Stepping up in the bowls: Virginia Tech

December, 23, 2010
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You couldn't ask for much more from the Hokies right now, considering they'll enter the Discover Orange Bowl on an 11-game winning streak after having gone undefeated in ACC play. They're one of the best teams in the country since their 0-2 start, but there's one position that's a little unsettled heading into the matchup against Stanford.

Who's going to have to step up?

The linebackers. With starter Lyndell Gibson out with a fractured shoulder blade, Tariq Edwards is likely the next man up. He has 21 tackles, one interception, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery this year. There could be a rotation at linebacker, though, with Bruce Taylor and Jack Tyler, who has 20 tackles, including five for loss this year. Taylor could be playing two positions, as he is listed as the starter at mike but also the backup to Edwards. Edwards and Tyler, both redshirt freshmen, will see increased playing time against an offense that ranks No. 8 in the country with 40.33 points per game.

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