Virginia Tech's Camo Helmet

On Thursday Virginia Tech announced a fundraiser to support the Wounded Warrior Project.

Head Coach Frank Beamer and the Virginia Tech Football team announced today a fundraiser to support the Wounded Warrior Project, through the sale of camouflage Virginia Tech hats. Hats will be sold for $8 each at the University Bookstore on-campus, the Volume Two Bookstore at University Mall, and the Hokie Stadium Shops in Lane Stadium. Hats can also be purchased online at www.bookstore.vt.edu. The Wounded Warrior Project was created to raise awareness and enlist the public's aid as well as provide direct programs for the needs of injured service members.

The goal is to raise $25,000 for a very good cause. (For what it's worth, I'm buying one for myself and MRSTKP.)

Tech also announced a commemorative helmet to be worn against Bowling Green on Military Appreciation Day.

via @AndyBitterVT

Notes and Quotes From Tech's First Day of Spring Practice

It doesn't seem like Logan Thomas is really concerned about replacing Wilson, Coale, Boykin, #DRAGERBOMB, or four senior o-linemen. He was doling out compliments and reassurances about the new faces in the huddle.

  • "Those guys will be just fine," Thomas said. "They have one of the best coaches out there in coach Newsome. He'll get them right, get their minds right and they'll be ready to go when that time comes. Of course there's going to be some learning, but I think they'll be just fine."
  • "We've got some experience out wide in our receiving core, and they'll use their knowledge and let the young guys know."
  • "I think he's [Holmes] a lot like Ryan Williams, in comparison," Thomas said. "He's got great lateral movement, and he’s got good quickness straight ahead. He'll make you miss more than he'll run over you."
  • "Also, the backfield, they've got me back there, so if they've got questions they can ask me."

I like that reserved swagger, LT3 is confident in his abilities, and only critical of himself, because he knows he can be better.

Are we rich in tradition?

On Oct 21, 1892 W.E. Anderson, despite playing right tackle, scored the first touchdown for Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College ever. Coached by Professor Ellison A. Smyth, the VAMC football players beat the St. Albans football team 14-10. These forefathers of Hokie football purchased their own equipment and had a hard time finding enough people to man a team to play on a wheat field carved out by plow. As hard as it was to get started, this was the beginning of something that 120 years later we sit here anticipating the tidbits of news from the first day of spring practice.

Thoughts after Digesting the "Spring Outlook"

BREAKING: SPRING PRACTICE STARTS TODAY. HokieSports.com posted the "Spring Outlook" yesterday. It contains good information from the coaches about what to expect this spring. My thoughts follow, please leave your's below. Football season, if only for a month, is here.

Offensive Line

The coaches are depending on Nick Becton, "coaches want him to be the catalyst for the offensive line," and Vinston Painter, "a key part of Tech's plan along the offensive front," to bookend an inexperienced group. I'm probably reading into things, but it's curious that Michael Via is listed as the third center. I know he's injured, but other players, Bruce, Hop, G-W, etc... are in the order you'd expect them to be.

Brent Benedict is the starter at right guard for now, but the position is "wide open". As I said before, I think the favorites are Benedict and Laurence Gibson, but I wouldn't count out backup left guard Matt Arkema or backup center Caleb Farris.

Coach Newsome makes a great point, "Competing every day against a defensive line that has all its players back will help us." Unlike the last few years, I hope we see ones versus ones in the Maroon-White game so we have a more realistic understanding of where the o-line is at.

You know what get's me fired up?

As we stand on the eve of another spring football season, I resign myself to worry about the Hokies. I worry that the linebacker depth has evaporated. I worry that all the moves in the secondary rob Peter to pay Paul. I worry about offensive line continuity and new running backs. And, I worry about finding punters, place kickers, returners, and guys who can make things happen in coverage.

But, it is the promise of expectation and potential which brings us back every year and lets us hope to dream the impossible dream. And, when I look at the Hokies roster this spring, the thought of Mark Shuman and Laurence Gibson winning jobs on the left side of the offensive line gives me something to aspire to hope for.

Seth Staying, JT Thompson Transferring

Mark Berman of the Roanoke Times Tweeted the following early this afternoon, "Met with Seth. JT won't be returning to #Hokies, but Seth will. JT will transfer. But Seth not leaving for SMU". Berman elaborated about his conversation with Seth a bit more on his blog.

He said neither he nor his representative have talked with anyone from SMU or with SMU’s consultant in the search, former Hokies athletic director Dave Braine.

It would seem then that ends that.

JT Thompson looked primed to have a memorable final year at Tech. However, it never came, and his inside presence was definitely missed. After tearing the ACL in his left knee his 2010-11 season was a wash, and he missed the 2011-12 season after tearing the ACL in his right knee. He was honored at senior night against NC State back on March 4th, so his transfer isn't a huge suprise to me. The best of luck to JT in the future, and over the rest of his career.

Report: SMU Interested in Seth Greenberg

Lane Casadonte of CBS 6 Richmond reported the following via Twitter late Sunday evening, "Sources tell #CBS6 Sports that #VT's Seth Greenberg is a top candidate for the job at #SMU #ACC".

SMU fired coach Matt Doherty on March 13th after going 80-109 over six seasons. SMU Director of Athletics Steve Orsini stated the following.

"As I have said previously, we have set a goal of top-25 status for our men's basketball program and want to compete for BIG EAST championships. With our membership in one of the best basketball conferences in the nation, the Crum Basketball Center, our $40-plus million renovation of Moody Coliseum and our location in the fertile recruiting grounds of Dallas, we believe we have the pieces for a championship-caliber program."

At first, SMU might sound like an illogical destination for Greenberg. But when you consider SMU is transitioning to the Big East, a premier hoops league, is located in Dallas, and has invested serious dollars into its hoops program, it sounds a little more plausible. It might even remind you of Greenberg's takeover scenario at Virginia Tech sans the gobs of local talent.

Notes Before the start of Spring Practice

Spring practice begins this Wednesday. Once the pads start popping we'll be able to talk more Xs and Os, until then it's more bookkeeping.

BeamerBall.com announced James Hopper's football career is over. He's taking a medical redshirt and will student coach in the secondary this spring, then transition to a graduate assistant this fall. Future head coach at Virginia Tech in 2060, best of luck James.

With BRUUUUUUCE, Tariq, and Telvion (permanently) out, there will be a lot of inexperienced, yet promising players along with new-to-the-position defenders getting the majority of reps at Mike and Backer. Derek DiNardo (Whip/Rover/Safety) and Josh Trimble (Rover) will mover over to Backer. Chase Williams, who's finally healthy, is going to rep at both Backer and Mike. Brian Laiti will have an opportunity to distinguish himself at Mike. I hope we get to watch Jack Tyler and Chase Williams on the field at the same time. They could be the linebacking tandem of the not so distance future, and it would be great to see their on-the-field chemistry.

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