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Tuesday 03/31/2015
Tuesday reset: Late school president Paul Torgersen was a big backer of Hokies football
Posted: March 31, 2015 - 9:34 am

The Hokies are back on the practice field today and we'll have a fresh batch of interviews with which to work, so expect an update later tonight.

Monday 03/30/2015
Hokies looking for a few (more) good men at receiver
Posted: March 30, 2015 - 11:33 am

As much as Virginia Tech offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler liked seeing what freshman receivers Isaiah Ford and Cam Phillips did on the field last year, he'd love to see them out there a little less this season.

Sunday 03/29/2015
Sunday links: A McMillian story, an OL commit and Boykin signs with the Panthers
Posted: March 29, 2015 - 10:20 am

There were no interviews after yesterday's practice and won't be any until Tuesday night, so I'll bring back the Sunday links to fill the gap.

Saturday 03/28/2015
Hokies land first OL in '16 class, get commitment from Nansemond River's Thomas Jarrett Hopple
Posted: March 28, 2015 - 6:30 pm

The Hokies planned to take another good-sized class of offensive linemen in 2016, and they got on the board with one Saturday.

Nijman an intriguing but raw prospect at defensive end for Hokies
Posted: March 28, 2015 - 10:28 am

There's a line of demarcation between offseason workouts and actual on-field work in football.

Friday 03/27/2015
Read a replay of today's live Virginia Tech football chat
Posted: March 27, 2015 - 9:00 am

Spring football is underway, so we chatted about it.

Thursday 03/26/2015
Practice report: Hokies will mix and match in the secondary throughout the spring
Posted: March 26, 2015 - 8:06 pm

It’s not a full deck in the secondary for the Hokies this spring, and with two senior safeties having departed, it has left plenty of unknowns for what has been one of the most reliable position groups at Virginia Tech.

A deeper dive into the Hokies' spring depth chart
Posted: March 26, 2015 - 11:18 am

In the rush of the opening day of spring football, the Hokies released an updated depth chart, which removes many of the injured players and shows how reps might be split this spring.

Wednesday 03/25/2015
Purcellville d-lineman Clay Dean commits to Hokies
Posted: March 25, 2015 - 4:45 pm

Virginia Tech got its ninth commitment for 2016 when Clay Dean, a defensive lineman from Woodgrove High in Purcellville, announced his intentions to sign with the Hokies next February.

Additional Frank Beamer thoughts, plus some video from the first day of spring practice
Posted: March 25, 2015 - 10:57 am

We produced a good bit of content from the first day of practice Tuesday. Here it is in case you missed it:

Tuesday 03/24/2015
First day in the books: Frank Beamer speaks, injury notes and an updated depth chart
Posted: March 24, 2015 - 8:01 pm

Virginia Tech's first day of spring practice is in the books, and there's plenty to touch on.

Video: Hokies coach Frank Beamer talks about being back on the practice field after throat surgery
Posted: March 24, 2015 - 5:06 pm

There are plenty of words to write about today, and I'll get to that in a bit, but first, here's Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer talking to the media before spring ball began.

Odds and ends from Virginia Tech's updated spring roster
Posted: March 24, 2015 - 11:20 am

The Hokies' spring roster is updated. Here are a few items of note:

25 interesting players as the Hokies begin spring ball
Posted: March 24, 2015 - 9:40 am

Spring ball finally starts this afternoon, giving this blog real football and quotes to write about for the next month. And for that, I'm thankful.

Monday 03/23/2015
Spring breakdown: Can the Hokies' special teams get back to Virginia Tech's lofty standard?
Posted: March 23, 2015 - 11:30 am

Spring ball is just around the corner, with Virginia Tech starting a month's worth of practices tomorrow. But before the Hokies hit the field, we'll be breaking down the team by position to get you up to speed.

Sunday 03/22/2015
Spring breakdown: How long will it take the Hokies' revamped secondary to jell?
Posted: March 22, 2015 - 10:50 am

Spring ball is just around the corner, with Virginia Tech starting a month's worth of practices on March 24. But before the Hokies hit the field, we'll be breaking down the team by position to get you up to speed.

Saturday 03/21/2015
Spring breakdown: Can the Hokies develop more linebackers they feel comfortable putting in the game?
Posted: March 21, 2015 - 11:09 am

Spring ball is just around the corner, with Virginia Tech starting a month's worth of practices on March 24. But before the Hokies hit the field, we'll be breaking down the team by position to get you up to speed.

Friday 03/20/2015
Courtland LB/RB Victor Greene commits to the Hokies
Posted: March 20, 2015 - 1:40 pm

The Hokies added a linebacker commitment Friday from Courtland High's Victor Greene. Nathan Warters of the Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star reported the news first.

