Virginia Tech Wide Receiver Impresses In OT Loss T Michigan
I've taken off work from a frantic medical practice for the holidays and am not returning to the trenches until the ninth of January. Lucky me! I had planned to go to Costa Rica between Christmas and New Years, but personal issues nixed that. Instead, I've been doing tasks that require me to be home, ie., the locksmith came to change a jammed lock on the front door, the alarm company came to upgrade the security system, etc., some vacation, huh. On further reflection, I should have gone to Costa Rica, it's one of the best places I've ever visited.
In any event I was out all day on Tuesday and got home around 4:30 PM, had an early dinner and logged on to BTB with my XPS on my lap and ESPN's telecast of the Sugar Bowl between Virginia Tech and Michigan. One eye was on our web site scanning the main articles and comments posted during the day, the other was on the game. There were hundreds of comments posted in response to the these articles and I read them commenting where I felt appropriate. After perusing these excellent contributions, I turned my attention to the fan post section. Kudos to ScarletO for a thoughtful, informative, heartfelt post. I'm still trying to figure out the origin of his moniker. Then I read the incomparable Chia's recent account of Chandler Jones. I was drooling at the thought of another Aldon Smith potentially being available this year. Finally I thought D Ware may have some help. I posted that I think I've found my first round pet cat.
Now all the while I was reading I was watching the game. I must admit, I'm an OSU and Wisconsin fan when it comes to the Big 10. Lots of close friends are OSU fans and I love Wisconsin's offensive line. My general impression was that Virgina Tech had a pretty good defense keeping Denard Robinson and the Michigan offense in check especially at the end of the game. I focused mainly on the Virgini Tech offense. That's when I noticed #19, a WR, Danny Coale. The kid was amazing. He was everywhere, catching everything, keeping the Hokies in the game and helping them erase an 8 point deficit in the 4th Q. The game ended in a tie and the Hokies got the ball first. Coale made an unbelievable catch in the end zone to temporarily put the Hokies up 26-20. The refs, however, robbed him in my opinion, of the TD, reversing the call made on the field. Michigan kicked a FG and won the game on the next series.
Coale ended the game with 8 catches for 117 yards. I looked up his scouting report. He's 6002, weighs 200, and has a 4.43 40 time (low 4.34, high 4.55). That's not a burner, but he has decent size and speed and has incredible hands and route running abilities.. He's the 2011 James Tatum award winner for the top student athlete. He's second in carreer receptions at Va Tech with 155 and over 2500 yards, which ranks 19th best in the history of th ACC. He is ranked 59 out of 337 WRs eligible in this years draft. He is projected to go undrafted. He graduated in the fall of 2010 with a GPA of 3.3 and is currently a graduate student in marketing. http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings/dsprofile.php?pyid=69383&draftyear=2012&genpos=WR is a link to his scouting report. Sounds like the RKG, doesn't he.
Watching him brought thoughts of Danny Amendola, Julian Edelman and, dare I say, Wes Welker to my head. This kid is 23 years old and could easily be a help to the Boys in the slot or as a 4th receiver assuming Robinson is resigned. I'd like to consider him in the 7th round or sign him as an UDFA. Good bye Tree, I found your replacement on the roster.