to practice) the day before the N.C. State game and was limited, hurt his hamstring and didn't practice much the next week," Virginia Tech coach Justin Fuente said after the game. "He's kind of found his footing." The longest play from scrimmage for Blackshear going into Saturday's game was a 14-yard run in the opener. He had four carriers go for 10 or more yards in the first two games, but none last week against North Carolina. He had seven rushes of 20 yards or more in his first two years at Rutgers and five receptions of 25 yards or more.

"He keeps working hard," Herbert said. "That was just really good run by him, I just loved to see that. He made some guys miss, broke a couple tackles, and you seen his speed on the outside." Fuente still envisions Blackshear developing into a dual threat of sorts at running back and receiver. Blackshear had a history of success at Rutgers in the multi-faceted role - as a sophomore he was named honorable mention All-Big Ten with 1,136 all-purpose yards - but during his slow start has only played a limited number of snaps in the slot receiver role. He came into Saturday's game with 31 carries for 120 yards (3.9 yards per carry) and three catches for one yard. Blackshear's teammates believe it's only a matter of time before he's able to consistently put his full skill set on display. - Roanoke Times


(DS#13 RB) rJr/2022 RB Raheem BlackshearVirginia Tech
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  10/19/20 - Doug NesterSo/2023, Virginia Tech, 6-5, 315 (DS#2 OG) + More +

  OCT 19 ACC CO-OFFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK: Doug Nester, Virginia Tech, So., RG, Huntington, W. Va.,...Helped the Hokies rush for 350 yards in Saturday night's 40-14 win over Boston College, the team's third game of 300 or more yards on the ground in 2020...Virginia Tech averaged 8.5 yards per attempt versus Boston College...The offensive line allowed just a single sack against the Eagles. - Atlantic Coast Conference Football

(DS#2 OG) So/2023 OG Doug NesterVirginia Tech
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  OCT 19 ACC DEFENSIVE BACK OF THE WEEK: Chamarri Conner, Virginia Tech, Jr., NB, Jacksonville, Fla.,...Led the Hokies with 11 tackles in Saturday night's 40-14 win over Boston College...Registered a half-tackle for loss while breaking up a pass and forcing a quarterback hurry...Forced a fumble for the second time in his career, one of five turnovers created by the Virginia Tech defense. - Atlantic Coast Conference Football

(DS#16 SS) Jr/2022 SS Chamarri ConnerVirginia Tech
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  10/17/20 - Hendon HookerrJr/2022, Virginia Tech, 6-3, 228 (DS#19 QB) + More +

  Hendon Hooker ran for a career-high 164 yards and three touchdowns and threw for a score in Virginia Tech's victory over Boston College. Khalil Herbert added 143 yards rushing for the Hokies (3-1, 3-1 Atlantic Coast Conference). They ran for 350 yards in bouncing back from a road loss to North Carolina. Virginia Tech scored off of four of BC's five turnovers to pull away. The Eagles (3-2, 2-2) turned it over three times in the first half alone, with the most damaging coming when quarterback Phil Jurkovec overthrew an open Jaelen Gill deep in Virginia Tech territory. Devin Taylor intercepted the pass for the Hokies, and Hooker's 29-yard touchdown pass to Herbert made it 17-7. Boston College cut it to 17-14 on a touchdown pass from Jurkovec to Hunter Long with 7:11 left in the third quarter, but the Hokies scored the final 24 points – 17 of those off BC turnovers. - Virginia Tech/AP College Football

(DS#19 QB) rJr/2022 QB Hendon HookerVirginia Tech
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  10/17/20 - James MitchellJr/2022, Virginia Tech, 6-3, 252 (DS#7 TE) + More +

  Tech ran for 260 yards against a North Carolina team that allowed 108 rushing yards combined in the first two weeks. "He's becoming a really really good blocker just downfield, sealing edges," Tech running back Khalil Herbert said. "Makes it easy for me to run around. Shout out to the guys in the tight end room. They're doing a really great job." That was on display when Mitchell created the room Herbert, who leads all FBS running backs with 149.7 yards per game, needed on an 8-yard touchdown in the second quarter. Herbert bounced to the outside as Mitchell drove defensive back Ladaeson DeAndre Hollins back 5-yards from the line of scrimmage with an impressive pancake block. It was a play Mitchell might not have been able to make early in his career.

