Both Berry and Motley Have Big Games in Week 3
Evan Berry's return helps seal the win for the Tennessee Vols
Evan Berry not only wanted to impress the crowd of over 102,000 inside of Neyland Stadium Saturday night, but also a very special guest who was there to see him play. Berry's brother Eric, former Volunteer stand out and current Kansas City Chief was in attendance Saturday night.
Evan did just that. Evan spun his way down the field and broke several tackles and returned the kickoff for an 88 yard touchdown. Evan became the first Volunteer to do so since Cordarrelle Patterson did in a November of 2012 game.
"It was a short kick so he had to come up and field to it, but it was a play in the play." said coach Butch Jones after the game to utsports.com. "A lot of people assumed he was down. He's very, very strong as we all know and once you get him in the open field he has great speed."
"It was obviously amazing. My brother doesn't come to many games; he got an opportunity to come because he had a Thursday night game." Said Evan Berry on his kick return with brother Eric watching from the stands. "I give my best every game, but knowing he was coming I just tried to make something happen and it happened. So it was a great feeling."
Evan is making strides to become one of the top players to play in the Battle at Bristol which is less than a year away.
Motley shows much improvement in second start of 2015 for Hokies
Brenden Motley has made great gains from week to week. He is now the Hokies starting quarterback taking over for injured Michael Brewer. Motley had an impressive game against Purdue in just his second start of the year.
With this being Virginia Techs first game in the Hoosier State, the Hokies where looking for a strong start last weekend from Motley and they got just that.
Motley was 15 of 23 for a total of 220 yards on Saturday with two touchdowns and no interceptions.
"I think he's doing well. I like the kid. I like how he's handling things." Coach Frank Beamer said on quarterback Brenden Motley to Hokiesports.com. "He doesn't flinch. I've used that word before, but he doesn't. He hangs right in there, and he's a good quarterback for this football team."
"We had a great game plan," Motley added. "We knew what we wanted to do coming in. Our line did a good job against these guys and protected me all game. The backs ran the ball well. That helped out a lot, and the receivers made plays. It was a good team win."
Look for and experienced Motley and his Hokie teammates to bring the fight to Tennessee at the Battle at Bristol on September 10, 2016.