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Is Quillie Odom Leaving the Team?

We're hearing that linebacker Quillie Odom may no longer be a part of the team. If we're right it's due to a mix of academic issues and lack of desire to continue his football career. He isn't listed on the two-deep in the spring media guide and is discussed fifth (last) at the Mike. Our source says he is well thought of by the coaches and peers. Whatever happens we list him the best of luck. We'll keep you updated if we hear more.

We're Getting Ready Are YOU?

Coach London is working overtime on the Reach Out to Fans step of the UVa FAIL CHART. This short video was played across the Commonwealth after Monday's fantastic NCAA Basketball Championship. In it London asks the Hoos to, "please join us as we build the future of Virginia football."

A couple of times during the commercial a phone number was flashed on the screen.

Since I'm a huge sucker for numbers appearing on my television —I own a Slap Chop, several Twin Draft Guards, and Point n Paint— I decided to give it a call.

*DIALING*

Kris Harley Commits to Hokies

I visited Blacksburg the last weekend of February to watch the Hokie roundballers take on Maryland. As is customary for all my trips to the 'Burg I ate at Substation II, drank Rails and visited all the bookstores. While I was waiting in line to pay for my latest Hokie gear at Tech Bookstore I noticed standing in front of me were about half a dozen or so tall brawny high schoolers wearing black VT embroidered sweatshirts (or fleeces, I really can't remember) with name tags stuck to the front. The collection of impressive physiques were distinguishing them from the rest of the day's patrons. Ohhhh, wait a second I thought to myself, it was an unofficial visit weekend.

Springapalooza 2010

Spring practice starts today. Amen. Let's take a look at who's leaving, who's back and who needs to step their game up.

Adios Amigos

Offensive Skill

Name Position Receptions Yards Touchdowns
Greg Boone TE 7 75 0
Sam Wheeler TE 2 30 0
Kenny Jefferson FB 1 7 0
Player Totals 10 112 0
2009 Totals 137 (7.3%) 2391 (4.68%) 14 (0%)

As you can see from the table above, in terms of production, we don't lose much. However, you can't quantify what we did lose. Kenny Jefferson has been doing work in the running game since '07. He pounded defenders like a jackhammer and he's partially responsible for escalating Ryan Williams through the stratosphere towards deity status. Greg Boone came to Blacksburg as a quarterback, ate a small village and destroyed everything in his path regardless of where he played. The Wild Turkey won't be the same without him.

Offensive Linemen

  • Ed Wang OT
  • Sergio Render OG
  • Richard Graham OG

Last year's offensive line, like a slow setting Jell-O, took a long time to congeal. To me the individual parts were greater than the whole. Even though Wang could be a first round draft pick and Render has a chance to play in the league I'm not devastated by their loss.

UVa FAIL CHART

The Mike London regime is right on schedule. After some initial recruiting buzz the first year coach and athletic department are reaching out for the support of Hooville.

"It starts with getting our state back," Oliver said. "I've said it on the radio, and I'll say it again: I have a lot of respect for Virginia Tech and what they've done. That doesn't mean I have to like it.

Virginia Tech Pro Day is Today

Today, while the rest of the free world watches the opening day of March Madness, the graduating seniors and former players will be working out for scouts to prove they have what it takes to play in the NFL. The following seniors will be participating:

  • Greg Boone
  • Brent Bowden
  • Nekos Brown
  • Kam Chancellor
  • Brandon Dillard
  • Richard Graham
  • Cody Grimm
  • Kenny Jefferson
  • Cam Martin
  • Dorian Porch
  • Matt Reidy
  • Sergio Render
  • Demetrius Taylor
  • Cordarrow Thompson
  • Stephan Virgil
  • Matt Waldron
  • Ed Wang
  • Sam Wheeler

As well as the following former players:

  • Jason Murphy
  • Derrius Monroe
  • Robbie Powell (Purdue - Cave Spring High School)
  • Carlton Weatherford
  • Ike Whitaker

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