"I'm still learning as I go on about how to block and the right techniques, just being able to block well is something I really wanted to get better at for a long time," Mitchell said. It wasn't a skill he was required to use much at Union High School where he spent most of the time on offense with the ball in his hands. He said it was a "big transition" once he first got to Blacksburg, and it's still a point of emphasis two years later. "It's very important, being both is going to be the next step in my development as a tight end," Mitchell said. "It's something that coach (James) Shibest stressed to us tight end, we got to be able to be both. Before we got out and catch (the ball), we got to be able to block and help the run game. It's very important for me to continue to develop that part of my game." - Roanoke Times


(DS#7 TE) Jr/2022 TE James MitchellVirginia Tech
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  10/17/20 - Khalil HerbertrSr/2021, Virginia Tech, 5-09, 205 (DS#23 RB) + More +

  Former KU running back Khalil Herbert has proven to be a welcome addition for both the offense and special teams at Virginia Tech this year. Herbert, a graduate transfer who left KU four games into the 2019 season, currently leads all FBS players not only in rushing yards per game (149.7), but also all-purpose yardage (246.3 yards per game). Through the Hokies' first three games, Herbert is averaging 10.4 yards per carry on his 14.3 rushing attempts a game and has scored five touchdowns on the ground. Herbert has topped 100 rushing yards in all three VT games in 2020, matching the number of times he did so at KU during his three-plus years with the program. - Lawrence Journal World

(DS#23 RB) rSr/2021 RB Khalil HerbertVirginia Tech
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  The feel-good story of the Duke win, Matheny - a sophomore walk-on forced into action because of all the personnel losses in the secondary - had another big game in the loss to North Carolina. He led the team with 10 tackles playing rover, in place of the suspended Devon Hunter and the unavailable Keonta Jenkins, part of a rejiggered defensive backfield that also didn't have Divine Deablo. Matheny had played just a handful of snaps in his career, in last year's win over Old Dominion, before this season. He got the start against Duke and made seven tackles and his first career interception. - Richmond Times-Dispatch

(DS#999 SS) rSo/2023 SS Tyler MathenyVirginia Tech
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  10/05/20 - Khalil HerbertrSr/2021, Virginia Tech, 5-09, 205 (DS#23 RB) + More +

  OCT 5 ACC RUNNING BACK/SPECIALIST OF THE WEEK: Khalil Herbert, Virginia Tech, Gr., RB, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.,...Averaged more than 10 yards per carry in Saturday's 38-31 win at Duke, rushing for 207 yards and two touchdowns...The 207 yards stand as the seventh-highest single-game rushing total in Virginia Tech history...Also returned three kickoffs for 150 yards, including an 83-yard effort setting up a crucial touchdown for the Hokies...His 357 all-purpose yards marked a program record...Became the first Virginia Tech player with at least 100 yards rushing and 100 yards on kickoff returns in the same game. - Atlantic Coast Conference Football

(DS#23 RB) rSr/2021 RB Khalil HerbertVirginia Tech
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  10/05/20 - Khalil HerbertrSr/2021, Virginia Tech, 5-09, 205 (DS#23 RB) + More +

  Khalil Herbert seems to be feeling right at home at Virginia Tech, moving to the top of the national rushing chart with his stellar performance against Duke. Herbert carried 20 times for 208 yards and two touchdowns in the 38-31 win and entered this week averaging 156 per game. Herbert also had 150 kick return yards against Duke. His 358 all-purpose yards were a program record and the highest total in the nation this season. The 5-foot-9, 212-pound Herbert is playing his final season as a graduate transfer. He planned to redshirt at Kansas last season after Pooka Williams took the starting job from him following the second game. Herbert ultimately decided to leave and enrolled at Tech in January. He was productive in his 35 games with the Jayhawks. He ran for 291 yards against West Virginia in 2017 and for 187 against Boston College in 2019. - AP College Football

