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Tuesday 05/05/2015
Revisiting spring questions: Who will be the Hokies' new starting safeties?
Posted: May 05, 2015 - 11:18 am

We posed five questions at the start of spring. Here are the answers, wrapping up with No. 5 today.

Monday 05/04/2015
Revisiting spring questions: Can the Hokies build some defensive end depth?
Posted: May 04, 2015 - 10:53 am

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:

Sunday 05/03/2015
Sunday links: Kyshoen Jarrett, Laurence Gibson extend Hokies' 22-year draft streak
Posted: May 03, 2015 - 10:25 am

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.

Saturday 05/02/2015
Cowboys take Hokies offensive tackle Laurence Gibson in the seventh round
Posted: May 02, 2015 - 6:15 pm

A second Hokie got to hear his name called in the NFL Draft on Saturday.

Redskins select Kyshoen Jarrett in sixth round of NFL Draft
Posted: May 02, 2015 - 3:49 pm

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.

Friday 05/01/2015
ACC shines on NFL Draft's first day; Any trend to the Hokies' light draft years?
Posted: May 01, 2015 - 10:33 am

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.

Thursday 04/30/2015
A few odds and ends about Hokies in this year's NFL Draft
Posted: April 30, 2015 - 10:28 am

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.

Wednesday 04/29/2015
Revisiting spring questions: Will a starting five emerge on the offensive line?
Posted: April 29, 2015 - 10:58 am

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:

Tuesday 04/28/2015
Revisiting spring questions: Who will emerge from a crowded group at running back?
Posted: April 28, 2015 - 11:15 am

I posed five questions at the beginning of spring. We'll spend this week revisiting them. If you missed yesterday's, here it is:

Monday 04/27/2015
Revisiting spring questions: Can anyone challenge Michael Brewer at quarterback?
Posted: April 27, 2015 - 11:02 am

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.

Sunday 04/26/2015
Sunday links: Spring game redux, ACC college town rankings & the economic impact of football in Blacksburg
Posted: April 26, 2015 - 9:37 am

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.

Saturday 04/25/2015
Wrapping up the Hokies' Maroon-Orange spring game
Posted: April 25, 2015 - 6:55 pm

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:

Hokies spring game: Team Medal of Honor wins 24-21
Posted: April 25, 2015 - 4:40 pm

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 names spring football award winners
Posted: April 25, 2015 - 12:15 pm

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:

Friday 04/24/2015
Hokies hoping for health and a few highlights at spring game
Posted: April 24, 2015 - 11:21 am

There are a couple of schools of thought regarding spring football games.

Thursday 04/23/2015
Virginia Tech announces spring football game format
Posted: April 23, 2015 - 2:15 pm

Virginia Tech's Maroon-Orange spring game will feature plenty of good-on-good for the first time in a while.

Read a replay of today's live Virginia Tech football chat
Posted: April 23, 2015 - 8:22 am

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:

Wednesday 04/22/2015
Hall of Fame Hokies broadcaster Bill Roth leaving for UCLA
Posted: April 22, 2015 - 11:19 am

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.

Tuesday 04/21/2015
Practice report: Rogers taking notes from Kobe; McLaughlin comfortable at left tackle
Posted: April 21, 2015 - 9:01 pm

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.

Monday 04/20/2015
Despite limited workload, J.C. Coleman continuing what he started late last season
Posted: April 20, 2015 - 11:12 am

Blink at a scrimmage and you might miss J.C. Coleman.

Sunday 04/19/2015
Sunday links: Virginia Tech's lineup in the secondary TBD
Posted: April 19, 2015 - 10:19 am

The secondary the Hokies have used this spring won't be the same come fall and the coaches know it.

Saturday 04/18/2015
Scrimmage report: Offense limiting turnovers this spring, Reavis rising at rover
Posted: April 18, 2015 - 6:12 pm

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.

Defense shows improvement in latest Virginia Tech football scrimmage
Posted: April 18, 2015 - 5:14 pm

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.

Quick hits from the Hokies' third spring scrimmage
Posted: April 18, 2015 - 2:35 pm

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:

Friday 04/17/2015
Practice report: Mihota will get a look at DE; Keihn comfortable with his weight
Posted: April 17, 2015 - 7:17 pm

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):

Thursday 04/16/2015
Thursday reset: A Bucky Hodges story and Vinny Mihota back to defensive end?
Posted: April 16, 2015 - 9:06 am

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.)

Wednesday 04/15/2015
Virginia Tech coaches challenge Bucky Hodges during spring
Posted: April 15, 2015 - 5:58 pm

BLACKSBURG — For all the good things Bucky Hodges did as a tight end last year, the Hokies’ coaches know he can do more.