Spring breakdown: Can the Hokies' defensive line add depth to its standout starting crew?
Posted: March 20, 2015 - 11:00 am

Spring ball is just around the corner, with Virginia Tech starting a month's worth of practices on March 24. But before the Hokies hit the field, we'll be breaking down the team by position to get you up to speed.

Thursday 03/19/2015
Bud Foster Q&A: On Ohio State's QBs, Jason Worilds' retirement and opportunities abound this spring
Posted: March 19, 2015 - 11:33 am

I spoke to Hokies defensive coordinator Bud Foster this week about a variety of topics. The most interesting revelation was just how close he came to leaving for Texas A&M last December, something I wrote about yesterday.

Wednesday 03/18/2015
Hokies hope Pro Day showing enough to make NFL teams give a second look
Posted: March 18, 2015 - 3:55 pm

It was a sparse crowd of NFL scouts Wednesday at Pro Day for Virginia Tech, which has only a small group of players on the periphery of the NFL Draft this year.

Bud Foster says Texas A&M job as close as he's come to leaving Virginia Tech
Posted: March 18, 2015 - 11:40 am

Bud Foster ended up staying with Virginia Tech last December, signing a new five-year contract that makes him one of the highest paid defensive coordinators in college football.

Tuesday 03/17/2015
Spring breakdown: Is this the year the o-line begins to turn a corner?
Posted: March 17, 2015 - 11:23 am

Spring ball is just around the corner, with Virginia Tech starting a month's worth of practices on March 24. But before the Hokies hit the field, we'll be breaking down the team by position to get you up to speed.

Monday 03/16/2015
Spring breakdown: How much can the young receivers/tight ends elevate their game in Year 2?
Posted: March 16, 2015 - 11:45 am

Spring ball is just around the corner, with Virginia Tech starting a month's worth of practices on March 24. But before the Hokies hit the field, we'll be breaking down the team by position to get you up to speed.

Sunday 03/15/2015
Sunday links: Tyrod Taylor getting his chance in Buffalo
Posted: March 15, 2015 - 10:00 am

After years as an understudy, former Hokies quarterback Tyrod Taylor might finally be getting his shot at a starting gig.

Saturday 03/14/2015
Spring breakdown: Will a crowded running back group sort itself out?
Posted: March 14, 2015 - 10:35 am

Spring ball is just around the corner, with Virginia Tech starting a month's worth of practices on March 24. But before the Hokies hit the field, we'll be breaking down the team by position in the next week and a half to get you up to speed.

Friday 03/13/2015
Spring breakdown: Can the Hokies' quarterbacks be more consistent?
Posted: March 13, 2015 - 9:40 am

Spring ball is just around the corner, with Virginia Tech starting a month's worth of practices on March 24. But before the Hokies hit the field, we'll be breaking down the team by position in the next week and a half to get you up to speed.

Thursday 03/12/2015
Scot Loeffler Q&A: On a relentless spring, greater QB expectations and a championship mentality
Posted: March 12, 2015 - 11:48 am

Spring football is fast approaching, and I'll rifle through the position-by-position looks in the next couple weeks before the Hokies take the field for the first time on March 24. 

Wednesday 03/11/2015
On verge of big contract, Jason Worilds instead retires at 27
Posted: March 11, 2015 - 9:01 am

Steelers linebacker and former Hokie Jason Worilds shocked the football world by abruptly announcing his retirement last night.

Tuesday 03/10/2015
Attrition rates tell a partial tale of Hokies' swoon the last few years
Posted: March 10, 2015 - 12:05 pm

With not much else to write about football-wise today, I thought I'd direct you to a link on the College Football Reddit site about attrition rates.

Monday 03/09/2015
2016 QB Logan Byrd decommits from Hokies
Posted: March 09, 2015 - 4:20 pm

Quarterback Logan Byrd, who committed to the Hokies' 2016 class back in September, has decided to open up his recruitment.

A Q&A with Virginia Tech strength and conditioning coach Mike Gentry
Posted: March 09, 2015 - 10:55 am

Ever since Frank Beamer has been Virginia Tech's head coach, Mike Gentry has been running the strength and conditioning program, a partnership that has served the Hokies well over the years. From just Gentry and a GA in a cramped facility back in 1987, the strength staff has grown to over a dozen employees in several spacious weight rooms across campus, spanning sports and specialization, with Gentry at the top. The term Gentry-cized is often used for players about to go through their first year in the strength program.

Sunday 03/08/2015
Sunday links: Tapp re-ups with Lions; Chargers close to re-signing Flowers
Posted: March 08, 2015 - 10:25 am

A couple of former Hokies look like they'll be staying put in their NFL cities.

