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Hokies Journal: October 11, 2009 - October 17, 2009

Hokies Blow Chance, Lose to Ga. Tech

ATLANTA -- Virginia Tech opened its season with disappointment about a mile from Bobby Dodd Stadium. On Saturday, the fourth-ranked Hokies returned here for another game that would help to define their year. Since losing to Alabama on Sept. 5,...

By Mark Viera  |  October 17, 2009; 11:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Williams Still Recovering from Illness

ATLANTA – As No. 4 Virginia Tech prepared to face No. 19 Georgia Tech, running back Ryan Williams battled an illness. The details of his condition were not available, although he was listed as probable to play. Williams’s mother, Sharon...

By Mark Viera  |  October 17, 2009; 2:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Saturday Links

ATLANTA -- It's game day. Finally. In a few short hours, the line at The Varsity, the famous Atlanta burger joint, should snake around the place with hungry fans. [See video, below.] The lights will go on at Bobby Dodd...

By Mark Viera  |  October 17, 2009; 9:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Odds 'N Ends

Georgia Tech quarterback Josh Nesbitt is from Greensboro, Ga., an area where Virginia Tech Coach Frank Beamer owns a home. While Beamer said this week that he and the coaching staff were aware of Nesbitt while he was at Greene...

By Mark Viera  |  October 16, 2009; 1:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Ga. Tech DE Morgan a Challenge

Virginia Tech has faced its share of star defensive linemen – Alabama’s Terrence Cody, Nebraska’s Ndamukong Suh, Duke’s Vince Oghobaase – but all of the aforementioned were interior linemen. On Saturday, the Hokies will meet perhaps the most dangerous defensive...

By Mark Viera  |  October 16, 2009; 11:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Poll: Hokies-Yellow Jackets, Who Do You Like?

Who Will Win Saturday's Game? Virginia Tech in a blowout Virginia Tech in a close game Georgia Tech in a close game Georgia Tech in a blowout Created on Oct 16, 2009 View Results poll by twiigs.com...

By Matt Bonesteel  |  October 16, 2009; 9:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Friday Morning Links

It's Friday. Only a day away from the fourth-ranked Hokies' meeting with No. 19 Georgia Tech. I've got a busy day of travel ahead of me, but here are your links. The Yellow Jackets have the nation's fourth-ranked rushing offense....

By Mark Viera  |  October 16, 2009; 8:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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FB Jefferson Guilty of DWI

Virginia Tech fullback Kenny Jefferson was convicted Wednesday of driving while intoxicated. Jefferson, 22, of Port Tobacco, Md., received a 60-day suspended jail sentence in Montgomery County General District Court in Christiansburg, Va.. His driver’s license was conditionally suspended for...

By Mark Viera  |  October 16, 2009; 8:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Fighting Illness, Williams Is Probable

Running back Ryan Williams, battling an illness earlier this week, was listed Thursday as probable for No. 4 Virginia Tech’s game Saturday against No. 19 Georgia Tech. In addition to Williams, guard Sergio Render (pectoral strain), free safety Eddie Whitley...

By Mark Viera  |  October 15, 2009; 5:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Ticket Scam at Georgia Tech

While approximately 1,500 tickets remain for Saturday's meeting between No. 4 Virginia Tech and No. 19 Georgia Tech at Bobby Dodd Stadium in Atlanta, the university issued an alert Thursday regarding a ticket scam and cautioning fans when purchasing tickets...

By Mark Viera  |  October 15, 2009; 1:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Tale of the Missing Jerseys

No. 4 Virginia Tech is supposed to wear its maroon jerseys Saturday, when it plays at No. 19 Georgia Tech. It will be the first time the Hokies have done so for a true road game since playing at Louisiana...

By Mark Viera  |  October 15, 2009; 11:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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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 a weekend slate with intriguing meetings between ranked opponents, including No. 8 Cincinnati vs. No. 21 South Florida, No. 3 Texas vs. No. 20 Oklahoma and...

By Mark Viera  |  October 15, 2009; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Thursday Links

I've got a few stories to write, but I'm hoping to have more blog entries up here later on. Until then, enjoy these links. Doug Roberson of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution has a midseason report on Georgia Tech. What's gone right?...

By Mark Viera  |  October 15, 2009; 8:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Ga. Tech’s Dangerous Special Teams

When No. 4 Virginia Tech is playing, there is always a chance for a special teams touchdown. But that has also been the case this year with No. 19 Georgia Tech, which hosts the Hokies on Saturday. The Yellow Jackets...

By Mark Viera  |  October 14, 2009; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Exum a Scout-Team Hero

Opposing coaches have said the most difficult thing about preparing for Georgia Tech’s option offense is not just teaching players their assignments, but replicating the proficiency with which the Yellow Jacket run it. In order to try to match Georgia...

By Mark Viera  |  October 14, 2009; 11:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Talking Option With Nebraska's Tom Osborne

I spoke with Tom Osborne, the former Nebraska coach, for a story in Wednesday's editions of The Post about Georgia Tech's option offense. I wanted to speak with someone with an intimate knowledge of the offense, and who better than...

By Mark Viera  |  October 14, 2009; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Wednesday Links

Another Wednesday is here. Hump day. Only a few days before heading down to Atlanta. Meantime, here are some links. In Blacksburg this week, many reporters covering the Hokies have been asking about Georgia Tech's triple-option offense. But the big...

By Mark Viera  |  October 14, 2009; 8:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Ga. Tech WR a Big Threat

While Georgia Tech’s offense runs, runs and runs some more, it can be potent through their air in the few passing plays it calls. “You can’t necessarily say it’s balanced,” said Torrian Gray, Virginia Tech’s defensive backs coach, “but the...

By Mark Viera  |  October 13, 2009; 6:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Still Nagged by Injury, Virgil Gets First Pick

Cornerback Stephan Virgil's knee injury has been so bothersome that he has been practicing with the scout team, but it did not stop him from grabbing his first interception of the season in Saturday’s 48-14 win over Boston College. Virgil...

By Mark Viera  |  October 13, 2009; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Tuesday Links

It's Tuesday, so that means a full slate of news conferences. In addition to Coach Frank Beamer in his usual spot, quarterback Tyrod Taylor, defensive tackle John Graves, guard Sergio Render and linebacker Jake Johnson are scheduled to join. The...

By Mark Viera  |  October 13, 2009; 8:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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A Big Day for DE Brown

At different times this season, co-ordinator Bud Foster has challenged his defense, calling for leadership after poor performances. When players have been asked who has stepped up, end Nekos Brown was often mentioned. In a 48-14 win over Boston College...

By Mark Viera  |  October 12, 2009; 12:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Backups Get Action in BC Blowout

There was plenty to be happy about for Virginia Tech after its 48-14 victory over Boston College on Saturday. But with the game in hand in the second half, it was a happy sight for the Hokies coaches that many...

By Mark Viera  |  October 12, 2009; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Monday Links

Although it's Monday -- nobody likes 'em -- there is reason for excitement for Virginia Tech fans. It's Georgia Tech week. On Saturday, the No. 4 Hokies (5-1, 3-0) take on the No. 19 Yellow Jackets (5-1, 3-1) in Atlanta...

By Mark Viera  |  October 12, 2009; 9:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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