A bust is a weighted term in today’s sports world. The term bust can sometimes be thrown around lightly or be applied to soon. It is usually only applied to professional sports, but collegiate athletics has its fair share of busts as well.
Frank Beamer has recruited a few busts during his tenure at Virginia Tech, but they are few and far between. The Hokies are known for making the most of the talent they recruit so coming up with a list of the five biggest busts in program history is difficult. A player isn’t only considered a bust for playing poorly on the field, injuries and off-the-field issues can also label a player a bust.
Four of the five players on this list fall into those last two categories, and the other simply never got a real chance.
The younger brother of Michael Vick is probably the biggest bust on this list. When he was recruited, he was touted as a better quarterback than Michael, but those expectations were never met. He was a good player for the Hokies on the field, but he showed himself to be immature time and again.
He had too many problems off the field to mention, plus two really bad on-the-field incidents. He flipped the bird to fans in a game at West Virginia (defensible to most Hokies), and he stomped on Louisville defender Elvis Dumervil in the 2006 Gator Bowl (indefensible).
After that act, he was dismissed from the team.
Glennon was Marcus Vick’s replacement who never really got a fair shake in Blacksburg.
He only had one season without every fan calling for the second-string quarterback. He replaced the king of Lane Stadium’s little brother and was eventually replaced by one of the greatest to play as a Hokie (Tyrod Taylor).
This isn’t to say that some of the criticisms of Glennon were unwarranted. He made some bad decisions in the pocket. It didn’t help that his little brother (Mike) was considered one of the best high school quarterbacks in the country.
Glennon is the only player on this list who didn’t have injury problems or off-the-field issues.
The next three players on this list are recent busts.
Journell was the third-best kicking recruit in the country coming out of high school. He was exceptionally accurate on the field but extraordinarily dumb off of it. He has been suspended indefinitely from the football team because he has been charged with a felony.
Journell was arrested for armed robbery in December. He and a friend attempted to rob VT basketball star Dorenzo Hudson and his roommate after a drug deal had gone wrong. A fight followed, and Journell and his friend were arrested.
The final two players on this list elicit a lot of sympathy from Hokie fans. Rivers was a highly touted linebacker recruit.
He started all 13 games in 2009, but due to injuries, he was only able to start three other games in his Hokie career. He eventually became Bruce Taylor’s backup, and he never saw the same amount of playing time again.
Rivers made the most of his one healthy year, recording 96 tackles and 6.5 tackles for loss.
Hill is another injury-plagued bust for the Hokies. Hill was finally able to contribute last year as the team’s nickelback, and he made the most of his chance.
He played well in 2011 with 34 tackles and one interception, but he was considered a very good recruit coming out of high school, and the fans expected more than one good year out of him.
Sadly, Hill never really became the player who he was expected to become.