Hokies Camp Report: "Get Better"s, Wide Receivers, and Dad Bods

Virginia Tech coaches and players discuss preparing for the regular season.

Virginia Tech football is getting back in the swing of things. Ahead of the second practice of fall camp, there was some media availability. I write "some", because man, there's seemingly a reluctance to divulge much of anything to the group covering the program. Maybe because it's early and the pads aren't on yet. We'll see. Alongside a smorgasbord of players, we also got to talk to Justin Fuente and wide receivers coach Holmon Wiggins. Tag along as I try to piece together a coherent story from today's presser. Feel free to count how many times you read the phrase "get better".

Hazelton Hype

It was clear from the get-go this afternoon the coaching staff and players alike are excited about wideout Damon Hazelton's eligibility. The 6-2, 222 pound redshirt sophomore sat out last season after transferring from Ball St (51 receptions, 505 yards, 4 TDs).

"He can do whatever you ask him to do," noted Wiggins. "Great hands, competitive. Can run every route in a route tree. Can run by a guy. Can jump over a guy. A pretty skilled athlete."

The head coach also sung Hazelton's praises, albeit very vaguely.

"I think he's one of those guys that really likes football. He likes working out. He likes being around and he likes catching balls," said Fuente. "Even when he's limited, in terms of being able to run ... he's always trying to improve or get better.

It's practice No. 2 and coach speak is alive and kicking. I hope you weren't expecting anything different.

So. How did this supposed freak of an athlete fall into the Hokies' laps? Wiggins gave an description for recruiting that immediately caught my attention.

"There can be a woman across the room and five guys will look at her a different way," Wiggins said while laughing. "It just so happens that the cookie crumbles that way."

The cookie crumbled with the help of a name you might recognize.

"I get a call from a buddy of mine, Aaron Moorehead," said Wiggins. "He said 'there's a receiver I've been talking to that I would love to get to A&M, but we don't have any room' so we kind of got wind of it ... and started to get the ball rolling."

Sean Savoy summed up his teammate's abilities in the most concise, and honestly best, way possible.

"I think he can boogie," Savoy said with a smile. "He's a man."

Speaking of Savoy, Wiggins didn't hold back on his pupil's shortcomings.

"He has to improve in everything. He was inconsistent. Too many drops. Not a great route runner. Bad practice habits," explained Wiggins. "I challenged him on everything. And the great thing is he's a challengeable kid. He wants to be coached hard."

To be fair, Savoy seems to have taken the criticism in the way that Wiggins suggested that he would.

"I just take it all as good advice. Go out there and push myself to the limit," Savoy said. "I catch the ball and don't tuck, or certain things that they want to see on a daily basis that I just need to get better at."

Okay... so what does all that mean?

It means that both Savoy and his coach think that his stats last year (39 receptions, 454 yards, 4 touchdowns) were just the beginning and that he's got a very high ceiling.

If you ask me, that's exciting. Picture this. A big, strong, Hazelton running routes upfield while the speedster Savoy runs slants and other middle-of-the-field routes. That's a good combination.

This is a program under Fuente, that for the first time, doesn't have a star wide receiver. Two years ago it was current Miami Dolphins WR Isaiah Ford. Last season was Cam Phillips, who's now with the Buffalo Bills.

"That was always our charge coming into this thing was building the depth," explained Wiggins. "Our first year, we had three guys. And it was, 'OK, the bottom falls out, where are we going to turn?' Last year it got better, this year we're getting it to where we want it."

Addressing Linebacker Depth

The Hokies have lost a lot in the linebacker department. The player with the most years under his belt is redshirt junior, Zack Tresser. Ever heard of him? Probably not. He's on the practice squad. So who steps in to fill the gaps? That questions looms. Rayshard Ashby and Dylan Rivers both addressed the media.

Ashby, a true sophomore out of Chesterfield, VA, played all season last year on special teams. This season, he'll be one of many young players in the linebacking corps. Fuente thinks he'll be ready.

