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Hokies Journal: September 13, 2009 - September 19, 2009

Hokies Win a Wild One

When it was over, some Virginia Tech fans laid on the grass and soaked it in. Others patted Hokies players on the shoulder pads. A large throng gathered to jump up and down in front of television cameras. After a...

By Mark Viera  |  September 19, 2009; 9:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Will Virgil Play?

Although it is still not known if Stephan Virgil will play against Nebraska, he and Eddie Whitley are listed as possible starters at field cornerback. Virgil missed last Saturday's game against Marshall with a knee injury. Rashad Carmichael is listed...

By Mark Viera  |  September 19, 2009; 2:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Nebraska-Virginia Tech Pregame Notes

With 4 rushing yards against Nebraska, Virginia Tech quarterback Tyrod Taylor will pass Michael Vick for third place in career rushing yards by a Hokies' quarterback. Taylor is a junior. Vick played only two seasons. The No. 13 Hokies (1-1)...

By Mark Viera  |  September 19, 2009; 1:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Hello, Saturday

There is a special atmosphere in a college town when there is a big game. You can feel that here this weekend. Blacksburg has been percolating with excitement since Thursday for the meeting between No. 13 Virginia Tech (1-1) and...

By Mark Viera  |  September 19, 2009; 9:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Nebraska-Virginia Tech Preview

Records: No. 19 Nebraska 2-0; No. 13 Virginia Tech 1-1 Coaches: Bo Pelini (12-4, second season); Frank Beamer (178-90-2, 23rd season) When Virginia Tech Has the Ball Virginia Tech has a tough test this week against Nebraska’s imposing front four,...

By Mark Viera  |  September 18, 2009; 12:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Poll: Who's Going to Win?

poll by twiigs.com...

By Mark Viera  |  September 18, 2009; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Virgil Questionable for Nebraska Game

Stephan Virgil, who missed last Saturday’s game against Marshall with a knee injury, was listed as questionable for Saturday’s game between No. 13 Virginia Tech (1-1) and No. 19 Nebraska (2-0). Virgil, who injured his left knee in a 34-24...

By Mark Viera  |  September 17, 2009; 4:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Hokies Hope to Open Up Passing Game

Virginia Tech has showed it can run the football. Now it could be looking to air it out. As the No. 13 Hokies (1-1) prepare to host No. 19 Nebraska (2-0), their offense that has not found a rhythm is...

By Mark Viera  |  September 17, 2009; 2:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Hokies' Defensive Line to Rely on Speed

Nebraska has such a rich history of producing offensive linemen that a trophy is named after one of its former players. The Rimington Award, given to the nation’s top center, was named for Cornhusker great and two-time Outland Trophy winner...

By Mark Viera  |  September 17, 2009; 12:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Hokies-Huskers an Expensive Ticket

With No. 19 Nebraska coming to Lane Stadium to play No. 13 Virginia Tech on Saturday, there is excitement in Blacksburg about the matchup of two ranked opponents. The numbers provide the evidence. On Wednesday, the average ticket price of...

By Mark Viera  |  September 17, 2009; 11:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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College Football Chat, 1:30 p.m.

Have a question about Virginia Tech? Maryland? Virginia? Navy? Do you want to discuss Thursday night's Georgia Tech-Miami game or hear predictions on how brutal Florida's beat down of Lane Kiffin -- er, Tennessee -- will be on Saturday in...

By Mark Viera  |  September 17, 2009; 9:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Sergio's Sandpit

At the corner of Virginia Tech’s practice football facility, there is a big sandpit. It is Sergio’s Sandpit. While his teammates run sprints at the end of each practices, guard Sergio Render walks over to the pit and runs in...

By Mark Viera  |  September 16, 2009; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Hokies Prepare for Another Tough Nose Guard

Before facing Alabama nose guard Terrence Cody, Virginia Tech center Beau Warren ate a pizza by himself to bulk up. He said he planned to do the same before facing Nebraska nose guard Ndamukong Suh. Warren and his fellow offensive...

By Mark Viera  |  September 16, 2009; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Wheeler Makes His Return

Since he suffered a season-ending knee injury in 2007, Sam Wheeler won the John Mackey Award as the nation’s best tight end and Virginia Tech captured its first national championship. This, of course, all occurred on the video games Wheeler...

By Mark Viera  |  September 16, 2009; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Boone Says He Will Play Against Nebraska

Tight end Greg Boone, who missed last Saturday’s game against Marshall with an injury to the joint connecting his breastbone and collarbone, said he would play Saturday when No. 13 Virginia Tech (1-1) hosts No. 19 Nebraska (2-0). “I still...

By Mark Viera  |  September 15, 2009; 8:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Martin's Gruesome Hand Injury

Linebacker Cam Martin has had his share of injuries since he has come to Virginia Tech, including but not limited to: two hernias, a torn posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee and a right elbow injury that has prevented...

By Mark Viera  |  September 15, 2009; 6:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Stories Behind the David Wilson Story

To many at Virginia Tech, running back David Wilson is a tie-wearing, fast-running freshman, as I documented here. But to Jayron Hosley, Wilson is something different. As his roommate, Hosley gets to see another side of Wilson, one that many...

By Mark Viera  |  September 15, 2009; 12:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Virginia Tech Not Affected by Swine Flu, So Far

The Virginia Tech football team has not yet been touched by the H1N1 virus that has affected many colleges and their athletes. The athletic department’s team doctors have been aggressive in testing for the virus, known as the swine flu,...

By Mark Viera  |  September 15, 2009; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Carmichael to Stay at Boundary Cornerback

Rashad Carmichael, who started in place of the injured Stephan Virgil against Marshall on Saturday, said he liked playing boundary cornerback because of the one-on-one battles. Carmichael will have another opportunity to enjoy the position again on Saturday. Even if...

By Mark Viera  |  September 15, 2009; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Hokies Find Big-Play Ability

Virginia Tech has been waiting for its offense to break out like it did in a roaring 52-10 win over Marshall on Saturday. “Anxious,” offensive coordinator Bryan Stinespring said afterward, “is probably putting it a little lightly.” Each week, the...

By Mark Viera  |  September 14, 2009; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Hosley a 'Natural' Punt Returner

Ryan Williams removed himself as Virginia Tech’s punt returner because, he said, the position did not feel second nature to him. He muffed a punt on his first attempt in a 34-24 loss to Alabama in the season opener. His...

By Mark Viera  |  September 14, 2009; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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For the Most Part, Hokies' Defense Stifled Marshall

In its 52-10 loss to Virginia Tech on Saturday, Marshall finished with 252 yards of total offense. But 121 of those yards came on two plays. While the Hokies’ defense was solid through much of the afternoon, those two plays...

By Mark Viera  |  September 14, 2009; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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