This is a talk Danny Coale gave to a group of kids at the Homerun Club.
Watch this from beginning to end (first 8 minutes is Coale's speech, the rest is Q&A). He gives insight into 2010's 0-2 start and ACC Championship finish, the Frankinator, the "Catch", his path going through recruiting process and becoming a I-A football to NFL player, and more. It goes without saying: 1) this kid is a winner, and 2) the Hokies are really going to miss him on the field and in the locker room next year. Whenever his NFL career is over, I hope he finds his way back to Blacksburg as a coach.
Did anyone see the news that Colae broke his foot?
"Rookie wide receiver Danny Coale is scheduled to have surgery on Thursday to repair a broken bone in his left foot. The fifth-round pick from Virginia Tech suffered the injury on Tuesday at the end of the OTA practice.
Coale’s surgery will make it close for him to return in time for the start of training camp, which begins on July 25 with the rookies and quarterbacks only at Valley Ranch. That would be valuable time for Coale to participate and get extra reps as one of the few rookie receivers.
But if not, the hope is he will be able to return at least by the start of the entire camp, which begins July 30 in Oxnard."
Danny Coale was the last of the trio of Hokies to be drafted. The Dallas Cowboys selected him with the 17th pick in the fifth round, 152nd overall. ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay has been bullish on Coale since the combine. He referred to him again as a, "blue-plate special".
You can listen to Coale talk with the Cowboys brass right before being picked. Also, here's an interview he did with 105.3 The Fan. The hosts joke about Coale working in at punter. If that happens, hopefully he does everyone a solid and punts a ball through the JumboTron.
Even though they weren't drafted, other Tech hopefuls will get their shot as undrafted rookie free agents. Eddie Whitley will join Coale in Big-D. Cris Hill will sign with the Buffalo Bills. Jaymes Brooks signed with the Packers. It sounds like Jarrett Boykin will be a Jaguar. Finally, Blake DeChristopher is close to signing with the Arizona Cardinals.
Congratulations to everyone!
David Wilson, Danny Coale and Jarret Boykin each worked out in front of NFL coaches, scouts and general managers Sunday at the NFL combine. Wilson had the most impressive day of the trio. The low point of his afternoon, and that's relative to an otherwise outstanding day, was posting a 4.49 40-yard-dash time (7th best among running backs). Many Hokies were expecting faster, Wilson ran a 4.29 40 last February during winter max testing. But keep in mind, that was clocked on a Tech watch, and speed coming out of a sprinter's stance doesn't accurately model speed in full pads on a football field. With that said, Wilson had the highest vertical jump of all the running backs (second overall), a freakish 41 inches. Wilson was also top among backs in the broad jump. He leapt 132 inches, 9 better than the next closest back and only an inch less than the top jump of the day. Enough numbers, he also passed the eye test of the experts.
"More I read and look at all these numbers, David Wilson absolutely blew up the Combine. Can downplay that, but he's a really good back too." -- Evan Silva, PFT
/hopes the Giants draft him
Eddie Whitley and Blake DeChristopher were not among the seniors late added to the list. Tech seniors will be able to perform for scouts at pro day on March 15, and one of the NFL's regional combines.
*Bear with me here; I'm not sure if this is just me trying to come to terms with Sunday's kick in the nuts.
As football fans we are subjected to the phrase "window of opportunity" perhaps more than we should be. It's one of the intangibles of the game; we know it is there, yet we don't know when it will - methaphorically - close. It just happens. As fans, there is little we can do to stop this metaphorical window shutting, with the exception of continuing to be fans.
My only question is: will Coale will be working out at receiver or punter?
It should be noted that list has not been finalized.
This list is one of two prepared prior to the Combine scheduled for February 22-28 in Indianapolis. This list only includes senior prospects. Underclassmen have until Sunday to petition the NFL for early entry into the draft. Once the league has compiled this list of underclassmen a new expanded list will be sent out including them and a handful of senior prospects who surprised scouts during senior all-star games.