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Virginia Tech Football: Report Card Grades for Hokies Win Against Boston College

Justin CocchiolaCorrespondent IDecember 5, 2016

Virginia Tech Football: Report Card Grades for Hokies Win Against Boston College

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    Despite one hiccup this season, Virginia Tech is on a roll. The Hokies are 7-1 and again are atop the ACC's Coastal Division standings.

    Boston College came in as a large underdog, and after a slow first half, the Hokies were able to turn it on.

    It wasn't the best performance by Virginia Tech all season, but it was once again a step in the right direction.

    Here are Virginia Tech's report card grades in their win against Boston College.

Quarterback

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    Logan Thomas continues to impress. The redshirt sophomore started slow in the first half but finished the game completing 22 of his 36 passes for 268 yards and a touchdown. He added 60 yards rushing and along with another touchdown on the ground.

    Thomas has not only been progressing as a passer, but he's a very powerful changeup in the rushing game alongside David Wilson. His power and strength are hard to stop up the middle, and he has enough speed to make the defense miss.

    As long as Thomas keeps playing at this pace, the Hokies will continue to win.

    Grade: B

Running Backs

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    Eight games and seven 100-yard rushing performances by David Wilson. He now has 1,037 yards rushing and seven touchdowns on the season, and he added 134 yards to that total on Saturday.

    Wilson sparked a second-half surge for the Hokies in the third quarter with a 42-yard touchdown run that put the Hokies ahead for good. Wilson is the feature back and has proven that he's one of the best in the ACC and the country in 2011.

    Grade: A

Wide Receivers

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    Danny Coale continues to improve on his best season in Blacksburg and had eight catches for 118 yards against the Eagles. Boykin added five catches for 46 yards, and Marcus Davis caught another touchdown pass.

    Davis and D.J. Coles had struggled with drops early in the season, but they seem to be coming in to their own. The Hokies will need Coles and Davis to continue their strong play for the Hokies to repeat as ACC champions.

    Grade: A

Offensive Line

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    The offensive line had a better second half than first half. Thomas was on his back more times than the coaching staff probably cared for against Boston College, and it's something that will be brought up in practice this week.

    Look for this group to rebound against Duke and have a better showing.

    Grade: C

Defensive Line

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    The Hokies' defensive line had a dominating performance in the first half when they held Boston College to only one yard rushing. They did a good job of pressuring Chase Rettig all game and once again came over a few injuries throughout the game.

    James Gayle started but aggravated his ankle and sat out the rest of the game. His status is uncertain moving forward.

    Grade: B

Linebackers

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    The Hokies' defense got a scare when star linebacker Bruce Taylor left with an injury, but it seems like he'll be okay moving forward.

    Before he Taylor left with the injury, he recorded two more sacks on the season and was leading an impressive pass rush put on by the Hokies.

    Alonzo Tweedy and Tariq Edwards also had a strong showing on the defense's strongest unit.

    Grade: B+

Secondary

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    The secondary did a better job of not giving up the "big play" against the Eagles, and freshman Detrick Bonner did a nice job once again of filling in for injured star cornerback Jayron Hosley.

    Antone Exum had the best performance of this group, recording seven tackles, forcing a fumble and recording three pass breakups.

    Grade: B

Special Teams

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    Despite one punt that went about nine yards, Michael Branthover had a decent day.

    Coverage on the punt team needs to get better as the Hokies have struggled to open up holes for the return man so far this season.

    Kicker Cody Journell had a strong showing by making all three of his field goal attempts. It was a better showing for the Hokies' special teams, but there's still plenty of room for improvement.

    Grade: B-

Coaching

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    Bud Foster continues to field a very young, strong and athletic defense despite all of the injuries he's had to deal with in recent weeks.

    Frank Beamer has this team moving in the right direction, and he just needs to make sure they keep their focus. They go on the road to Duke next week and then have their first bye of the season.

    After the bye, the Hokies go on the road to take on Georgia Tech on a Thursday night. That game should be the deciding factor as to whether or not the Hokies will make it to another ACC Championship game.

Intangibles

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    The Hokies have shown a lot of toughness throughout the season. A young team easily could have folded after such an embarrassing loss to Clemson at home, but they got infinitely stronger the very next week.

    The coaching staff has done a great job of managing Logan Thomas through his first eight starts, and it's obvious he's the right guy for the job. The coaches have also been able to handle whatever injury is thrown their way, especially on the defensive side of the ball.

    This team has a good mix of young and old players, and that mix should carry them to an eighth straight 10-win season and the chance to repeat as ACC champions in 2011.

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