With plenty of prodding, Wyatt Teller aiming to avoid a sophomore slump
Posted: April 15, 2015 - 11:30 am

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.

Tuesday 04/14/2015
Practice report: Peoples likes contact, Stiney likes Malleck and Teller likes Taco Bell
Posted: April 14, 2015 - 8:48 pm

Spring practice No. 10 is in the books. Here are a few notes and quotes from Tuesday night's interviews ...

Three up, three down for Hokies so far this spring
Posted: April 14, 2015 - 10:24 am

Virginia Tech has practiced nine times this spring, with only five more workouts before the spring game on April 25.

Monday 04/13/2015
Once a problem area, Hokies now have a deep group of defensive tackles
Posted: April 13, 2015 - 12:04 pm

Virginia Tech's two projected starting defensive tackles were mere spectators at Saturday's offensive-heavy scrimmage.

Sunday 04/12/2015
Sunday links: Clarke, Motuapuaka building chemistry at linebacker
Posted: April 12, 2015 - 10:11 am

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.

Saturday 04/11/2015
Scrimmage report: Offense surges in Hokies' second time out this spring
Posted: April 11, 2015 - 6:03 pm

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.

Virginia Tech's offense moves football effectively in second spring scrimmage
Posted: April 11, 2015 - 4:53 pm

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.

Quick hits from the Hokies' second spring scrimmage
Posted: April 11, 2015 - 2:19 pm

Much more coming in a bit, but here are some quick hits from Saturday's scrimmage, the Hokies' second this spring:

Friday 04/10/2015
With short-handed secondary, freshmen Reynolds, Alexander getting extended look
Posted: April 10, 2015 - 11:33 am

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.

Thursday 04/09/2015
Practice report: Dooley stepping up; Reynolds, Alexander getting shot at CB (WITH VIDEO)
Posted: April 09, 2015 - 9:30 pm

The Hokies have passed the halfway point of spring, finishing their eighth practice Thursday night. Here are a few takeaways from post-practice interviews ...

Read a replay of today's live Virginia Tech football chat
Posted: April 09, 2015 - 9:18 am

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.

Wednesday 04/08/2015
Obi-Wan of the o-line Darius Redman eager to dispense his CalcKnowledge
Posted: April 08, 2015 - 12:07 pm

Darius Redman likes to talk.

Tuesday 04/07/2015
Practice report: Nijman, Caleb tackle new positions; Brewer returns to drills
Posted: April 07, 2015 - 9:35 pm

Spring practice No. 7 is in the books. Here are a few takeaways from Tuesday's interviews with offensive coaches/players ...

Position switches for the Hokies: Joel Caleb to WR, Yosuah Nijman to OT
Posted: April 07, 2015 - 12:50 am

Because there's never a better time to announce position changes than during the NCAA men's basketball national championship game ...

Monday 04/06/2015
After taste last fall, Donovan Riley embracing spring experiment at safety
Posted: April 06, 2015 - 12:24 pm

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.

Sunday 04/05/2015
Sunday links: QB Andrew Ford feeling more comfortable in second spring
Posted: April 05, 2015 - 10:02 am

Quarterback Andrew Ford is feeling the pressure this spring, precisely what offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler wants.

Saturday 04/04/2015
Scrimmage report: Some good, some bad for Hokies in occasionally sloppy workout
Posted: April 04, 2015 - 4:30 pm

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.

Motley gets center stage in Virginia Tech's first spring football scrimmage
Posted: April 04, 2015 - 3:46 pm

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.

Quick hits from the Hokies' first spring scrimmage
Posted: April 04, 2015 - 1:48 pm

More to come in a little bit, but here are some quick hits from Saturday's scrimmage, Tech's first of the spring:

Friday 04/03/2015
Pair of Thomas Dale products Frye, Reavis battling for rover spot
Posted: April 03, 2015 - 12:03 pm

Ask Desmond Frye about the competition and his answer is unequivocal. Fellow Virginia Tech rover C.J. Reavis can't keep up with him.

Thursday 04/02/2015
Practice report: Grimm returning as GA, Dooley turning a corner and Keihn has muscles in his ears
Posted: April 02, 2015 - 8:39 pm

Here are a few takeaways from Thursday night's post-practice interviews:

Read a replay of today's live Virginia Tech football chat
Posted: April 02, 2015 - 9:24 am

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.

Wednesday 04/01/2015
Burden hoping to push young receivers Ford, Phillips to bigger, better things in Year 2
Posted: April 01, 2015 - 12:17 pm

New Virginia Tech receivers coach Zohn Burden's first official meeting with his players wasn't the usual get-to-know-you variety.

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