Hokies Players of the Year
The season as come and gone so quickly this year. The Hokies had an extreme roller coaster of a season in 2014. There were many changes this year for the Hokies, especially on the offense, but many new faces stepped up to lead this team to another winning season. These are the players I thought led this team through the good times and the bad.
Offensive MVP: Sam Rogers
The sophomore fullback was the most consistent player on a downright disappointing offense. He isn't the most known and decorated player on the team, but he showed the Hokie resilience and heart every game. He started the season off right against the Buckeyes with a receiving touchdown that shifted the momentum to the Hokies. This was his only touchdown of the year, but what a touchdown it was for the second year fullback. He also had a huge first down run in the game for 17 yards. Sam was excellent at picking up the blitz that quarterback Micheal Brewer faced almost every play, and he always paved the way for the ball carrier on stretch runs. He had a great reception on a fake punt in the Boston College game that almost led the Hokies to a come from behind win. Rogers suffered a fracture in his elbow in the Military Bowl, but will be back ready to go for the Hokies next fall.
Defensive MVP: Dadi Nicolas
Who's your Dadi? Big Dadi Nicolas was the defense's leader this season. He had an impact in every game that he started, the junior defensive end enjoyed a true breakout season this year. He totaled 9 sacks for the season and deservedly earned a spot on the second-team All-ACC honors. He was a nightmare for quarterbacks all season with his signature speed off the edge. He may be an "undersized" end, but he makes up for it with ferocious tenacity. Big Dadi was also in the backfield a lot with 17.5 tackles for loss this season, second in the ACC. Nicolas stated that he would be coming back for his senior year and that is the best news Hokie fans can hear right now. Nicolas will likely be a candidate for the ACC first team next year, as he will only get better under Bud Foster. The Hokie community is excited to see what the big man can do next year.