"He's mature beyond his years. He's intelligent and hard working. We thought we knew that before while we were recruiting him. That certainly has proven to be true," explained Fuente. "He seems able to handle the grind on a daily basis a little better than his age. He's sharp, he picks things up quickly. He genuinely cares. Being a good football player and student and person is important to him on a daily basis."

Getting to talk with Ashby today drove home that point. He was the second-most confident speaker behind Josh Jackson. And while the actual wording of his answers left something to be desired for this transcriber, it was clear he's ready to play.

"I definitely think I can play at this level. I'm very excited to come out here and get better every day," said Ashby. "I'm excited to be on the team, keep getting better to the best of my ability, and live up to the expectations they have on defense."

That's a lot of filler words to comb through. Basically, Ashby wants to improve to a point where he's continuing the legacy of Bud Foster's defense. That's always a good goal to have.

"We're all leading together in the linebacker room and we're gelling together and helping each other," Ashby explained. "We still know we have to compete, but we look at it as 'as the room gets stronger together, it makes us better.'"

Meanwhile, Rivers, the well-known four-star flip from Penn State, might get his chance to shine this season. He didn't talk much today, but one quote stood out to me. When asked about the linebacker competition and how he's considered the frontrunner, he gave this answer.

"I'd rather be competing than have a spot at this point. It's camp, everybody is trying to compete and get better, and the only way to get better is to compete against everybody."

That's an attitude that helps not only himself get better but also the players around him.

Rivers also chimed in about Ashby and his potential.

"Rayshard's very smart. He knows exactly what to do at all times," noted Rivers. "He's a hard hitter too. Not many people know Rayshard, which is surprising, but he's going to be a real strong force for our defense this year."

I know it's a precarious situation at linebacker. But take these two level-headed players, mix in Dax Hollifield and maybe Alan Tisdale, a dash of Bud's secret seasoning, and Foster has ingredients to cook with.

Dad Bods And Other Notes

Note One: Here's what you don't want to hear from somebody when discussing Hilgartification.

"Yeah, we both have the dad bods of the offense."

Thanks, Josh Jackson. In case you were curious, the "we" in that statement includes Savoy. If Savoy has a dad bod as a wide receiver, I don't want to know what I'll have in 10 years.

On the flip side of the dad bod equation, Jackson added, "My roommate is Divine Deablo, and he looks like one of the mannequins, basically."

Ay Diablo.

Note Two: Hazelton really didn't want to talk to us media folk.

Any story behind all your tattoos? "I don't really want to share right now, but yeah there's a story there."

What about your workout with Odell Beckham Jr.? "No big story. I just happened to meet up with him in training."

What advice did Beckham Jr. give you, if any? "I keep that quiet."

Note Three: Want to get excited about Quincy Patterson? Here's how.

"Quincy's good," said Jackson. "He's a grown man. He said he just turned 18 and he's 6'4", 240. Throws the ball really well, can run a little bit. And I think he has the mindset to just get better every day. I think he said he threw it 80 [yards] before. So way farther than me."

So he can throw it far, but surely he's not accurate as well. That would just be too much hype.

"He's got accuracy and touch ... I think he'll just continue to develop with Coach Corn and Coach Fuente" Jackson added.

Full steam ahead, hype train.

Comments

Its August, there's football fever in the air, and the hype train is picking up speed. Let's Gooooo!

VB born, class of '14

HOKIES!

Cam Newton winning the Heisman feels like forever ago, really ages this gif for me.

Fugazy

It's like 80 in internet years.

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CHOOO CHOOO

Im guessing QP is the day 1 starter next season.

Pour some Beer on it

How dare you raise my expectations for this season!

Nice work Skutt.

According to The Hilgart thread twitter post Hazelton is 6'3 1/4 not 6'1. Did Hilgart get him to 222 and add a couple inches to his height too? Talk about some gainz. Lol

Thanks for this btw, great write up!

