2019 Spring Game Live Thread

I'll be in the box covering the spring game on Saturday. Kickoff is at 4:00pm.

Since the game isn't televised, I thought having a thread on here would help facilitate some discussion. I'll be keeping play-by-play and stats for the game, so I'll try to update the thread during any breaks with what's going on.

https://twitter.com/AndyBitterVT/status/1116703046912946181

^this is the format for the game, so much more action packed than year's past!

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HOKIES!!!

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Anyone want to use a bunch of data and stream it?

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I would appreciate it if someone did this. I got a coupon for free baconator fries from Wendy's I'd throw in to sweeten the deal.

Cheap ass - everyone knows it Hardees coupons or nothing.

Hardees breakfast coupons are the bess knees

Hard times. Some of us wish we had Hardee's coupons.

Time travel is real y'all.

Edit: This is first time I've seen a live thread go live well over 24 hours before the event. I don't care who you are, that's funny.

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You are doing the Lord's work Sam. As a Hokie 300 miles away I will be counting on you!

Come to Blacksburg and see what the Hokie Pokie is really all about

Any weather reports from those in Blacksburg? Heavy rain down here in N.C. and not stopping until 5:00. Any impact to spring game schedule at this point?

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Beautiful morning. Now it's drizzling and is expected to drizzle from 4-6pm

Cloudy but looks like the rain is out of the way!

Looking live people!

Some news: Deshawn McClease and Chamarri Connor are out today

Is McClease hurt? Any updates on him?

Also thanks in advance for all updates on the game.

Only update is he and Connor are both out with "a knock"

this is a late update. but I didn't see "house" or mclease at all on Saturday. not at the game not around the facilities nothing at all. I thought it was odd especially for mcclease unless the injury he had is a bad one. j.webb and connor were both on the sideline for the game in street clothes as well as Rambo aka keene

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McClease, who had surgery on an undisclosed injury, sat out Saturday and will miss the team's final three spring practices.

Source: Roanoke.com

ahh thanks! i didn't see that. that makes me feel a lot better. mcclease is usually one of the more active guys in the locker room and hanging out and joking with other players so not seeing him alarmed me. im glad it wasn't anything but me being worried i guess because of all the attrition and what not over the last year had me on edge lol

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Anybody heard an update on Gaines? He wasn't in French's write-up

gaines had ACL surgery at the end of last season. that's the last ive heard. hopefully he is close to recovery and will be good to go 100% by fall, we will need him to be back to his old ways forsure.

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Anyone bother to go to the Hokie Club annual meeting?

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I stepped in for a little bit. it was a crowded room. when I was there they were talking about the updates the have planned for the facilities in the near future.

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You can listen to the game live on the TuneIn app.

Is it basketball season yet?

Doing this now, thanks for the tip

And the redzone scoring portion is underway

3 and out with a missed FG for the first series (Willis led offense).

Edit: 7-0 Defense.

Is it basketball season yet?

Waller with a huge hit to prevent a touchdown

Yeah he put it where it needed to be.

What's
Important
Now

Nice throw but WR on left was opeeeeeen

Second offensive series (led by QP) sounded a bit better, but no points.

Defense leads 14-0

Is it basketball season yet?

offense looks out of touch

Thanks!

I can't actually see whats happening, but it doesn't sound really good for the guys on that side of the ball.

Is it basketball season yet?

Third series sounded really bad for the offense. They ended up 3rd and 32 after a couple of penalties and mistakes. Hooker in on that series. Offensive execution sounds bad all the way around.

Defense leads 21-0

Is it basketball season yet?

Hooker bobbled a snap and there were some flags. He looked much better later.

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Caleb Steward has had some really nice runs, hell of a spin move to score the first TD

TD for a QP led offense. TD run by Caleb Steward. Sounded like a nice little run.

21-7 Defense leads.

Is it basketball season yet?

Also, I'm hearing a lot of different names on defense. That sounds like a good thing.

Is it basketball season yet?

Heard Devon Hunter made a tackle on the last series. Anyone there tell what spot he's playing on D?

Rover

Willis to James Mitchell for a 28 yard touchdown! Gorgeous throw and catch

21-14 Defense leads.

Is it basketball season yet?

Hazelton raises over Watts in the endzone for a fade route touchdown, decent throw by QP2

Willis to James Mitchell for about a 30 yarder TD.

Quincccccccay to Hazelton for a nice jump ball TD over Watts.

