Virginia Tech coach Justin Fuente spared almost no one in his assessment of the Hokies’ performance in their 31-17 Week 5 loss to Clemson.
“I would say that we should’ve played better at every single position,” Fuente said in his Monday media conference. “I mean, at quarterback, at offensive line, at defensive line, at linebacker, at defensive back, at punter. Greg Stroman at punt returner was probably as good as you could get. Other than that, I would give our whole team a very average grade.”
Fuente made it sound like his players largely agreed with his assessment, saying “none of them are happy with what happened.”
That said, Fuente said his message to his team was simple: Forget about the loss and move on.
“My message [Sunday] was, ‘Don’t even walk in here and feel sorry for yourself. Nobody is going to feel sorry for us. It’s up to us to change the situation we’re in,'” Fuente said. “So I think they heard that and I look forward to seeing them the rest of the week.”
Virginia Tech is not the first team to be dismantled by No. 2 Clemson this season, and the loss shouldn’t preclude the Hokies from a potential rematch with the Tigers in the ACC championship game, if they are able to win the remaining ACC games on their schedule. As a result, Fuente wants his team looking forward to their next test — a road game against Boston College — rather than back at the Clemson loss.
“When you’re faced with adversity or outcomes that you don’t particularly want or didn’t aspire to, you have two options,” Fuente said. “You can react and go the wrong way, or you can respond to the situation.
“You know, hopefully we’ll have a great week of prep and do a great job responding.”
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