Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

ACC Notebook; Hokie on YouTube: Not How It Looked

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

ACC Notebook; Hokie on YouTube: Not How It Looked

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Byline: Garry Smits

Marcus Davis said it's not his fault.

That may be a big part of the problem.

The Virginia Tech senior wide receiver has been the butt of nationwide message board jokes and comments since the website posted a video that has gone viral on YouTube, highlighting Davis' apparent lack of effort in last week's Florida State game in Blacksburg, Va., won by FSU 28-22.

In all nine plays, Davis appeared to make no effort in blocking downfield, including several times when he let a Seminole defender race right by him to make a tackle.

Davis, who leads the Hokies with 38 receptions for 754 yards this season, told media that cover Virginia Tech that some of the clips were of plays where he is not required to block, or plays where he admits he was "confused" about his assignment.

But it was difficult for some Virginia Tech fans who sounded off on message boards to understand why a redshirt senior who has been in the program for five years could be confused about basic downfield blocking assignments.

Davis was unapologetic about the video.

"Obviously somebody was bored and they felt they could put up a video, but little did they know, they don't know the half of it," Davis told the Washington Post. "If that's what they want to do with their free time, then I applaud them. Go ahead and do what you want. But at the end of the day, that's not gonna define me. That's not who I am."

Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer declined to comment specifically on the plays involving Davis.

"I think each and every week you evaluate people on their performance, the consistency of their performance, and I can tell you that's how it's always been in our program," said Beamer, whose Hokies are 4-6 and in danger of breaking a streak of 19 bowl appearances in a row. "The people that give us the consistency in their performance, that's who's going to be on the field."

The controversy also comes a week after Davis took it upon himself to question the Hokies' leadership this season. …

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