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Hokies Journal: August 30, 2009 - September 5, 2009

Virginia Tech-Alabama Pregame Notes

ATLANTA – When Darren Evans suffered a season-ending knee injury, Virginia Tech lost the most important component to its offense. The Hokies three remaining running backs will likely need to step up if Virginia Tech is going to have success...

By Mark Viera  |  September 5, 2009; 6:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Hello, Saturday

ATLANTA – Finally, it is here. If you love college football, there is nothing quite like the first fall Saturday. And if you are a Virginia Tech fan, this is a special Saturday. The No. 7 Hokies have the chance...

By Mark Viera  |  September 5, 2009; 5:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Virginia Tech-Alabama Preview

Here's the breakdown of Saturday's game that will run in the paper. Also, my story on the excitement generated by Saturday's game can be found here. Records: No. 5 Crimson Tide 0-0; No. 7 Hokies 0-0. Coaches: Nick Saban (14-8,...

By Mark Viera  |  September 4, 2009; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Poll: Who's Going to Win?

Who Will Win Saturday's Game? Virginia Tech in a blowout Virginia Tech in a close game Alabama in a close game Alabama in a blowout Created on Sep 4, 2009 View Results poll by twiigs.com...

By Matt Bonesteel  |  September 4, 2009; 12:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Alabama Under Pressure?

If Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy is going to have success against Virginia Tech, he will probably have to work quickly and efficiently. The Crimson Tide returned only two starting offensive linemen and McElroy, a fourth-year junior, is making his first...

By Mark Viera  |  September 4, 2009; 12:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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A Story Behind the Story

Last season, as Rashad Carmichael struggled on and off the field after his father’s death, one player on the Virginia Tech team helped him the most: Jason Worilds. Carmichael, the Hokies' field cornerback, and Worilds, a defensive end, are so...

By Mark Viera  |  September 4, 2009; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Thursday Injury Report

Virginia Tech will be healthy when it heads to Atlanta. Only backup linebacker Bruce Taylor, who has an ankle injury, was listed as out on the Hokies' injury report that was released Thursday afternoon. ACC guidelines mandate that an injury...

By Mark Viera  |  September 3, 2009; 7:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Williams Named Starting Running Back

Ryan Williams was named Virginia Tech's starting running back for the No. 7 Hokies' game Saturday against No. 5 Alabama in Atlanta. In preseason practices, Williams, a redshirt freshman, had competed with redshirt sophomore Josh Oglesby and freshman David Wilson...

By Mark Viera  |  September 3, 2009; 3:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Beefing Up for Mount Cody

Late Monday night, Beau Warren ate a large cheese pizza. By himself. Warren said the meal not only satisfied his hunger, but that it also might pay dividends Saturday, when No. 7 Virginia Tech takes on No. 5 Alabama in...

By Mark Viera  |  September 3, 2009; 12:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Johnson, Rivers Prepare to Start at Linebacker

Since the spring, Jake Johnson has been preparing for Saturday night’s game. By that, of course, he meant his 80-song pregame playlist that includes everything from Metallica to 50 Cent. “I’ll be ready,” Johnson said. “The music gets me pumped...

By Mark Viera  |  September 3, 2009; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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College Football Chat, 1 p.m.

Have a question about Virginia Tech? Virginia? Maryland? Do you want to debate the Bowl Championship Series or hear Heisman Trophy predictions? The Post is holding a college football chat at 1 p.m. on Thursday. A team of the paper's...

By Mark Viera  |  September 3, 2009; 10:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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With Jones on the Field, Alabama is Dangerous

Alabama wide receiver Julio Jones has been described as tall, fast and strong. But the latest adjective to describe him -- eligible -- will be most important this Saturday in Atlanta. On Wednesday, the NCAA reinstated Jones and running back...

By Mark Viera  |  September 3, 2009; 8:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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College Football Preview

The Post published its 2009 College Football Preview on Thursday. The section includes a big-picture look at the hard-to-predict Atlantic Coast Conference, in addition to breakdowns of each of the schools in the Washington region. I previewed the Hokies. In...

By Mark Viera  |  September 3, 2009; 8:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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The Marching Virginians' Special Performance

Away from the bright lights of the Georgia Dome this weekend, the Virginia Tech Marching Virginians will put on a special performance. On Friday, the band, the Hokies’ cheerleaders and the HokieBird mascot will give a halftime performance at Lakeside...

By Mark Viera  |  September 2, 2009; 5:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Notebook: Worilds Returns to Form

Last year, defensive end Jason Worilds finished with eight sacks and 18 1/2 tackles for a loss. But he played through shoulder injuries that required offseason surgery. Although he missed spring practice and offseason workouts, Worilds has shaken off some...

By Mark Viera  |  September 2, 2009; 4:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Playing 'Bama Ball

On Monday, a reporter asked Coach Frank Beamer to define "Beamer Ball." Beamer’s namesake brand of football, he said, was about being able to score “whether it’s the offense, defense or special teams.” The Crimson Tide can claim to have...

By Mark Viera  |  September 2, 2009; 3:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Welcome to Hokies Journal

Welcome to the Hokies Journal. This is The Washington Post’s blog for all things Virginia Tech. The Post has reshaped its coverage of college sports this year. In the past, one reporter covered both Virginia Tech and the University of...

By Mark Viera  |  September 2, 2009; 12:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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