2007 Virginia Tech Hokies football team

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2007 Virginia Tech Hokies football
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ACC Champions
ACC Coastal Division Champions
Orange Bowl, L 24-21 vs. Kansas
Conference Atlantic Coast Conference (Coastal)
Ranking
Coaches #9
AP #9
2007 record 11-3 (7-1 ACC)
Head coach Frank Beamer
Offensive coordinator Bryan Stinespring
Offensive scheme Pro Style
Defensive coordinator Bud Foster
Base defense 4-3
Home stadium Lane Stadium
(c. 66,233, grass)
Seasons
« 2006 2008 »
2007 ACC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Atlantic
#10 Boston College x   6 2         11 3  
#21 Clemson   5 3         9 4  
Wake Forest   5 3         9 4  
Florida State   4 4         7 6  
Maryland   3 5         6 7  
NC State   3 5         5 7  
Coastal
#9 Virginia Tech x   7 1         11 3  
Virginia   6 2         9 4  
Georgia Tech   4 4         7 6  
North Carolina   3 5         4 8  
Miami   2 6         5 7  
Duke   0 8         1 11  

Championship: Virginia Tech 30, Boston College 16
† – BCS representative as champion
‡ – BCS at-large representative
x – Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2007 Virginia Tech Hokies football team represented Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University during the 2007 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The team's head coach was Frank Beamer.

The Hokies entered the season returning nine starters on offense and eight on defense, including All-American cornerback Brandon Flowers,[1] from a 2006 team that went 10-3 and finished second in the ACC's Coastal Division behind Georgia Tech.

After the Virginia Tech massacre claimed the lives of 32 students and faculty members on Monday, April 16, 2007, the remainder of spring practice was canceled. The Hokies had been scheduled to hold two more practices in addition to a spring game on Saturday.[2] As a special tribute, ESPN's College Gameday program broadcast from Blacksburg for the Hokies' opening game against East Carolina.[3]

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 1 12:00 p.m. East Carolina* #9 Lane StadiumBlacksburg, VA ESPN W 17-7   66,233[4]
September 8 9:15 p.m. at #2 LSU* #9 Tiger StadiumBaton Rouge, LA ESPN L 7-48   92,739[4]
September 15 1:30 p.m. Ohio* #19 Lane Stadium • Blacksburg, VA ESPN360 W 28-7   66,233[4]
September 22 1:30 pm William & Mary* #17 Lane Stadium • Blacksburg, VA ACC Select W 44-3   66,233[4]
September 29 12:00 p.m. North Carolinadagger #14 Lane Stadium • Blacksburg, VA LFS W 17-10   66,233[4]
October 6 6:00 p.m. at #22 Clemson #14 Memorial StadiumClemson, SC ESPN W 41-23   82,047[4]
October 13 12:00 pm at Duke #10 Wallace Wade StadiumDurham, NC LFS W 43-14   23,691[4]
October 25 7:45 p.m. #2 Boston College #9 Lane Stadium • Blacksburg, VA ESPN L 10-14   66,233[4]
November 1 7:45 p.m. at Georgia Tech #13 Bobby Dodd StadiumAtlanta, GA ESPN W 27-3   52,202[4]
November 10 3:30 p.m. Florida State #11 Lane Stadium • Blacksburg, VA ABC W 40-21   66,233[4]
November 17 3:30 p.m. Miami (FL) #10 Lane Stadium • Blacksburg, VA ABC W 44-14   66,233[4]
November 24 12:00 p.m. at #16 Virginia #8 Scott StadiumCharlottesville, VA (Commonwealth Cup) ESPN W 33-21   61,711[4]
December 1 1:00 p.m. vs. #12 Boston College #5 Jacksonville Municipal StadiumJacksonville, FL (ACC Championship Game) ABC W 30-16   53,212[4]
January 3 8:00 p.m. vs. #8 Kansas #3 Dolphin StadiumMiami, FL (Orange Bowl) FOX L 21-24   74,111[4]
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

Personnel[edit]

Coaching staff[edit]