Fugazy

lets just hope he can run after the catch.

If you don't want to recruit clowns, don't run a clown show.

"I want to punch people from UVA right in the neck." - Colin Cowherd

Ouch, savage.

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*sniff sniff*

I smell football.

“Stats are for losers.” -Mel Kiper Jr.

Nice write-up, Henry. As a former sports reporter myself, I really like your writing style and I think you have a great future!

This is pretty much the first time I've gotten excited for a season that I think is probably going to be a disappointment for a lot of people (apologies to all the optimists out there).

I'm really worried about a lack of playmakers at the skill positions on offense, and our entire back seven on defense. But if Hazelton can live up to even 75% of his hype, and if the potential at linebacker turns out to be more than just potential, then maybe this team can prove me wrong.

The doll's trying to kill me and the toaster's been laughing at me.

I think this is the year the offense clicks. I also think the young D is going to be fine. I won't necessarily be disappointed if I'm wrong, because expectations are not that high, but I think this might be a year VT actually exceeds expectations.

"Quincy's good," said Jackson. "He's a grown man. He said he just turned 18 and he's 6'4", 240. Throws the ball really well, can run a little bit. And I think he has the mindset to just get better every day. I think he said he threw it 80 [yards] before. So way farther than me...He's got accuracy and touch ... I think he'll just continue to develop with Coach Corn and Coach Fuente"

So basically QP is going to a better version of Logan Thomas?

Hopefully he's not used the same way, and has some RBs to hand off to.

The Poster Formerly Known As The Spirit Of Bernard Basham

Logan had a pretty good RB his sophomore year

But seriously though, I expect Fuente to use QP the same way he used Paxton Lynch.

The last great VT running back. I never thought I would see the day when we didn't have at least 1 completely capable RB.

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It's crazy to think about how many good running backs we've had: Suggs, Jones, Humes, Williams, Evans, Wilson, Hokie Rudy aka Sam Rogers...not to mention a guy like Ore who was a monster at VT (he single handily carried our offense against Clemson in 2006 which is one of my favorite Virginia Tech football games).

love this gif. Know what's better than it though?

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HEXADECABOX HASHMARK FLIPS

Chem PhD '16

sigh...it looked so much better as 4x4 on my screen before I posted. Was too lazy to make it as a single gif

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On mobile, it now shows up as one column of 16 gifs

Chem PhD '16

how did the site not go down?!?!?!

"...sticks and stones may break my bones but I'm gonna kick you repeatedly in the balls Gardoki!"

...maybe it got married?

"We judge ourselves by our intentions and others by their behavior" Stephen M.R. Covey

“When life knocks you down plan to land on your back, because if you can look up, you can get up, if you fall flat on your face it can kill your spirit” David Wilson

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Denmark is back ayy. Don't think he's on the roster, but I'm excited for him. At one point he was supposedly the fastest on the team and it wasn't even close

Apparently we were using the glove-on-a-stick during the wrong drill this whole time! That's the secret!

DMB in the background. Coach Fuente must've had the aux cord.

That's to up the pain level during workouts.

Sticking by my prediction that Grimsley is starting in the slot, especially if Jackson is the QB. Kumah, Hazelton, Patterson, and Savoy competing for reps outside but everyone will get on the field for that group.

Five star get after it 100 percent Juice Key-Playing. MAN

"I get a call from a buddy of mine, Aaron Moorehead," said Wiggins. "He said 'there's a receiver I've been talking to that I would love to get to A&M, but we don't have any room' so we kind of got wind of it ... and started to get the ball rolling."

Damns! Coach Moorehead still looking out for us and recommending Hazelton! How can we get Coach Moorehead back?

Let's Go

HOKIES

$$$$$$$$

“Stats are for losers.” -Mel Kiper Jr.

#Bapn ain't EZ

Wanna win put boobie in! Let boobie spin coach!

Remarkably close resemblance of myself before marriage.

