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2006 Virginia Tech Hokies football team

The 2006 Virginia Tech Hokies football team represented Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University during the 2006 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The team's head coach was Frank Beamer. The team tallied a 10–3 record, going 10–2 during the regular season before losing 31–24 in the 2006 Chick-fil-A Bowl against the Georgia Bulldogs.

2006 Virginia Tech Hokies football
2006 Clemson at Virginia Tech celebration.jpg
Chick-fil-A Bowl, L 24–31 vs. Georgia
ConferenceAtlantic Coast Conference
DivisionCoastal Division
Ranking
CoachesNo. 18
APNo. 19
2006 record10–3 (6–2 ACC)
Head coachFrank Beamer (20th season)
Offensive coordinatorBryan Stinespring (5th season)
Offensive schemePro-style
Defensive coordinatorBud Foster (12th season)
Base defense4–3
Home stadiumLane Stadium
(c. 66,233, grass)
Seasons
← 2005
2007 →
2006 ACC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Atlantic Division
No. 18 Wake Forest x$   6 2         11 3  
No. 20 Boston College   5 3         10 3  
Maryland   5 3         9 4  
Clemson   5 3         8 5  
Florida State   3 5         7 6  
NC State   2 6         3 9  
Coastal Division
Georgia Tech x   7 1         9 5  
No. 19 Virginia Tech   6 2         10 3  
Virginia   4 4         5 7  
Miami   3 5         7 6  
North Carolina   2 6         3 9  
Duke   0 8         0 12  

Championship: Wake Forest 9, Georgia Tech 6
  • $ – BCS representative as conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

Contents

PreseasonEdit

Virginia Tech began the season ranked #16 in the USA Today Coaches Poll and #17 in the Associated Press Poll after going 11-2 (7-1 ACC) in 2005 and winning the Coastal division of the Atlantic Coast Conference.

See also 2006 NCAA Division I-A football rankings

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 21:30 PMNortheastern*No. 17ESPN360W 38-066,233
September 912:00 PMat North CarolinaNo. 16ESPNW 35-1057,000
September 1612:00 PMDukeNo. 14
  • Lane Stadium
  • Blacksburg, VA
Raycom/LFSW 36-066,233
September 2312:00 PMCincinnati*No. 11
  • Lane Stadium
  • Blacksburg, VA
ESPNUW 29-1366,233
September 303:30 PMNo. 24 Georgia TechNo. 11
ABCL 27-3866,233
October 127:30 PMat Boston CollegeNo. 22ESPNL 3-2244,500
October 217:00 PMSouthern Miss* 
  • Lane Stadium
  • Blacksburg, VA
ESPNUW 36-666,233
October 267:30 PMNo. 10 Clemson
  • Lane Stadium
  • Blacksburg, VA
ESPNW 24-766,233
November 48:00 PMat Miami (FL)No. 23ABCW 17-1041,504
November 113:30 PMKent State*No. 20
  • Lane Stadium
  • Blacksburg, VA
ESPNUW 23-066,233
November 187:00 PMat No. 14 Wake ForestNo. 19ESPN2W 27-636,723
November 2512:00 PMVirginiaNo. 17
Raycom/LFSW 17-066,233
December 318:00 PMvs. Georgia*No. 14ESPNL 24-3175,406
  • *Non-conference game
  •  Homecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Eastern time

[1]

Game summariesEdit

NortheasternEdit

1 234Total
Northeastern 0 000 0
Virginia Tech 21 773 38
  • Date: September 2
  • Location: Lane Stadium, Blacksburg, VA
  • Game start: 1:35 PM EST
  • Elapsed time: 3:00
  • Game attendance: 66,233
  • Game weather: 70°F, Partly Cloudy, Winds NNW 10 mph
  • Referee: Jerry Magallanes
  • TV announcers (ESPN360): Ryan Rose & Stan Lewter

