Thursday, August 11, 2005

ACC Honor Roll

Today the ACC announced its 2004-05 Academic Honor Roll, with over 2,000 kids getting recogntion.

Making the list required student athletes to participate in at least one varsity level sport and maintain a 3.0 grade point average during the full school year.

In all, Virginia Tech had 156 student-athletes on the list, 10 of which were on the football squad:

James Anderson
Mason Baggett
Andrew Fleck
Brandon Frye
Sean Glennon
Jeffrey King
Daniel McGrath
Brandon Pace
McKinley Price
John Thibodeau

Jordan Trott

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Ex-Hokie Madden Ratings

Amidst all the midnight opening sales and media hype surrounding this year's prime football game, I got myself a copy of EA Sports' Madden 2006.

Being a 2k Series fan, I'm not a big fan of the game -- I really wish EA had not bought out the rights to the NFL and its players. I've never liked Madden, and this year's version definitely isn't going to 'open my eyes' to it.

Aside from that however, here is a list I comprised of every Ex-Hokie and their respective player ratings (out of 100).



Name, Position, Team, Rating
Eric Green, CB, Arizona Cardinals - 72
Keion Carpenter, CB, Atlanta Falcons - 77
DeAngelo Hall, CB, Atlanta Falcons - 85
Matt Lehr, OL, Atlanta Falcons - 82
Kevin McCadam, CB, Atlanta Falcons - Not Created
Bryan Randall, QB, Atlanta Falcons - Not Created
Michael Vick, QB, Atlanta Falcons - 92
Anthony Lambo, OL, Baltimore Ravens - Not Created
Dave Kadela, OL, Carolina Panthers - 61
Doug Easlick, RB, Cincinatti Bengals - Not Created
Shayne Graham, K, Cincinatti Bengals - 87
Andre' Davis, WR, Cleveland Browns - 83
Jon Dunn, OL, Cleveland Browns - Not Created
Lee Suggs, RB, Cleveland Browns - 82
Ben Taylor, LB, Cleveland Browns - 77
Keith Willis, TE, Cleveland Browns - Not Created
John Engelberger, DE, Denver Broncos - 77
Kevin Jones, RB, Detroit Lions - 87
Cory Bird, S, Free Agent - 71
Gennaro DiNapoli, C, Free Agent - 83
Ike Charlton, CB, Free Agent - 69
Dave Meyer, QB, Green Bay Packers - Not Created
Todd Washington, OL, Houston Texans - 77
Chad Beasley, OL, Houston Texans - Not Created
Nathaniel Adibi, DE, Indianapolis Colts - Not Created
Mikal Baague, LB, Indianapolis Colts - Not Created
Jim Davis, DE, Jacksonville Jaguars - Not Created
Nick Sorensen, S, Jacksonville Jaguars - 65
Ernest Wilford, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars - 76
Willie Pile, S, Kansas City Chiefs - Not Created
Travis Conway, New England Patriots - Not Created
Jake Grove, OL, Oakland Raiders - 82
James Kibble, P, Philadelphia Eagles - Not Created
Anthony Davis, OL, Tampa Bay Buccaneers - 75
Ronyell Whitaker, CB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers - 64
Vincent Fuller, S, Tennessee Titans - 67
Pierson Prioleau, CB, Washington Redskins - 85
Garnell Wilds, CB, Washington Redskins - 70

First full pad practice for Hokies


Today marked the first day the Hokies practiced in full pads this fall, as preparation for Virginia Tech's first game against N.C. State continues.

The team's official report on the practice mentioned the team workout featured two periods of pass skeleton drills, where the offensive quarterbacks and receivers tested the passing game against the defensive backs and linebackers. It also featured two periods against the scout-team and several "skill development" periods.

In the pass skeleton drills, Tech quarterback Marcus Vick got off to a bit of a slow start, completing 3-of-7, with one nice, mid-range pass to tight end John Kinzer. Sean Glennon then got the next five snaps, and completed 4-of-5. Cory Holt completed 3-of-4 before Vick came back in and got the final four snaps. In that segment, the redshirt junior completed all four of his pass attempts. None of Tech's quarterbacks threw interceptions on this day.