Position Name First year at VT First year in current position
Head Coach Frank Beamer 1987 1987
Associate Head Coach and Running Backs Coach Billy Hite 1978 2001
Offensive Coordinator and Tight Ends Bryan Stinespring 1990 2006 (Offensive coordinator since 2002)
Defensive Coordinator and Inside linebackers Bud Foster 1987 1995
Offensive Line Curt Newsome 2006 2006
Wide Receivers Kevin Sherman 2006 2006
Strong Safety, Outside Linebackers, and Recruiting Coordinator Jim Cavanaugh 1996 2002
Quarterbacks Mike O'Cain 2006 2006
Defensive backs Torrian Gray 2006 2006
Defensive Line Charley Wiles 1996 1996
Source: http://www.hokiesports.com/football/players/

Roster[edit]

Flanker
  •    Paul Debnam - Sophomore
  •    Matt Finnegan - RS Sophomore
  •  4 Eddie Royal - Senior
  • 19 Josh Hyman - RS Senior
  • 34 Danny Coale - Redshirting
  • 48 Jacob Sykes - Freshman
  • 80 Brandon Dillard - RS Sophomore
Split End
  •    Michael Reid - Junior
  •  2 Josh Morgan - Senior
  •  3 Ike Whitaker - RS Sophomore
  • 16 Zach Luckett - RS Freshman
  • 37 Patrick Terry - Freshman
  • 81 Justin Harper - Senior
  • 87 Prince Parker - RS Freshman
Center
  •    Barrett Mears - RS Freshman
  • 58 Ryan Shuman - RS Junior
  • 60 Beau Warren - RS Freshman
  • 72 Nick Kaminski - RS Freshman
Offensive Guard
  • 51 Matt Welsh - RS Junior
  • 64 Richard Graham - RS Sophomore
  • 66 Brandon Holland - Sophomore
  • 68 Jaymes Brooks - Freshman
  • 69 Hivera Green - RS Sophomore
  • 70 Sergio Render - Sophomore
  • 74 Khalil Latif - Freshman
  • 79 Eric Davis - RS Sophomore
Offensive Tackle
  • 57 Clark Crum - RS Freshman
  • 62 Blake DeChristopher - Freshman
  • 63 Will Alvarez - Freshman
  • 67 Nick Marshman - RS Junior
  • 71 Aaron Brown - RS Freshman
  • 76 Duane Brown - RS Senior
  • 77 Ed Wang - RS Sophomore
Tight End
  •    Andrew Lanier - Freshman
  •  8 Greg Boone - RS Sophomore
  • 83 Sam Wheeler - RS Sophomore
  • 86 Chris Drager - Freshman
  • 88 Andre Smith - RS Freshman
  • 94 Greg Nosal - Freshman
 
Quarterback
  •    3 Jeff Beyer - Sophomore
  •  5 Tyrod Taylor - Freshman[5]
  •  7 Sean Glennon - RS Junior
  • 12 Cory Holt - RS Junior
  • 14 Grant Throckmorton - RS Senior[6]
Tailback
  •    D.J. Thomas - Freshman
  • 20 Kenny Lewis, Jr. - Sophomore
  • 27 Jahre Cheeseman - RS Sophomore
  • 28 Brandon Ore - RS Junior
  • 29 Devin Radford - RS Freshman
  • 30 Josh Oglesby - Freshman
  • 35 Dustin Pickle - Junior
  • 38 Elan Lewis - RS Sophomore[7]
  • 40 Darren Evans - Freshman

Fullback

  •    Kenny Younger - Sophomore
  • 39 Carlton Weatherford - RS Senior
  • 40 Billy Gorham - Senior
  • 42 Kenny Jefferson - RS Sophomore
  • 44 Devin Perez - RS Junior
Defensive tackle
  •    Courtney Prince - Freshman
  • 55 Daryl Robertson - RS Freshman
  • 59 Barry Booker - RS Senior
  • 75 Kory Robertson - RS Senior
  • 91 John Graves - RS Freshman
  • 93 Kwamaine Battle - Freshman
  • 95 Cordarrow Thompson - RS Sophomore
  • 99 Carlton Powell - RS Senior
Defensive End
  •    Chad Carlson - RS Sophomore
  •    Jacob Gardner - RS Sophomore
  •    Dylan McGreevy - Junior
  • 43 Jason Worilds - RS Freshman[8]
  • 47 Nekos Brown - Sophomore
  • 49 Chris Ellis - RS Senior
  • 56 Demetrius Taylor - RS Sophomore
  • 90 Orion Martin - RS Junior
  • 96 Justin Young - RS Freshman
 
