Why We’re Angry At Marcus Davis

by JustinC on November 14, 2012 · 5 comments

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Marcus+Davis+Virginia+Tech+v+North+Carolina+1vpTIdH02yOl 300x191 Why We’re Angry At Marcus DavisThe Hokies are 4-6 this season. Their worst mark since 1992 when a Frank Beamer coached club went 2-8-1. So, obviously, there are some issues with this team. One of which reared its ugly head this week when Techsideline.com posted a two-minute clip of Marcus Davis’s blocking “effort” against Florida State. Although Davis defended his play during Virginia Tech's regularly scheduled press conference yesterday, it’s clear that his effort on some of those plays were lacking.

"I really don't think too much of it," Davis said. "I think somebody was a little bored and had a little extra time on their hands and figured they can go out and make a video. But like I said earlier, they don't know the half of what actually went on."

True. Unless you have a copy of the playbook and know what plays are called, its tough to tell what each players true intentions were on a single play. You can make an educated guess if you’re skilled in the X’s and O’s of football but it’s still a guess.

But, I think what bothers so many Virginia Tech fans about this whole escapade is that Davis has a s#$% ton of talent. He’s 6’4” and 230 pounds. He has a team high vertical jump of 44 inches. He’s one of our fastest wideouts despite his almost tight end size. So, why is he afraid to make contact with opposing teams defensive backs on certain plays?

The difference between a great outside block and a half-assed one could be the difference in a two-yard run and a touchdown. The Hokies have not run the ball well, mostly due to an inadequate offensive line. But, who knows when a good seal block by one of our wide receivers could have sprung JC Coleman or Tony Gregory for a touchdown this season. In a game against say Florida State, that could have been the difference in a close win or a six point loss.

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I guess this is the issue where the frustration has finally boiled over for the fanbase. As a fanbase, we’re used to watching players who are good at the little things. Selling a fake, running the right route, catching the football, and being a fundamentally sound blocker. Perhaps, that’s Davis’s weakness as a prospect. Perhaps, he’s a guy that needs to spend more time working on fundamentals. In a way, that’s a blessing. Most of his issues are correctable and if he corrects them at the next level then he could develop into a solid #2 receiver for somebody in the NFL.

To sum it up, we expect players to try their hardest and give 110% effort here at Virginia Tech. When I watched that video, I didn’t see a player giving max effort. I saw a player unsure of what to do and how to do it. Maybe that’s coaching. If so, Davis and Coach Sherman need to have a long talk this week. If not, then maybe Davis just isn’t a good run blocker. That would be a travesty given his size and strength.

Whatever the case, it needs to get fixed if Virginia Tech wants to continue their bowl streak. If it doesn’t, I’m not sure the Hokies win either of their final two games this season.

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bob young November 14, 2012 at 3:42 pm

The entire season thus far has been frustrating on so many levels. As stated earlier, I feel 90% of the responsibility falls squarely on the coaches shoulders. Yes, I know players make plays but all of these young men are on scholarship. I would rather lose with kids busting their butts than those with more talent but not giving full effort. That”s where coaching is supposed to step forward and motivate or replace starters who give less than full effort. It appears the entire staff save Bud Foster has grown stale and out of touch….cruise control if you will. The old adage “the speed of the boss is the speed of the gang” seems to apply here. It’s embarrassing. Shane needs to have a heart to heart with FB and explain what a program needs to do. He worked at South Carolina under Spurrier(who is a couple of years older than Frank) who has done a beautiful job of staying current and creating a powerhouse from a doorstep program. Keep current or die and wither away….All indications are we are withering away from the inside out!!!

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kenroe November 14, 2012 at 5:18 pm

I posted earlier in the year that Davis needed to be benched im just shocked and pissed as to why the coaching put up wit this bs all year!!!! I knew the dude was selfish and all about himself and not a team player after the first two games soo why couldnt coaching staff see it?! This is the problem this year with the hokies the coaching is not holding them accountable for poor effort. Its a shame cause im sure it caused a mutiny in the locker room this year and we wonder why we are 4 and 6. If he played LSU BAMA OR OHIO ST he would have been benched after the first game or two with his halfhearted effort its crazy smh!!!!!!!

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Jeffro November 14, 2012 at 6:00 pm

Bob, could not disagree more. I was on board with you after the disastrous Halfback pass but since then I have been brought to my senses by a football coach at my work. He constantly says, “Its not the X’s and O’s but the Jimmy’s and Joes.” Stinny isn’t out there missing blocks. Beamer isn’t throwing the ball over people’s heads. And Little Beamer isn’t lined up at WR not making blocks and catches. This group of kids, for what ever reason lacks the chemistry to win. The talent is there but the chemistry and the blue collar work ethic is not. That comes from the student athletes.

On that note, something else that more pertains to this piece was shared by this same coach who once played at VT. We think (or hope) that these 18-23 year-old kids are hitting the books then watching tape and preparing for the next opponent. They aren’t. These KIDS are being college students. They are going to class then heading home to play Xbox and skype girls. They aren’t any where near as focused as us fans would want them to be. This just isn’t at Tech but all schools. Tim Tebows and Peyton Mannings only come along once is a blue moon. However, at Tech we have grown accustomed to having the talent to over come this. The poor recruiting classes of 3 and 4 years ago are rearing their ugly heads with this class as the lack of senior leadership shows on the field as on Defense, guys are lining up in the wrong spot or out of position.

There is not easy answer. All we can do is do what we always do and go back to the drawing board. Change the type of kids we are bringing in. Look for the kids who have a chip on their shoulder with something to prove.

We will be Ok… this is a rough year but we have the best coach in college football with the most stable assistant staff in college. We will be fine. lets just beat UVA and go on to Next year.

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VTnyc November 14, 2012 at 7:03 pm

There are a lot of “practice heroes” on this years squad. If we had more depth I would hope FB and the gang would bench people and give others a shot. Davis, unfortunately, has too much potential to bench because if he is on the bench you might miss the one game he decides to ahow up for. The NFL is full of talented athletes who play balls out all the time fighting for a spot. If he doesn’t wake up he will waste his opportunity and he’ll be watching games on Sunday from his couch. The worst part for him will be the people he meets that will ask why he didn’t make it to the NFL.

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fernleyhokie November 16, 2012 at 11:30 am

I’m not mad at Davis. He is just a selfish player being put in for his athletic talent rather than actual effort. So that makes me mad at his coach, Sherman, who keeps putting him in despite missing every block, always displaying a lack of effort and an inability to catch balls that hit you directly in the hands. Especially when we have another senior in Corey Fuller who is having a great year and from what I can see goes full speed every play. That’s a coach’s call and skill to both teach the receivers how to catch and play the kids that aren’t just physically gifted but can be a positive for the team.

I don’t believe Coach Sherman understands how much these things hurt us because he keeps putting Davis out there waiting for that magical moment when its going to click. And that is just ridiculous. That’s not coaching so I still believe he should go at end of the season.

Jeffro makes a good point. It’s the Jimmys and Joes. But you know what a real coach should do? Bench the Jimmy and Joes that don’t perform. We have other receivers that are making an impact and need experience for next year. Davis, a Jimmy and Joe, is not performing how he should so as any good coach will tell you the role of the coach is to put in the kid who will.

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