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In a slightly different world, Santana Moss would face the bright TV lights and microphones thrust inches from his face and relive the happy instant when the game-winning touchdown found his hands.
As much as Jayron Hosley talked about his 77-yard interception return after the New York Giants' preseason win over the New York Jets, there was something else that made the Virginia Tech rookie cornerback stand out. It was the walking boot on his right foot.
Torrian Gray's voice sounded horse and raspy.
Projected starting cornerback Terrell Thomas has re-injured his surgically repaired right knee and his status for the New York Giants' season is uncertain.
Virginia Tech running back David Wilson didn't want to leave college football without a proper goodbye.
Danny Coale remained a team player to the end.
Preparing for a Sugar Bowl date with No. 13 Michigan isn't the only thing on the minds of Virginia Tech juniors Jayron Hosley and David Wilson.
Tajh Boyd threw three touchdown passes and ran for another as No. 21 Clemson routed No. 5 Virginia Tech 38-10 Saturday night to win its first Atlantic Coast Conference championship in 20 years.
Derrick Hopkins is not one to make bold proclamations. Virginia Tech's sophomore defensive tackle from Highland Springs High is a soft-spoken young man who rarely talks at length when asked questions during media interviews.
Virginia Tech's offense needed to answer one more time to all but seal a win over Wake Forest. The Hokies' coaches called a timeout with 10:57 left in Saturday's game and talked about a play. One of the routes was a simple go pattern for wide receiver Marcus Davis, who told quarterback Logan Thomas on the sideline he felt confident he could get open.
Lane Stadium roared as Virginia Tech stuffed Miami's fake field-goal attempt in the first series of last Saturday's game. Then, Alonzo Tweedy saw something sobering: teammate Jeron Gouveia-Winslow limping toward the sideline.
Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer understands the reality.
"I was running," he said. "I didn't feel anything at that point, just green grass and the fans screaming. You know I was going for the touchdown."
"It was an all-around good play," said Hosley, who was playing the nickel back.