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Is Tyrod Taylor getting overlooked nationally?

Earlier this week I detailed all the school records Virginia Tech quarterback Tyrod Taylor could potentially break this season, but I wanted to expand on that after something Wake Forest Coach Jim Grobe said on Wednesday's ACC teleconference.

The Demon Deacons have already faced an impressive collection of quarterbacks this year, including Stanford's Andrew Luck, Florida State's Christian Ponder, Georgia Tech's Josh Nesbitt and Navy's Ricky Dobbs last week. With that in mind, Grobe was asked whether he felt Taylor was "flying under the radar" this year.

"We've played against some guys that throw it and run it pretty good, but I think he might be maybe the most dangerous combination," said Grobe, who also called Taylor a "nightmare" for his defensive coaches. "I think he can go the distance running the football against you, but you've got to expect the throw. It's not one of those deal where you can put everybody in there, and keep them from running the football, and hope you hold up in the throw game. You just can't do it."

While Grobe didn't directly answer the question, I will. Yes, Taylor is being overlooked nationally. He's once again the most efficient quarterback in the ACC, and through six games he's completing 60.7 percent of his passes, the best mark of his career. Not to mention he's averaging more than six yards per carry and leads the Hokies in rushing. His 449 yards on the ground ranks him sixth in the nation among quarterbacks.

But most significantly, if the Hokies were to play a 13-game season, Taylor is on pace for 2,232 passing yards and 973 rushing yards. Only seven quarterbacks in the history of college football have ever thrown for more than 2,000 yards and rushed for more than 1,000 yards in a single season.

"The thing I’ve been pleased with is he’s taking what they give us," Hokies quarterbacks coach Mike O'Cain said earlier this week. "He’s not forcing anything in the running game, the passing game, in all situations. And overall, he’s thrown the ball well."

So why is it that Taylor's spectacular season is hardly getting any attention around the country? Any talk about this has to begin with the James Madison loss. That defeat eliminated any national press for awhile, barring of course, an offensive lineman playing through a mangled pinkie finger.

But like I detailed before the season while throwing Taylor's name out there for Heisman consideration, the Hokies' offense doesn't allow him to put up gaudy statistics. Taylor has thrown the ball just 122 times this season. There are 82 quarterbacks in the country who have attempted more passes than that.

So while Taylor leads the ACC, averaging 8.4 yards per reception right now, he's just 25th in the nation in terms of completed passes that went for more than 25 yards. Out of the 24 quarterbacks ahead of him in that category, all but one have attempted more passes so far.

Maybe the biggest reason Taylor's name isn't in the national conversation is that the stats just don't do his game justice. Take North Carolina State's Russell Wilson for instance, a player many consider the front runner for ACC player of the year right now. He has almost 800 more passing yards than Taylor this year and is averaging about 80 yards more per game in terms of total offense.

Even when the Hokies defeated the Wolfpack two weeks ago, Wilson threw for 368 yards while Taylor had just 123. And yet anybody who watched the game would tell you Taylor was the best player on the field that day, using his arm and legs to get crucial first downs late and lead Virginia Tech on a historic comeback.

I'm assuming if the Hokies continue their winning ways, the attention paid to Taylor will increase accordingly. But it's still surprising that Taylor's final season in Blacksburg has barely registered on the college football landscape thus far. That, though, doesn't mean his strong play has been lost on the coaching staff here at Virginia Tech

"Tyrod's a true winner," Coach Frank Beamer said following last Saturday's win over Central Michigan. "What he's meant to this program with his play, but just who he is, what he is, and how he is, he just couldn't be better. I appreciate a lot of things about Tyrod Taylor."

By Mark Giannotto  | October 14, 2010; 10:27 AM ET
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The game with Wake Forest is a quasi-reunion for Stone Bridge High School (Ashburn, VA). For Wake Forest: Devon Brown - WR, Patrick Thompson - QB, Zach Tompson - DE, and Mike Olsen LB. For VT: Jeron Gouvia-Winslow - LB and David Wang - OG

Posted by: hokiedad | October 14, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Unfortunately, what the stats don't tell you is that a few too many of Tyrod's in-completions are due to receivers dropping balls as opposed to poorly thrown passes. This was especially true in the first half of the Central Michigan game last week.

Posted by: VPIgrad | October 14, 2010 12:01 PM | Report abuse

"Friday marks the 20-year anniversary of the Cavaliers being ranked No. 1 in both the Associated Press and coaches' poll."

Tech EVER been ranked #1 in football at ANY time? I think not...


