So as we put a podcast wrap on the season, and start the build up for the recruiting runs - dark period now- and the NFL Draft coming up, there are still big notices and some changes going on.
Big Post Season Honors Continue
First, the big name AP All-American Teams have finally been announced, and Christian Darrisaw has been named to the 2nd Team.
Second-Team All-America— Virginia Tech Football (@HokiesFB) December 28, 2020
Congrats to @Bigdawgchris1 on another well-deserved honor!
https://t.co/h2DpGBsj7e#HardHatMentality ♂️ pic.twitter.com/Rhi2b2YEjv
Congratulations are in order because this selection is one of the big premium honors for every NFL bound player.
Goings, Comings, and Staying Puts
But the comings and goings will continue for a while. Jerrod Hewitt is giving the NFL Draft a try. We, here, expected it but Jerrod waited a bit before making the announcement.
Forever grateful pic.twitter.com/6QGzldbF3B— Jarrod Hewitt (@HewittJarrod) December 27, 2020
Justus Reed is trying his hand at the next level, too.
Nothing but Love and Respect to ya “Young Old Fella”. Be Great and know that we are Brothers 4 Life and HOKIE Nation will always have ya back #LiveEveryDayLike3rdandLong #Hokies #VT https://t.co/0Zp9cliCH3— Darryl Tapp (@dtapp55) December 22, 2020
Amare Barno is Staying in Blacksburg for 2021
Coming back better than ever! 2021 it’s up! pic.twitter.com/2zykWAfs1Y— Amaré D. Barno (@Ayye_Barno) December 23, 2020
So Is James Mitchell
Let’s Go! | #BSG https://t.co/9KmosYgffZ— Virginia Tech Football (@HokiesFB) December 29, 2020
The Program Honors Its Own
Christian Darrisaw, Tre Turner, and Khalil Herbert are Offensive Players of 2020 and are joined by Amare Barno, Rayshard Ashby, and Divine Deablo at 2020 Defensive Standouts.
Outstanding Defensive Players— Virginia Tech Football (@HokiesFB) December 23, 2020
Lineman - @Ayye_Barno
Linebacker - @__Lamont
DB - @DeabloDivine #HardHatMentality ♂️ pic.twitter.com/oOTJjJL0JL
Special Teams honors Brian Johnson’s effort this season. Tyrell Smith gets the Paul Fredrick Cobb Award.
Outstanding Specialist @Brian15Johnson #HardHatMentality ♂️ pic.twitter.com/bplhIpjc8h— Virginia Tech Football (@HokiesFB) December 23, 2020
Brian and Khalil get two more nods from the Wes Worsham and Williams - Moss Award groups.
Williams - Moss Award— Virginia Tech Football (@HokiesFB) December 23, 2020
When we think leadership & character, we think @JuiceHerbert #HardHatMentality ♂️ pic.twitter.com/mLIoHAqSg3
Jerrod Hewitt, Austin Cannon, and Zachariah Hoyt pull down big recognition from the program as well.
Edward G. Ferrell Award— Virginia Tech Football (@HokiesFB) December 23, 2020
In honor of Tech’s late longtime athletic trainer, this award recognizes hard work & unselfishness!
Congrats @Cannon_Ball52 & @ZHoyt #HardHatMentality ♂️ pic.twitter.com/OQLpK7V8Rz
I really don’t think that there would be too much disagreement with this final award mention. Khalil Herbert was a huge part of what was good and successful about the football program this season. He will definitely be missed.
2020 Team Awards— Virginia Tech Football (@HokiesFB) December 23, 2020
Let’s start with our MVP, @JuiceHerbert
https://t.co/4Ag610MALm #HardHatMentality ♂️ pic.twitter.com/8tXBry5b0E
Let’s Talk Turkey
It’s nearly New Year’s Day, and the lockdowns and restrictions are still in place. Will 2021 look like 2020? It might just be out of everyone’s hands, again.