“Stats are for losers.” -Mel Kiper Jr.

It's sad when marriage ruins a good beard. I am truly a lucky man. I think Mrs. APFOW would leave me if I shaved.

"How the ass pocket will be used, I do not know. Alls I know is, the ass pocket will be used."
- The BoD

obligatory WTF of the day:

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I can't believe this. I am in absolute shock right now.

yep. Again, this guy:

is married to this woman:

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I mean good for both of them, but I certainly was not expecting that.

Women also typically like really attractive guys.

Using /s is for cowards.

Guys have the hot/crazy scale for dating women, women have the hot/funny/rich/crazy matrices for men.

Would like to see this matrix. Can any of the TKP ladies post it for our information and edification?

The Poster Formerly Known As The Spirit Of Bernard Basham

I'm guessing its a 4D plot with funny, rich, and crazy the x, y, and z vertices on the plot, and the hotness scale is its moment in time.

"Some days you’re a horse and some days you’re a horse’s ass. I’ve been a horse’s ass for a little while." - Roy Halladay

Yes, but where are the lines of demarcation (including the Mendoza line)? ;^)

The Poster Formerly Known As The Spirit Of Bernard Basham

It's right there, just above your head.

(I'll see myself out)

"Our job as coaches is to influence young people's lives for the better in terms of fundamental skills, work ethic, and doing the right thing. Every now and again, a player actually has that effect on the coaching staff." Justin Fuente on Sam Rogers

Well played. Take your leg.

The Poster Formerly Known As The Spirit Of Bernard Basham

Digging up old thread, because this occurred to me a couple weeks late:

Perhaps he is qualified in areas that are not immediately perceptable....

Take the shortest route to the ball and arrive in bad humor.

Oh, like a huge dick?

Things you know have been said in that bedroom


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"Some days you’re a horse and some days you’re a horse’s ass. I’ve been a horse’s ass for a little while." - Roy Halladay

aaand this is why I specifically didn't go with the licking the glass gif...

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The resemblance to pro golfer Rickey Fowler is uncanny

Truth is often stranger than fiction, and here's proof.

21st century QBs Undefeated vs UVA:
MV7, MV5, LT3, Jerod Evans, Michael Brewer, Tyrod Taylor, Sean Glennon, and Grant Noel. That's right, UVA. You couldn't beat Grant Noel.

I too am a lucky man in that regard, and I know my wife would never allow me to shave my beard. The one time I did, as a gag with a couple of other bearded ones back in the early 70s, she made me throw the razor away that day and I've not had a clean shaven chin since. She said I looked like my mother when I shaved...that's all it took.

Reel men fish on Wednesdays

My wife always said she'd never be with a bearded man, and when we met in the Army I was obviously clean-shaven. Grew the freedom beard after I got out and she fell even harder. Never underestimate the power of the beard.

"How the ass pocket will be used, I do not know. Alls I know is, the ass pocket will be used."
- The BoD

Since basic training in 1970, I've had a moustache, but grew my beard out first in '72 when I got out of the Army, and did, indeed, feel like it was a freedom beard. It was several years later I cut my hair again, but the beard has endured. Never could have grown a big beard, didn't have the genes, but I figure they'll cremate what beard I have left with the rest of me.

Reel men fish on Wednesdays

Well you've met me, I still rock a beard, just not to that magnitude. That monstrosity gets old and uncomfortable quickly when it gets covered in dirt on a damn near daily basis. I am however in the process of growing my hair back out a bit...so SUCK THAT, WIFE!

“Stats are for losers.” -Mel Kiper Jr.

I hear you. You know mine is not that glorious, and for the same reasons.

"How the ass pocket will be used, I do not know. Alls I know is, the ass pocket will be used."
- The BoD

my take away is that your wife does NOT read TKP

Bingooo

“Stats are for losers.” -Mel Kiper Jr.

Yes. A real shame.

