Coale with a huge day: Tech receiver Danny Coale tied his career high with six catches for 121 yards in the first half alone and finished with seven catches for 128 yards and a touchdown against Arkansas State. The game marked the fourth 100-yard receiving game of his career.
Coale’s previous career high of six catches came on three different occasions, including last year’s ACC championship game against Florida State. He came up short in setting his career high for receiving yardage – which came last season against Florida State when he had 143 yards receiving.
“As a group, we [the offense] wanted to play better than we played last week [against ECU],” Coale said. “We tried to really use the opportunities we were given and take advantage of it. We know we’re better than last week, and we wanted to be able to prove that.”
Coale continues to move up the charts in receptions and yardage. He moved into sixth place on the Hokies’ all-time list in receiving yardage ahead of Josh Morgan, who had 1,817 yards from 2004-07. He also moved into sixth place in receptions ahead of Ricky Scales, who caught 113 passes from 1972-74. Coale has 116 career receptions and 1,932 career receiving yards.
“It’s something special,” Coale said of his career marks. “I can’t really concern myself with it. The number I’m more concerned with is 3-0, and I’m happy about that. Just as long as we keep winning, that’s all I care about.”
Coles finally gets in end zone: After more than two years at Tech, receiver D.J. Coles finally got in the end zone. The junior from Maidens, Va., scored the Hokies’ first touchdown when he took a short pass from quarterback Logan Thomas, received a great block from Danny Coale, and sprinted 49 yards to the end zone.
Coles finished with two catches for a career-high 61 yards and the touchdown on the day. His previous career high in yardage came in the season opener against Appalachian State when he caught four passes for 29 yards.
Roberts breaks arm: Coles got significant reps in the Arkansas State game because fellow receiver Dyrell Roberts broke his left arm on the opening kickoff. Roberts – whose status for the remainder of the season will be re-evaluated, though Beamer expects him to miss the remainder of the season – missed the final five games of last season after suffering a deep thigh bruise in the Georgia Tech game that led to compartment syndrome.
“I’m sorry about Dyrell’s injury,” Coles said. “But you’ve got to be ready at all times to step up and now’s my time to step up. If I’m called upon, I’m going to be there for my team.”
If he’s out for the season, Roberts can apply for a medical hardship waiver since he has not redshirted. If granted, he would be a redshirt senior next season.
Hosley adds to interception total: Tech cornerback Jayron Hosley, who led the nation with nine interceptions a year ago, intercepted two passes against the Red Wolves – his first two interceptions of the season.
He recorded his first interception when he picked off the pass of Arkansas State quarterback Ryan Aplin late in the first quarter. The interception led to a 4-yard touchdown pass from Logan Thomas to Coale.
“It feels good to come back and make the plays you want to make,” said Hosley, who intercepted a pass last week at ECU, but saw it called back because of a pass interference call on him.
He also intercepted a pass against Arkansas State in the third quarter, which gives him 11 for his career. That ranks tied for ninth on the school’s all-time list with former players William Yarbrough, Ashley Lee and Mike Johnson.
“He [Hosley] can play you,” Beamer said. “You’ve got one-on-one on the backside, and that’s who you want out there if it’s one-on-one. He’s tough. He plays strong. He plays with great instinct. He’s fast. He’s just a heck of a player.”
The Hokies have intercepted at least one pass in the past 10 games.
• With 29 yards receiving, Jarrett Boykin passed Antonio Freeman and moved into second place on the all-time list at Tech for receiving yards. Boykin now has 2,216 receiving yards for his career and needs just 57 yards to break Ricky Scales’ school record.
• Fullback Joey Phillips had three carries in the game – the first three carries of his career.
• Walk-on tight end George George made his first collegiate reception – a 37-yarder.
• Linebacker Tariq Edwards finished with a career-high 10 tackles, including 2.5 for a loss.
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