Quest for Blacksburg's Iron Throne

Guys, it's finally here! The offseason is in full force, meaning that every single outlet covering Tech sports is desperate for content. It's why Andy Bitter ranks things, Mark Berman writes about softball, and Mike Barber can run away to a beach somewhere. Internally, it's how I convince Joe to let me write more of my, let's call them unconventional, columns (remember, I'm the guy that compared ACC quarterbacks to Mario Kart characters).

When you think about it the search for a new quarterback is quite like the Houses of Westeros' neverending quest to sit on the Iron Throne. It's a long, painful, and heartbreaking process to compete for a job that seems a lot more awesome when you're not actually doing it. Sure, the gig has produced a few legends, but it creates a lot more infamous leaders than famous ones.

Who will sit on Blacksburg's Iron Throne and win the quarterback competition this season?

Mike London Did the Cupid Shuffle

Mike London is no stranger to showing off his dance moves. According to the video description, he led a Cupid Shuffle at the end of the Mike London's Women's Football Camp. If you listen closely, you can hear him say something along the lines of making this video go viral. As of right now, the video has 340 views, which is more than fans at the UVa spring game, but not enough to be considered viral. Coach London, I helped you out by posting this for our readers. I know Hokie Nation will enjoy it and pass it along.

Mike London doing the Cupid Shuffle.

TKP Community Interview: DuWayne Johnson

Defensive back DuWayne Johnson verbally committed to the Hokies on February 8th while attending a Virginia Tech junior day event. Today the 6-1, 160 pound H.D. Woodson standout answers your questions.

Your Hudl film shows you can line up at either boundary or field corner positions, though the tape seems to show you close to the line on the boundary side a bit more often. Do you feel more comfortable in one alignment or another, and have Tech's coaches discussed how your skills fit in the secondary scheme? — VTGuitarMan

2015 verbal commitment DuWayne Johnson answers your questions.

Hokies Make Fullwood's Top-5, Set to Decide on June 28th

6-4, 242-pound Good Counsel (Olney, MD) star defensive end Darius Fullwood is set to make his college decision at the end of June. Dee, as he prefers to be called, will decide between Virginia Tech, Ohio State, Kentucky, Miami, and Georgia Tech on June 28th. He will visit Virginia Tech, Ohio State, and Kentucky again before deciding.

DE Darius Fullwood is one of the top 2015 cycle prospects in the state of Maryland. The Hokies made his top-5.

Hokie Targets at NFTC Columbus

Virginia Tech targets were competing today at the Nike Football Training Camp (NFTC) in Columbus, Ohio (Ohio State). Even though no one from this website was in attendance, thanks to to magic of the Internet we have updates.

Mark Trible spoke to Hopewell's Darrell Taylor at the beginning of April, and since then his recruiting has exploded. In that article, Hopewell Coach Ricky Irby clued us in on Taylor being an athletic freak. Taylor's now a 4-star prospect according to the 247Sports Composite. Early in the process he was thought to be a Hokie lean in part because his cousin Tabyus Taylor signed with Tech in 2015. His top five schools are: Florida, Miami, Tennessee, Ohio State, and Virginia Tech. He's set to decide this summer. Bud Elliott of posted an excellent interview from today.

Hokies 2015 recruiting targets compete in Nike Camp.

Phil Steele: Hokies No. 29

Steelemas has come early for Virginia Tech fans. Steele has Tech ranked 29th in his 2014 top 40 countdown. Unless his methodology has changed, Steele's preseason top 40 is a projection of where he believes teams will finish in the final rankings. In other words, it's not a power ratings.

His capsule is always an excellent overview of where the program has been the last few seasons, and where it might be headed. Baring any injuries, I complete agree with his defensive starting lineup. However, I think the offensive front-five is a bit jumbled. I think Farris will start at center, and two of the three of Conte, Teller, and Smith will be the guards. Brent Benedict's status is up in the air, but even if healthy I'm not sure if he would've regained a starting spot. At the very least, it's a positive that there are a lot of o-linemen on the roster with starting/game experience that can play a variety of positions.

Football guru Phil Steele pegs the Hokies to finish 29th in the final rankings.

World Cup for College Football Fans: Part II

Hello. Last week I did an introduction to the World Cup for you, and this week I'll look at a bunch more teams that will be participating in the tournament next month. To start with, however, some concerned readers have sent in questions that I've answered below. If you have anything you'd like to see addressed in the next installment, please leave a comment below and I'd be happy to make up an answer.