I visited Blacksburg the last weekend of February to watch the Hokie roundballers take on Maryland. As is customary for all my trips to the 'Burg I ate at Substation II, drank Rails and visited all the bookstores. While I was waiting in line to pay for my latest Hokie gear at Tech Bookstore I noticed standing in front of me were about half a dozen or so tall brawny high schoolers wearing black VT embroidered sweatshirts (or fleeces, I really can't remember) with name tags stuck to the front. The collection of impressive physiques were distinguishing them from the rest of the day's patrons. Ohhhh, wait a second I thought to myself, it was an unofficial visit weekend.
Spring practice starts today. Amen. Let's take a look at who's leaving, who's back and who needs to step their game up.
|2009 Totals||137 (7.3%)||2391 (4.68%)||14 (0%)|
As you can see from the table above, in terms of production, we don't lose much. However, you can't quantify what we did lose. Kenny Jefferson has been doing work in the running game since '07. He pounded defenders like a jackhammer and he's partially responsible for escalating Ryan Williams through the stratosphere towards deity status. Greg Boone came to Blacksburg as a quarterback, ate a small village and destroyed everything in his path regardless of where he played. The Wild Turkey won't be the same without him.
- Ed Wang OT
- Sergio Render OG
- Richard Graham OG
Last year's offensive line, like a slow setting Jell-O, took a long time to congeal. To me the individual parts were greater than the whole. Even though Wang could be a first round draft pick and Render has a chance to play in the league I'm not devastated by their loss.
Josh Oglesby is moving to fullback, per HokieSports. Good move for him since he wouldn't have had many carries this year at tailback. Glad to see he's willing to do whatever to help the team and I hope he succeeds.
"It starts with getting our state back," Oliver said. "I've said it on the radio, and I'll say it again: I have a lot of respect for Virginia Tech and what they've done. That doesn't mean I have to like it.
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...And Ed Wang won Outstanding Offensive Lineman. That should put the 2009 offensive line into perspective.
See the rest of the winners at the BeamerBlog.
Today, while the rest of the free world watches the opening day of March Madness, the graduating seniors and former players will be working out for scouts to prove they have what it takes to play in the NFL. The following seniors will be participating:
- Greg Boone
- Brent Bowden
- Nekos Brown
- Kam Chancellor
- Brandon Dillard
- Richard Graham
- Cody Grimm
- Kenny Jefferson
- Cam Martin
- Dorian Porch
- Matt Reidy
- Sergio Render
- Demetrius Taylor
- Cordarrow Thompson
- Stephan Virgil
- Matt Waldron
- Ed Wang
- Sam Wheeler
As well as the following former players:
- Jason Murphy
- Derrius Monroe
- Robbie Powell (Purdue - Cave Spring High School)
- Carlton Weatherford
- Ike Whitaker
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