Way Too Early Expectations

The Hokies were tagged with a preseason ranking of 6th and 7th by the coaches poll in 2010 and 2009 respectively. The charge, same as it's always been, was to win the national championship. A familiar blueprint laid out the plan. A made for television game against a top ranked opponent to offset a weak conference schedule and... run that table. Things didn't quite pan out.

2011 was supposed to be a rebuilding year. Same goal, just not realistic to achieve. New quarterback, running back, an offensive line that's never really clicked and a young thin defense still licking its wounds and searching for an identity after an uncharacteristic campaign last year. I thought because of the uncertainty at some positions, and turnover of superstars at others, this would be the year we'd escape the lofty expectations of a championship from the media, prognosticators, and fans alike. Take a break, go play some football, and see and appreciate what goes down.

CBSSports.com Report: Georgia Tech Will Vacate 2009 ACC Title

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution broke this news at 9:22 AM this morning.

The NCAA will announce the results of an investigation into alleged violations committed by Georgia Tech's football program at 3 p.m. today.

The alleged violations occurred within the past several years. The NCAA considers the violations, which included improper benefits, minor. However, Tech allegedly didn't cooperate with the investigators as enthusiastically as the NCAA would have liked. A phone conference is scheduled with Dennis Thomas, the chair of the NCAA's infractions committee, at 3 p.m. Georgia Tech President Dr. G.P. "Bud" Peterson and Athletic Director Dan Radakovich will hold a press conference at 4:30 p.m.

And now according to CBSSports.com's Brett McMurphy the Wreck will vacate the 2009 ACC Championship.

Georgia Tech will vacate its 2009 ACC Championship, a source has told CBSSports.com.
The school and NCAA will announce the Yellow Jackets' NCAA penalties and infractions later this afternoon.

Georgia Tech will also vacate other wins, besides the ACC title game, during the 2009 season, a source said.

The 2011 Football Media Guide is Here

For your viewing pleasure, Hokiesports.com has posted the 2011 media guide. Depth charts, thoughts about the upcoming season and lots of dialog about the players from the coaches are included. Here are some of the things that caught my attention as I was thumbing through.

Coale is listed as the number one punter (and flanker) #coale4punter. "If the competition continues to be inconsistent, is likely to get the starting nod."

The coaches seem really encouraged by how Lil' Wang played this spring. "With starting left guard Greg Nosal sidelined for the spring following shoulder surgery, redshirt sophomore David Wang stepped in and wowed the coaches with his physical play. Wang got better in every phase of the game and showed he’s ready to play."

Ju-Ju Clayton is the backup quarterback and Leal is the emergency, for now... It seems like if Leal can learn more of the offense he's got a chance to make a run at the backup job.

The Whip battle between GW and Tweedy seems to have picked up right where it left off in spring, last August, etc...

Could the Hokies Land All-World Athlete Stefon Diggs?

Editor's Note: Bumped to the front. What do you guys think?

Good Counsel star Stefon Diggs, along with teammate and fellow Virginia Tech offer RB Wes Brown and three others, visited the Hokies this past Saturday during the Hokies' one-day recruiting camp.  If Diggs' comments after the visit are any indication, he has begun to sense the magic around Blacksburg and the football program.

From The Washington Post:

One question that remains is the Hokies’ ability to land the nation’s top talent. According to Rivals.com, the last five-star prospect to commit to Virginia Tech was former quarterback Tyrod Taylor in 2006, and none of the Hokies’ 2012 commitments have earned the distinction either.

Redshirt freshman Brent Benedict will transfer from Georgia to Virginia Tech

According to Ryan Bartow of Rivals.com Brent Benedict, former Georgia Bulldog, is now a Hokie.

The Athens Banner-Herald cites personal reasons as the cause for Benedict's transfer.

Benedict injured his right knee during his senior year of high school.

A devastating right knee injury suffered in a game against Yulee on Oct. 16 of that year ended his senior campaign and forced Benedict to redshirt last season at Georgia.

He participated in spring drills but was held out of some drills as he continued his recovery. Georgia listed Benedict as a backup at right guard.

"My knee is 100 percent," Benedict said. "I went through spring on it, and it's not an issue at all. This decision had nothing to do with the injury. Georgia's doctors did an awesome job.

"I was fine playing guard as well. I played center, guard and tackle while I was at Bolles. I'm a team player and will play where the team needs me the most."

Alston Smith commits to VT

Per VA Preps, and confirmed through other sources, three star tackle Alston Smith, son of defensive legend Bruce Smith, has committed to Virginia Tech. Smith had offers throughout the commonwealth of Virginia, though UVA never came through with an offer. Smith has potential to play on either the offensive or defensive line at the next level, though you wonder whether or not he'll be pushed to play offense given the need for recruits there and the big fish still in play for the defensive line.

Smith is the ninth Top 25 VA player to commit to Virginia Tech.

CTC: D.J. Parker

On their opening drive in 2007 Clemson faced a 3rd and 19 from their 10-yard-line. Cullen Harper let it fly, D.J. Parker pulled the ball out of the air and called B-I-N-G-O on his way to the end zone for six.

The Hokies went on to win 41-23.

