The Indianapolis Colts inked hometown kid Darren Evans. Evans is ecstatic.
The Jacksonville Jaguars signed punter Brian Saunders. Davon Morgan signed with the New York Jets. Andre Smith signed with the Chicago Bears. Beau Warren will sign with the St. Louis Rams. John Graves and Steven Friday will sign with the Houston Texans and join former Hokies Xavier Adibi, Duane Brown and Roc Carmichael.
Our non-conference scheduling philosophy, as stated by Jim Weaver sometime last fall on Tech Talk Live, and as regurgitated by my memory is to include a BCS school, two non-AQ schools and a I-AA school. It makes a lot of sense to me. That schedule serves as preparation for conference play, is respected by voters and computers and is winnable. Although, Tech hasn't followed that blueprint the last two seasons, and won't again in 2011.
Whereas the last two seasons deviated from the plan in order to schedule tougher opponents, Alabama, Nebraska and Boise State, the 2011 non-conference slate is by the Hokies' own standards embarrassingly weak. My guess, Beamer and Weaver saw the writing on the wall long ago and didn't want to toss Logan Thomas to the wolves in his first year as starter. There is no BCS opponent and East Carolina, Arkansas State and Marshall all finished under .500 in 2010. This has to be the year Tech puts their non-conference struggles behind them. Right? I sure-as-shit hope so, but this is Virginia Tech Football. Expect the unexpected.
Have any of these teams knocked off a "big boy" school before?
ACC Football Kickoff started yesterday, and Danny Coale and Eddie Whitley are at Pinehurst representing the Hokies.
In the student-athlete interviews* conducted by the ACC Coale said it's a misconception that LT3 can't run, "...he's elusive, can move", while Whitley concluded, "he's the quarterback to get us to Charlotte."
/increases the Hype-O-Meter
*I wanted to transcribe these in full for you, but the ACC hasn't made them available in their archives yet.
Norm Wood tries to poo-poo #coale4punter by proposing a highly unlikely hypothetical situation.
I asked Coale what would happen if Tech faced something like a third-and-20 situation, and he went over the middle to make a catch that wound up a few yards short of the first down marker. Let's say he gets blasted by a defensive player on the catch, and maybe he needs a little extra time to collect himself prior to a fourth down play.
Before I could even ask if he'd be the right guy for the punting job in such a scenario, Coale responded with a half tongue-in-cheek answer for what he hoped Tech coach Frank Beamer and his offensive staff would do:
"Go for it," said Coale today at the ACC Football Kickoff media gathering in Pinehurst, N.C.
Has anyone seen Coale on the turf after taking a lick for more than 1/2 a second?
Double-T had 296 yards, 3 touchdowns and led the Hokies to a 40-21 victory. He'd arrived.
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It seems like a pretty good bet that, at next week's ACC media conference, Florida State will be selected as the winner of the Atlantic Division and overall ACC Champion. You can't really blame the voters, given Florida State's 10-win season last year and unbelievable recruiting haul.
Florida State is poised on reclaiming its role as ACC overlord and destroyer-of-worlds, right? As a former FSU player said, "...Not so fast, my friend!" History shows that, if the Seminoles are going to return to the glory years, it's not going to be on the back of their recruiting rankings.
Recruiting Class Rankings (Rivals)
The University of Georgia announced they would be one of nine schools to wear the 2011 Nike Pro Combat uniforms.
The teams selected to sport the 2011 Nike Pro Combat system of dress uniforms include the United States Military Academy (Army), Boise State University, University of Georgia, Louisiana State University, Michigan State University, the United States Naval Academy, The Ohio State University, University of Oregon, and Stanford University.
Hey. How are you guys doing? I hope well. It's only 45 more days until kickoff, and I wanted to check in, because you all have been here which is awesome. So if your spirits aren't up, or being thrown down, don't worry because whatever is going wrong, it really won't matter by kickoff. Anyways, I wanted to say, if you're reading this, thank you. Now it's on to Hokie Tracks.
Normally I like to say something, but this time, let's just lead with the quote.
Another difference from Manuel: Thomas has no established tailbacks behind him.
Excuse me? Has Rivals been misinformed? David Wilson eats Chick-fil-A on Sundays, and for that matter, whatever damn day he wants. Rivals doesn't know that? OK... Well... I think DW is going to rip it up in '11, and I bet you do too, but, he's not established. Sorry. Now if you kick a ball in his direction you better believe he has a fair chance of housing it, but established... he isn't. Now, do I think he's going to establish himself? Yes, yes I do.
I was curious to see just how dominant the Hokies have been in ACC football since they entered the league in 2004. So, I went through the final standings of each season and put the wins in a spreadsheet. This is what I came up with.
Magnificent. Kudos to you billdozervt.
There's only 47 more days until Hokie Football.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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."
Danny Coales on field are more open than they appear.
The referee is intently admiring how open Coale is.
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.