Hokie Tracks are an Early Riser in Spring

News, notes and perspectives on the early portion of Virginia Tech's spring practice and recruiting tidbits.

[Virginia Tech Athletics \ Dave Knachel]

Virginia Tech's first spring practice with Justin Fuente at the helm is underway. The Hokies have tightly managed how much information is available for public consumption. That is to say, not a lot is out there. The media has been invited to watch only one practice, and not the complete affair either, just stretching and individual drills. Unlike in years past, it doesn't seem likely that Tech will open up a scrimmage to the public. The spring game, which won't be broadcast by ESPN3 or HokieSports.com, will provide the media and public on-hand their first chance to evaluate the Hokies with their own eyes. Until then, the look behind closed doors will come via player and coach interviews as well as video clips shared on social media. (Thomas Guerry and his squad have done a tremendous job with the latter.)

It's certainly Fuente's prerogative to keep practice under wraps, although it's curious as to why. Both Fuente and offensive coordinator Brad Cornelsen have stated multiple times the spring will move slow on offense and will serve to install base offensive concepts. My best guess is Fuente wants to keep a lid on his five-man quarterback competition — the one thing this spring everyone in Blacksburg has been particularly tightlipped on.

Holmon Wiggins lighting up the locker room dance floor was well documented.

After watching Tim Settle toe-tap, I don't know if Frank Beamer was talking about Settle's potential as a defensive tackle, or a danseur.

David Teel caught up with Tyrod Taylor at his youth camp. Taylor discussed giving back to the community and his contract status with the Buffalo Bills.

Parker Osterloh is making moves at right tackle. In an interview with ESPN's David Hale, fellow o-lineman Augie Conte divulged Osterloh is taking the majority of reps with the first team. That jives with what offensive line coach Vance Vice recently told Andy Bitter.

AB: Who are some of those guys working at a different position?

VV: Well, there are four guys that started a bunch of games last year. Those guys are up at the front. Parker Osterloh is up at the front. He jumped in there at tackle. I thought he was a guard. I don't care.

However, it seems the depth chart up front will be a fluid situation for quite some time.

AB: Do you have a fixed depth chart you're working with or will you mix and match?

VV: As we go, right now, it's more of a, it's not really a depth chart, it's just places they sit in my meeting room right now. And I told them that, and obviously there are quite a few guys that came back and played a bunch of snaps. That's important to me, but those spots aren't guaranteed. It's an organizational chart more than anything. And as we go, yeah, those seats will change every day. Because competition makes us better. But there are some guys that are older, played a bunch of snaps or are a little bit ahead, and there's no guarantee. And when we finish spring, I'll open up all five spots again. Because I don't want anyone saying, 'Hey, I'm the starting' whatever,' and then take the summer off. It's always open. It'll change daily possibly in the spring.

It's interesting to note Conte's (a player's) perspective on depth chart variance and shuffling.

"For the end of the spring, I'd like to have our depth chart established," Conte said. "I'd like for the offense to start gelling and working as a unit."

DeAngelo Hall, Michael Vick and Tyrod Taylor have RSVP'd for the spring game. Having three of the 757's most successful NFL players in Blacksburg for the Maroon–Orange game might make a solid impression on any 757 recruits in attendance. Speaking of which, Jamaar Hawkins of Recruit 757 dropped this tidbit about 2017 4-star wide receiver Tahj Capehart.

Teammate Tahj Capehart has also seen his recruitment pickup recently, following a visit to Virginia Tech with an offer from national champion Alabama. The 5-foot-11 junior has also picked up offers from Pittsburgh and Nebraska during the off-season, and has visited West Virginia during the past week. Capehart holds more than 15 offers from schools such as Georgia, Miami, NC State, Virginia Tech and UNC, coming off a second-team Group 6A All-State selection this past season.

Hokie fans seem to be anxiously awaiting a commitment from Capehart and there are indications that Virginia Tech leads for him. There are quite a few top tier locals that hold Virginia Tech in high regard.

Defensive tackle Eric Crosby, yet another 757 stud in the 2017 class, will visit Blacksburg this weekend. Virginia Tech resides in Crosby's top group along with North Carolina State, Tennessee, Alabama, and Clemson. The Ocean Lakes product will announce his decision on April 22 and is declining interviews until his choice is made public. Ocean Lakes head coach (and Hokie) Joe Jones compared Crosby's potential to one of the best d-linemen to strap it up.

