Jeron Gouveia-Winslow was outstanding. After he missed much of last season due to injury, many fans were questioning if Foster should start. In the past, Winslow struggled against both the run and the pass. Not tonight.
Foster did an outstanding job putting Winslow in the position to make plays. Winslow is a smart player. It takes discipline against an offense like Georgia Tech, and Winslow showed patience. But with that patience, Winslow was still aggressive. If he plays like this over the course of the season, this defense will be dominant.
Bruce Taylor, the Hokies’ outstanding middle linebacker was quiet for much of the night. He didn’t play badly but was overshadowed by Winslow and Jack Tyler. Taylor was playing in Tariq Edwards’ position for much of the night while Tyler filled in for Taylor.
As great players do, Taylor made the defensive play of the game for the Hokies. As Tevin Washington rolled out to pass in overtime, Taylor applied the pressure, forcing Washington to release the ball early leading to a Kyle Fuller interception. That essentially wrapped up the game for the Hokies.
Tyler is the unsung hero of this Hokies defense. Tyler, a junior, may not look the part, but he is an outstanding player. He knows where to be, and for what he lacks in athleticism, he makes up for it by always being in right place.
He made several key stops tonight, including one on Washington that forced a fourth down. Tyler was not embarrassed in the open field by the elusive Georgia Tech quarterback.
Overall grade: A-