Thursday, July 28, 2005

Quick Q&A

Found this while browsing Yahoo Sports. Interesting piece...

ABC and Yahoo Sports analyst Terry Bowden spoke to Charlotte Observer reporter Ken Tysiac and offered thoughts about the ACC entering its first season with two divisions, 12 schools and new member Boston College:

Q. How will your brother, Clemson coach Tommy Bowden, do against new South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier?

I think Spurrier will be a more formidable opponent than (predecessor) Lou Holtz. I think Spurrier can take a team of average talent, of (Danny) Wuerffels and Chris Doerings and people like that, and put them in an offensive system and score a lot of points and beat people that have more talent. Whereas Lou Holtz I think usually takes a team with strong defense and a running game and just historically couldn't do it at Carolina.

Q: Do you buy into the idea that North Carolina is a basketball area and that it will be difficult for football to thrive here?
A: I don't know why that is true. I will say ... it is a basketball area, and football hasn't thrived to the point where you see national champions. ... I don't buy into that it has to be that way, but it looks that way.

Q. Can Virginia Tech win the ACC again?
A: I talked to (coach) Frank Beamer in the airport in Atlanta for about an hour. He said (quarterback) Marcus Vick looked great in the spring. If Marcus Vick is as good as coach Beamer feels, then they will be the leading candidate to win the ACC again, even above Florida State and Miami.

Q: How is your dad, coach Bobby Bowden, doing with his quarterback situation? How is Florida State going to be?
A: Florida State really may not be better off the first game, but will be just as good or better off down the road because they're going to have to get two very talented young kids (redshirt freshmen Xavier Lee and Drew Weatherford) ready to play. So as far as the future of Florida State, it may have kick-started them into their future. But it may not bode as well in Miami. The big news down in Tallahassee is that (cornerback) Antonio Cromartie, maybe the best athlete on the team, was lost for the year with a knee injury. ... I think Miami or Florida State, the winner of that game, will be the team that challenges Virginia Tech.

Q: Could Miami be better without quarterback Brock Berlin?
A: Yeah. Brock Berlin, (Florida State's) Chris Rix, neither of these guys was drafted by the NFL. That's not the type of quarterback you expect. With the defense Miami has back, and they have some outstanding receivers, if they can develop a great running back ... they can be better with a new quarterback, Kyle Wright. But he's got to have a running game.

Q: Is instant replay here to stay in college football officiating?
A: Absolutely. I covered games in the Big Ten last year and saw how easily it works and how unintrusive it was. It's much, much less intrusive than the NFL and it makes the difference on crucial calls. So it's here to stay, and most everybody that gets it will like it.

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Terry's Preseason Sweet 16

Yahoo Sports' college football writer and former Auburn coach Terry Bowden put up his top 16 football teams, with Virginia Tech at number 7, three spots ahead of the USA Today & AP Polls. Here's what he had to say about Beamer's squad:

"The ultimate success of this team will fall squarely on the shoulders of first-year starter Marcus Vick, who hasn't played in an actual game in nearly two years. North Carolina State will throw everything but the kitchen sink at Vick in the very first game, and it won't stop until he proves he can make better decisions on the field than he has made off the field in the past two years. Other than that, the Hokies are loaded with talent, albeit a somewhat youthful secondary, and the schedule looks very accommodating."

Speaking of the schedule, here it is:

Sunday, 9/4: @ North Carolina State; 7:15 PM
Saturday, 9/10: @ Duke; 12:00 P.M.
Saturday, 9/17: Ohio; 3:30 P.M.
Saturday, 9/17: Georgia Tech; TBA
Saturday, 10/1: @ West Virginia; TBA
Saturday, 10/8: Marshall; TBA
Thursday, 10/20: @ Maryland; 7:45 P.M.
Thursday, 10/27: Boston College; 7:45 P.M.
Saturday, 11/5: Miami (FL); TBA
Saturday, 11/19: @ Virginia; TBA
Saturday, 11/26: North Carolina; TBA

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Hokies Predicted to Win ACC

Keith Parsons from the AP wrote this piece on the topic: Check it out.

Sunday, July 17, 2005

Recruiting Class of 2005

Courtesy of TSL.com, this year's recruiting class.

Friday, July 15, 2005

Vote or Die

ESPN.com, in honor of their 50 states in 50 days campaign that they're throwin' down this summer, is having a "Vote: Best of Virginia Poll". Included among the nominees for several of the questions relate to the Hokies and their very own, such as:

Question #1) Most memorable sports moment?
Michael Vick leads Virginia Tech to Sugar Bowl (2000)

Question #4) Favorite Virginia team?
Virginia Tech University

Question #5) Best Rivalry
Virginia vs. Virginia Tech (football)

Question #7) Best Virginia college or pro athlete?
Michael Vick, Virginia Tech
Bruce Smith, Virginia Tech

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Rank the ACC

Check out this ESPN Poll, ranking the ACC.

Monday, July 11, 2005

NCAA College Football 2006 Released


EA Sports released their annual college football game today, with it retailing in stores for 50 bucks. I bought myself a copy, and to be honest, I was pretty satisfied with what I saw. The graphics and gameplay are impressive, and I like some of the new features EA incorporated into this year's game. In the end, it was money well spent.

As was expected, Virginia Tech was given a strong overall rating of A- (on a scale of A-F), with many of the starters receiving quality ranks. Here are few of them, rated out of 100 points:

Jimmy Williams - CB - 96
Jeff King - TE - 95
Darryl Tapp - DE - 95
Cedric Humes - RB - 89
Mike Imoh - RB - 89
Jimmy Martin - OL - 89
Will Montgomery - OL - 89
Brandon Pace - K - 88
Marcus Vick - QB - 87
Eddie Royal - WR - 84

Sunday, July 10, 2005

About Me, My Blog & I

Turkey Talk is a Virginia Tech athletics blog (with a prime focus on football and basketball) compromised of works by current Virginia Tech student Andrew Kinney as well as several others writers on the Virginia Tech school newspaper, the Collegiate Times. Production of the material on this blog went underway starting July 2005.

For any suggestions/comments/hate mail, hit up Andrew at atkinney@vt.edu or ATkinney08 on AIM.