(DS#23 RB) rSr/2021 RB Khalil HerbertVirginia Tech
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  OCT 5 ACC CO-OFFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK: Christian Darrisaw, Virginia Tech, Jr., LT, Upper Marlboro, Md.,...Made his 24th consecutive start for the Hokies in Saturday night's win at Duke, helping Virginia Tech surpass 300 rushing yards in consecutive games for the first time since the 2002 season...The Hokies finished with 324 yards on the ground and four rushing TDs...The rushing attack alone registered 16 first downs while averaging 6.5 yards on 50 attempts. - Atlantic Coast Conference Football

(DS#2 OT) rJr/2022 OT Christian DarrisawVirginia Tech
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  OCT 5 ACC DEFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK: Emmanuel Belmar, Virginia Tech, Sr., DE, Suwanee, Ga.,...Registered a career-high three quarterback sacks for minus-17 yards in Saturday night's win at Duke...Keyed a Virginia Tech front that limited the Blue Devils to 139 rushing yards (3.8 yards per carry). - Atlantic Coast Conference Football

(DS#37 OLB) rSr/2021 OLB Emmanuel BelmarVirginia Tech
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  10/03/20 - Khalil HerbertrSr/2021, Virginia Tech, 5-09, 205 (DS#23 RB) + More +

  Khalil Herbert ran for 208 yards and two touchdowns, including a 60-yard score with 2:20 left, to help shorthanded Virginia Tech hold off Duke for a 38-31 win on Saturday. The Kansas graduate transfer's huge day included an 83-yard kickoff return that set up a short third-quarter scoring drive for the Hokies (2-0, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference). Herbert's other score was a 23-yard sprint around the left side to the end zone for a 31-21 lead with 9:58 left. Braxton Burmeister also scored on two keepers for Virginia Tech, which was down 21 players and two full-time coaches due to a combination of coronavirus and injury issues. The Hokies' defense also came up big by forcing a three-and-out after Burmeister lost a fumble to give Duke a chance for the lead with 4 1/2 minutes left. Herbert took care of the rest, breaking loose around the left side again for the 60-yarder for a 38-28 lead while cracking the 200-yard mark to essentially seal this one. Deon Jackson scored twice on the ground for the Blue Devils (0-4, 0-4), including when he shot up the middle for a 10-yard score that gave Duke a 14-10 lead with 11:27 left in the third. - Virginia Tech/AP College Football

(DS#23 RB) rSr/2021 RB Khalil HerbertVirginia Tech
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  Virginia Tech receiver Tayvion Robinson showed plenty of promise last season as a true freshman playing in the slot. He kicked off his sophomore year moving over a few steps to outside receiver in Saturday night's win over North Carolina State, but his talent was still clearly on display. He caught four passes for 40 yards with a touchdown. "They trusted me this year (on the outside), so just learning as I go," Robinson said in a virtual news conference with reporters on Tuesday. Robinson spent most of the team's truncated offseason working at the position. He said he had to "buckle down" in fall camp and learn how to handle press coverage, something he didn't see last year playing in the slot.

"It's completely different from slot because 99% of times you're getting press coverage compared to in the slot, you're getting the off, nickel," Robinson said. He beat press coverage on the touchdown he scored. Robinson lined up against N.C. State cornerback Malik Dunlap and to get in position to make the play had to fight his way free in the end zone to make the catch. "I was practicing all week on hand-to-hand combat, and specifically on that play I got the coverage I wanted," Robinson said. "Learning how to use my hands, fight with bigger DBs because I'm a shorter receiver. I'm learning, and Quincy threw a great ball, and I just made a play on it." - Roanoke Times


(DS#999 WR) So/2023 WR Tayvion RobinsonVirginia Tech
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