"He kind of reminds me somewhat of Bruce Smith when he was that age," Jones said. "He's big, he's 285, 290 (pounds) and athletic, and I remember when I was a sophomore and Bruce came in as a freshman, I couldn't believe somebody that big could move that well."

Where can I get that jacket, Vance Vice? It looks to be straight out of Mugatu's closet; a garbage bag inspired, designer made garment from stainless steel cloth, slim cut because don't be modest about hitting chest-day extra hard.

Former women's basketball coach Dennis Wolff's farewell letter was 🔥 🔥 🔥.

I sincerely hope all the anonymous Tech Sideline posters will learn to support Coach Brooks throughout the wins and losses. Women's basketball here at Tech is a beloved entity, and any negativity works against the coaches in every way.

It's not often that I defend the honor of TSL posters, but it's asinine to imply fans/boosters/alumni cannot be critical of a program, or its coach, especially one that notched just 17 ACC wins and one winning record over 5 seasons.

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I sincerely hope all the anonymous Tech Sideline posters will learn to support Coach Brooks throughout the wins and losses. Women's basketball here at Tech is a beloved entity, and any negativity works against the coaches in every way.

Salty much?

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Those salty dogs, speaking ill of the women's basketball coach.

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TSL Posters, me included, will support Coach Brooks because he is a proven Coach and a Winner !! Letter like that makes RT's happy.. Class act !

Jack R.

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Where can I get that jacket, Vance Vice? It looks to be straight out of Mugatu's closet

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

I think I can win a dance-off against Moto, and this is pretty much how I dance:

"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

I believe that was Steve Sobczak....but I agree with you. Leg for a good movie too.

Tyrod did it Mikey, Tyrod did it!!

Any chance Capehart is on campus for the Spring Game?

I have no idea why my username is VT_Warthog.

Arkansas blew a 24-0 lead in the Belk Bowl.

I love these

If a tree falls in Scott Stadium does it make a sound?

As someone who used to frequent TSL quite a bit, its nice to hear the attitude that is so pervasive over there get so publicly called out.

Its one thing to be critical. Its a whole other thing to always look for a reason to be critical. TKP is the former, TSL is the latter.

King Alum of the House Hokie, the First of His Name, Khal of the Turkey Legs, The rightful Heir to the Big Board, the Unbanned, Breaker of Trolls and Father of Gritty

I never thought TSL was that bad. 247 on the other hand....

Varying shades of gray - I thought TSL was bad until I saw 247 fans frothing at the mouth for pretty much anything you don't tout the party line with.

TSL has gotten better, but I don't care too much about the message board stuff. I like the analysis they provide too. TSL and TKP give me my hokie analysis fix.

Well as one of many who posted their opinion on TSL and took no crap off anyone over there by those who thought they could because they had been members for years or now have lots of stars to pump themselves up to untouchable status in their own minds and the owners of TSL. I have ceased all activities there because I no longer have a voice unless I want to become a paying member. Glad to see them get called out and glad to be part of TKP where your posts and opinions are welcome and I can get information about Hokie sports long before I see it on TSL.

Life's short, If you dont do it, somebody else will.

Well as one of many who posted their opinion on TSL and took no crap off anyone over there by those who thought they could because they had been members for years or now have lots of stars to pump themselves up to untouchable status in their own minds and the owners of TSL.

Holy run on sentence Hokiemonster!

I usually feel for the coaches in hopes that they land on their feet, but this is childish so....

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If a tree falls in Scott Stadium does it make a sound?

No, he was in The Wonder Years.

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If a tree falls in Scott Stadium does it make a sound?

That was Neverending Story. Sheesh, get your Savage right.

Actually, that was Princess Bride...

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King Alum of the House Hokie, the First of His Name, Khal of the Turkey Legs, The rightful Heir to the Big Board, the Unbanned, Breaker of Trolls and Father of Gritty

Dammit! You win. I can't upvote you though, I don't have the turkey tracks. Take this meaningless comment and my undying admiration instead.

I don't have the turkey tracks

Ahem. They are not "tracks" my good sir, they are legs:

"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

Wet stuff on the red stuff.

