Preseason Practice: First Open Scrimmage

French and I attended the open scrimmage this afternoon. We wanted to give you an accurate practice report as quickly as possible, hence the following stream of notes. Much of this was written at Texas Roadhouse on our phones, so appoligies in advance for any typos. If you have any specific questions, ask them in the comments and we'll be happy to answer them. If you attended pratice, please leave your thoughts. --Joe

French's evaluation:

1) 1st team offense ran either pistol or the shotgun almost 70 percent of the time. Pistol featured dual motion, usually with the tight end moving from a set position to a wingback (similar to Clemson's TE Dwayne Allen) and then the flanker motioning to either run or fake a sweep. Also, as the scrimmage moved to 1's vs 1's, the Hokies featured the fullback out of the pistol, starting in an offset I and then motioning to a wing.

Multitalented DE, OT, H-Back Wyatt Teller commits to Virginia Tech

Wyatt Teller committed to Virginia Tech over the University of Virginia this afternoon. It was a highly contested recruiting battle. UVa was thought to be his leader for quite some time, but Tech made up ground over the past two weeks and received his pledge. Teller was rated the number six player in Virginia, a 4-star prospect by Rivals.com with 16 I-A offers including: Clemson, Michigan, Oregon, and Notre Dame. Teller has the ability to play defensive end, d-tackle, or offensive tackle at the next level. Tech recruited him as a defensive lineman (d-end).

Teller is a big, relentlessly aggressive, versatile player; another fantastic addition to an already outstanding 2013 class.

When I spoke to his high school coach, Sean Finnerty, back in May he weighed 265 pounds after playing last season at 240. That's a lot of growth, and a 6-5 frame will allow him to pack on more mass. "Not many people can scratch their kneecap without bending over," Finnerty told me.

Preseason Practice: A Quicky

Mark it on your calendars, 8/16/12, Josh Stanford's first dropped ball of camp.

Here's more good news about Coles.

For the third straight practice, receiver D.J. Coles wore a sleeve instead of a knee brace, and on Thursday, Coles participated in every period except for the final period, which was a team period in which the offense goes against the defense (full tackle to the ground). The coaches held him out of that as a precaution, but Coles is moving better and better with each practice.

I think he's going to be ready to play against Georgia Tech.

Charlie Wiles has nice things to say about the Million Dollar Man Corey Marshall.

"He's looked very explosive. So strong," Wiles said. "I just love the way he practices. I love how hard he practices. It's important to him."

At 267 he's a load playing d-end, but that might be too small to be an every down tackle. However, if Foster needs a player inside to attack gaps against the run, or rush the passer, a bigger Marshall will make defenses pay the price.

And if you missed this.

First Look at Virginia Tech's 2012 Pro Combat Uniforms

This is the third Pro Combat uniform the Hokies will wear. The, "Good Guys Wear White," weren't horrible, but they weren't anything special. The second generation all-black were sleek, but were outside of the box, and proved to be the perfect formal attire for the funeral at FedEx. I never fully got behind either one, but '12 edition really catch my eye and I think all of HokieNation will agree.

Let's review the new uniforms from top to bottom.

Each helmet is a one-of-a-kind forged dolomite limestone blended with Kevlar "net-skeleton". Virginia Tech's advancements in helmet safety continues. These lids outperform their closest competitor by as much as a 45% reduction in brain trauma over the course of a 14-game season.

Nike's replaced the standard face masks with Bane's mask. If you've seen The Dark Knight Rises you know how badass this thing is, even if no one will ever know how it works. A demonstation of its power—during a five-minute stretch of the movie Bane single-handedly beats two football teams, and takes over an entire city. Each player benefits from real-time Gentrification thanks to futuristic Gotham technology.

Preseason Practice: Moving Up

Moving up the depth chart that is. Luther Maddy is making more plays in practice than Antoine Hopkins, the two are battling each other to start at defensive tackle along side of Derrick Hopkins.

"Luther makes more plays right now," Wiles said. "He's quicker, he's more explosive. That's what I'm seeing in practice. Right now, the way it looks, Luther looks like he's winning that job today."

