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WR Roberts on his tough game

On Monday, a reporter asked Dyrell Roberts about his tough night in Virginia Tech's 38-10 win over North Carolina State. The Hokies wide receiver immediately responded by saying he assumed such an inquiry was coming.

Roberts was thrown at five times Saturday but did not have any receptions and was credited with one dropped passes. (There was another incomplete pass his direction toward the end of the first quarter, but it was ruled a defensive pass interference.)

"It looked like on film it was some tough catches," Roberts said. "The one that really got me mad was the curl because I took my off of it and tried to turn up field."

The curl he was referring to was the dropped pass he was credited for. Early in the second quarter, Tyrod Taylor looked toward Roberts, but the catchable pass fell from his hands to the turf.

"None of those catches were easy," Coach Frank Beamer said after the game. "They were tough tough catches. We don't mind throwing it down the field to Dyrell."

The shaky night was a blip on a season that has been otherwise promising for Roberts, a sophomore who played running back in high school. He played in all 14 games last year, starting five as a wide receiver.

This year, Roberts has become better known for his scintillating kickoff return ability. As for wide receiver, he said earlier in the year that he was learning the position, including the nuances of route running and certain body positioning as a wide receiver.

While Jarrett Boykin has emerged as a favorite target for Virginia Tech, Roberts may become a nice complimentary piece in the Hokies' burgeoning passing offense.

Virginia Tech has moved the ball well through the air at times this year, especially when compared with the recent past. The Hokies' showed some particularly nice flourishes on Saturday as offensive coordinator Bryan Stinespring showed no hesitation taking shots against N.C. State's injury maligned secondary.

"It's really nice," Roberts said of the offense showing its ability to stretch the field. "Coach Stiney's doing a real nice job right now."

By Mark Viera  |  November 24, 2009; 12:06 PM ET
 
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