It hasn't been a banner season for the Hokies but they could salvage a measure of respect with a win over 8th- ranked Florida State on Thursday night.
The Hokies’ 30-12 loss in Miami last Thursday was a microcosm of their season, with special teams mistakes and costly turnovers. But in the end, it's still just a game and perhaps no one understands that more than tight end Ryan Malleck. Hurricane Sandy rolled through his hometown of Point Pleasant, New Jersey, just a day before the Hokies left for South Florida.
“When the hurricane hit, I was nervous because I didn't get to talk to my mom,” Malleck said. “I didn't hear from her until the next day so that's what I was a little scared about. Once I heard from her I was relieved. I talked to my friends and my family and my house is fine but most of my town is under water. A few of my friends that live near lagoons and by canals, their houses, the first floor is under water. There was a roller coaster that I used to go on when I was little that was under the water. It was in the ocean because it got knocked off the pier.”
The sophomore had his best game statistically for the Hokies against Miami, catching four passes for 58 yards. He hopes to continue to be a weapon for an offense that has had no trouble moving the football, but hasn't been able to put up points efficiently.
“Logan saw me on some crossing routes and that was Miami's weakness,” Malleck said. “I found some windows and Logan saw me. It's hard because we put together such great drives and the defense plays well and gets three and outs. It's hard when you can't, especially on fourth down, make extra points and field goals, it hurts us.”
In one depth chart note, Coach Beamer said Tuesday that special teams demon Alonzo Tweedy will see extended action against the Seminoles at the whip linebacker position.