Castilaw reflected on the game in an ASN interview this week, recalling the good and the "not good enough" from his performance in Blacksburg last weekend.
"When I watch film there's things I'm proud of, but there's still some things I need to work on," Castilaw said. "I think I was consistent but there's definitely more I could have done to be better, and if I had done that, we would have been in a better position to win."
One aspect of Castilaw's performance that he hopes to continue to build on was the physicalness of the way he played last week.
"A goal of mine when I went in there was to play as physical as I could, so I definitely want to keep playing with that mentality to be as physical as possible. I'd like to keep that up," Castilaw said.
As a player, he said it's great to hear your coach praise you for your performance, but it's hard to be too satisfied when the end result is still a loss for the team. Castilaw is a true team player as he's made evident since ASN's day one interview with him.
In his first interview on Media Day in August, Castilaw talked about the O-line being a group of guys that really care about each other, and how as the leader of the O-line and really the whole team, he's just about serving his teammates. He had the same attitude about the Virginia Tech game — glad to have played well, but not satisfied with a loss for his team.
"It's definitely encouraging to have your coach compliment you," Castilaw said. "I felt good about it, but at the same time I care more about the team than I care about what I do, so it's hard to feel too excited about it when we came out with a loss."
Castilaw is taking the good from last weekend and building on it to make it even better as the Red Wolves will play their first in-state opponent since the late 90s this weekend.
"It's fun, because there is a lot of momentum going into it," he said. "I know it's gonna be a big game not just for us, but for the community, and for the whole state really, so we're just excited to go in there with that kind of momentum on that kind of excitement, and just perform our best."