...As the season approaches, the Hokies will begin two-a-day practices tomorrow, with morning practices going from 6:00-7:40 A.M., and evening workouts being conducted from 3:15-5:30 P.M.

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Interesting

Found this in a recent interview of running back Cedric Humes posted by http://www.hokiesports.com.

"Question: What's the best part about being a tailback?

Cedric: A good part is we get a lot of glory. Also, we work hard, but we don't work as hard as a lot of other people in practice, that's a good part."

Whew, kinda makes you wonder.

...I'm still debating whether or not if I want to be hearing that from any Hokie, let alone the starting running back.

A Look at the ACC

Terry Bowden at Yahoo sports wrote this about the Hokies in his breakdown of the Atlantic Coast Conference:

"With the top two running backs, four wide receivers, the league-best tight end and a majority of the offensive linemen back, the decision-making of new QB Marcus Vick is the only question mark on what easily could be the most exciting offense in Blacksburg since older brother Michael was around. I spoke with Frank Beamer earlier this summer, and when we talked about his young QB it was clear that he believes Marcus Vick is the real deal.

Defensively, Tech returns five of its front seven from a defense that ended up last season No. 2 nationally in scoring defense. With three new starters in the secondary, opponents will try to attack VT through the air. They had better get rid of the ball quickly because DE Darryl Tapp leads a vicious pass rush.

If the Hokies can get past N.C. State in the season opener, they could be undefeated heading into their Nov. 5 showdown with Miami.
"

To take a look at the rest of the breakdown, click here.

Friday, August 05, 2005

Practice to Begin Today

Football practice for the Hokies is set to begin today, August 5 at 3:15 as coach Beamer and company prepare for the 2005 season. Team practice will only be held in helmets and shorts, as players will not practice in full pads until Wednesday, August 10.

Tomorrow marks the team's 2005 Media Day. Members of the media will be treated to breakfast, listen to short speeches by Frank Beamer and each of his coaches, then proceed over to Lane Stadium to hold interviews with players. The Hokies will then hold their second practice of the year at 3:15.

As the month is set to continue, the team will also hold several two-a-day practices. The Hokies are scheduled to practice twice during Wednesday the 10th, Friday the 12th, Monday the 15th, Wednesday the 17th and Monday the 22nd.

Three official scrimmages are also in store for Beamer's squad in August. Tech will scrimmage on Saturday the 13th, Saturday the 20th, and Saturday the 27th, with each beginning at 3:15. There will also be a special scripted scrimmage on Sunday the 28th at 8pm.

Courtesy of TechSideLine.com writer Chris Coleman

Coaches Poll Released


USA Today released their preseason college football rankings today, with the back-to-back returning champions USC Trojans reigning in at the top of the charts. Virginia Tech, fresh off last January's Sugar Bowl appearance, chimed in solidly as the 7th ranked team in the country--their highest preseason ranking ever.

Other ACC team rankings:
8th - Miami (FL)
12th - Florida State
22nd - Boston College
23rd - Virginia

29th - Georgia Tech
31st - North Carolina State
45th - Clemson
56th - Maryland
58th - Duke

Standouts of Freshman Testing

Virginia Tech’s 2005 freshman class recently completed their summer testing, and some of them put up some very impressive numbers, as posted on BeamerBall.com.

Demetrius Taylor was the most impressive freshman in the workouts. Taylor, a 6-0, 235-pound linebacker from Virginia Beach, posted the best bench press at 385 lbs. Three freshmen, including defensive back Victor Harris, ran a 4.5 forty, and fullback Kenny Jefferson reversed the trend of freshman fullbacks showing up overweight by testing out at just 4% total body fat.

BeamerBall.com contains additional testing numbers for the freshman class.

Thursday, August 04, 2005

Helmet Map of Division 1 Football

Found this on a Georgia-fan blog, put up by the user PaulWesterDawg, it's pretty well done. Click to enlarge:

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Virginia Tech Backs Preview

Pretty good piece on Virginia Tech's quarterbacks and running backs, courtesy of TechSideLine.com writer Chris Coleman.