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FACE SHIELD [Virginia Tech Athletics]

In case anyone was confused, it's a face shield.

Anyways, Virginia Tech wrapped up its seventh practice of 2020 camp. A unique experience tiptoeing around a delicate football season. Regardless of whether or not that season actually happens, there's football to discuss in the meantime.

"Spread out." That's what Divine Deablo yells when he catches his teammates less than an arm's length apart. Though the senior safety noted physical distancing is becoming more second nature for the Hokies, he admitted he steps up to police the squad when necessary. However, it's the allure of off-the-field activities — read: parties — that threatens to spread COVID-19 through college campuses. Deablo and the upperclassmen are well aware.

"I'm not even worried about the older guys. I just had to get the message to the younger guys since it's their first year in college, they may want to have fun."

Deablo explained there was a recent players-only meeting to convey the importance of smart decisions, as they pertain to the mitigation of COVID-19. Deablo divulged that the penalty for not following the team's COVID-19 guidelines is "some type of discipline". And that was a players' decision.

"If you want to be here, you have to be 100-percent in," Deablo said.

Invent the Future, indeed. Virginia Tech athletics and the College of Engineering partnered to create a two-part face shield to help protect football players against COVID-19. Per Tech:

A commercially available visor makes up the upper half of the shield; a second visor, turned upside down and trimmed to fit the helmet, makes up the lower half.

In spray tests, the two-part visor blocked more than 99.9% of droplets smaller than 300 nm. (N95 masks, commonly recommended for frontline workers during the pandemic, are required to block at least 95% of particles this size.)

It's equally grand that they are effective and made from off-the-shelf material.

"The first couple of days it was good, then it got a little humid," said Deablo. "It was harder to breathe and they got a little foggy. Recently they cut part of the bottom half, so it still covers the mouth, but I have more air coming through so I can breathe, and it's a lot better. I would advise my teammates and every other team to wear it."

Tech's produced 40 of them for its football players and plans to share the design.

James Mitchell gets it. This is how the outside receiver/tight end/H-Back responded when he was asked about the scenario of remaining in Blacksburg to play football without the student body given an all-virtual learning environment.

"Yeah, actually, it'd probably be easier if you think about it. Without the students there we'd kind of be in our own sort of bubble, away from people. I think, in a way, it would actually be easier to kind of get things done."

Tyrell Smith Year 7 confirmed.

The speculation around which non-established players are poised for a breakout year based on camp buzz is a time honored tradition. Justin Fuente had high praise for speedster wide receiver Jaden Payoute, who looks like he spent quarantine in Gold's Gym.



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"I get really excited about the progress that he's made," said Fuente. "And he's still learning. He's working incredibly hard. He's got talent, and he's grown by leaps and bounds without even the benefit of a spring practice."

With the transfer of Damon Hazelton (31 receptions, 527 yards, 8 TDs), Tech needs a fresh-face to step up opposite of Tre Turner. Mitchell mentioned Payoute as a potential weapon along with fellow tight end Nick Gallo.

"He's a good route runner," said Mitchell. "He's good in the pass game. He's coming along in the run game as well."

Fit-wise, Gallo isn't a one-for-one replacement for Dalton Keene. However, he has the potential to provide some of the versatility in the absence of Keene — a true run block/pass threat tight end.

2020 has been the year for everything else, so why not Tech's o-line as the strength of the team.

"I feel like we've got some really quality depth upfront," said Fuente. "Again, that's a little bit unfair to say when we've practiced four times and we've only been in shoulder pads twice, and there's still a long way to go. That group's pretty talented in my opinion."

"Doug Nester no longer looks like a freshman, he looks like an adult. Luke Tenuta no longer looks like a baseball player, he looks like a starting right tackle in the ACC. Getting [Brock] Hoffman out there certainly adds something. And [Bryan] Hudson was a little bit more developed anyway as a freshman. He was a big, strong kid, and I haven't even got to the older players in [Christian] Darrisaw and Lecitus [Smith].

Those young guys don't look like young guys anymore. They're still young in their careers, but they look like real grownups."