Tyrod did it Mikey, Tyrod did it!!

two local guys, Driscoll and Philpott, look like a handful in the middle of the DL

Anyone have any analysis of these two? I know they are local guys who did well against their competition but not highly recruited. As a realist I automatically think our OL needs work on the interior. I think our OL will struggle on the interior this year

Driscoll is a big boy. Philpott reminds me of Derrick Hopkins as far as stature and he was making some plays.

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Quincccccccccccay is a monster of a dude. Reminds me of a younger version of me.

Tyrod did it Mikey, Tyrod did it!!

Lmao. +1 for making me laugh despite having a terrible stomach bug at the moment.

I wish you well. I'm also laughing with you. Chicken soup and Immodium.

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I'm there with you. Whatever is going around right now is rough.

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field goal kicking is....yikes

Shocking
/S

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Stout was good. Johnson and the walk on struggled.

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QP2 with the ol' Tim Tebow QB Power run for the one yard TD

Hooker looking very good. 3 straight nice completions for 40+ yards yards (total)

Caleb Steward pops a nice first down run. He has looked good.

This is all vs 2nd team D.

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Hooker hits Caleb Smith for a very nice first down with a DB draped all over him. Tight window throw, impressive.

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... hard to really tell right now, I'm sure, but is the secondary looking any improved?

Yes. 1st team looks improved from what I can tell. Looking forward to see what Webb brings to the table.

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Let me add, we have some good dudes on our 1st team O. I think we see significant improvement from last years offense.

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Hooker and Patterson appear to be passing the ball better. Thats encouraging...

QB play will have to be better. *

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watts struggled. waller looked good in coverage. Farley looked much improved. I didn't really see or hear much from Floyd or diablo but maybe that's a good thing. a lot of underneath throws into some pretty tight coverage all day. Dbs lost some one on one match ups on the outside (a couple of drops or bad throws that didn't result in anything) but overall forced a TON of throw aways, coverage 2 hand touch sacks, or QBs running because no one was open. did notice willis run in one situation when he had grimsley running wide open all alone down the middle of the field on a play action. (there was no need for him to run on the play either)

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When you say Farley looked better was this just in pass coverage or was he in run support. He looked better every week in man to man coverage last season so I'm not worried about him getting better there but his run support worries me. He over ran plays and doesn't like to hit like some of our past DBs.

honestly he didn't have to come up and make a ton of tackles. no big runs were busted in the scrimmage. i think the longest run on the day was by willis, and id say that there were no rushes for over 10 yards. from what i remember and observed. so that has to say something about all our guys on D properly handling their calls and being in the correct gap with the correct leverage.

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there was a run by dejuan ellis that looked like it went 40 yds or so. it was either an end run or jet sweep to the left side of the offense so it was our right side of the defense that didn't contain. not sure who the cb was on that play. ellis might have taken it to the house for twice the yards but may have been slowed a step or two from the effects of the hit he took in the endzone earlier.

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youre right, for some reason i felt like that was a pass. we tried a couple reverse. even once tried a reverse PASS with hazelton but he ended up keeping instead of throwing. Farley was not in for the long run by ellis that was the 2nd unit on D. i believe that was on wallers side.

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So would it be safe to say re: observations at QB:

Willis QB1 unquestioned
Hooker QB2 likely
Patterson QB3/Wildcat

Based on what I saw, yes. Hooker was inconsistent but made some good throws. He really stared down the WR on his interception. Willis looked quick and decisive to make his reads. Looked pretty good.

Dejuan Ellis with a 50 yard end around tackled by JR Walker.

Tyrod did it Mikey, Tyrod did it!!

Sounded like Walker chased him down.

Is it basketball season yet?

Yep, had a good angle. Ellis got thumped rather rudely in the end zone earlier so not sure if he's woozy..

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Hazelton with a nice 15 yard crossing route from Willis.

Tre Turner with a 12 yard out from Willis in the hurry up.

Willis to Mitchell for 8.

Tyrod did it Mikey, Tyrod did it!!

Hooker to Ellis for 13 over the middle.

Hooker to Simmons for 10 and again for 8.

Tyrod did it Mikey, Tyrod did it!!

stout is 2-2 on field goals

Stout is the only one hitting FG's.

Tyrod did it Mikey, Tyrod did it!!

Were there others kicking and missing, or did he have the only attempts?

If you're not sure if my comment warrants a "/s", it probably does.

The other 2 kickers missed everything from what I saw.

Tyrod did it Mikey, Tyrod did it!!

Willis to Grimz for a 1st down.

Then hits Mitchell for 5.

