2013 Recruiting: Michael Parker

Michael Parker is an impressive athlete out of Kettle Run High School in Nokesville, Virginia. He holds regional (Virginia Tech, Virginia, Tennessee, Maryland), as well as national (Illinois, Ohio State, Boston College) offers. Schools are recruiting the talented 6-4 200 pound junior as either a safety or wide receiver. He had a very productive 2011 season netting 63 tackles, 4 sacks, 4 forced fumbles, 4 INTs, 2 fumble recoveries and a score on defense to go along with 20 receptions, 300 receiving yards, 200 rushing yards (Jet Sweep package) and 5 TDs on offense. Kettle Run Coach Jeff Lloyd was generous enough to take the time to answer questions I had about Michael.

Photo by Randy Litzinger via Fauquier.com

From his highlight film, Michael shows playmaking ability and versatility, both blitzing from a standing position and dropping into deep zones. He lines up all over the field, so much so it's hard to tell if he's playing safety or outside linebacker. Can you talk about how important Michael is to your defensive scheme, what coverage he plays in, and how you like to use his athletic skill set?

Linebacker Telvion Clark Arrested, Dismissed From Team

Update: Per a Virginia Tech release, he's been dismissed from the team.

Virginia Tech head football coach Frank Beamer announced Tuesday that linebacker Telvion Clark (r-Jr., Norfolk, Va.) has been dismissed from the team for violations of team policies. In making this announcement, Beamer said there will be no further comment on the situation.

So with Edwards out because of injury, it looks like it's Chase Williams' time to shine at backer during spring.

The original post follows below.

Over the weekend I was tipped that linebacker Telvion Clark had been arrested outside of TOTS late Saturday night.

Today I found confirmation of the charge, Public Swearing/Intoxication, which is a class 4 misdemeanor in Virginia. His hearing is scheduled for 5/3/12.

Hokies Must Rebuild the O-Line

The offensive line played pretty damn well last season. Protecting Logan Thomas was crucial, and the first-year quarterback's jersey was kept clean. He was sacked just 17.0 times in 14 games (T-22nd nationally) and flourished. They made it possible for David Wilson to do his thing. Tech rushed for 186.86 yards per game (28 nationally), Wilson netted just over 1,700 yards and was ACC Player of the Year. Above all else, they were the most consistent unit fielded by coach Curt Newsome since coming to Tech (2006-present). A group featuring four senior starters with talented depth behind them should be good, but not taken for granted. Now Tech must rebuild the o-line. Unlike during the beginning of Newsome's tenure, the cupboard isn't bare and the players Tech is depending on to step up have been in Newsome's system.

2013 Recruiting: David Prince

Looking poised in the pocket, via: NewsRoanoke.com.

In order to gain more insight on the type of player David Prince could be at the next level, I reached out to his coach, Patrick Henry offensive coordinator Aaron Fiddler. He was generous enough to take the time to answer a few questions I had.

1) So many times in high school the quarterback is the best athlete on the field and team leader. On some plays it looks like David's going to run right off the film. What traits make him such a dynamic athlete? What skills does he need to improve on? Is he that leader in the huddle that the team looks to?

His speed is what makes him such dynamic athlete, it is one thing that we cannot coach. He will need to improve his route running if he plays WR, and technique if he plays DB. Tech has one of the best coaching staffs in the country, and they will mold David into the type of player they are looking for at either position. With David they have a great athlete to build on. David's toughness is apparent in his willingness to run between the tackles, and his teammates follow his lead in seeing that he will do whatever it takes to get the ball down the field.

David Prince Tweets he Plans to Verbal to Virginia Tech "in a couple hours"

Update: It's official, he's committed.

This morning David Prince (@D_Prince8) from Patrick Henry in Roanoke, Virginia Tweeted he plans to verbally commit to Virginia Tech later today. In addition to Virginia Tech, Prince held offers from Virginia, ECU, and Wake Forest. Shane Mettlen of the Culpeper Star-Exponent detailed Prince's recruitment battle between Virginia Tech and Virginia last week.

UNC Receives One-Year Postseason Ban, Loss of 15 Scholarships Over 3 Years

The hammer dropped, well kind of.