North CarolinaEdit

1 234Total
Virginia Tech 7 7714 35
North Carolina 3 007 10

DukeEdit

1 234Total
Duke 0 000 0
Virginia Tech 13 1076 36

CincinnatiEdit

1 234Total
Cincinnati 0 1030 13
Virginia Tech 5 0717 29

Georgia TechEdit

1 234Total
Georgia Tech 21 3140 38
Virginia Tech 7 6014 27

Boston CollegeEdit

1 234Total
Virginia Tech 0 300 3
Boston College 0 769 22

Southern MissEdit

1 234Total
Southern Miss 6 000 6
Virginia Tech 7 12314 36

ClemsonEdit

1 234Total
Clemson 7 000 7
Virginia Tech 7 3140 24

MiamiEdit

1 234Total
Virginia Tech 0 1007 17
Miami 0 037 10

Kent StateEdit

1 234Total
Kent State 0 000 0
Virginia Tech 3 3710 23

Wake ForestEdit

1 234Total
Virginia Tech 7 0173 27
Wake Forest 0 330 6

VirginiaEdit

1 234Total
Virginia 0 000 0
Virginia Tech 0 7100 17

GeorgiaEdit

1 234Total
Georgia 3 01018 31
Virginia Tech 0 2103 24

PersonnelEdit

Coaching staffEdit

Position Name First year at VT First year in current position
Head Coach Frank Beamer 1987 1987
Associate Head Coach and Running Backs Coach Billy Hite 1978 2001
Offensive Coordinator and Tight Ends Bryan Stinespring 1990 2006 (Offensive coordinator since 2002)
Defensive Coordinator and Inside linebackers Bud Foster 1987 1995
Offensive Line Curt Newsome 2006 2006
Wide Receivers Kevin Sherman 2006 2006
Strong Safety, Outside Linebackers, and Recruiting Coordinator Jim Cavanaugh 1996 2002
Quarterbacks Mike O'Cain 2006 2006
Defensive backs Torrian Gray 2006 2006
Defensive Line Charley Wiles 1996 1996
Source: http://www.hokiesports.com/football/players/

RosterEdit

Quarterback
  • 3  Ike Whitaker - RS Freshman
  • Sean Glennon - RS Sophomore
  • 12 Cory Holt - RS Sophomore
Tailback
  • 20 Kenny Lewis, Jr. - Freshman
  • 27 Jahre Cheeseman - RS Freshman
  • 28 Branden Ore - RS Sophomore
  • 34 George Bell - RS Sophomore
  • 35 Dustin Pickle - Sophomore
  • 38 Elan Lewis - RS Freshman
Fullback
  • 37 Jesse Allen - RS Senior
  • 39 Carlton Weatherford - RS Junior
  • 42 Kenny Jefferson - RS Freshman
  • 43 Billy Gorham - Junior
  • 44 Devin Perez - RS Sophomore
Flanker
Split End
  •  2 Josh Morgan - Junior
  • 16 Zach Luckett -   Freshman
  • 19 Josh Hyman - RS Junior
  • 80 Justin Born - Junior
  • 81 Justin Harper - Junior
Tight End
Center
  • 69 Danny McGrath - RS Senior
 
Offensive Guard
  • 51 Matt Welsh - RS Sophomore
  • 58 Ryan Shuman - RS Sophomore
  • 62 Zac Lowe - Senior
  • 65 Antonio North - RS Freshman
  • 66 Brandon Holland - Freshman
  • 67 Nick Marshman - RS Sophomore
  • 70 Sergio Render - Freshman
  • 79 Eric Davis - RS Freshman
Offensive Tackle
  •    Hivera Green - RS Freshman
  • 57 Clark Crum -   Freshman
  • 64 Richard Graham - RS Freshman
  • 68 Mason Baggett - RS Senior
  • 71 Aaron Brown -   Freshman
  • 74 Brandon Frye - RS Senior
  • 76 Duane Brown - RS Junior
  • 77 Brandon Gore - RS Senior [2]
Defensive tackle
  • 50 Joey Hall -   Freshman [3]
  • 55 Daryl Robertson -   Freshman
  • 59 Barry Booker - RS Junior
  • 60 Chris Burnett - RS Senior
  • 63 Watson Stelly - Junior
  • 75 Kory Robertson - RS Junior
  • 95 Cordarrow Thompson - RS Freshman
  • 99 Carlton Powell - RS Junior
Defensive End
  •    Jason Adjepong -   Freshman [4]
  •    Steven Friday -   Freshman
  • 40 William Wall - RS Freshman [5]
  • 47 Nekos Brown - Freshman
  • 49 Chris Ellis - RS Junior
  • 72 Matt Tilley - Sophomore
  • 90 Orion Martin - RS Sophomore
  • 91 John Graves -   Freshman
  • 96 Noland Burchette - RS Senior
Cornerback
  •  1 Victor Harris - Sophomore
  • 15 Roland Minor - RS Junior
  • 18 Brandon Flowers - RS Sophomore
  • 21 Ryan Hash - RS Senior
  • 22 Stephan Virgil - Freshman
 
Linebacker
  •    Devven Sutton -   Freshman
  •  6 Andrew Bowman - RS Sophomore
  •  9 Vince Hall - RS Junior
  • 11 Xavier Adibi - RS Junior
  • 13 Corey Gordon - RS Junior
  • 26 Cody Grimm - RS Freshman
  • 29 Chad Grimm - Senior
  • 31 Brendan Hill - RS Senior
  • 33 Brett Warren -   Junior
  • 45 Purnell Sturdivant - RS Sophomore
  • 56 Demetrius Taylor - RS Freshman
  • 89 Jonas Houseright - RS Sophomore
  • 94 Matt Wright -   Freshman [6]
Free Safety
  • 25 D.J. Parker - Junior
  • 26 Kent Hicks - RS Sophomore [7]
  • 41 Cam Martin - RS Freshman
  • 48 Cory Price - Senior
Rover
  • 24 Dorian Porch - RS Freshman
  • 30 Cary Wade - RS Senior
  • 32 Jake Patten - Senior
  • 36 Aaron Rouse - RS Senior
Place Kicker
  • 46 Brandon Pace - RS Senior
  • 92 Jud Dunlevy - RS Junior
  • 98 Jared Develli - Junior
Punter
Deep Snapper
  • 53 Nick Leeson - RS Senior
  • 54 Bart McMillin - RS Junior
  • 61 Scott King - Junior

