VTScoop's Virginia Tech Football MVP: Week Twelve vs.  Liberty

VTScoop’s Virginia Tech Football MVP: Week Twelve vs. Liberty

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Welcome back to VTScoop’s Virginia Tech Football MVP. An article series where the staff writers at VTScoop will conduct a weekly segment nominating their Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week. The end-goal is to crown the two players who have accumulated the most voting nominations by the end of the season. We will also crown the overall MVP of the season based upon the final tally. The VTScoop participants include Evan G. Watkins, Doug Bowman, Andrew Alix & me – Matej Sis. Each week we’ll nominate our MVPs backed by reasoning. Some weeks will be straight-forward while other weeks will offer good debate.

Related: VTScoop’s Virginia Tech Football MVP: Week Eleven vs. Duke




The Hokies snapped their seven-game losing streak, taking down Liberty over the weekend. Here are our picks for MVPs for Week 12:


Doug Bowman

Offensive MVP: RB Jalen Holston

Three touchdowns. Enough said. A workmanlike performance from the sixth year senior.

Defensive MVP: CB Mansoor Delane

The true freshman turned in one of the best performances in the country for any defender. His forced fumble turned the game around for the Hokies. Another impressive week for Delane.

Andrew Alix

Offensive MVP: RB Jalen Holston


On September 16th, 2017, with less than a minute left in the 3rd quarter, Josh Jackson handed the ball off to a freshman by the name of Jalen Holston who walked into the Lane Stadium end zone for a 1 yard touchdown run. His first in Orange and Maroon. 1,890 days later, Holston added 3 more scores to propel the Hokies to a much needed victory in what will be his among final acts as a Hokie. His six seasons with Virginia Tech was by no means the most storied tenure in program history, but you gotta give the guy credit for sticking it out and dedicating such a large swath of his young life to the cause.

Defensive MVP: CB Mansoor Delane

We’ve been raving about Mansoor Delane all season. Saturday was by far his best performance yet. The true freshman allowed just one reception on six targets, good for a 90.1 PFF grade that is among the best an ACC defensive back has received all year. In short, he locked them down. It’s time to start asking the legitimate question of whether Delane could be the next great Hokies defensive back. If you need someone to get your hopes up about this offseason, here is your man.



Matej Sis

Offensive MVP: RB Jalen Holston


Holston is typically the engine that Virginia Tech wants to utilize to sustain drives. On Saturday, Holston acted as the engine and the finisher, with 26-carries for 99 yards and 3 TDs. Despite not having a rush for greater than 14-yards, Holston took the responsibility of being the bell-cow and his volume paid off for the Virginia Tech offense. He was able to finish off three-drives, and potentially could’ve gotten a 4th TD, though at that point the classy thing to do was kneel the ball at the Liberty 2 yard line. Holston has faced a lot of adversity over the years and he certainly earned OMVP on Saturday.

Defensive MVP: CB Mansoor Delane


Delane had one of the best performances of any cornerback in college football on Saturday. He was absolutely exceptional and PFF acknowledges his play with a 90.1 grade. He allowed one reception for -4 yards on Saturday. I tip my cap to Tyjuan Garbutt, who also had a stellar game, and was in consideration for DMVP this week. It was a tough choice between the two players, but Delane gets the slight edge for his ridiculously good performance.

Evan G. Watkins

MVP Offensive: 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. What was more impressive for me was the way he played situational football at the end of the game to pick up the first down but not score a touchdown to allow the Hokies to run out the clock and secure the victory.

Defensive MVP: DE Tyjuan Garbutt


All eyes were probably on Mansoor Delane, but for me, Tyjuan Garbutt was the best player on defense Saturday and made multiple high impact plays. Delane could have gotten the nod, but Garbutt was slightly better from my seat.

MVP Voting Leaderboard – Week 10:

MVP Offensive

No. 1 – WR Kaleb Smith – 14 votes

Tied No. 2 – RB Keshawn King/ RB Malachi Thomas – 5 votes

Tied No. 3 – WR Da’Wain Lofton/ RB Jalen Holston – 4 votes

Tied No. 4 – ATH Connor Blumrick /WR Jadan Blue/ YOU Dae’Quan Wright – 3 votes

No. 5 – QB Grant Wells – 2 votes

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


Defensive MVP

No. 1 – LB Dax Hollifield8 votes

No. 2 – CB Mansoor Delane – 7 votes

No. 3 – OF Tyjuan Garbutt– 6 votes

Tied No. 4 – DT Josh Fuga/ DB Jalen Stroman/LB Alan Tisdale 4 votes

No. 5 – LB Keli Lawson – 3 votes

Tied No. 6 – DE CJ McCray/DB Chamarri Conner – 2 votes

Tied No. 7 – CB Brion Murray/LB Jaden Keller/ DL Mario Kendricks, WR/PR Tucker Holloway – 1 votes





Overall MVP

No. 1 – WR Kaleb Smith – 14 votes

No. 2 – LB Dax Hollifield8 votes

No. 3 – CB Mansoor Delane – 7 votes

No. 4 – DE Tyjuan Garbutt – 6 votes

Tied No. 5- RB Keshawn King/RB Malachi Thomas 5 votes

Tied No. 6 – DT Josh Fuga/ DB Jalen Stroman/ WR Da’Wain Lofton/ LB Alan Tisdale / RB Jalen Holston 4 votes

Tied No. 7 – ATH Connor Blumrick / WR Jadan Blue/ YOU Dae’Quan Wright/LB Keli Lawson – 3 votes

Tied No. 8 – QB Grant Wells/OF CJ McCray/DB Chamarri Conner/ WR/PR Tucker Holloway – 2 votes

Tied No. 9 – CB Brion Murray/LB Jaden Keller/ DL Mario Kendricks – 1 votes

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