Saturday 03/07/2015
Which high schools have benefited Virginia Tech the most over the years?
Posted: March 07, 2015 - 11:45 am

My post yesterday of the Hokies "pipeline schools" wasn't supposed to be a comprehensive list of players from each high school, although many people read it that way and subsequently sent me emails, Twitter messages, etc., of players I omitted.

Friday 03/06/2015
What are Virginia Tech's 'pipeline schools' right now?
Posted: March 06, 2015 - 11:20 am

When running back/safety Reggie Floyd committed to the Hokies last night, he became the third player from Stonewall Jackson High in Manassas to do so in the last three years.

Thursday 03/05/2015
Manassas ATH Reggie Floyd commits to Hokies for 2016
Posted: March 05, 2015 - 6:25 pm

Virginia Tech continued to add to its early 2016 recruiting haul by getting a commitment from Manassas running back/safety Reggie Floyd of Stonewall Jackson.

Hokies set spring football schedule; three scrimmages open to public in addition to spring game
Posted: March 05, 2015 - 1:38 pm

Virginia Tech's spring football schedule is set, and fans will have four opportunities to see their team in person.

Medical hardship waivers approved for five Hokies
Posted: March 05, 2015 - 12:30 pm

As expected, the ACC has approved medical hardship waivers for five Hokies who were injured during the 2014 season.

What trends are there in early Hokies commitments over the years?
Posted: March 05, 2015 - 11:57 am

The calendar just turned to March and already the Hokies have seven commitments for the 2016 class (or six, depending on who is counting).

Wednesday 03/04/2015
Hokies RB Shai McKenzie suspended indefinitely after being charged for incident with minors
Posted: March 04, 2015 - 1:58 pm

Running back Shai McKenzie has been suspended indefinitely from all team activities by Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer after being charged with two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Virginia Tech raises more than $37K for Lone Survivor Foundation during bench press testing
Posted: March 04, 2015 - 10:05 am

When he came up with the idea, Virginia Tech strength coach Mike Gentry was hoping to raise maybe $10,000 for charity by getting people to pledge on the football team's max testing for the bench press.

Tuesday 03/03/2015
Virginia Tech's indoor facility on schedule, still set for July 1 completion
Posted: March 03, 2015 - 11:15 am

The weather hasn't been great and high winds even caused some damage to the insulation on top of Virginia Tech's under construction indoor practice facility a few weeks ago, but the building is still on schedule and set for completion on July 1.

Monday 03/02/2015
Hokies bench pressing to benefit Lone Survivor Foundation
Posted: March 02, 2015 - 10:15 am

The Virginia Tech football team will do its winter max testing on the bench press tomorrow, with a good cause behind every one of those pounds it lifts.

Sunday 03/01/2015
Sunday links: J.C. Coleman finishes 5th in 60-meter dash as Virginia Tech claims ACC indoor track title
Posted: March 01, 2015 - 10:30 am

J.C. Coleman's season to remember carried over to indoor track Saturday.

Saturday 02/28/2015
Which NFL Hokies could be coveted in free agency?
Posted: February 28, 2015 - 10:20 am

There seems to be a lot of good NFL players on the free agent market this offseason, which will be finalized Monday, and a few former Hokies are among that group.

Friday 02/27/2015
Slye family, friends starting Selfless Selfie campaign to honor lost loved one
Posted: February 27, 2015 - 7:30 am

By now many of you are familiar with the story of A.J. Slye, the older brother of Hokies kicker Joey Slye, who died a year ago today after a 14-month battle with cancer.

Thursday 02/26/2015
Hampton athlete Jovonn Quillen is Hokies' first 2016 in-state commitment
Posted: February 26, 2015 - 8:25 pm

Virginia Tech picked up its first in-state commitment for 2016 on Thursday night from Hampton athlete Jovonn Quillen.

Detrick Bonner sets focus on pro day after being limited by toe injury at NFL combine
Posted: February 26, 2015 - 9:50 am

Detrick Bonner wanted to compete at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis last week, but he knew it wouldn't be smart. Not with the toe injury he suffered last month at the Shrine Game.

Wednesday 02/25/2015
How attractive of a head coaching job is Virginia Tech's?
Posted: February 25, 2015 - 10:35 am

The folks at ESPN are undertaking an interesting exercise during one of the least busy times of year when it comes to college football.

Tuesday 02/24/2015
Wrapping up the Hokies' performances at the NFL combine
Posted: February 24, 2015 - 10:15 am

One big step in the NFL draft process is over, with the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis concluding Monday.

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