Ten Hokies on Phil Steele's Preseason All-ACC Teams

Phil Steele's complete list of his Preseason All-ACC selections hit our inbox this morning. Ten Hokies are among the 112 total Atlantic Coast Conference players chosen (you can view the entire list at Phil's Blog). Ryan Williams leads the way as our only first team selection and is joined by:

  • Tyrod Taylor - 2nd Team
  • Jarrett Boykin - 2nd Team
  • Blake DeChristopher - 2nd Team
  • Darren Evans - 3rd Team
  • Beau Warren - 3rd Team
  • Rashad Carmichael - 2nd Team
  • Dyrell Roberts - 2nd Team
  • John Graves - 4th Team
  • Barquell Rivers - 4th Team

The only shocker, to me, was Danny Coale not being on at least the 4th team.

In order to better compare us to the rest of the conference I did some number crunching. Below (and after the jump) you'll see I weighted each teams' offensive, defensive and special teams units. My formula was simple, 4 points for a first team selection, 3 for a second, 2 for a third and a single point for a fourth. Therefore, the weighted total is out of a possible 120 points. My intent was to identify which are the more talented teams in the conference. However there are two flaws in the logic. It doesn't weight position importance. For example, it assumes a first team guard is "more important" than a second team quarterback. Second a first team player isn't necessarily going to be four times better than fourth team player. Therefore, I don't think the analysis is complete enough to conclude that team one > team two > team three, and so on. However, I do believe it is a good indicator of general overall ranking, that is to say the teams at the top are better than the teams at the bottom.


School First Team Second Team Third Team Fourth Team Total Weighted Total
Virginia Tech 1 3 2 0 6 17
Florida State 2 1 2 1 6 16
Boston College 3 0 1 0 4 14
Miami 2 0 2 2 6 14
UNC 1 2 1 0 4 12
Duke 1 0 1 2 4 8
NC State 1 1 0 1 3 8
Georgia Tech 1 1 0 1 3 8
Wake Forest 0 0 2 3 5 7
Maryland 0 2 0 0 2 6
Clemson 0 1 1 1 3 6
Virginia 0 1 0 1 2 4
Total 12 12 12 12 48 120

What's Your Favorite Hokie Football Moment?

Finals are over and Commencement is only a couple of days away. In Blacksburg, it's a time to relax, head downtown, get drunk and nostalgic. In between sips of your Rail or chugs of an icey cold mug of beer from Sharkey's (what we called The Tank back in the day) you'll most likely talk about the parties you got thrown out of, that bar you snuck into, the epic comeback in beer pong and unforgettable wins in Lane Stadium.

How Josh Oglesby Will Help Diversify the Offense

Pay Homage

ON HOW OGLESBY WILL LINE UP AS THE 'B-BACK': "He’ll line up all over the place. When we went to the Pony backfield last year, he was the other guy that was in the shotgun. Your B-back could be one of those two guys. Whether he lines up there or lines up in the I-formation (as a more traditional fullback) or if we decide to empty the backfield out, he could line up at a wide receiver spot because of his hands. Put him in motion, a lot of things."

Maroon and Orange Effect T-Shirts

This picture come to us via @VTjawo. I'm not a fan of many of these slogans, but all of them framed on display in Squires is 100% kick ass. I still wear my EVERY PLAY IS KEY! shirt once every couple of weeks. His original tweet asks everyone:

How many do you have?

I lost my HOW 'BOUT THE HOKIES? and GET OUT OF OUR LANE tees at some point when I moved. Other than that, I'm missing just the maroon VT GAME PLAN.

What about y'all?

Notes and Videos from the 2010 Spring Game

We were in attendance for the Spring Game on Saturday. Despite warnings of inclement weather, I'd say about 35,000 Hokies made the trip into Lane. The pregame atmosphere was festive and it felt like fall in the 'Burg. A little taste of football (and bourbon) was good for the soul. Our notes are below.

The end of an era, Tyrod's last spring in Blacksburg.

Order Has Been Restored to the Galaxy

Lane Stadium is once again home to the Fighting Gobblers.

The letters were taken down during the west side expansion of the stadium with no plans to put them back up. Some alumni with swang were embarrassed by the phrase.

Cheers to whomever got them put back up and sucks to the haters because they kick all sorts of ass.

H/T to @vtgorilla and @spitzertailgate for the picture. That's some fantastic work gentlemen.

Kicker Conor Goulding Makes it Official

Or, well, as official as he can without actually signing with the Hokies. Conor committed back in December, but reaffirmed his plans to be a preferred walk on in the fall on Wednesday.

Goulding will be a preferred walk-on for the Hokies, where he hopes to earn a spot as the team's kicker or punter.

Goulding chose Virginia Tech over fellow Atlantic Coast Conference school Miami. As a preferred walk-on, Goulding has a guaranteed spot on the team. If he plays at all as a freshmen, Hokies coaches have told him he'll receive a scholarship in January.

Painter and Via Out for the Rest of Spring

This news comes to us via The Frankinator's minions on the Beamer Blog.

Michael Via - scheduled for ACL surgery on Thursday. Should recover in time for August practices.

Vinston Painter - suffered a dislocated knee cap in Saturday’s scrimmage. Will be held out of the remainder of the spring practices. The medical staff anticipates no further damage, however, when the swelling subsides, Painter will undergo further evaluation

Notes and Pictures from the First Spring Scrimmage

Moving day at the Masters you say? Pfft, the Hokies held their first public scrimmage in Blacksburg today and thanks to campus correspondent James (if you're already not following him on Twitter you should be: @hokie8807.) we've got a rundown of everything that happened.

Let's do it.

Is Quillie Odom Leaving the Team?

We're hearing that linebacker Quillie Odom may no longer be a part of the team. If we're right it's due to a mix of academic issues and lack of desire to continue his football career. He isn't listed on the two-deep in the spring media guide and is discussed fifth (last) at the Mike. Our source says he is well thought of by the coaches and peers. Whatever happens we list him the best of luck. We'll keep you updated if we hear more.

We're Getting Ready Are YOU?

Coach London is working overtime on the Reach Out to Fans step of the UVa FAIL CHART. This short video was played across the Commonwealth after Monday's fantastic NCAA Basketball Championship. In it London asks the Hoos to, "please join us as we build the future of Virginia football."

A couple of times during the commercial a phone number was flashed on the screen.

Since I'm a huge sucker for numbers appearing on my television —I own a Slap Chop, several Twin Draft Guards, and Point n Paint— I decided to give it a call.