Virginia Tech Football: 10 Interesting Stats from 2011
The regular season is officially over in the ACC, but the Hokies are in traditional territory. Virginia Tech has officially won the Coastal Division after pitching a shutout against arch-rival Virginia.
Frank Beamer and the Hokies have had a great 2011 season up to this point. The only blemish on the season was the 23-3 loss to Clemson in Blacksburg.
Virginia Tech will face the Tigers again this week, and the Hokies will be out for blood.
If the Hokies can defeat Clemson on Saturday then they might have a chance to play in the BCS national championship. There is no doubt that this is one of the greatest seasons in Hokies history, now that they are 11-1.
The following is a list of 10 statistics every fan should know about the VT 2011 regular season.
Jayron Hosley Only Has Three Interceptions
Hosley was an All-American last season for the Hokies.
The cornerback led the nation with nine interceptions during the 2010 campaign.
That success hasn’t carried over to 2011 as the Hokies would have liked.
That isn’t to say that he hasn’t been a very good player for the Hokies, but he hasn’t been great like last year.
He only has three interceptions in 2011. This isn’t totally his fault—he was nursing a hamstring injury for a large portion of the season, and he was going through a position change.
Hosley was the field corner last season, which put him in a lot more zone coverages. He is now the boundary corner, which requires him to play more man-to-man.
The cornerback may leave after this season, but he could drastically help his draft stock if he comes back and has a 2009 renaissance season in 2012.
Zero Defensive or Special Teams Touchdowns
“Beamer ball” is a term that gets thrown around a lot, but many people don’t know the actual definition.
The term means scoring in all three phases of the game—offense, defense and special teams.
The Hokies may be a Top Five team, but the term “Beamer ball” can’t really be used this year.
Virginia Tech hasn’t been able to score a single touchdown on defense or special teams (via return).
It is a stat that many Hokies fans take for granted. It is simply assumed that the defense and special teams will score multiple times in a season.
That hasn’t been the case this season, but the offense has picked up the slack.
The special teams have been lackluster this season, but they have a Top 10 defense. The defense is a big reason that Virginia Tech is 11-1 this season despite the lack of touchdowns.
Three Defensive Starters out for Season
Antoine Hopkins, Bruce Taylor and Jayron Gouveia-Winslow came into this season as three of the best four defensive players for the Hokies.
They all suffered season-ending injuries in the first half of the season.
Hopkins tore his ACL, and both Taylor and Winslow suffered Lisfranc sprains in their feet.
These three were supposed to be leaders for this unit, but they have had to be leaders from the sideline.
The fact that defense has been so good despite these injuries is a tribute to Bud Foster and his players.
These three players were the only starters sidelined for the season, but there were many more injuries to defenders like Jayron Hosley and Alonzo Tweedy that occurred during ACC play.
Top 5 Ranking
The Hokies are currently ranked No. 5 in the BCS (much to the dismay of Kirk Herbstreit), but this is the first time that Frank Beamer’s team has reached this high of a watermark since 2007.
The Hokies were ranked No. 3 in the BCS after the regular season in 2007.
While some people may not be happy with the Hokies' ranking, the fact remains that Virginia Tech is 11-1 this season.
It is the second time that the Hokies have reached 11 wins during the regular season (ACC Championship games not included).
The Hokies success can be attributed to the defense and the offense led by Logan Thomas. Which leads us to…
Logan Thomas 10 Rushing TDs
Thomas began the season over-hyped and outmatched.
He was under intense scrutiny early in the season.
A lot was made of Thomas’ play against Clemson (a game the Hokies lost by a score of 23-3).
The poor play on third downs and inability to get in the end zone were big talking points around Hokie Nation.
Thomas answered the call and has had an excellent second half of the season.
A lot of his success can be attributed to his running ability. He has rushed for 10 touchdowns this season.
That is the most rushing touchdowns for a Hokie QB during the Frank Beamer era (Michael Vick included).
The only Hokie quarterback to run for more touchdowns then Thomas is current Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Bruce Arians.
David Wilson's Ground Game
David Wilson has quietly been one of the best running backs in the nation.
He hasn’t gotten much Heisman hype, but a lot of that has to do with a lack of touchdowns (more on that later).
Wilson has now rushed for 1,595 yards, and he is currently on pace to break Ryan Williams' Virginia Tech single-season rushing record.
If Wilson does break the record, there is a good chance that he will leave for the NFL—but if he comes back, he could have Hokies fans saying “Ryan who?”
Wilson has been everything the Hokies could have asked for. He has 10 100-yard rushing games this season and may be the biggest reason that Virginia Tech is 11-1 this season.
David Wilson's Touchdown Production
Wilson had a great year in terms of touchdown production last season.
He led the team with 11 trips to the end zone (rushing, returning, receiving).
He did this while being the third-string running back.
Wilson’s 2011 has been brilliant in terms of yardage, but just better than average when it comes to touchdowns.
Wilson has only been able to score nine times this season, and one of those was a reception.
This is the main reason why Wilson isn’t being discussed more for the Heisman Trophy. If Wilson decides to return for his senior year, there is a good chance that he will be considered a Heisman favorite in 2012.
Hokies Are 8-0 Against Wahoos as ACC Foes
Virginia Tech dismantled the Virginia Cavaliers on Saturday. They shut out the Cavaliers by a score of 38-0.
This was the eighth straight victory against the Wahoos.
Virginia hasn’t beaten the Hokies since 2003, which coincidentally was Virginia Tech’s last year in the Big East.
The Hokies have dominated the ACC since joining in 2004 and have done the same to the Cavaliers.
Virginia is turning it around in Charlottesville, but they had no chance at winning this game.
Hokies Road Win Streak
Virginia Tech has won 14 consecutive true road games.
That streak is the longest active streak in the FBS.
Let’s put this in perspective—the Hokies haven’t lost a road game in more than two years.
The last road game they lost was in 2009 against Georgia Tech.
Frank Beamer’s squad has been good at home, but they are unbeatable on the road.
Don’t believe me? Just ask the rest of the ACC.
Beamer Becomes Winningest Active Coach in FBS
The Penn State scandal was awful—there is no denying that—but it made Frank Beamer the winningest active head coach in the FBS.
Joe Paterno was the leader, but now that he is retired, Frank is now No. 1.
This season is Beamer’s 25th at his alma mater. He is the greatest and most successful coach in Virginia Tech history.
There is only one honor that is not on his resume—a national championship.
The Hokies have an outside shot at the BCS National Championship game this year, but their inclusion is unlikely.
No matter what happens during the rest of the season, the Hokies have BCS potential next year.