And remember, Luther's practicing with a tweaked hammy.

"Bottom line: I want [Antoine] to make plays," said Wiles, not mincing words. "Right now, I don't see any ill effects from the knee. And he's being physical. We'll see on Saturday [in the scrimmage]. Like I said, Antoine … I don't know how to describe it. Physical kid, good player. Got to make more plays. That's what it boils down to."

In the past, the knock on Antoine from Wiles was not consistently giving 100%. That doesn't seem to be the criticism here. After being out with the knee injury, perhaps there's some mental rust and he's taking a little time to catch back up to the speed of the game.

Ronny Vandyke is now the co-No. 2 Whip backer with Alonzo Tweedy.

Preseason Practice: Injuries and More

Head Athletic Trainer Mike Goforth released an injury update the afternoon. Nick Acree suffered a torn ACL, MCL sprain and a medial meniscus tear in his left knee during Sunday's mini-scrimmage. Shredded. Estimated recovery time is 8 months, so he's done for the season. I'd consider it a success is he's back to practice this spring. It's terrible news for a guy that's bounced around positions and was finally starting to stick at offensive tackle with a chance to crack the two-deep. Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

The screw causing discomfort in Tariq Edwards' knee was removed. He had been slowed since camp opened, and his recovery plateaued at 85% by Edwards' own estimation. He should be back on the field in a week. I still believe it'll be Tyler at Mike, Taylor at backer for Georgia Tech. Regardless of Edwards' health, that might be the best matchup.

Lil' Wang will have less downtime for Call of Duty. His ankle injury is not as serious as first expected. He practiced today, and could practice in Saturday's scrimmage.

Receiver D.J. Coles continues to improve daily and Goforth feels good about his progress and chances to play against Georgia Tech with exactly three weeks to go before the first game.

Coles ran more routes, and practiced more today.

DAVID WANG GIF -- ACHIEVEMENT UNLOCKED +100G

Most of the staff are video game geeks (except maybe BCO and French, they might predate modern gaming), so we were pretty impressed by David Wang's Call of Duty skills. I personally played Modern Warfare 2 with a bunch of other bloggers and struggled most of the way. Anyways, as soon as I saw the following, I alerted Box who concluded a GIF was necessary.

He never disappoints.

Preseason Practice: Media Day and Pads

Tech football held a two-for Saturday, media day followed by the summer's first practice in full pads. Before the Hokies hit the field, the Frankinator addressed the media. By my account, the bullet points were:

  • Regarding backup quarterback Mark Leal, "We got a lot of confidence in that guy."
  • "Our offense works against our defense a lot here in preseason."
  • "Our biggest thing at tailback is figuring out which three, or which four we're going to work with. And get them the reps." At this point, Holmes is the frontrunner.
  • On the possibility of Trey Edmunds moving back to defense, "He's got all he can handle right now, trying to learn tailback."
  • Deon Clarke doing a good job at linebacker.
  • Regarding the significance of Tariq Edwards' injury, "That's a concern. With Tariq you got some good players, good depth at linebacker, without Tariq you're just a little bit short."
  • "Toughness about Logan, it's going to be there. Play smart, but don't change the way a guy plays."

This picture is always my favorite (via HokieSports.com).

White Effect Helmets

These are the helmets that will be worn against Austin Peay on September 8, 2012.

The picture via @vt_football, BeamerBall.com, and @chriskidd42.

I bet I know what McKayla thinks, but how do you guys feel about them?

Preseason Practice: Notes on Notes

The Million Dollar Man Corey Marshall worked with the first team at defensive end, and Zack McCray, "got a lot of reps at tackle during the team period (offensive vs. defense) next to Kris Harley on the second-team unit." French predicted less snaps for J.R. Collins this season, Marshall working with the ones would seem to corroborate that a bit. Because of how deep and versatile the d-line is, we should probably use the phrase, "on the field first," instead of, "starter." There will be a lot of rotation during games, and a lot of personel groupings tailored to the week's opponent.

Of his freshman receivers, Caleb and Stanford, LT3 said they're, "raw ... but they have a chance to be great." Caleb might be a little behind Stanford at this point.

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