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Thursday 05/21/2015
Are the Hokies a borderline top 25 team? According to math, yes
Posted: May 21, 2015 - 10:47 am

The truth of the offseason is that there is very little new information that comes out that directly impacts what will happen in the fall.

Wednesday 05/20/2015
Will the Hokies ever have a receiver join the 1,000-yard or 10-touchdown club?
Posted: May 20, 2015 - 11:50 am

We kicked off the reader-submitted questions I asked for last week with a look at how some coaches have fared once they hit 68.

Tuesday 05/19/2015
Hokies offseason position glimpse: Receivers and tight ends
Posted: May 19, 2015 - 11:30 am

We're continuing our offseason position-by-position looks today. If you missed previous entries, get to them here: Quarterbacks | Running backs

Monday 05/18/2015
Stories? Yeah, Dave Smith's got a few. Here are some that didn't make today's article
Posted: May 18, 2015 - 10:35 am

As I wrote in today's paper, retiring Virginia Tech sports information director Dave Smith has got stories from his 40 years in Blacksburg. So many, in fact, that I couldn't pack them all into an article that was pretty lengthy as it was.

Sunday 05/17/2015
Sunday links: National writer bullish on the Hokies
Posted: May 17, 2015 - 9:36 am

Count FOX Sports' Stewart Mandel as another national writer who is high on the Hokies this year. 

Saturday 05/16/2015
Hokies offseason position glimpse: Running backs
Posted: May 16, 2015 - 10:02 am

Back to the position-by-position looks this offseason. If you missed the start of the series, click here to read about the quarterbacks.

Friday 05/15/2015
Early-season kickoff times announced; Ohio State game at 8 p.m., Furman at 3:30
Posted: May 15, 2015 - 12:04 pm

At least one third of Virginia Tech's 2015 football games won't be noon starts.

Virginia Tech football players past and present walking in graduation today
Posted: May 15, 2015 - 8:54 am

As you can tell from all the traffic in Blacksburg, it's graduation day at Virginia Tech. Over a dozen Hokies football players past and present are graduating or walking today and finishing things up this summer.

Thursday 05/14/2015
How have other college coaches fared once they hit age 68?
Posted: May 14, 2015 - 9:22 am

I asked and you responded. After requesting research-intensive questions about the Hokies, I got about 50 emails in the last couple days, all with pretty good ideas. So forgive me if I can't get to yours right away. Again, I plan on this being a summerlong thing (and possibly ongoing). 

Wednesday 05/13/2015
A look back at the talent on the field in the 2001 Virginia Tech-Miami game
Posted: May 13, 2015 - 11:04 am

It seems to be a popular thing nowadays to look back at certain games many years later and see how much NFL talent was on the field at the time.

Tuesday 05/12/2015
Hokies offseason position glimpse: Quarterbacks
Posted: May 12, 2015 - 10:20 am

Big thanks to everyone who sent in questions based on yesterday's post. I've got a lot of interesting things to dive into intermittently here in the offseason. Continue to send questions if you've got them. This will be an ongoing thing this summer.

Monday 05/11/2015
Got an in-depth or research-intensive question about the Hokies? Ask it here
Posted: May 11, 2015 - 8:55 am

With a solid two-plus months until college football really starts gearing up again, the blog has a lot of time to fill. So I'm asking you, the readers, for some help.

Sunday 05/10/2015
Sunday links: Where do the Hokies fit in the post-spring ACC rankings?
Posted: May 10, 2015 - 9:55 am

Let's be clear: there's no such thing as official post-spring rankings. It's a little exercise we media members do to fill the time and encourage debate, so this is all a mythical rankings discussion.

Saturday 05/09/2015
Which Hokies got invitations to NFL rookie mini camps?
Posted: May 09, 2015 - 8:36 am

The NFL wastes no time getting its rookies into mini camp, doing so the weekend after the draft takes place. That means all of the drafted players and a whole bunch of other former college players are fighting for roster spots right now.

Friday 05/08/2015
Rapid fire answers to whatever few remaining spring questions haven't been addressed
Posted: May 08, 2015 - 9:55 am

We've squeezed nearly every last drop out of spring ball, but we'll finish it off today.

Thursday 05/07/2015
Read a replay of today's live chat; Isaiah Ford named Virginia Tech's male rookie of the year
Posted: May 07, 2015 - 9:08 am

We chatted for a good hour and 15 minutes today, wrapping up the spring and looking ahead to next season. If you missed it, read the replay at the bottom of this post.

Wednesday 05/06/2015
Which Hokies might get drafted in 2016? Kendall Fuller looks like a first-rounder
Posted: May 06, 2015 - 10:33 am

It's a time honored tradition to look ahead to the 2016 NFL Draft immediately upon the conclusion of the 2015 event. And while it was a light load for the Hokies this year, next year is looking much more encouraging.

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.

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