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Hokies Journal: November 15, 2009 - November 21, 2009

Hokies win third straight

With the leafless trees and the crisp air, the setting this time of year at Virginia Tech has often been accompanied by championship implications. Although the November backdrop looks the same, the stakes this fall feel unfamiliar. But on Saturday,...

By Mark Viera  |  November 21, 2009; 8:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Grimm ties NCAA forced fumble record in game

Virginia Tech linebacker Cody Grimm became only the eight player in NCAA history to record three first fumbles in a game, needing only the first quarter to accomplish the feat. On the first play of the game, Grimm forced and...

By Mark Viera  |  November 21, 2009; 5:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Williams breaks ACC rushing record

Virginia Tech running back Ryan Williams broke the Atlantic Coast Conference's freshman rushing record in the first half of the Hokies' game Saturday against North Carolina State. At halftime, Williams had run for 76 yards and 3 touchdowns on 26...

By Mark Viera  |  November 21, 2009; 5:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Va. Tech women's soccer falls in NCAAs

The Virginia Tech women's soccer team's run in the NCAA tournament ended on Friday. The third-seeded Hokies were blasted, 4-1, by second-seeded Portland in the Round of 16 in Oregon, ending the program's strongest post-season bid. Portland will play top-seeded...

By Mark Viera  |  November 21, 2009; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Saturday links

For the final time in 2009: Here are your Saturday game day links from Blacksburg. For 21 seniors, Virginia Tech's meeting with North Carolina State will be their last time playing at Lane Stadium. But there is some apathy in...

By Mark Viera  |  November 21, 2009; 9:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Davis developing at WR

Marcus Davis played quarterback in high school but was moved to wide receiver when he got to Virginia Tech. Then, last spring, he moved back to quarterback to compete for the No. 2 job. This year, he is back at...

By Mark Viera  |  November 20, 2009; 3:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Grimm to the NFL?

Cody Grimm came to Virginia Tech with modest expectations as a little-recruited, undersize player just happy to play on special teams. But five year later, he is leaving Blacksburg a potential NFL prospect. “It’s kind of wild, just thinking I’m...

By Mark Viera  |  November 20, 2009; 11:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Friday links

Happy Friday. Here are your links. I'd be remiss if I didn't start off with this gem by Kyle Tucker of the Virginian-Pilot. For Senior Day, he wrote a really nice piece on Mark Muncey, Virginia Tech's prankster. The only...

By Mark Viera  |  November 20, 2009; 7:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Warren listed as probable vs. N.C. State

Virginia Tech center Beau Warren, who has missed the past two games with a left knee injury, was listed as probable to play Saturday against North Carolina State. Warren, a fourth-year junior, practiced this week in a blue, non-contact jersey...

By Mark Viera  |  November 19, 2009; 6:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Two-sport athletes at Va. Tech

North Carolina State’s Russell Wilson is a talented quarterback and with the potential to be a future professional baseball player. It is rare for such an accomplished two-sport athlete in major college sports. But with the Wolfpack (4-6, 1-5 ACC)...

By Mark Viera  |  November 19, 2009; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Taylor makes the call

The evolution of Virginia Tech quarterback Tyrod Taylor has been one of the more promising developments of the Hokies’ season. He has grown as a passer and has earned praise for his demeanor as a leader in the locker room....

By Mark Viera  |  November 19, 2009; 9:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Thursday links

Thursday is here. And if you're in Blacksburg or any other college town, that means the weekend has also arrived. Hooray for that. The ACC officials working North Carolina State's 43-23 loss to Clemson last Saturday admitted to making a...

By Mark Viera  |  November 19, 2009; 8:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Weaver clears up scheduling issues

Virginia Tech Athletic Director Jim Weaver said Wednesday that the Hokies were close to announcing a replacement for Western Michigan on its 2010 football schedule but did not disclose any details about the possible opponent. “We’re very close to having...

By Mark Viera  |  November 18, 2009; 12:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Warren is day-to-day with knee injury

Virginia Tech center Beau Warren, who has missed the past two games with a left knee injury, said Tuesday that he was unsure if he would return for Saturday’s game North Carolina State. Warren, a fourth-year junior, has been practicing...

By Mark Viera  |  November 18, 2009; 12:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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The man, the myth: Mark Muncey

Almost every week, Virginia Tech linebacker Cody Grimm meets with reporters during a news conference. And during many of those sessions this fall, Grimm has recalled stories about his teammate Mark Muncey. Who? Muncey is a fifth-year senior who plays...

By Mark Viera  |  November 18, 2009; 11:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Va. Tech women’s soccer building on success

For Virginia Tech Coach Kelly Cagle, life has recently been a whirlwind. Last weekend, Cagle led to Hokies’ women’s soccer team to first- and second-round wins in the program’s first NCAA tournament victories. Since then, she has been too busy...

By Mark Viera  |  November 18, 2009; 9:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Wednesday links

No need to waste time with an introduction. Here are some links to start your Wednesday. North Carolina State is having a difficult season. But the Wolfpack is not giving up on its season, despite lacking bowl prospects. "As long...

By Mark Viera  |  November 18, 2009; 8:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Memphis narrows candidates; is Foster among them?

Memphis Athletic Director R.C. Johnson said he has narrowed his list of choices for the football coaching vacancy to six to 10 candidates but would not name any of those on that list. In a telephone interview Monday afternoon, Johnson...

By Mark Viera  |  November 17, 2009; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Green at point guard

Virginia Tech Coach Seth Greenberg wants point guard Erick Green to play with an arrogance. But as a freshman, Green is young and still has not developed a commanding presence. “I’d like to see him take charge of the team...

By Mark Viera  |  November 17, 2009; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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LB Johnson played well vs. Maryland

Last week, Virginia Tech linebacker Jake Johnson was noticeably down; he spoke softly and often had his eyes fixed toward the ground. But on Saturday, he wore a smile after the Hokies’ 36-9 win over Maryland. A week after not...

By Mark Viera  |  November 17, 2009; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Tuesday links

It's going to be a busy Tuesday. Virginia Tech football by day (news conferences until 1:30 p.m., practice at 7 p.m.). Virginia Tech basketball by night (tip-off against UNC Greensboro at 7 p.m.). Let's get to the links. No. 16...

By Mark Viera  |  November 17, 2009; 8:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Va. Tech to play Cincinnati at FedEx Field

Virginia Tech will play Cincinnati at FedEx Field in 2012, the third time since 2004 that the Hokies will play in the Washington Redskins stadium. The meeting between Virginia Tech and Cincinnati was initially scheduled for this season, but the...

By Mark Viera  |  November 16, 2009; 11:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Monday links

This Monday morning feels a little different. Instead of just football, we've got basketball on the table as well. First, let's take a look back at the Virginia Tech football team's 36-9 rout of Maryland on Saturday. The match up...

By Mark Viera  |  November 16, 2009; 8:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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