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Virginia Tech Football VTScoop MVP: Week Twelve vs. Liberty

Virginia Tech Football VTScoop MVP: Week Twelve vs. Liberty

Virginia Tech Football VTScoop MVP: Week Twelve vs. Liberty

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Welcome to VTScoop is Virginia Tech Football’s MVP. A series of articles in which VTScoop’s staff writers will host a weekly segment highlighting their Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week. The ultimate goal is to award the two players with the most votes by the end of the season. We will also name the player of the season based on the final tally. Among the members of VTScoop Evan G. Watkins, Doug Bowman, Andrew Alix and i – Matthew Sis. Each week we’ll be highlighting our MVPs based on our reasoning. Some weeks will be straight forward, while other weeks offer good debate.

Relatives: Virginia Tech Football MVP VTScoop: Week Eleven vs. Duke




The Hokies snapped a seven-game losing streak with a win over the Liberty over the weekend. Here are our Week 12 MVP picks:


Doug Bowman

Offensive MVP: RB Jalen Holston

Three touchdowns. Enough said. A performance from a six-year-old.

Defensive MVP: CB Mansour Delaine

The true freshman turned in one of the best numbers in the country for any quarterback. His forced fumble turned the game around for the Hokies. Another impressive week for Delaney.

Andrew Alix

Offensive MVP: RB Jalen Holston


On September 16, 2017, with less than a minute left in the 3rd quarter, Josh Jackson threw the ball to freshman Jalen Holston, who ran into the Lane Stadium end zone for a 1-yard touchdown. His first in orange and maroon. Holston added another 3-pointer 1,890 days later to propel the Hokies to a much-needed victory in what would be one of his final acts as a Hokie. His six seasons at Virginia Tech weren’t the most storied tenure in program history by any means, but you have to give the guy credit for sticking it out and dedicating such a large chunk of his young life to it.

Defensive MVP: CB Mansour Delaine

We’ve been admiring Mansour Delaney all season. Saturday was by far his best performance. The true freshman allowed just one reception on six targets, good for a 90.1 PFF grade that was one of the best by an ACC defensive back all year. In short, locked them. It’s time to start asking the valid question of whether Delaney can be the Hokies’ next great quarterback. If you need someone to get your hopes up this offseason, here’s your man.



Matthew Sis

Offensive MVP: RB Jalen Holston


Holston is usually the engine that Virginia Tech wants to use to keep drives going. On Saturday, Holston was the mover and finisher with 26 carries for 99 yards and 3 TDs. ​Although he didn’t have a rush of more than 14 yards, Holston took responsibility for the call and his volume paid off for Virginia Tech’s offense. He was able to finish three drives and potentially have a 4th TD, although the coolest thing at that moment was to put the ball in his lap near the Liberty 2 line. Holston has faced a lot of adversity over the years and he definitely got the OMVP on Saturday.

Defensive MVP: CB Mansour Delaine


Delaney turned in one of the best performances of any cornerback in college football on Saturday. He was absolutely exceptional, and PFF credits his game with a 90.1 rating. He allowed one reception for -4 yards on Saturday. I answer Taijuan Garbat, who also had a great game and was considered the DMVP this week. It was a tough choice between the two players, but Delaney gets the slight edge for his ridiculously good play.

Evan G. Watkins

Offensive MVP: RB Jalen Holston


Hard to go with anyone other than Jalen Holston. The Virginia Tech senior had the best outing of his career on Saturday with three rushing touchdowns. More impressive to me was how he played situational football late in the game to pick up a first down but not score a touchdown to allow the Hokies to run out the clock and secure the win.

Defensive MVP: DE Tijuan Garbut


All eyes were probably on Mansour Delain, but for me Tijuan Garbut was the best defensive player on Saturday and made some strong plays. Delaney might get the nod, but Garbat was a little better from my seat.

MVP Voting Leaderboard – Week 10:

Offensive MVP

#1 – WR Caleb Smith – 14 votes

Draw #2 – RB Keshaun King/ RB Malachi Thomas – 5 votes

Tie #3 – WR Da’Wayne Lofton/ RB Jalen Holston – 4 votes

Draw #4 – ATH Connor Bloomrick / WR Jadan Blue/ THE De’Quan Wright – 3 votes

#5 is the QB Grant Wells – 2 votes

No. 6 – WR/PR Tucker Holloway – 1 vote


Defensive MVP

#1 – POUND Dax Holyfield8 votes

No. 2 – Central Bank Mansour Delaine – 7 votes

No. 3 – OF Tijuan Garbut– 6 votes

Draw #4 – DT Josh Fuga/ DB Jalen Stroman/POUND Alan Tisdale 4 votes

No. 5 – POUND Kelly Lawson – 3 votes

Tie #6 – DE CJ McCray/ DB Chamari Conner – 2 votes

Draw #7 – CB Brian Murray/ POUND Jayden Keller/ DL Mario Kendricks, WR/PR Tucker Holloway – 1 vote





Overall MVP

#1 is the WR Caleb Smith – 14 votes

number 2 – POUND Dax Holyfield8 votes

No. 3 – Central Bank Mansour Delaine – 7 votes

No. 4 – DE Tijuan Garbut – 6 votes

Draw No. 5- RB Keshaun King/RB Malachi Thomas 5 votes

Draw #6 – DT Josh Fuga/ DB Jalen Stroman/ WR Da’Wayne Lofton/ POUND Alan Tisdalld / RB Jalen Holston 4 votes

Draw #7 – ATH Connor Bloomrick / WR Jadan Blue/ THE De’Quan Wright/POUND Kelly Lawson – 3 votes

Draw #8 – QB Grant Wells/OF CJ McCray/DB Chamari Conner/ WR/PR Tucker Holloway – 2 votes

Draw #9 – CB Brian Murray/ POUND Jayden Keller/ DL Mario Kendricks – 1 vote





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