Observations from the Spring Game

In returning to Blacksburg for the first time since the ECU game last year, one question kept coming to mind: Why the hell do I not come back more often? I made the bookstore rounds, watched the sun go down at the pylons, visited the April 16th memorial, ran into Macho Harris walking downtown, got my picture with Bruce Smith, demolished a Kabuki dinner in Christiansburg, and got to see some sloppy, but promising, spring football.

Maroon 27 - White 0 - Atmosphere Amazing

The stands in Lane Stadium were painted orange and maroon Saturday afternoon. In the spring those two colors are foreign there, almost always reversed for the fall, but as usual Hokie Nation came out in droves to support their team. From what my eyes saw, the only Hokie not wearing generous amounts of maroon and orange was Frank Beamer.

The Frankinator wore a black suit with a delicately checkered orange shirt on a day sunny enough to burn unprotected skin, and hot enough to make a cold beer taste that much better. As per his style, he smiled, shook hands, and observed the game more than he coached it. On Saturday he chose to be the CEO of Beamer Co., tucked away in the back of the boardroom, to not only oversee the first steps towards defending our ACC Championship, but maybe to relax and appreciate what he's built over the last 24 years. He didn't break a sweat.

J.C. Coleman VERBALS?

Rumor in Blacksburg is that Oscar Smith H.S. running back J.C. Coleman verballed to the Hokies today before the spring game. Just five weeks ago he was a strong UVA lean.

Protected tweet by incoming freshman Dewayne Alford let the info drop and Kyle Tucker let was quick to put it out after here.

Incoming #Hokies freshman Dwayne Alford tweeting that Oscar Smith High RB J.C. Coleman committed to VT on visit today. Big news.

Though J.C. has scat back size at 5'7" 170 lbs he runs with balance, vision and more power than one would expect. Last season he rushed for 1,402 yards and 21 touchdowns.

Springapalooza Tailgate Companion

Click the thumb to make it grow, then print it off to be enjoyed by everyone while consuming bourbon at your tailgate. It's best viewed in color.

*I wanted to include the actual game rosters, but I'll be DT by the time they are released tomorrow.

Summary of Hokies Final Tune Up Prior to Maroon-White Game

Here's the recap from Hokie Sports.com, and my thoughts follow after.

Tech quarterback Logan Thomas continued his good spring, throwing for 113 yards and two touchdowns in a football scrimmage on Wednesday night at Lane Stadium.

As was the case last Friday night, the scrimmage was broken into two parts. In the first part, the team worked on special situations – mostly red-zone stuff. The second part consisted of one 12-minute quarter.

Thomas completed 11 of 17 and fired touchdown passes of 12 yards to Danny Coale and 8 yards to Marcus Davis. Davis led all receivers with four catches for 21 yards, while Coale caught three for a scrimmage-high 40 yards. Coale also scored on an 8-yard run

Josh Oglesby led all rushers with 39 yards and scored two touchdowns, reaching the end zone on runs of 6 yards and 1 yard. James Hopper also scored on a 1-yard run. Projected starter David Wilson did not carry the ball in the scrimmage.

The Hokies got an impressive outing from freshman quarterback Mark Leal, who led the offense on a march against the first-team defense on the final drive of the game. With two seconds left, he threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to E.L. Smiling, who made a difficult grab in the back corner of the end zone.

Spring Football is in the Air

The Virginia Tech spring game is kind of a big deal. Last year 41,000 fans were in attendance according to the Collegiate Times. For the casual fan the spring game delivers the opportunity to tailgate with the certainty that everyone will be happy downtown afterward because no matter what we win. Not even considering the fact that this is the only football until September, it is a chance to reunite with people from college, grill out and party on a warm spring afternoon then enjoy ridiculously cheap drink specials downtown during the evening.

Friday Night Lights

Editor's Note: Cody Elliott is a junior Communications student at Virginia Tech and attended Friday night's scrimmage. He put together this summary.

Virginia Tech's second public scrimmage of the spring showcased Logan Thomas' potential, David Wilson's improvements, and a defense that is looking better and better with each practice.

We Are Virginia Tech

We are the Hokies.

We will prevail.
We will prevail.
We will prevail.

We are Virginia Tech.

Beautiful.

Like most of you, I listen to this once a year, today, and my eyes water every time.

Closed Scrimmage Results

HokieSports.com posted this summary of yesterday's closed scrimmage.

Logan Thomas threw for 110 yards and Eddie Whitley intercepted a pass to headline a Virginia Tech spring scrimmage on Wednesday night at Lane Stadium.

Thomas completed 8 of 17 for 110 yards and one interception. Tech’s offense did not score a touchdown, but again, the coaching staff flipped the offense around inside the red zone. The lone score in the scrimmage came on a 32-yard field goal by kicker Cody Journell.

It was not the best of days for Tech’s kickers, as they missed four field goals – from 49, 43 and 43 yards. The fourth was a 44-yard attempt by Journell that was blocked by Jayron Hosley, who finished with three tackles, including one for a loss.

Freshman Adeboye Aromire led the defense standouts with six tackles, while Jeron Gouveia-Winslow added five tackles (two solo). Alonzo Tweedy finished with four, including one for a loss. Tariq Edwards had three tackles and a pass break-up.

Quarterback Ju-Ju Clayton saw his first action in a scrimmage and completed 6 of 10 for 52 yards. Mark Leal completed 2 of 5 for 25 yards and Trey Gresh completed 1 of 3 for 11 yards.

Jarrett Boykin caught six passes for 61 yards, and Marcus Davis hauled in three for 51 yards.

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