A few days ago I reached season anticipation level orange. I watched hours of Tech highlight videos and favorite plays on YouTube, and began finalizing my Labor Day Weekend itinerary. Level maroon hits midway through August, when kickoff is less than 20 days away. Then, I'll be whistling Tech Triumph while walking through my building, honking at anyone and everyone on The Beltway with a Tech sticker on their car, and listening to Enter Sandman on repeat at the gym.
Some quick news and notes:
—As part of the punishment levied on Penn State, players in their program will be able to transfer and maintain their eligibility (not sit a year) without any restrictions. That's in the best interest of the players, but not the team. It didn't take long for other coaches to start recruiting their roster. The Hokies may look to target wide receiver Eugene Lewis and offensive lineman Donovan Smith. Smith reaffirmed his commitment to PSU after the news broke Monday, and during his initial recruitment he never took an official visit to Tech. Lewis' father said late Monday night his son is still committed to PSU.
—Beamer, like myself, is confident in Michael Holmes. "He hasn't done it, but you think he's going to be OK." "I think he has a chance to be very good." Also at ACC Kickoff, Beamer noted RB/LB Trey Edmunds would begin his career in the backfield, but before it was all said and done he'd probably play on both sides of the ball.
"If he's your tailback, he may end up being inserted in packages on defense, nickel packages or whatever. Or if he's on defense, he might be in your goal line package on offense," Beamer said. "One way or the other, in the end he’s probably gonna play on both sides because I think he's a terrific talent. But I think right now, coming in on our football team right now, if he can come in and get comfortable, he can help us at that tailback position."
Edmunds is a stud, and while I think his ultimate destination and best fit is at backer it makes sense to see what he can do at tailback because there's a chance he can see the field there this year. I don't think learning two positions in his first year on campus will hurt his overall development that much, if at all.