21st century QBs Undefeated vs UVA:
MV7, MV5, LT3, Jerod Evans, Michael Brewer, Tyrod Taylor, Sean Glennon, and Grant Noel. That's right, UVA. You couldn't beat Grant Noel.

I shaved mine for a Halloween costume a few years ago my wife (who is almost 3 years younger than me) said that she felt like a cradle robber every time she kissed me and has forbidden me from doing so again.

I almost did the same for a Halloween thing. I was gonna go as Mr. Half and Half. Was gonna shave half of my face and paint it white, the other half black, but thank goodness, I didn't do it, and yeah, my wife had some input.

Reel men fish on Wednesdays

So glad for this new RS rule so QP will get some game reps this year. He is gonna lite it up next year!

I can imagine no more rewarding a career. And any man who may be asked in this century what he did to make his life worthwhile, I think can respond with a good deal of pride and satisfaction:
“I served in the United States Navy"

KCCO

So is Aaron Moorehead still our best WR recruiter?

Interesting.

What's up with Tre Turner? Has there not been any news on dude, or am I not tkp'ing hard enough?

I felt like he was a pretty significant addition

He was running with the twos yesterday in practice.

Ones - Hazelton, Kumah, Grimsley
Twos - Patterson, Savoy, Turner
Threes - Denmark, Simmons and Coleman Fox in the slot

Thank you.

Guess I just figured there would be more news coming out about him, highly touted and all.

He had shoulder surgery and missed most of his senior year. That really impacted his offseason training.

Yep. I think it is a really good sign that he is with the twos already. I was worried that he didn't put on enough weight in the offseason with his shoulder surgery and he'd end redshirting (old school redshirt where you sit out the year).

I'm getting excited about the potential of this offense for this year and the future. I know that not all recruits work out, but when you look at the players that are underclassmen, it is hard not to get excited about what this team could look like in the future.

it is hard not to get excited about what this team could look like in the future.

I agree. I was telling my son yesterday that while I think we're going to be limited this season, I think we hit 10 wins in four of the next five seasons. Then hopefully we use that success to gain more in recruiting and stay in that 10 win zone.

so is CJ hurt or not on the depth chart at all or are all short, white, slot receivers the same person?

#Bapn ain't EZ

Wanna win put boobie in! Let boobie spin coach!

He's not hurt anymore. We just have more WRs ready to compete and contribute now. CJ played out of necessity really, which isn't a bad thing, but doesn't mean he's a starting ACC WR either. The first thing Fuente did when he got here was address and attack the lack of depth at WR. Now those guys he recruited are ready.

right but if fox passed him on the depth chart in the slot? I know fox's potential and maybe they really want to get him on the field some way, but Cj is a pretty reliable receiver. I just cant imagine hes not even getting 3rd team reps now?

#Bapn ain't EZ

Wanna win put boobie in! Let boobie spin coach!

Really? We have a lot of young receivers that are better athletes. CJ getting passed is a positive thing

takes a lot more to be a good WR than being a good athlete. im not "complaining" because CJ got passed and I agree its a good thing. Im more curious as to fox passing him as he hasn't been working with the WRs to my knowledge at all until this report and for all accounts weve seen him with the running backs and doing a dang good job of pushing for playing time in that room. If he is talented enough to steal reps from CJ in the slot and push for PT as a back id say that's a dang good thing. But I found it curious that this would happen so fast and I thought the original post may have been a mistake and it was actually CJ not fox?

#Bapn ain't EZ

Wanna win put boobie in! Let boobie spin coach!

I think Grimsley will be your main slot receiver. Savoy probably backing him up. CJ is going to be a depth player and it is good to have him for injuries.

I want to see Fox on the field, too.

My interpretation of seeing Fox working from the slot is that it means we'll see more rushing attempts from that position. If I'm not mistaken, that was a significant part of Fu's offense at Memphis.

takes a lot more to be a good WR than being a good athlete

We learned this during the Beamer years.

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He was the first guy back for punt returners, but no mention of him working out at WR during the drills.