The NCAA penalties are as follows:

  1. Public reprimand and censure.
  2. Three years of probation from March 12, 2012, through March 11, 2015.
  3. Three-year show-cause penalty for the former assistant football coach prohibiting any recruiting activity. The public report contains further details.
  4. Postseason ban for the 2012 football season.
  5. Reduction of football scholarships by a total of 15 during three academic years. The public report includes further details.
  6. Vacation of wins during the 2008 and 2009 seasons (self-imposed by the university). The public report includes further details.
  7. $50,000 fine (self-imposed by the university).
  8. Disassociation of both the former tutor and former student-athlete who served as an agent runner (self-imposed by the university).

Here's the complete summary from the NCAA.

Over the course of three seasons, six football student-athletes competed while ineligible as a result of these violations, and multiple student-athletes received impermissible benefits totaling more than $31,000.

Friday Night is not for Hokie Tracks

Original photo is via the terrific Ivan Morozov.

Georgia Tech's NCAA appeal was denied. The Bees 2009 ACC Championship remains vacated, but their 222-0 victory over the Frat Bros of Cumberland remains.

According to a report by TigerIllustrated, "The ACC is in discussions with ESPN about bringing Friday-night football to the conference". In 2001 the ACC unanimously voted to ban Friday night games.

"We feel strongly that Friday nights should be reserved for high school football and we want to do everything that we can to cooperate with the high schools and protect their game," Swofford said. "High school football is extremely important to college football and it is vital that we work together on matters such as this."

It's Over.

During the postgame presser, a reporter asked Greenberg about the Hokies reaching only one NCAA tournament (2007) in his nine seasons. Greenberg fired back rapidly.

"I'm proud of what we accomplished," he said. "Prior to this season, we won 20 games four of the last five years. We won nine games twice in the ACC, 10 games twice, got to the semifinals of the ACC tournament (three times). If you don't think that's good, that's your problem."

A few moments later, without prompting, Greenberg returned to the subject.

"What we've done the last four years? It's pretty remarkable," he said of 2008-11. "Pretty remarkable. Just as remarkable as we weren't in the tournament any of those years. ... If you want to define those kids' careers and say it's a failure, that's your problem, because what those kids accomplished, what they built in a basketball program where there was no basketball program was pretty special. Forget about me. Don't take anything away from those kids."

via Teel, one of the best.

I guess it's my problem then.

Hokies Set to Send 6 to Arch Matness

'Arch Matness,' as it is being called this year, is wrestling's version of the big dance. 33 wrestlers will vie for All-American status and more importantly the title of National Champion from March 15-17 in St. Louis (Scottrade Center). Virginia Tech will send six wrestlers this year, a drop-off from the seven that they sent to Philadelphia last year. However that's a good number of bids despite the injuries to 157 pound senior Jesse Dong, and senior heavyweight David Marone. Both probably would have earned sports in the tournament pushing the number to eight national qualifiers. But, let's not dwell on what might have been, let's talk 2012 Arch Matness.


And Exhale

That was a back and forth game for 35 minutes. Then Zo and Erick Green hit back-to-back threes that spurred a 9 point run which broke a 52-all tie. The Hokies were up 61-52 with 2:21 left. I thought it was over. Jarell Eddie did too.

I see you, I see you at 2x zoom.

But it wasn't. Of course not, that's not this season or team. Close games are their thing. They either figure a way to scrap and fight out of a deficit to the finish, or implode.

Clemson did the only thing they could and pressured. They forced turnovers. They raised my blood pressure, made my chocolate milk less enjoyable. The Hokies gave them a hand and fouled. Seth's reaction to Doe-Doe's foul while trying to rebound a missed free-throw said it all, "This shit's happening again?"

With how the season had gone, I laughed too.

Now it seemed the pooch being screwed was merely a formality.

I'm glad I was wrong. The Hokies banged home five of their final six free-throws to seal the victory. We usually don't do that. Wins in a one and done situation build confidence.

Three more Ws for an improbable tournament berth. Duke tomorrow, let's go!

Spring Football: Boston College, Duke, Cincinnati and Miami

The Hokies don't begin spring practice until March 28, but other teams on their schedule have been pitching around the oblong. Here's a look at their opponents that are already popping pads.

Boston College

Start: Feb. 18
Game: March 31

Montel Harris re-aggravated his left knee injury after BC's first spring practice. He's being held out for the rest of spring, a move that seems more precautionary than anything.

The Eagles have a brand new offensive coaching staff, so getting the new system installed is the highest priority.

Hokies Have a New Look Secondary this Spring

Andy Bitter caught up with Torrian Gray who dropped some knowledge regarding the starting secondary this spring, a move "that gives us our best four."

Antone Exum will move from rover to corner. That's a bit of a shock to me. In my mind, Exum staying at rover was the one given in the defensive backfield. Bud Foster had confirmed as much back in February.

