I thought Tyrod and Glennon played well for the most part, but neither one seemed to find much consistency or rhythm. Tyrod was finally able to lead the scoring drive in the 4th quarter to cut the lead to two, but that was about the extent of our successful drives. Glennon made some good throws but Sean still struggles with fast defenses… It just seems like he panics against them.
Running Backs: C-
Darren Evans could never get going last night, which is both his and the offensive line’s fault. Evans was clearly not running with his head up in the 2nd half, which caused him to miss a few holes, and the offensive line could never move the defensive line of Miami. You have to give the Canes credit there – their defensive line played great.
Wide Receivers: C-
Jarrett Boykin’s catch was unbelievable and Coale finally seemed to get going, but that was about it as far as the wideouts go. Dyrell dropped an easy touchdown, Evans dropped two out of the backfield – one of which would have resulted in a first down. Mistakes here were plentiful.
I was disappointed that Stinespring did not try Boone at quarterback more, although, it really was not going to work unless he threw the ball a couple times. Miami’s defense was too quick for Boone just to take it and rush to one side.
Offensive Line: D-
Coach Newsome is a great coach and I honestly feel bad for him since he really did not inherit much when he got here, but I felt that he was doing a good job with the line. Last night, however, was awful. The O-Line could not get any push against the freshmen on the Miami defensive line and the line broke down numerous times in pass protection. Also, it seemed like Sergio Render stopped blocking completely on that last drive.
Offensive Grade: D+
Defensive Line: B-
Jason Worilds is not the hardest working guy in practice, but he really turns it on in the games. He was seemingly on top of the quarterback every play and he was playing with a separated shoulder. Also, the personal foul call on Orion Martin in the first quarter was horrible – he never even hit him in the head. If that play was considered a personal foul call, every time the quarterback gets tackled, there should be a 15-yard penalty. I know the NCAA wants to crack down on some of this stuff, but they need to remember that football is still a contact sport.
Somebody needs to give Cody Grimm a medal because he has easily been our most solid defensive player in the past three games. Warren and P-Stump both played well last night, but it seemed as if our defense was playing a little hesitant after Marve took off on a couple of those runs.
Defensive Backs: C+
Macho really played well last night and it seems like nobody even challenges Virgil anymore since I have not heard his name called in the past two weeks. Kam Chancellor got burned on one play and then another Miami receiver got loose once in the secondary, but neither play was completed so the Hokies did dodge a couple bullets there.
Defensive Grade: B-