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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.

Tuesday 03/31/2015
Practice report (with video): Brewer not throwing, WR blocking a focus and Hansen packs on the pounds
Posted: March 31, 2015 - 8:15 pm

I try to keep the blog ever-evolving, hoping to find better ways to get information out there, so I thought I'd try something new tonight with the practice report.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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 ...

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

Darius Redman likes to talk.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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