That's awesome news. If he's repping with the twos, hopefully that's a sign he will be ready to play this year and establish himself in the rotation. Turner was a legit big-time WR recruit, so it's great to see that he will likely be in the mix.

As French mentioned, it will be interesting to see who establishes themselves as the jet sweep/speed guy. But I'm starting to feel really optimistic about our WR corps this year.

He was running with the twos yesterday in practice.

Ones - Hazelton, Kumah, Grimsley
Twos - Patterson, Savoy, Turner
Threes - Denmark, Simmons and Coleman Fox in the slot

As far as the depth chart is concerned. I could give an F about it. I think the top 6 guys are going to get a ton of playing time. Fuente wants to rotate them, and it looks like he finally has the horses in the stable to do so.

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I'm so excited for football.

Anything on Cole Beck? I seem to remember he's fast.

Great article, Henry!

Fast you say?

The Orange and Maroon you see, that's fighting on to victory.

I've been reading that Quincy has impressed so far. He's hitting the deep ball and is physically ready. His ceiling is really high. I'm hoping after this year he looks too good to keep off the field next year. A great quarterback can really elevate a team. JJ is steady and competes hard but I'm really excited to see QPs potential. Hopefully he gets into some games this season with the new red shirt rule.

I find it interesting that Willis is getting first team reps. He's got a good arm. I wonder if he can make the proper decisions?

Agreed. I just hope it's not the roof.

Tyrod did it Mikey, Tyrod did it!!

One thing I wonder with the new redshirt rule, is that we may see QP get significant snaps during the stretch of W&M, ECU and ODU as he can still redshirt If he plays in those. If he lights it up and JJ doesn't seem to take a step forward in the weeks that follow, I wonder if we will could have a quarterback controversy with QP, Hooker and JJ. I think Willis would be skipped over in that scenario, as I think he is firmly the back up if JJ goes down with an injury but if he's pulled I think Fuente goes with youth to jumpstart the new era and get Hooker or QP starting experience. I think this will happen in cfb regardless, maybe not to us but I think this kinda thing where young QBs that light it up in games they otherwise would never had played in will feed this and you'll see things like the controversy at Alabama with Tua and Jalen Hurts happen more often and earlier in the season since teams won't be afraid about burning a redshirt for their young QBs in garbage time and against lower level teams in the FBS and FCS.

To be clear I support JJ, I'm just imagining scenarios. I think that if the redshirt rule had been around last year Tua at Alabama would've maybe been put in earlier (as I'm sure he flashed enough in practice for Saban to ride him in the NC game) and maybe even Hooker when Jackson was really struggling/supposedly hurt toward the end of the season.

Fugazy

Patterson will play in 4 games tops this year. We have the depth at the position to now redshirt the guy and that benefits the long term plans of the program. Patterson lighting it up against W&M or ODU does not mean he would do the same against better competition. He needs a year to learn the offense and improve his mechanics.

JJ is likely the starter and Willis is a capable backup. These two should receive the bulk of the snaps this season.

Tua played in 7 games last year before the NC game, so it probably wouldn't have impacted Saban's decision with him much.

I can see your point with QP and JJ. I don't expect it to happen this year, but I can imagine a scenario where it would (in fans' minds at least). I am fairly certain that Fuente has never started more than one QB in a season as a head coach. Once he picks a guy, he sticks with him.

I agree, what EddieVT states is basically just the dafault scenario which I think everyone expects.

But crazy things happen and I think including his time at Memphis he's always had a clear starter. Evans and JJ last year barring them just imploding in camp really didn't have a legit challenger. This year I think the level of talent is super close between the 4 quarterbacks and JJ just has the benefit of experience. As I mentioned in a previous post, the bulk of his stats came from non-P5 teams including 10 of his 19 pass TDs in the regular season came against UDel, ECU and ODU and threw a combined 2 TDS against WVU, Clemson, GT and Miami. So I think unlike Fuentes' previous years it's not imaginable that their could be a QB change. And the grander point is that I think we'll see what happens in the NFL with young QBs going in after the first few weeks because they can still be reshirted if they aren't any better then the more senior QB that's struggling.

