We posed five questions at the start of spring. Here are the answers, wrapping up with No. 5 today.
We're back from our regularly scheduled NFL Draft break to revisit the fourth of the five questions I posed at the beginning of spring. If you missed previous entries, get to them here:
Two Hokies were selected in the NFL Draft yesterday, extending Virginia Tech's streak of having at least one player taken to 22 years, the fourth-longest in the ACC.
A second Hokie got to hear his name called in the NFL Draft on Saturday.
Virginia Tech safety Kyshoen Jarrett had stepped outside for a second from a gathering of family and friends in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, taking a break from non-stop viewing of the NFL Draft when he got a phone call from Redskins coach Jay Gruden.
The ACC and Pac-12 ruled the NFL Draft's first round last night, with each conference having nine picks. That's the second most in the ACC's history, trailing only the 2006 draft, when the league had 12 players go in the first round.
The NFL Draft starts tonight. Because of the NFL's need to be the center of everything, it will last three whole days. The first round is tonight, the second and third rounds Friday and the fourth through seventh rounds Saturday.
We're taking a look back at the five questions I posed at the beginning of spring. If you missed previous entries, get to them here:
I posed five questions at the beginning of spring. We'll spend this week revisiting them. If you missed yesterday's, here it is:
Spring ball is over, but the analysis isn't. We'll take questions from the start of spring and revisit them one a day this week to wrap things up.
A cold, rainy spring game is in the books. If you didn't make it out Saturday -- and for your sake, I hope you didn't sit through that miserable weather -- or even if you did, here are some links from our spring game coverage, plus a few more.
Spring is over, and the long, dull wait until the start of the season is upon us. But we have plenty of spring game coverage first. Check out these links:
The offense’s step forward this spring showed at Virginia Tech’s spring game Saturday, which Team Medal of Honor won 24-21 against Team Pylon.
Virginia Tech will hit the field for the spring game in, shall we say, less than ideal weather in a couple hours. But the Hokies did name their spring award winners already. Here they are:
There are a couple of schools of thought regarding spring football games.
Virginia Tech's Maroon-Orange spring game will feature plenty of good-on-good for the first time in a while.
We chatted for close to an hour and a half today. Read a replay at the bottom of this post. But first, read all this stuff:
Long-time Virginia Tech broadcaster Bill Roth, the wildly popular "Voice of the Hokies" for the last 27 years, is leaving to take a similar position at UCLA, Virginia Tech announced Wednesday.
There are but two spring practices remaining: Thursday and the spring game on Saturday. There aren't any interviews Thursday, so this will have to last until Saturday.
Blink at a scrimmage and you might miss J.C. Coleman.
The secondary the Hokies have used this spring won't be the same come fall and the coaches know it.
There's one week left in spring ball after Saturday. I did some quick hits on the scrimmage earlier and wrote this story about the defensive redemption for Sunday's paper. Be sure to read those first.
BLACKSBURG — Chuck Clark stepped into the middle of a defensive back circle before Virginia Tech’s scrimmage Saturday and started preaching about DBU, trying to pump up his younger teammates to avoid a repeat performance of last week.
The third scrimmage -- aka, spring practice No. 12 -- is in the books. I'll have more in a bit, but here are some quick hits:
The Hokies are approaching the home stretch of spring ball, with only four more practices to go. Friday was workout No. 11. Here are a few takeaways (no video, though, since my battery was dead):
The Hokies practice tonight, after which I'll have another post, but here are some odds and ends to start your Thursday: (UPDATE: practice was postponed due to weather, so I'll be back with a post-practice update Friday evening.)
BLACKSBURG — For all the good things Bucky Hodges did as a tight end last year, the Hokies’ coaches know he can do more.
Wyatt Teller only started half of last season, logged fewer plays than five other Hokies offensive linemen and was still feeling his way out on the o-line a little over a year after switching from defense.
Spring practice No. 10 is in the books. Here are a few notes and quotes from Tuesday night's interviews ...
Virginia Tech has practiced nine times this spring, with only five more workouts before the spring game on April 25.
Virginia Tech's two projected starting defensive tackles were mere spectators at Saturday's offensive-heavy scrimmage.
Playing next to each other isn't new. Deon Clarke and Andrew Motuapuaka did that for four games last year when Chase Williams was hurt.
That's two spring scrimmages in the book for the Hokies. This one had a little more offense. I wrote about that and quarterback Michael Brewer's big day in my story for Sunday's paper. Read that first.
