Finals are over and Commencement is only a couple of days away. In Blacksburg, it's a time to relax, head downtown, get drunk and nostalgic. In between sips of your Rail or chugs of an icey cold mug of beer from Sharkey's (what we called The Tank back in the day) you'll most likely talk about the parties you got thrown out of, that bar you snuck into, the epic comeback in beer pong and unforgettable wins in Lane Stadium.
ON HOW OGLESBY WILL LINE UP AS THE 'B-BACK': "He’ll line up all over the place. When we went to the Pony backfield last year, he was the other guy that was in the shotgun. Your B-back could be one of those two guys. Whether he lines up there or lines up in the I-formation (as a more traditional fullback) or if we decide to empty the backfield out, he could line up at a wide receiver spot because of his hands. Put him in motion, a lot of things."
This picture come to us via @VTjawo. I'm not a fan of many of these slogans, but all of them framed on display in Squires is 100% kick ass. I still wear my EVERY PLAY IS KEY! shirt once every couple of weeks. His original tweet asks everyone:
How many do you have?
I lost my HOW 'BOUT THE HOKIES? and GET OUT OF OUR LANE tees at some point when I moved. Other than that, I'm missing just the maroon VT GAME PLAN.
What about y'all?
We were in attendance for the Spring Game on Saturday. Despite warnings of inclement weather, I'd say about 35,000 Hokies made the trip into Lane. The pregame atmosphere was festive and it felt like fall in the 'Burg. A little taste of football (and bourbon) was good for the soul. Our notes are below.
The end of an era, Tyrod's last spring in Blacksburg.
Highlights are below. Everything outside of the quotation marks is a condensed synopsis.
The Hokies held their second scrimmage of the spring yesterday and campus correspondent James (his tweets are FTW–@hokie8807) was there grinding to bring us these notes.
Lane Stadium is once again home to the Fighting Gobblers.
The letters were taken down during the west side expansion of the stadium with no plans to put them back up. Some alumni with swang were embarrassed by the phrase.
Cheers to whomever got them put back up and sucks to the haters because they kick all sorts of ass.
updated at 2:40pm
And with support like that they will never be forgotten. Below is the start of the 3.2 mile run for 32.
Or, well, as official as he can without actually signing with the Hokies. Conor committed back in December, but reaffirmed his plans to be a preferred walk on in the fall on Wednesday.
Goulding will be a preferred walk-on for the Hokies, where he hopes to earn a spot as the team's kicker or punter.
Goulding chose Virginia Tech over fellow Atlantic Coast Conference school Miami. As a preferred walk-on, Goulding has a guaranteed spot on the team. If he plays at all as a freshmen, Hokies coaches have told him he'll receive a scholarship in January.
This news comes to us via The Frankinator's minions on the Beamer Blog.
Michael Via - scheduled for ACL surgery on Thursday. Should recover in time for August practices.
Vinston Painter - suffered a dislocated knee cap in Saturday’s scrimmage. Will be held out of the remainder of the spring practices. The medical staff anticipates no further damage, however, when the swelling subsides, Painter will undergo further evaluation
Moving day at the Masters you say? Pfft, the Hokies held their first public scrimmage in Blacksburg today and thanks to campus correspondent James (if you're already not following him on Twitter you should be: @hokie8807.) we've got a rundown of everything that happened.
Let's do it.
We're hearing that linebacker Quillie Odom may no longer be a part of the team. If we're right it's due to a mix of academic issues and lack of desire to continue his football career. He isn't listed on the two-deep in the spring media guide and is discussed fifth (last) at the Mike. Our source says he is well thought of by the coaches and peers. Whatever happens we list him the best of luck. We'll keep you updated if we hear more.
Coach London is working overtime on the Reach Out to Fans step of the UVa FAIL CHART. This short video was played across the Commonwealth after Monday's fantastic NCAA Basketball Championship. In it London asks the Hoos to, "please join us as we build the future of Virginia football."
A couple of times during the commercial a phone number was flashed on the screen.
Since I'm a huge sucker for numbers appearing on my television —I own a Slap Chop, several Twin Draft Guards, and Point n Paint— I decided to give it a call.
Hold on and grab your ass cheeks because Billy Hite says we're running the belly play baby!
I visited Blacksburg the last weekend of February to watch the Hokie roundballers take on Maryland. As is customary for all my trips to the 'Burg I ate at Substation II, drank Rails and visited all the bookstores. While I was waiting in line to pay for my latest Hokie gear at Tech Bookstore I noticed standing in front of me were about half a dozen or so tall brawny high schoolers wearing black VT embroidered sweatshirts (or fleeces, I really can't remember) with name tags stuck to the front. The collection of impressive physiques were distinguishing them from the rest of the day's patrons. Ohhhh, wait a second I thought to myself, it was an unofficial visit weekend.
Spring practice starts today. Amen. Let's take a look at who's leaving, who's back and who needs to step their game up.
|2009 Totals||137 (7.3%)||2391 (4.68%)||14 (0%)|
As you can see from the table above, in terms of production, we don't lose much. However, you can't quantify what we did lose. Kenny Jefferson has been doing work in the running game since '07. He pounded defenders like a jackhammer and he's partially responsible for escalating Ryan Williams through the stratosphere towards deity status. Greg Boone came to Blacksburg as a quarterback, ate a small village and destroyed everything in his path regardless of where he played. The Wild Turkey won't be the same without him.
- Ed Wang OT
- Sergio Render OG
- Richard Graham OG
Last year's offensive line, like a slow setting Jell-O, took a long time to congeal. To me the individual parts were greater than the whole. Even though Wang could be a first round draft pick and Render has a chance to play in the league I'm not devastated by their loss.
Josh Oglesby is moving to fullback, per HokieSports. Good move for him since he wouldn't have had many carries this year at tailback. Glad to see he's willing to do whatever to help the team and I hope he succeeds.
"It starts with getting our state back," Oliver said. "I've said it on the radio, and I'll say it again: I have a lot of respect for Virginia Tech and what they've done. That doesn't mean I have to like it.