Maybe it was because of his limited time to embrace the transition, but I thought that Taylor looked uncomfortable at backer for the Orange Bowl. I think MLB is his playmaking position, since every time he breathes it's a tackle for loss, but I hate to think of Barquell not being able to contribute much his senior year.
Also, with the three new receivers in the 2010 class, what about a couple of them not red-shirting and getting special teams/garbage reps in preparation for 2012?
I had read that Dyrell would be OK with red-shirting too if his leg injury isn't 100% by the fall
If everything goes our way, and Jayron were to stay, then the only starter from next year's defense that we would lose would be Eddie Whitley. If K. Battle gets his starting spot back, then that makes two, but still no worse than two starters gone from the 2011 defense.
Offense is a different story, losing the WR trio and 80% of the schedules starters on the line. But (and God help me for thinking this is possible given our history on the line) let's assume that Via, Painter, Becton, and Wang not only pan out as back-ups but get a good amount of reps. Couple that with LT having a year under his belt and maybe DW staying in school...."so you're saying there's a chance?"
ON WHETHER HE SENSES THAT OGLESBY FEELS LIKE HE’S GOT A NEW LEASE ON LIFE THIS SEASON: “Definitely. I think he’s extremely focused, extremely business-like. He’s serious about his work. He’s sitting in meetings, taking notes. On the practice field, he’s practicing with a purpose. I told them on the first day, ‘I don’t know what’s gone on here in the past. I don’t know who’s done what. We’re starting fresh. We’re competing every day and the best guy is going to play.’ I’m into results and performance, and he’s showing that right now.”
ON OGLESBY BENEFITTING FROM NO. 1 REPS WHEN WILSON IS OUT: “I think so. When David’s not there, Josh is ‘the guy.’ He gets in there and does a good job and has kind of taken ownership of that position.”
ON SENSING THAT GOUVEIA-WINSLOW FEELS CHALLENGED BY VT USING MORE NICKEL LAST SEASON, THEN BRINGING OVER TWO NEW WHIPS THIS SPRING: “From what I see, the kid is a student of the game. He’s always going to work to be better than what he’s shown before. That’s the biggest thing. I’m sure he’s heard everything that everybody’s saying, so he wants to go out and prove that he is a solid player – which he is. For the first five practices, that’s what he’s shown. He’s a comfort guy. When he’s out there, you’re comfortable with him out there.”
I guess we will see if GW is actually playing better or if Tweedy has not done enough to push him out. Seems like the same storyline as last year.
Meanwhile, Taylor’s back-up, Oakton native Jack Tyler, will miss the remainder of spring practice after suffering a lower back injury, according to head athletic trainer Mike Goforth.
That opens the door for redshirt senior Barquell Rivers, who missed most of 2010 with a torn quad but was ruled 100 percent healthy this spring. With both Taylor and Tyler out, he will get a golden opportunity to prove he’s ready to contribute on defense again. Rivers started at middle linebacker in 2009 and finished the season with 96 tackles.
Virginia Tech also lost some depth along the defensive line for the time being as defensive tackle Dwight Tucker suffered a high ankle sprain during the mini-scrimmage. Tucker is currently wearing a protective boot for the injury. Expect Kwamaine Battle, who started at defensive tackle against Boise State but then suffered a torn ACL, to get a chance to some more reps as a result.
And finally, we already knew redshirt freshman quarterback Ricardo Young (H.D. Woodson High) suffered a foot injury, but on Thursday he revealed via twitter that x-rays were inconclusive and doctors fear he may have suffered a stretched or torn tendon in the foot. Young, who was receiving a lot of snaps thus far as coaches evaluated whether he was ready to contribute this fall, wrote that an MRI will be taken to determine the full extent of the injury.
via: Mark Giannatto http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/hokies-journal/post/virginia-tech-sp...
If Barquell can really impress does anyone think there's a chance we could see Bruce move to backer?
Gayle at 265 would be unstoppable. If Collins can play big, which clearly the coaches expect if he is getting reps at tackle, then that brings back the potential of players like Darryl Tapp and Noland Burchette on the line. Awesome.
"I've never had someone sit down with me and actually just tell me what to look at in film and how to be a better overall player," said Gayle, a 6-foot-4, 255-pound rising sophomore defensive end who graduated from Bethel High.
"I didn't really know what to look for. Things like where the offensive tackle is looking — if he's looking at me, he's going to (engage) me. If he's looking at a linebacker, (the tackle) is going to do something different. So many things I didn't see before."
He set his sights on getting up to 265 pounds by the end of the summer. He also wanted to assemble the proper tools in terms of knowledge of the position, strength and speed to amass at least 10 sacks next season. Last season, he played in all 14 games — starting two — and finished with four sacks.
When he found out Tech's coaches planned to move Chris Drager back to tight end from the defensive end position he'd manned for the last two years, Gayle realized opportunity was staring him in the face.
Gayle started his preparation in February by posting some astonishing weight room numbers, including a 366-pound power clean (new Tech record for defensive ends — previously held by Phoebus High alum Nathaniel Adibi) and a bench press of 420 pounds, which tied for third-best among Gayle's current teammates.
Logan Thomas was 4-of-6 for 100 yards in VT's scrimmage tonight. He had a 61 yard completion to Danny Coale.
via @SeanBielawski https://twitter.com/#!/SeanBielawski/status/55801880042942464
DT: 1. Antoine Hopkins 2. Isaiah Hamlette
DT: 1. Derrick Hopkins 2. Kwamaine Battle
DE: 1. J.R. Collins 2. Duan Perez-Means
DE: 1. James Gayle 2. Zack McCray
Mike: 1. Bruce Taylor 2. Jack Tyler
Backer: 1. Tariq Edwards 2. Chase Williams
Whip: 1. Jeron Gouveia-Winslow 2. Alonzo Tweedy
SS: 1. Antone Exum 2. Wiley Brown
FS: 1. Eddie Whitley 2. Theron Norman
Boundary CB: 1. Kyle Fuller 2. Detrick Bonner
Field CB: 1. Jayron Hosley 2. Cris Hill
I was actually thinking about this a couple of days ago. We are going to lose probably close to 75% of our receptions with Jarrett Boykin, Dyrell Roberts and Danny Coale all graduating. Having only two realistic starters (D.J. Coles and Marcus Davis) in '12 is going to sting a bit.
I am not worried about running back as much as the other positions because we always seem to be able to find the right guy to plug in and eat up yards. I think there's a high probability that DW could have the type of season that would allow him to leave early. But, I don't know, he just seems like the type of kid who stays in school for four years. Regardless, we need to bring in a stud in this class.
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"If you guys growl, they might think you're good!"
About George George is that he's the third generation in his family.
Women's soccer is exponentially more exciting than the UVA blue-orange game... or really just UVA football altogether. Based on their spring game attendance, my advanced logic and reasoning skillz lead me to the conclusion that UVA fans would agree.
Also I'd like to point out that UVA doesn't need tailgate practice because they go hard with the Zima and white zin during lacrosse season too, brah.
at different times it rained, snowed, hailed, and sleeted while we were tailgating. Yet the Hokies were all over.