Cornerback
Linebacker
  •    Mark Muncey - RS Freshman
  •    Quillie Odom - Freshman
  •    Tim Richardson - RS Freshman
  •    Alonzo Tweedy - Freshman
  •  6 Andrew Bowman - RS Junior
  •  9 Vince Hall - RS Senior
  • 11 Xavier Adibi - RS Senior
  • 13 Corey Gordon - RS Senior
  • 26 Cody Grimm - RS Sophomore
  • 33 Brett Warren - RS Junior
  • 41 Cam Martin - RS Sophomore
  • 45 Purnell Sturdivant - RS Junior
  • 46 Hunter Ovens - Freshman
  • 52 Barquell Rivers - Freshman
  • 82 Steven Friday - RS Freshman
  • 89 Jonas Houseright - RS Junior
Free Safety
  • 23 Mario Edwards - RS Freshman[9]
  • 25 D.J. Parker - Senior
  • 31 Davon Morgan - Freshman
Rover
  • 17 Kam Chancellor - Sophomore
  • 24 Dorian Porch - RS Sophomore
  • 86 Matt Reidy - Sophomore
Snapper[10]
  • 63 Matt Tuttle - Junior
  • 54 Bart McMillin - RS Senior
  • 61 Scott King - Senior
Punter
Place Kicker
  •    Dustin Keys - RS Sophomore
  •    Matt Waldron - RS Freshman
  • 92 Jud Dunlevy - RS Senior
  • 98 Jared Develli - Senior
Athlete
  •    Kendrick Pressley - Freshman

Source: http://www.hokiesports.com/football/players

Starters are in bold, based on pre-season depth chart from the 2007 media guide

Recruiting[edit]

National Signing Day was on 2007-02-07. The Hokies' recruiting class was highlighted by Tyrod Taylor, who was rated the #1 dual threat quarterback in the country. Taylor was announced as the Hokies' #2 quarterback on August 21.[12]

Below is a list of the recruits that signed their letter of intent with Virginia Tech:

Post-season awards[edit]

Following the Hokies' victory over Virginia, which clinched the division title, Xavier Adibi, Chris Ellis, Victor Harris, and Eddie Royal were honored as first team all-ACC, while Barry Booker, Duane Brown and Brandon Flowers were recognized on the second team.[14]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Flowers named AP All-American
  2. ^ Athletics department makes announcement on upcoming sporting events
  3. ^ "College GameDay to open season in Blacksburg". Hokiesports.com. 2007-06-27. Archived from the original on 29 June 2007. Retrieved 27 June 2007. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "Virginia Tech Football". Virginia Polytechnic and State University. Retrieved 27 October 2011. 
  5. ^ "Beamer announces quarterback change". hokiesports.com. 2007-09-10. Retrieved 2007-09-10. 
  6. ^ Grant Throckmorton is the holder field goal holder
  7. ^ Elan Lewis suffered a season-ending injury during fall practice and will not play for the 2007 season. See [1].
  8. ^ Jason Adjepong Worilds was formerly named Jason Adjepong - see
  9. ^ "Edwards leaves football squad". hokiesports.com. 2007-10-01. Retrieved 2007-10-01. 
  10. ^ Bart McMillin is the long snapper (punts) and Scott King is the short snapper (field goals).
  11. ^ Brian Saunders is also a scout team quarterback.
  12. ^ "Beamer announces depth chart changes". hokiesports.com. 2007-08-21. Retrieved 2007-08-21. 
  13. ^ Barden enrolled at Tech for the Spring 2007 semester, then transferred to Vanderbilt after spring practice
  14. ^ "Four Hokies make first-team All-ACC". 2007-11-26. Archived from the original on 29 November 2007. Retrieved 2007-11-26.