Return of The Lunch Pail Defense: True Key to 2011

If you were to look at most of the articles previewing Virginia Tech's 2011 football season you would think the major factors for how the football team will perform are Logan Thomas' shoe size, arm strength, size, or how he's a lot like Cam Newton. Logan Thomas makes for the most entertaining story, as ESPN has declared this to be the year of the QB, and I think he will perform really well, but I feel that the real narrative of the football season is being over looked.

Learning from Last Year

Before we know where we are going we need to look at where we have been, and last year at this time a lot of us were thinking national championship. The story coming into 2010 was that our offense led by senior QB Tyrod Taylor and a stable of talented backs would be able to match a Bud Foster defense to lead the Hokies to crystal football contention. There were a lot of high hopes that playing in a high profile game against Boise State would catapult us into the national title picture early and our ACC schedule would keep us there throughout the season. We all know what happened next. The team showed true grit to recover from a bad start to win 11 games in row (beating FSU to win the ACC title) before disappointment in the Orange Bowl against a great Stanford team.

One of the only good memories from Orange Bowl. LT has the NFL measurable advantage over Tyrod but one thing you couldn't measure with Tyrod was how much heart he played with.

Logan Thomas Hype-O-Meter [7/5/2011]

As summer rolls on more and more media and non-media types begin to notice LT3...

Virginia Tech QB Logan Thomas is imposing like Cam, but can he play like him?

Yeah, he gets it. On the field, he looks like Cam Newton.

"I'm already hearing the comparisons," Logan Thomas says.

Here's the scary part: he may eventually play like Newton.

CBSSports.com College Football 100: 90-81

89. LOGAN THOMAS, quarterback, Virginia Tech. Since joining the ACC in 2004, the Hokies have won four conference championships and four Coastal Division titles. The league's expansion might have expected to highlight Florida State and Miami, but it has been the Hokies who have most often represented the conference on the national stage. But for the last four years of that run, the Hokies were had ACC Player of the Year Tyrod Taylor. Now Taylor is gone, and it's Thomas who's set to take his place.

Bruce Smith Wishes Y'All a Happy 4th of July Weekend

The only fireworks he needed were the ones he created in the backfield.

Our sincerest well wishes to everyone celebrating freedom and the anniversary of our beautiful America. Don't drink and drive. And come Tuesday if you haven't gained 5 pounds, well, you're doing it wrong.

*I posted this last year. I think it's appropriate to post again this year.

CTC: Chase Minnifield

It seems a bunch of you have been enjoying the create the caption to close out the week. If there's no objection, let's make it a regular feature. Vincent Briedis, UVA's football media contact, Tweeted this picture of preseason All-American corner Chase Minnifield.

Leave your best captions (or Photoshops) in the comments below.

65. Fly the Flag.


"An F/A-18F Super Hornet flying a Virginia Tech flag somewhere over Iraq", via.

Whenever, wherever we go Hokie Nation is always flying the flag. Our loyalty and pride isn't unique among college football's most recognizable fan bases. From my travels I've noticed an abundance of LSU, tOSU and Notre Dame hats, vests and shamrocks standing out from the crowd. However, that doesn't make the feeling of seeing a perfect stranger rocking the orange and maroon any less special. It almost always starts with a "Go Hokies!" and ends up with conversation and new friend that you'll lose touch with immediately, but will meet over and over again.

There are only 65 more days until Hokie football.

Hokie Tracks Have Been AFK for a Week

Apparently, there's a lot of news to catch up on and discuss. I didn't think spending the last week in June unplugged from Interwebs would put me behind the eight-ball. I was wrong.

The Hokies' future schedules got a lot sexier. Some foreplay, the University of Maryland has moved its 2014 game with Tech to M&T Bank Stadium, the home of Baltimore Ravens. I traveled to Byrd in 2009 and enjoyed the trip. I Metro'd there and back, appreciated the character of the stadium, as well as its cheeseburgers and tailgating, even though that just involved a pole and a 24-rack. It's a total speculation, but the ACC could use it as its Labor Day Weekend television obligation for ESPN. Either way based solely on location it will be a higher profile game, which bodes well for attracting elite recruits from Maryland. I know Hokie Nation will fill up M&T, but do consider this, from my experience in '09 Byrd's atmosphere wasn't anything threatening, in fact lifeless would be an accurate description. Even though the game will be played at a neutral site, it may turn out to be a tougher venue, because the buzz and hype will do a better job to attract those Terps who normally spend Saturday on the couch. All things considered, I think it's a positive move for Tech.

Hokie Tracks are only Second Best?

Rivals.com rates Bruce Taylor number 72 in their 2011 top 100 players countdown.

THE BUZZ: Taylor capitalized on the opportunity presented when a preseason injury sidelined Barquell Rivers. He recorded a team-high 84 tackles -- 15.5 for loss --- to earn second-team All-ACC honors. Taylor already has earned a reputation as a big-play performer. HIs pass deflection resulted in a pick-six in the ACC title game victory over Florida State, and he recorded two sacks each in wins over Boston College and Georgia Tech.

I will note that Bruce is a massive and imposing human that looks capable of butting up a rhinoceros when you see him up close and in person. However, he is compassionate and doesn't take the opportunity to form-tackle an out-of-shape groom who has a couple of drinks in him just because he "wants to see what it feels like."

Pat yourselves on the back, you helped sellout season tickets in Lane for the 12th consecutive season.

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