Fuente capped that off with a two-frame smile.

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The speculation around which non-established players are poised for a breakout year based on camp buzz is a time honored tradition. Justin Fuente had high praise for speedster wide receiver Jaden Payoute, who looks like he spent quarantine in Gold's Gym.

"I get really excited about the progress that he's made," said Fuente. "And he's still learning. He's working incredibly hard. He's got talent, and he's grown by leaps and bounds without even the benefit of a spring practice."

With the transfer of Damon Hazelton (31 receptions, 527 yards, 8 TDs), Tech needs a fresh-face to step up opposite of Tre Turner. Mitchell mentioned Payoute as a potential weapon along with fellow tight end Nick Gallo.

"He's a good route runner," said Mitchell. "He's good in the pass game. He's coming along in the run game as well."

Fit-wise, Gallo isn't a one-for-one replacement for Dalton Keene. However, he has the potential to provide some of the versatility in the absence of Keene — a true run block/pass threat tight end.

This is great to hear. Payoute is someone I think we have been very excited about given his insane speed. He brings an important element to our receiving corps. It's also good to hear that Gallo is generating a lot of positive buzz. That's a big opportunity at a position we seem to favor in the passing game.

Dont you do this to me again, get me all excited just to cancel stuff. Let's Go

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

(crosses fingers,,)

HOKIES???

Leonard. Duh.

(breaks fingers,,)

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There's always a lighthouse. There's always a man. There's always a city.

I saw that Payoute pic on social media and I had a similar reaction. Kid looks jacked. If he kept his speed and packed in the muscle he will be fun to watch. Easy pick for breakout player.

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Tyrod did it Mikey, Tyrod did it!!

My question exactly! And if he does catch it will he fall down?

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

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On your deathbed you'll gain total consciousness. So you got that going for you.

Which is nice.

The ghost of Marcus Davis says hello, though.

Congrats on the birdie putts. Couldn't find one today but I was a machine getting up and down so I got that going for me.

I have no idea why my username is VT_Warthog.

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

Click here to destroy wall.

Alright now I wanna see frank kick the ball next.

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

He got that short Jon Rahm backswing going.

You hit the ball with your hips, kids.

Without that short Jon Rahm temper

You're the only ones that I can talk to about this, you guys.

He's really improved that over the years.

Meaning Rahm's gotten calmer or Beamer's gotten angrier?

Click here to destroy wall.

So if there is no eligibility this year, is Blackshear eligible?

I say YES. This is the year we get Bruce Smith into at least the three deep to spell Ty Garbut, Mike Vick could probably still run circles around all of these kids, so he's our new starter, and we get Greg Boone to run the ole Wild Turkey. Oh, yeah... and Blackshear.

#FUMARKEMMERT

Leonard. Duh.

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You should really think about it, my mom says I'm the coolest guy she knows so ... yeah great face for TKP advertising right here.

joe,
if someone lets their membership lapse and then signs back up, do they get all the swag again? Asking for a friend...

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No they don't. (And down the road, they might pay a higher price.)

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Is coronavirus over yet?

I would totally throw some money above and beyond the subscription at Joe for more swag. Set it up like a kickstarter: only triggers an order if a minimum number of orders trigger for each item. If it flops, no money lost on small scale orders.

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When I saw the NCAA ruling about eligibility being extended a year my first thought was Tyrell Smith will be around for a 7th year, I mean why not?

1-0 every week

Dr. Tyrrell Smith?

With all of the extra players, next season will be interesting for a lot of teams. For the teams that can afford the extra scholarships, they will have a lot more depth. The overall quality of play could be really impressive next year.

It's going to be really interesting to see how the blanket extra year of eligibility plays out. We can speculate all day long, but there will be a lot of interesting factors at play. It could, and probably will, have a big impact on the next several seasons.

So does anyone have any news about how practices are going? Any surprise players stepping up? Are the very recent transfers on campus?

Burmeister is demanding/deserving playing time.

Payoute will payoff in the near future.

#sauces

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