Source: http://www.hokiesports.com/football/players

Starters are in bold and players who left the team are struck out

  Players who sat out during 2006 ("redshirted") are indicated with a "red shirt" icon

Discipline issuesEdit

Virginia Tech penalties by game
Opponent Tech Penalties Opponent penalties
Northeastern 7 (56 yards) 10 (78 yards)
@ North Carolina 7 (55 yards) 1 (10 yards)
Duke 9 (85 yards) 7 (43 yards)
Cincinnati 7 (52 yards) 9 (75 yards)
Georgia Tech 5 (28 yards) 8 (83 yards)
Boston College 9 (88 yards) 9 (60 yards)
Southern Miss 5 (41 yards) 7 (45 yards)
Clemson 3 (22 yards) 1 (5 yards)
Miami 3 (15 yards) 8 (62 yards)
Kent State 5 (50 yards) 9 (71 yards)
Wake Forest 6 (65 yards) 3 (27 yards)
Virginia 3 (29 yards) 6 (45 yards)

The first half of Virginia Tech's season was characterized by a lack of discipline for the Hokies, both on and off the field.

  • Safety Aaron Rouse was penalized twice against Duke for roughing the passer. His second hit on Duke quarterback Thaddeus Lewis was a helmet-to-sternum hit that whiplashed his head with such force that it gave him a concussion. Duke's backup quarterback said of Tech, "They are a fast team. I'm lucky to come out in one piece. ... The roughing of the passer, the late hits, they were coming for us." [8]
  • DE Chris Ellis and WR Josh Morgan were arrested late Saturday night after the Hokies' victory over Cincinnati and charged with resisting arrest and obstructing justice. Morgan was also charged with disorderly conduct. Both players were suspended for the following game, a home loss to Georgia Tech and were later sentenced to one year of probation and 100 hours of community service.[9]
  • WR Josh Hyman was suspended for the Boston College game after an arrest for driving under the influence.[10]
  • During the ESPN broadcast of the Boston College game, announcer Kirk Herbstreit became angry when cameras showed Tech players Vince Hall and Aaron Rouse arguing on the sidelines and showed linebacker Brendan Hill dancing on the sidelines with Tech trailing late in the game. The video of Herbstreit's rant was shown to the Tech team in Sunday meetings following the game.[11]

Tech's discipline troubles came to a head when the Hokies were blown out in consecutive weeks by Georgia Tech and Boston College. Beamer responded by cracking down on trash-talking, personal fouls, and other negative behaviors. The team responded and committed no personal fouls and only two defensive penalties total in the three games following the BC loss.[12]

DefenseEdit

Virginia Tech finished the regular season leading the nation in total defense, scoring defense, and pass defense.[13] This was the second year in a row that defensive coordinator Bud Foster's unit had led the nation in total defense.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Virginia Tech Football 2006 Game Results". Virginia Tech Athletics. Retrieved August 26, 2012.
  2. ^ Brandon Gore started the last four games, replacing the injured Ryan Shuman
  3. ^ Hall was dismissed from the team during the season [1]. He later returned for spring practice in 2007, but was not on the fall 2007 roster.
  4. ^ Subsequent to the 2006 season, Jason Adjepong changed his name to Jason Adjepong Worilds - see [2]
  5. ^ Associated Press (2006-10-17). "Hokies continue to misbehave on, off field". Archived from the original on 2007-09-30. Retrieved 2007-07-11.
  6. ^ King, Randy (2006-11-19). "Hokies lose Ore to injury in 1st quarter". The Roanoke Times. Archived from the original on 2012-09-09. Retrieved 2006-07-11.
  7. ^ Barr, Josh (2007-01-24). "Remember Kent Hicks?". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2007-07-11.
  8. ^ Chavez, Luciana (2006-09-17). "Blue devils sacked". The News & Observer (Raleigh). Retrieved 2006-11-30.
  9. ^ Wood, Norm (2006-11-30). "Hokies' Ellis, Morgan get community service, probation". Daily Press. Retrieved 2006-11-30.
  10. ^ Lindsey, Sue (2006-10-18). "Beamer Faces Questions About Behavior". AP. Retrieved 2006-11-30.
  11. ^ King, Randy (2006-10-18). "Herbstreit defends rant". The Roanoke Times. Archived from the original on 2006-12-02. Retrieved 2006-11-30.
  12. ^ Kilgore, Adam (2006-11-08). "Discipline Suits Hokies' Defense". Washington Post. Retrieved 2006-11-30.
  13. ^ "Virginia Tech ( 10 - 2 - 0 ) Thru: 11/25/06". NCAA. 2006-11-25. Retrieved 2006-11-30.