Tyrod did it Mikey, Tyrod did it!!

Alan Tisdale and Emmanuel Belmar have both had really nice days

Watts has gotten beat 3 or 4 times today

Any other CB's look good today? Hoping one of them can take over Watts spot.

Webb looked good on the sidelines.

Seriously would be great to have him 100% this year.

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Quillen and Chatman has good days.

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LMAO, try to interview Fuente and the mic doesn't work and just has screeching feedback, to loud crowd applause. Then Fuente just puts his headset back on and interview over. So fitting, like Forrest Gump.

Not a great look for recruits...

eh? I don't think recruits care about how an interview goes. specially in the middle of a game.

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Why is that funny?

funny/fitting since fu is so "secretive" I thought it was pretty amusing/ironic too that they couldn't even get an interview out of him from the spring game almost like he sabotaged the mic because you know. spring games and the amount of information other teams steal to use when we play them he didn't want to be forced to give away any secrets.

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Sounds like a lot of good football. Looking forward to everyone's comments/analysis/observations.

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I'm just here waiting for highlights

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Just saw Trevon Hill in the East stands wearing a Miami basketball Jersey. Makes me want to downvote myself.

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Well apparently Tate Martell had about as bad of a spring game as possible so enjoy that Trevon.

15 Straight

That's such a Miami thing to do

The guy can have beef with Fuente all he wants, but since he's decided to take on VT and the fans that supported him, he's officially persona non grata in my book. Disgrace.

Public Enemy Number 1.

Amateur superstar and idiot extraordinaire.

Why is he even still here?

Directions from Blacksburg to whoville, go north till you smell it then go east until you step in it

My guess is that he's finishing the academic year before transferring.

"For those who have passed, for those to come, reach for excellence."

Two of my friends saw him there as well. That dude is really making a case for my least favorite Hokie of all time.

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Holston hobbles to the bench after that run

Holston is all good

Willis to Patterson for the TD! heck of a catch

Bring my the delicious highlights.

I actually think our offense is going to be pretty good next year honestly. We have too many playmakers for us to not be successful. Willis I think is going to be a big time QB, I think he will put up some monster numbers. My biggest question is consistency and playcalling (lets not shoot ourselves in the foot) and physicality - we need to be able to run the ball at will and have the running game lead us when things aren't clicking fully. That's the biggest thing missing from this offense, and I'm hopefully Vice's recruiting efforts are going to show.

Defense certainly has some promise, but I'm concerned about depth. Also sounds like our secondary was beaten badly a few times today. I think we are well stocked at backer but DL depth and the secondary still concern me.

Not ready to project our fortunes for next season yet, but the offense has too many pieces to not be successful. Let's just hope the defense can get back to form.

Let me just say our WR's are going to make other defenses look worse than they are. I don't think we're going to miss Kumah, we have serious depth and frankly it gives me wood.

IF our Defense steps it up we'll surprise this year, especially with our schedule.

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Leg for your excitement level.

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Don't know what I was expecting, but here's your leg

Ask me no questions, and I'll tell you no lies

Liar. You know what you were expecting and you watched it anyway.

Someone post a post spring game report

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It will be up soon enough!

James Mitchell had more than 29 yards. He had that on his TD alone. He could have a very good year if they use him right. (a la Bucky)

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he's more athletic than Bucky by a mile

I have a question. Who is Malik Bell?

Joffrey, Cersei, Ilyn Payne, the Hound, Jeff Jagodzinski, Paul Johnson, Pat Narduzzi.

He's a converted TE to RB and one big dude...

Malik Bell

Is it basketball season yet?

Well, Bell Yeah!

6'0 250lb????? Give em the ball and let's goooooooo

I saw QPs throws. Ummmm, needs work, he had 1 good throw (TD to Hazelton). When he was given chance on 1 minute to get TD from the 50, his 3 throws were not good. I hope his finger was bugging him. Right now hes 3rd on the depth chart and its not close.

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Qp's a ways behind the other two QB's in my opinion

I read he had a really bad gash on his finger that hasn't healed yet

Agree but I would also say his "almost" TD pass to Ellis was pretty although he did put Ellis in a bad spot and got him nailed

Some beat writers saying between 22k and 25k people there. That's awesome. Compared to say UNC who had 1,500

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Mack bringing them in.... /s
That's pathetic support.

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1500 is damn generous in my view.

Half in the bathroom at the time....

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Are they counting the players, and the support staff, and anyone in the athletic facilities, and people at the campus gym?