"At the safety spot when we looked at our cut-ups, when 'Tone was just able to go out and play, he was unbelievable," Gray said. "When things moved around for him, sometimes it slowed him down. We just want to kind of see if he can do it, 'Hey, you're out here on No. 1 and just play ball.'

"We think it's something worth looking into to see what he can give us out there."

"I'm trying to free your mind, Neo." -- Morpheus

Questions That I Hope Are Answered During Spring Ball

1. Will Vinston Painter step up?

Tackle Vinston Painter is 6-6 303. He was a 4-star recruit. He benches 430, cleans 336, front squats 500 and runs a 4.8 40. Physically, I don't think you could want anything more in an offensive lineman. However, the senior has yet to earn meaningful playing time. If Painter can get it together to have a Cris Hill like final season, it would go a long way to solidifying the depth along the o-line.

2. How will the abundance of D-line talent be used?

Defensive line is arguably the deepest position on the roster. Tackles Derrick Hopkins, Luther Maddy, Corey Marshall and Antoine Hopkins along with ends James Gayle, J.R. Collins, Tyrel Wilson and Zack McCray round out an athletic and battle tested two-deep. The coaches are also very high on Dadi Nicolas and Kris Harley who redshirted at end and tackle respectively in 2011. However, they all can't be on the field at once.

Hokie Tracks are on the run in Hampton

Mike O'Cain talked to Andy Bitter. O'Cain divulges two really good nuggets of info here.

There is a philosophical approach that we have to our offense in the context of this team. You know, we're not just an offense going out trying to score every time. Now, obviously that is your goal. It's an offense going out there, compatible with our defense and our special teams and working to win the game. So sometimes that affects how you call the plays, if that makes sense. It's not just going out there and haphazardly ... that has some effect.

That's not passing the buck, that's BeamerBall. Beamer wants sustained scoring drives so on the sidelines his defense is resting and the opposing offense is twiddling their thumbs. With a stingy defense field goals are just as valuable as touchdowns. Winning the field position battle is of the upmost importance, and that's why the inconsistency at punter last year was detrimental to our success. We don't want to do anything too high-risk to fall behind the sticks. It's methodical and boring, but the formula yields wins.

More info than you'll ever need to know on the 2012 Virginia Tech Baseball Team

As basketball season winds down, and before football season starts up, lets focus on HokieBall.  The 2011 Hokie baseball team finished 30-25, 11-19 in ACC play, 5th out of 6 in the Coastal (ahead of Duke) and 9th overall in the ACC.  The Hokies look to improve upon last season, and will do so behind a much more experienced pitching staff.

The 2012 squad is 7-2 with wins over Bradley (2), Kennesaw State, West Virginia, Coastal Carolina, Iowa and High Point.  The 2 losses were to Kennesaw State and George Mason (c'mon guys).  Through the first 9 games the pitching staff has carried the team with a 2.62 ERA.  The bats and gloves need to wake up in order to improve upon last year's record.  Stars Andrew Rash and Ronnie Shaban have returned, and players such as Chad Pinder and Tyler Horan look to be primed for breakout years.

2012 Virginia Tech Football Schedule, Hokies-Georgia Tech on Labor Day Evening

The delays are over, and the schedule is finally here (complete ACC helmet schedule is here).

Sept 3 Ga Tech (Monday)
Sept 8 Austin Peay
Sept 15 at Pitt
Sept 22 Bowling Green
Sept 29 Cincy (Washington DC)
Oct 6 at UNC
Oct 13 Duke
Oct 20 at Clemson
Nov 1 at Miami (Thursday)
Nov 8 Florida State (Thursday)
Nov 17 at Boston College
Nov 24 UVA

Our opponents in 2012 will be much tougher than those we faced in 2011. Last season we didn't play a single non-ACC BCS opponent during the regular season. This year we play two: Cincinnati and Pittsburgh, neither of which will be in Lane. Also, Wake Forest rotates off of the schedule and Florida State comes on. So we play the two best Atlantic Division teams.

Hosting Georgia Tech Labor Day weeked to start the season is an obvious luxury. We'll be able to prep to defend the option during spring ball and August. It's also fortunate that we play North Carolina in the first half of the season. The 'Heels are very talented, and return Bryn Renner behind a veteran offensive line, but it will take them some time to learn the intricacies of Larry Fedora's spread. Playing Duke the week before Clemson is a bonus too.

Wilson Wows at Combine

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