BLACKSBURG — There are rare instances in Virginia Tech’s spring scrimmages when the first-team offense matches up with the first-team defense, but one such situation arose midway through Saturday’s workout.
Much more coming in a bit, but here are some quick hits from Saturday's scrimmage, the Hokies' second this spring:
When considering players he’d describe as big hitters on the Virginia Tech defense, linebacker Andrew Motuapuaka pointed to where freshman defensive backs Mook Reynolds and Adonis Alexander were sitting in the interview room before him.
The Hokies have passed the halfway point of spring, finishing their eighth practice Thursday night. Here are a few takeaways from post-practice interviews ...
It's Thursday, so we chatted Virginia Tech football. It went for about an hour and 10 minutes, which isn't bad for for the offseason. If for some reason you missed it like (like, you have a job or some lame excuse like that) you can read a replay at the bottom of this post.
Darius Redman likes to talk.
Spring practice No. 7 is in the books. Here are a few takeaways from Tuesday's interviews with offensive coaches/players ...
Because there's never a better time to announce position changes than during the NCAA men's basketball national championship game ...
In trying to figure out the best places to put players in a depleted secondary this spring, the Hokies' coaches looked back to a time last year when they asked their defensive backs to play different roles.
Quarterback Andrew Ford is feeling the pressure this spring, precisely what offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler wants.
The first spring scrimmage is in the books. Quarterback Brenden Motley, who worked with the ones with Michael Brewer nursing a sore back, was the day's biggest story. Read about him here.
BLACKSBURG — More than needing to see a finished product on the field this spring, Virginia Tech offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler wants to see at a minimum a confident attitude from all of his quarterbacks, whether they’re the starter or not.
More to come in a little bit, but here are some quick hits from Saturday's scrimmage, Tech's first of the spring:
Ask Desmond Frye about the competition and his answer is unequivocal. Fellow Virginia Tech rover C.J. Reavis can't keep up with him.
Here are a few takeaways from Thursday night's post-practice interviews:
Good chat today, everyone. We went longer than last week, nearly getting to the hour and a half mark. We'll continue to do these on Thursdays. If you missed it, you can read the replace at the bottom of this post.
New Virginia Tech receivers coach Zohn Burden's first official meeting with his players wasn't the usual get-to-know-you variety.
H. Wayne Orange, 75, of Troutville, passed away Saturday, May 2, 2015. Funeral will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 6, 2015, at Gospel Light Baptist Church. Arrangements by Botetourt Funeral Home.
Bessie Lucille Bobbitt Osborne, 90, of Roanoke, formerly of Independence, died Sunday, May 3, 2015 at Roanoke Memorial Hospital. She was born November 27, 1924 at Independence, to Minnie Mae Perry and Houston Bruce Bobbitt. She was the widow of Howard Breece Osborne.Surviving son and wife, Bob and Donna Osborne of Roanoke; two grandchildren, Stefanie and Jay Flack of Camden, Del., Whitney Osborne of Timberville; three great-grandchildren, Kaylee, Zachary and Andrew.Funeral Service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, May 7, 2015 at Reins-Sturdivant Chapel, Independence, the Rev. Darrin Brannock and the Rev. Roger Frost officiating. Interment in Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Glade Valley, N.C. The family will receive friends one hour preceding the service.Flowers appreciated or memorial contributions be made to Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, c/o Becky Reedy, P. O. Box 705, Independence, VA Arrangements by Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home, Independence, VA (276 773-2521.
DeWayne Thomas Freeman, 44, of Draper, passed away Monday, May 4, 2015. Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 6, 2015, at Bower Funeral Home , Pulaski, 540-980-6160.
Renata Spaggiari, 98, of Salem, passed away peacefully on Monday, May 4, 2015 with her family by her side. She is predeceased by her husband, Gino Delbue. Renata was a very strong lady who taught her family many life lessons. She will be greatly missed.Left to cherish her memory is her daughter, Gloria Witt; grandchildren, Monica (Jody) and Gene (Karen); great-grandchildren, Lauren, Devyn and Matthew.Funeral Mass will be held at noon on Friday May 8, 2015 at Our Lady Of Perpetual Help Catholic Church with visitation one hour prior. Interment will follow at Sherwood Memorial Park. The family wishes to thank Carilion Hospice; especially Lisa, Amy and Debbie, for their wonderful care. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donation be made to the church. Ms. Spaggiarri is entrusted to Valley Funeral Home.