LOL, suck it Tarholes. They could give UVA's festivus a run for its money.

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Festivus 😂😂

Looks more like 15

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

Yet we'll still hear plenty of excuses while they sign the 4* players we're after.

Because recruit after recruit has said things like attendance, individual wins etc are lower on the scale of importance. Plus despite no one going to UNC games they still get a lot more money from their fans than Tech does.

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I'm going to be that guy and argue just for the sake of it but UNC could be a major problem for us. Yes Mack Brown doesn't scream terror into your hearts but the staff he has brought in is going to recruit. They have already recruited. I think Dre Bly may clean up with some of the DBU guys we will be fighting them for. We can make fun of the Tar Heels all we want but other than putting fans in our seats we don't have a ton of ground on them.

Historical it hasn't mattered who the coach at UNC is they have recruited at the same level or better almost every year since real recruit rankings have come out. They have two classes that are higher than Tech's best class ever.

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how many times do we have to rehash this? It's not necessarily that UNC will perform better than us on the field or even that they will consistently recruit better classes than us. It's that when PSU, FSU, Bama, etc are stealing top recruits, it will be imperative that we land who we can. UNC grabbing some key recruits will hurt us, even if they squander them and even if their overall recruiting classes are worse.

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And based on data UNC has always done it and both staffs in my lifetimes have had to deal with it. Mack doesn't change anything compared to his predecessors in terms of danger to Tech on the recruiting trail.

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but I'd feel a lot more comfortable had they gone with an incompetent recruiter that could let us gain some easy momentum in recruiting.

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Was it raining?

We put the K in Kwality

This guy gets it.

Is it basketball season yet?

This should be @ed to every football recruit.

If you're not sure if my comment warrants a "/s", it probably does.

Why wasn't QP wearing orange like Willis and Hooker? I apologize in advance if that's a dumb question.

He was live during the first part of the scrimmage, whereas Willis and Hooker couldn't be tackled.

I get that. But why was he live? Sorry, I should've clarified better.

I think they wanted to give him a chance to run the ball a bit and get a look at him in some goal line situations. I thought I heard Hooker was originally supposed to be live too but had a bit of an injury so they put the orange jersey on him. Willis is our obvious QB1 so no need to risk injury.

yeah hooker had an ankle injury you could see his stiffening up as the scrimmage went on and had a noticeable limp after some plays that he had to move around a little bit. just a sprain he will be fine by fall.

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They wanted to test the battering ram before the season started.

That looked like a Flowers kind of hit

Sure did. The sad thing is in a real game we would all be holding our breath hoping we didn't get a 15 yard penalty.

This happened right in front of us. I thought the sad thing was we had a teammate targeting his teammate in a practice. Not sure how Ellis came back in but I definitely think it would've been an ejection for Waller. Maybe slow-mo replay would refute that.

Led with his shoulder right to the chest. That's just a good hard football hit, not targeting. But we all know how the refs can't figure out how to read a rule book.

I agree. Big hit doesn't equal illegal. Legal play that would have been legal in a game.

that would have been legal in a game

ACC refs would like a word.

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I almost stopped watching football when they called Stroman for an illegal hit to the head when he was diving for the interception, had a better chance than the reciever and the reciever hit Stroman in the head. It was the worst call I've ever seen (call, lots of bad non calls). ACC refs are the worst*.

*The Big East doesn't play 1A football anymore.

Totally agree that big hit does not mean illegal.

In my opinion he was hit in the helmet and I heard the sound of helmets crashing together. I don't see enough in the twitter video to refute that. Maybe my angle was bad. Looked way worse than Ladler's ejection play to me (which granted I thought was a terrible call).

I'm certainly glad no one was hurt and it's a fine line, but I love it. We need some attitude on the team. Tell me Kam Chancellor would not have done the same thing? It's a physical sport and if you don't get physical in practice, you won't in the game either. It's up to the coaches to ensure it doesn't cross the line into detrimental injury.

At first look that seemed like a really good throw by QP. It was on the money in a small window while QP was rolling out, but after rewatching from that angle he was starring down one receiver the whole time which Waller took advantage of to leave his man and make the play.

The hit was clean.

From what I've seen posted from the spring game it seems like QP gets another year to develop as a passer. We didn't see him throw the ball much, and it seems like the coaches would have given him the most passing reps if they saw him as an option to throw the ball in meaningful game time this year. Willis and Hooker are big dudes so we don't need a battering ram QB. If we do bring in a battering ram it should be Malik Bell.