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Suh Provided Big Challenge for Brooks

Virginia Tech right guard Jaymes Brooks needed some time to articulate what he learned from facing Nebraska defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh. Brooks paused for a beat and then offered a direct response: “He’s good.”

In the Hokies’ 16-15 win over Nebraska on Saturday, Brooks matched up against Suh, perhaps the nation’s best interior lineman. Although Suh was a disruptive force throughout the afternoon – he finished with eight tackles and four tipped passes – Brooks said he graded a 74 percent against him and felt good about his performance.

“He’s a man,” Brooks said of Suh. “You look on film, he doesn’t look that big. But in person, he’s huge. He caught me off guard a little bit.”

Brook estimated Suh at 310 pounds but said, “He moves like a linebacker almost.”

Suh was listed at 6 feet 4 and 300 pounds for Saturday’s game. Brooks was listed at 6-2, 300 pounds. Hokies center Beau Warren was listed at 6-3, 288 pounds.

Despite his size, there were certainly plenty of times when Suh showed his athleticism.

On the Hokies’ second possession, Suh bulled around Brooks and wrapped up running back David Wilson for no gain. Later on that series, Suh blew into the backfield with end Pierre Allen, who sacked quarterback Tyrod Taylor for a 13-yard loss. Taylor was sacked four times, although not all were the fault of the offensive line.

“For the most part – I know the stats don’t indicate it – protection was pretty good for most of the day,” Curt Newsome, the Hokies’ offensive line coach, said of the unit’s performance.

Saturday was the first time Brooks, who said he was battling flulike symptoms, had played the entire game. In a 34-24 loss to Alabama on Sept. 5, Brooks was rotated in the game with Greg Nosal because of cramps. In a 52-10 win over Marshall on Sept. 12, Brooks cramped up again and missed time.

Against Nebraska, Brooks stayed in – and battled with the Cornhuskers’ Suh.

“It’s a good test,” Brooks said. “I just learned a lot.”

By Mark Viera  |  September 22, 2009; 11:30 AM ET
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You ain't going to win that one. All power to Suh for sticking around another year, but he belongs in the NFL.

Posted by: jhtlag1 | September 22, 2009 2:23 PM | Report abuse

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