What To Do With DJ Coles?

Those of you who logged on to Beamberball.com this morning were greeted with a positional breakdown of the coaches' biggest concerns heading into fall camp this week.

Pretty standard stuff. I won't reveal too much, as I'm worried Greg Roberts' smooth question-asking abilities will haunt my dreams. What I will reveal is that every position has its usual football concerns: depth, injuries, experience, etc.

Well, every position but one: Wide receiver.

Preseason Position Grades

The Hokies begin preseason practice on Thursday. Aside from the games themselves, August camp is when we learn the most about the players on the team. A the end of camp we'll know how good or bad we are from listening to the coaches, reading practice reports and watching the scrimmages.

But how do we stand right now? Here's my modest attempt at ranking each position. For the most part, I'm trying to avoid the hype and positive prognostications and evaluate each positional unit based on actual on-the-field evidence as the average sum of its parts. Experience and depth matter the most.

Quarterbacks: C+

The quarterbacks are all talented, have wowed us in practice, but have very little actual game experience. The unknown scares me. It's perfectly acceptable to be impressed by freakish athleticism and dominance in exhibitions. However, quarterbacks proves their worth by how they perform in games, under pressure while taking it in the chops.

Fullbacks: B-

Joey Phillips proved he could open holes during goal line situations last year. He'll be fine handling the starting duties this season. Martin Scales adds the necessary depth.

Tailbacks: B+

The BCO's All 20-Year-Team

From Drop Box


The other day, I was curiously* thinking about NFL free agency and in some roundabout way it got me to thinking, about the Hokies ... and my All-Hokie team. Over the last twenty years (since my freshman year in 1991) what would my perfect Hokie starting lineup look like? All of the guys on my team are all conference, but they aren't necessarily the best during that time, just my favorites.

Let me just say it pained me to leave off the following players, I loved all of these guys:
Tyrod Taylor, Jim Druckenmiller, Lee Suggs, Jarret Ferguson, Bryan Still, Antonio Davis, Cornell Brown, John Engleberger, Jim Davis, Jonathan Lewis, Jamel Smith, Xavier Adibi, George Del Ricco, Macho Harris, Ike Charlton, Aaron Rouse and Torrian Gray, but they just didn't quite make the cut. You might as well call these guys my second team!

Without further ado my 20-Year-Team ...

Hokie Tracks Are Following Danny Coale, Quantum Punter

His name is Alston, not Bruce.

"We went up for Junior Day and there were all these people talking to him," Brooks said. "People he didn't know were just coming up and saying, 'This is Bruce Smith's son.' They were being real nice to him, and they'd never met him. He seemed, not annoyed, but uncomfortable."

"A lot of people think I picked Tech just because my dad went there," said Alston, who said he didn't consider family history as a positive or negative. "They showed me the most interest from the start. They sent me handwritten notes. When I was at their camp, I really liked the coaches."

Motivated kid, hall of fame lineage, size and athleticism-- I have to believe we're getting one hell of a "late bloomer".

Jayron Hosley will follow Tyrod and be the second Hokie to be featured on ESPN's "Sports Science".

The segment on Hosley will focus on his speed, reaction time and vision in reading a quarterback, all traits that helped him lead the nation in interceptions last season.

Queue up the Hosley highlights.

Wiz's Boarding Pass, interesting track selection, I would have went with Rick Ross' The Boss.

Fun For Every 'Hoo in Your House!

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BeerControl's biggest scoop to date? I think so.

Starting at $72 and slowly declining to free-for-Hoo-ever-will-come-watch-us-in-November values! Act now, ACT NOW!

*In other news, Virginia Tech season tickets are sold out for the 12th-consecutive season.

UNC Fires Butch Davis

Here's the entire release from North Carolina.

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - University of North Carolina Chancellor Holden Thorp announced this evening that Butch Davis has been dismissed as head coach of the Carolina football program. Davis was informed by Thorp and Director of Athletics Dick Baddour of the decision.

"To restore confidence in the University of North Carolina and our football program, it's time to make a change," said Thorp. "What started as a purely athletic issue has begun to chip away at this University's reputation. I have been deliberate in my approach to understanding this situation fully, and I have worked to be fair to everyone involved. However, I have lost confidence in our ability to come through this without harming the way people think of this institution. Our academic integrity is paramount and we must work diligently to protect it. The only way to move forward and put this behind us is to make a change."

Thorp said the decision was not related to any change in the NCAA investigation, but that it was the result of the cumulative damage to the University's reputation over the past year.

Seven Hokies to Sign as Undrafted Rookie Free Agentts

The Indianapolis Colts inked hometown kid Darren Evans. Evans is ecstatic.

