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September 7, 2012

Stock Watch: Austin Peay Game

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STOCK UP

WR Corey Fuller, Virginia Tech

The senior, who entered Monday night's game with two catches for 19 yards in his career, put on a fantastic performance for the Hokies, grabbing five balls for 82 yards.

He had several clutch catches, including a couple in the fourth quarter for 22 yards and 23 yards to aid the 44-second drive that saw Cody Journell nail the game-tying field goal, sending the game into overtime. With the injury to D.J. Coles, who is out for the year, the workload will certainly rise for the senior emerging star.

LB Jack Tyler, Virginia Tech

With 17 tackles against Georgia Tech, the sound linebacker was the star of the show, stopping the always difficult triple option time and time again. This match-up figures to be much easier this week, but if Monday was a sign of things to come, then watch out.

Never a big-play guy, he just makes the right ones, wrapping up the runner well. A fantastic start to his season, expect more of the same from the junior, who was ACC Linebacker of the Week.

RB Wes Kitts, Austin Peay

The senior running back opened up his season with 10 carries for 104 yards, with a long of 68, which he took to the house. By far the top performer of the week for the Governors, he is going to have to have a big game for the Tennessee school to even have a glimmer of hope.

A physical runner, with the performance of Virginia Tech's defense on Monday, it could be a long, long day. Look for him to stay between the tackles and try to churn out yards, getting plenty of carries.

STOCK DOWN

WR D.J. Coles, Virginia Tech

The former four-star recruit is out for the season with another knee injury, and his potential breakout season is over.

He will likely receive permission to play next season thanks to a medical hardship waiver at season's end, but he could have been the No. 1 option for the Hokies. It's a huge loss but certainly a great opportunity for a young receiver to emerge.

QB Logan Thomas, Virginia Tech

The future NFL draft pick didn't have his best game last time out, and he will be the first one to tell you. He said he played like 'garbage.' While that may be a stretch, he did come up when it mattered most. The Lynchburg native still has to do a better job being more confident in his throws.

He was not as solid running as he usually is, but credit goes to the Yellow Jackets, who did perform fairly well on defense. Expect Thomas to get a boost of confidence by shredding up Austin Peay at home. Going 21 for 38 against GT, a much better performance is in store, but he did not turn the ball over in the first game and will look to keep that going.

QB Jake Ryan, Austin Peay

The senior had a rough go of things in his school's 49-10 loss to Western Kentucky last week. Ryan completed only two of his 10 passes, throwing for 11 yards and one interception.

He had no time in the pocket, however, so this also goes on his struggling offensive line. But, the gunslinger has to to deliver his throws quicker. If he waits too long, it will be a sack fest for the Hokies.

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