Posted by: RiSKybizness | October 14, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Seriously?! You are comparing UVA and VT Football programs - give me a break

Posted by: hokiedad | October 14, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

RiSKY, will you be celebrating the REST of uVa's 1990 season?

You know, the part AFTER they got that #1 ranking, when they lost 4 of their final 5 games including a 38-13 L to VT?

Posted by: BlueberryRuffin | October 14, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

UVa's 20 year anniversary of being # 1 in the polls occurs in October (not January).

We're in the golden era of Hokies football. A national championship appearance in 2000. A bowl game every year since 1994. And how many blocked punts, FG's and PAT's. There's nothing as enjoyable as Hokie football.

Let's Go. Ho - Keeez!!!

Posted by: dcnationals1 | October 14, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Of course, a Calves whiner has to come to a Tech story. So typical.

Do it do it do it Moos!
We know you can Lose Lose Lose!

Go Crybabies!

Posted by: RogerRamjet2 | October 14, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Risky--Let;s look at full seasons. How many ACC football championships has UVA won. Tech has 3 in just a few years. UVA has.......MMMMMM.

Posted by: beachdarnells | October 14, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Risky--Lets look at full seasons. How many ACC football championships has UVA won. Tech has 3 in just a few years. UVA has.......MMMMMM.

Posted by: beachdarnells | October 14, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

1-26, boys... 1-26... You are an "elite" program in your own minds... When plastic man retires and coach Bud "Bud" Foster can no longer tap the pipeline of recruits from the gangs of Norfolk, the Jokies will return to their proper level...the end is near my friends... enjoy your "3 ACC Football" championships while you have them...these days, that's like saying you had "3 WAC" championships...doesn't mean a thing nationally...

Posted by: RiSKybizness | October 14, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse


One word...


Posted by: JKSkins | October 14, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

JKSkins -

Ouch! Here's a few words back: "List of Best Colleges in America". VT will never have to bother bragging about that one... and once football goes, what will you have left? We'll still be on the other list...

Posted by: RiSKybizness | October 14, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Is this a women's crew messageboard? What's Risky doing here?

Posted by: HokieDoke | October 14, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

And now the academic card, as expected. What next rednecks? Or did I blow that surprise for you, Risky?

Posted by: HokieDoke | October 14, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

HokieDokie -

You're welcome to post to a UVa board..but I doubt you will... Sorry to spoil the football woofin' among your fellow travelers.

BTW, there are a lot of factors that go into a "Best" rank, not just academics...but now that you mention it... Gee, and poor Harvard...can't even crack the top 25 in will THEY survive... Your football team is ALL you poor bastards have to hang on to...I feel pity...

Posted by: RiSKybizness | October 14, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Risky- Wow, I used to cut Hoos slack, but d-bags like you remind what morons come from Harlotsville. I pity the rightwing claptrap that they espouse as learning at Uva. Glad my daughter is an engineer at Tech, not a History major working as a barrista from Uva.

Posted by: RogerRamjet2 | October 14, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

RogerRamjet2 -

What does this discourse have to do with political leanings? "Single wing" I could see but "right wing"? Get on message my man... BTW - your daughter will be working FOR a UVa grad eventually...ever see the Darden rankings?

This is fun!

Posted by: RiSKybizness | October 14, 2010 5:04 PM | Report abuse

hoo U. is ranked 25th. Virginia Tech is ranked 69th. Congratulations on your win. If you want to get into an academic discussion, that's fine. It is important to note that the online section and the article regarding Taylor deals with the subject guessed So once, again, a hoo can't stay on topic at hand and has to resort to whatever is in their arsenal to make themselves feel better.

Look, its clear somebody didn't have their whine and cheese today and evidently, it's made you a little grumpy. Or maybe your just tired. Perhaps some chardonnay and a nap will improve your mood.

Posted by: JKSkins | October 14, 2010 5:20 PM | Report abuse

JKSkins -

Ah, you guessed original post WAS about guys took it in a different direction...not me... "Whine & Cheese"... gee, Beamer write your material for you also... (There, we're back to football...happy?)

Posted by: RiSKybizness | October 14, 2010 5:40 PM | Report abuse

If the Cavs wanted a shot at regaining the glory of decades past they will need a large, fast, ugly line. Guess its time to let the lady Cavs play :P

Posted by: RPGJRVA | October 14, 2010 7:13 PM | Report abuse

Tyrod is a terrific athlete, but until the Hokies can put forward a more consistent offense - one that converts 3rd downs - he's not going to get much attention.

It will take a lot of wins to overcome the JMU loss, and rightly so. There's not much excuse for that, particularly with the level of talent on this team.

Posted by: Benson | October 14, 2010 11:28 PM | Report abuse

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