The Virginia Tech Hokies were shocked by the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 30-20 in front of a sold-out Lane Stadium that was ready to celebrate the team’s first ACC Coastal title since 2011. Instead, the Hokies will now need to beat Virginia to win the ACC Coastal and while Virginia Tech will still be heavy favorites to do that, the loss still is quite disappointing.
However, there were some players who had solid games so with that said, here are our Hokies of the Game.
Offensive Hokies of the Game: Isaiah Ford and Cam Phillips
There weren’t a lot of bright spots but two players stood out enough to split this week’s award with wide receivers Isaiah Ford and Cam Phillips.
Isaiah Ford did have one drop that made this quite close but the star junior wide receiver was great otherwise with 8 catches for 85 yards and a touchdowns with Ford now owning Virginia Tech’s all-time reception record thanks to those 8 catches after needing only 4 to break it. Ford’s drop was surprising but the junior was otherwise outstanding as usual and you have to wonder how big of a year Ford could be having if Jerod Evans was more accurate with his deep balls.
Meanwhile, Cam Phillips was once again reliable as the junior from Maryland had 10 catches for 82 yards with Phillips being consistent for Jerod Evans even when some other players struggled. Phillips has a new career high in receiving yards and is 4 catches away from a career high in catches while the junior could have a chance at breaking Isaiah Ford’s reception record if Ford decides to leave early for the 2017 NFL Draft.
Ford and Phillips have been critical to helping rebuild Virginia Tech’s receiving corps from all the way back in 2014 when Virginia Tech had been down to the reliable slot guy, Willie Byrn. Ford and Phillips have been a big reason for Virginia Tech’s offensive breakthrough this year with an offensive coaching staff that takes advantage of both of their skill sets effectively especially Phillips.
Defensive Hokie of the Game: Woody Baron
There weren’t many positives on the defensive side overall as a lot of players had average games but one player stood out once again in senior defensive tackle Woody Baron.
Baron continues to be a star on the Hokies’ defense after having 10 tackles and 3 tackles for loss in hat was another solid game for the senior though he wasn’t perfect with Georgia Tech getting some effective fullback dives even when Baron was in the game. However, the senior DT continues to play well and is up to 46 tackles, 16 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, 4 QB hurries, and 1 fumble recovery in what has been a great senior season from Baron.
Baron has played well enough to receive serious consideration to make the All-ACC First Team and no one should be surprise if the senior receives that recognition. Baron is also emerging as Virginia Tech’s best defensive lineman instead of Ken Ekanem which is due in part to Ekanem’s injuries but also to Baron’s impressive senior season.
Congrats to Isaiah Ford, Cam Phillips, and Woody Baron on being our Hokies of the Game this week.
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