Virginia Tech’s defense entered the 2012 season making bold proclamations. Cornerback Antone Exum told reporters the unit had the talent “to be the best defense that’s ever been through here.” Behind closed doors, defensive coordinator Bud Foster laid out lofty goals to his team, such as allowing just 13 touchdowns, one fewer than defending national champion Alabama gave up a year ago.
A faint cry.
That’s all Vinise Capers heard when she returned home that day. By the time she found her baby son, Daishawn, it was almost too late.
Virginia Tech and Rutgers’ players spent Wednesday morning in Kissimmee at Give Kids the World Village, an amusement park and village that welcomes children with life-threatening illnesses for weeks at a time.
Virginia Tech struggled to win games this season when junior quarterback Logan Thomas couldn’t get going in the run game. And the Hokies’ opponent in Friday’s Russell Athletic Bowl knows it.
It had been nearly a year, right after Virginia Tech's January appearance in the Sugar Bowl, that fullback Joey Phillips last had a haircut. But with his football career winding down, the senior could sense the straight-laced realities of the real word fast approaching.
Virginia Tech play-caller and quarterbacks coach Mike O’Cain might be alone in this assessment, but he believes redshirt junior Logan Thomas was better than ever this year.