The Jacksonville Jaguars signed punter Brian Saunders. Davon Morgan signed with the New York Jets. Andre Smith signed with the Chicago Bears. Beau Warren will sign with the St. Louis Rams. John Graves and Steven Friday will sign with the Houston Texans and join former Hokies Xavier Adibi, Duane Brown and Roc Carmichael.

via @VT_Football

Potential For Being Upset?

Our non-conference scheduling philosophy, as stated by Jim Weaver sometime last fall on Tech Talk Live, and as regurgitated by my memory is to include a BCS school, two non-AQ schools and a I-AA school. It makes a lot of sense to me. That schedule serves as preparation for conference play, is respected by voters and computers and is winnable. Although, Tech hasn't followed that blueprint the last two seasons, and won't again in 2011.

Whereas the last two seasons deviated from the plan in order to schedule tougher opponents, Alabama, Nebraska and Boise State, the 2011 non-conference slate is by the Hokies' own standards embarrassingly weak. My guess, Beamer and Weaver saw the writing on the wall long ago and didn't want to toss Logan Thomas to the wolves in his first year as starter. There is no BCS opponent and East Carolina, Arkansas State and Marshall all finished under .500 in 2010. This has to be the year Tech puts their non-conference struggles behind them. Right? I sure-as-shit hope so, but this is Virginia Tech Football. Expect the unexpected.

Have any of these teams knocked off a "big boy" school before?

Hokie Tracks are Playing Golf at Pinehurst

ACC Football Kickoff started yesterday, and Danny Coale and Eddie Whitley are at Pinehurst representing the Hokies.

via @chickfilabowl

In the student-athlete interviews* conducted by the ACC Coale said it's a misconception that LT3 can't run, "...he's elusive, can move", while Whitley concluded, "he's the quarterback to get us to Charlotte."

/increases the Hype-O-Meter

*I wanted to transcribe these in full for you, but the ACC hasn't made them available in their archives yet.

Norm Wood tries to poo-poo #coale4punter by proposing a highly unlikely hypothetical situation.

I asked Coale what would happen if Tech faced something like a third-and-20 situation, and he went over the middle to make a catch that wound up a few yards short of the first down marker. Let's say he gets blasted by a defensive player on the catch, and maybe he needs a little extra time to collect himself prior to a fourth down play.

Before I could even ask if he'd be the right guy for the punting job in such a scenario, Coale responded with a half tongue-in-cheek answer for what he hoped Tech coach Frank Beamer and his offensive staff would do:

"Go for it," said Coale today at the ACC Football Kickoff media gathering in Pinehurst, N.C.

Has anyone seen Coale on the turf after taking a lick for more than 1/2 a second?

Putting FSU recruiting into perspective

It seems like a pretty good bet that, at next week's ACC media conference, Florida State will be selected as the winner of the Atlantic Division and overall ACC Champion. You can't really blame the voters, given Florida State's 10-win season last year and unbelievable recruiting haul.

Florida State is poised on reclaiming its role as ACC overlord and destroyer-of-worlds, right? As a former FSU player said, "...Not so fast, my friend!" History shows that, if the Seminoles are going to return to the glory years, it's not going to be on the back of their recruiting rankings.

     Recruiting Class Rankings (Rivals)

This is a Uniform Post.

The University of Georgia announced they would be one of nine schools to wear the 2011 Nike Pro Combat uniforms.

The teams selected to sport the 2011 Nike Pro Combat system of dress uniforms include the United States Military Academy (Army), Boise State University, University of Georgia, Louisiana State University, Michigan State University, the United States Naval Academy, The Ohio State University, University of Oregon, and Stanford University.

Virginia Tech wore Pro Combat uniforms in 2010 and 2009 to mixed reviews and won't wear an updated version in 2011.

Hokie Tracks are Surprised we don't have an Established Tailback

Hey. How are you guys doing? I hope well. It's only 45 more days until kickoff, and I wanted to check in, because you all have been here which is awesome. So if your spirits aren't up, or being thrown down, don't worry because whatever is going wrong, it really won't matter by kickoff. Anyways, I wanted to say, if you're reading this, thank you. Now it's on to Hokie Tracks.

Normally I like to say something, but this time, let's just lead with the quote.

Another difference from Manuel: Thomas has no established tailbacks behind him.

Excuse me? Has Rivals been misinformed? David Wilson eats Chick-fil-A on Sundays, and for that matter, whatever damn day he wants. Rivals doesn't know that? OK... Well... I think DW is going to rip it up in '11, and I bet you do too, but, he's not established. Sorry. Now if you kick a ball in his direction you better believe he has a fair chance of housing it, but established... he isn't. Now, do I think he's going to establish himself? Yes, yes I do.

ACC - Wins Since 2004

I was curious to see just how dominant the Hokies have been in ACC football since they entered the league in 2004. So, I went through the final standings of each season and put the wins in a spreadsheet. This is what I came up with.