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They are not "tracks" my good sir, they are legs

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King Alum of the House Hokie, the First of His Name, Khal of the Turkey Legs, The rightful Heir to the Big Board, the Unbanned, Breaker of Trolls and Father of Gritty

Something you should never admit that you know. Not even if you have a daughter. Princess Bride comment!

Who am I kidding I now every song to The Little Mermaid.

"Hey Bud, you wont have to hold the opponent to 17 points anymore."

Are you trying to imply that Princess Bride is a movie for girls?

Achievement unlocked: All of the Fullers

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Thanks Frank!

King Alum of the House Hokie, the First of His Name, Khal of the Turkey Legs, The rightful Heir to the Big Board, the Unbanned, Breaker of Trolls and Father of Gritty

Probably no small wonder why he got fired then. Spending too much time on message boards not enough time doing his job.

Never Forget #1 Overall Seed UVA 54, #64 UMBC 74

You can get fired for that?

Oh my, that is very bad news.......

"Don't go to, go through"

Me reading this thread and then coming to this:

...cautiously looking over shoulder now

I'm guessing a /s was missing?

Was that a Punky Brewster sighting?

A picture is worth a thousand words. A gif is worth a million.

It's from the 80's show Small Wonders.

"Welcome to the Terror Dome." -- Corey Moore

How would one discuss Dennis Wolfe's tenure without one being negative?

Dennis Wolfe- He did stuff and then he was told to stop doing stuff due to reasons.

Maybe look at what he started with? How about some of the win's they've had over the years (at least four wins against Top 25 off the top of my head)?

The one thing to me that is going to separate Brooks from Wolfe is that he seems more nurturing. Wolfe should have stayed on the men's side of things, but I can't blame him from getting out from under Greenberg. Considering a lot of the bashing he is getting are from people that never went to a women's game or have any support for the women's team, it's no wonder he called people out.

I had no problem with the letter.

"Hey Bud, you wont have to hold the opponent to 17 points anymore."

You know when Vance Vice turns his hat backwards, he means business.

What I do is I just try to take my hat and I turn it around, and it's like a switch that goes on. And when the switch goes on, I feel like another person, I feel, I don't know, I feel like a... like a truck. Like a machine.

If you play it, they will win.

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

Over the Top! 4VPISU's comment hit a nerve with me, and I was thinking that I knew there was a movie with that premise where the man went into beast mode when the hat turned backwards.

Surely you're thinking of Pokemon

He's no good to me dead.

No. No I was not.

interesting couple tidbits from today's pre practice presser.

This was always my biggest beef with Loeffler. I don't know if he was a sub-par coach, but he was an awful teacher.

That comment has zero to do with Loeffler's teaching abilities, just that the offense operates much faster now.

I understand that, but I guess I was inferring and coupling this comment with other quotes from players about the terminology and verbage from the new coaches being much simpler. That Mic'd Up video with Loeffler revealed a lot. He was high energy and all, but his teaching style was not conducive to efficient learning.

Remember everything that the players said about the details he would go over and expect in meetings? What we saw on the Mic'd Up video was not the extent of Loeffler's teaching, not even close. We can debate offensive philosophy all we want (hint: simpler is probably better for college simply because it requires less teaching), but having spoken to him and watched him coach, I can't say I've ever thought Loeffler was a poor teacher.

Yes, but isn't part of his job as a football teacher, so to speak, to make the terminology and philosophy understandable so that his players can consistently execute the plays? It has been documented that as late as the UNC game last season, players were still having difficulty getting lined up correctly on offense. If your players can't do what you've instructed them to, or have difficulty comprehending what you're trying to get across, isn't that pretty much bad teaching? It may be the most brilliant football strategy ever, but if players have difficulty understanding it, all of that complexity is for naught. I just can't subscribe to the narrative that basically Loeffler was just too good for college football. Just my two cents.

There's a mic'd up with Loeffler?

Yea, its 100% 5-star get after it juice. It will take you to the shade.

"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

That's a 5-star get after it comment right ther-SONIC!SONIC!SONIC!

...well that's rather telling...I wonder if they even understand him.

I had six reps of Sonic yesterday. It's still screwing with me.

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How much does your guy charge you? Is there a price break at 5?