It's the off season I'm just pondering what could happen, the season could go as planned or we could see everyone go down with injuries and guys we didn't imagine playing turn in stars. The craziness is what makes college football interesting.

Fugazy

threw a combined 2 TDS against WVU, Clemson, GT and Miami.

Is this true?

Oof

Wow, listening to the ESPN Natty broadcast they made it seem like that TD pass was his first play of the season. GAWD they hyped up the "freshman" angle on that.

Follow smart football on Twitter, or any of the football gurus. That play was absolutely out of the league of any true freshman. His interview after the game was NFL esque describing every motion he made to fool the secondary, and hit a wide open receiver. The gurus were going nuts.

TLDR: Tua had no business hitting that play.

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I'll cosign any endorsement on following Chris B. Brown (Smart Football). He retweets some other good accounts I've started following as well. And I agree, that's one of those plays that gets immediately chalked up to "blown coverage" by 80% of football fans, especially those not looking to give credit to a team/player they don't like, but it's usually much more than that.

Done

"Our job as coaches is to influence young people's lives for the better in terms of fundamental skills, work ethic, and doing the right thing. Every now and again, a player actually has that effect on the coaching staff." Justin Fuente on Sam Rogers

I don't think we will see QP in a game this year. If we get to garbage time snaps you will see Willis or Hooker. Fuente will need to make sure he has a game ready backup in case JJ can't play and I don't think there will be enough blowout win snaps to trickle all the way down to the 4th string QB.

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The trick here is that you only have so many downs to work with. So, let's say that W&M is out of hand in the 3rd quarter. Do you bring in your backup so he can have some real time downs in case the starter in injured and you need him to show up to carry the team in crucial downs? Or do you play your redshirt and get him some meaningful PT this season?

As fun as it would be to see QP in action it seems like it would be wiser to let Willis get the PT. I remember how the team seemed to deflate against tOSU when Brewer was hurt. If we had a similar situation, say, against Miami ... or in the ACCCG or whatever and Willis had to come off the bench, I'd rather those not be his first snaps of the season because we wanted to show off QP in junk time.

Why does the W&M game have to get out of hand, can't we make it loluva?

Signed,
The random W&M guy on a VT forum.

Hokie fan | W&M grad

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I mean, JJ is still a young QB as well. If he is to be out starting QB, I would rather he be getting as many snaps as possible in these early and easier games. Players grow throughout a season and JJs growth could be stunted if we utilize the new RS rule like this.

I would only expect QP to see the field if he proves to be better than Hooker and is our #3. If he is the #3, I could see him getting a few snaps if we are able to blow out some of the easy teams. If it is the kind of game where Willis takes over in the 3rd quarter and then QP gets some snaps late in the 4th.

"I'm too drunk to taste this chicken" - Colonel Sanders via Ricky Bobby

11 "get better"s (including the title and your challenge), only 9 from the players/coaches. additionally there were a total of 14 "better"s in the article

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Facts don't care about your feelings

It's about time somebody did something useful. Jeez.

Great Article and also I'm liking the instagram feed...loved seeing all the QB's throwing...even DeJaun Ellis...man he has an arm...go hokies.

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I feel like this every off-season I think....but the talk of the WRs this year.....

If you don't want to recruit clowns, don't run a clown show.

"I want to punch people from UVA right in the neck." - Colin Cowherd

My friend once tried to convince me that Hugh Jackman had a dad bod...

Like...what?

He is a dad, and he has a bod.

“Stats are for losers.” -Mel Kiper Jr.

He's ripped, and doesn't have a gut, but he does kind of have a ripped dad bod

Recruit Prosim

If that's a dad bod then I want to have dad bod too soo badly.

JJ starts and excels. QP is the future book it.