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Hokies Journal: March 28, 2010 - April 3, 2010

David Wilson to miss Virginia Tech spring practices for track

During his recruitment, David Wilson received a phone call from Florida Coach Urban Meyer, who tried to persuade him to become a Gator. Wilson chose Virginia Tech, but he is still going to Gainesville this weekend. Wilson, a rising sophomore,...

By Mark Viera  |  April 2, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Darren Evans returns to Virginia Tech practices

Virginia Tech running back Darren Evans, who sat out the 2009 season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, missed football so much that teammates overheard him telling his pads that he missed putting them on when...

By Mark Viera  |  April 2, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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One week into Virginia Tech spring football

Happy Friday, everybody. Here's some reading to start your weekend. Virginia Tech opened spring football practices on Wednesday, and Kyle Tucker of the Virginian Pilot has been rolling out a series of Q&A sessions with the Hokies' position coaches. His...

By Mark Viera  |  April 2, 2010; 8:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Virginia Tech spring practice: Josh Oglesby moves to fullback

Virginia Tech's Josh Oglesby moved to fullback in the offseason. Just don't tell him that. "It was more an H-back or a B-back," Oglesby, a rising junior, said Wednesday after the Hokies' first spring practice. "Somehow it got labeled a...

By Mark Viera  |  April 1, 2010; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Virginia Tech spring football practice: John Graves earns lunch pail

Virginia Tech prides itself in having a defense so tough it is symbolized by a lunch pail carried by the player considered the leader of the unit. It is a high Hokies honor, and in 2010, the lunch pail will...

By Mark Viera  |  April 1, 2010; 11:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Jake Johnson moves to defensive end

Jake Johnson is wearing a new look this spring: a mullet haircut with "racing stripes" shaved into the either side. He is also trying out a new position. As Virginia Tech gets underway with spring football practices, Johnson is getting...

By Mark Viera  |  April 1, 2010; 9:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Recapping Virginia Tech's first spring practice

On this Thursday edition of the morning links, we'll recap Virginia Tech's first spring practice and also touch on some big basketball news. First, the football. The Hokies got back to work on Wednesday. Some players were in new positions...

By Mark Viera  |  April 1, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Malcolm Delaney weighing his options

The decision by Virginia Tech guard Malcolm Delaney to declare for the NBA draft, but to not hire an agent so he could return next season, did not come as a surprise. He and his family came to the decision...

By Mark Viera  |  March 31, 2010; 6:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Malcolm Delaney declares for NBA, but can return

Virginia Tech guard Malcolm Delaney on Wednesday declared for the NBA draft but will not hire an agent and is eligible to return to play for the Hokies next season if he removes his name at a later date. Underclassmen...

By Mark Viera  |  March 31, 2010; 4:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Virginia Tech holds first spring practice

Happy Wednesday. This marks the opening of Virginia Tech's spring practice. Norm Wood of the Newport News Daily Press puts forth five questions for the Hokies heading into spring football. Virginia Tech has concerns on defense, with its punter and...

By Mark Viera  |  March 31, 2010; 9:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Young defense a concern for Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech's Bud Foster has earned his reputation as one of the nation's top defensive coordinators, which is why he earned a big payday last spring to keep him in Blacksburg. But Foster will have some serious work to do...

By Mark Viera  |  March 30, 2010; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Virginia Tech shores up cornerback spot

Virginia Tech fans got a glimpse of what the Hokies' future secondary might look like when Cris Hill was forced into a starting role opposite mainstay Rashad Carmichael because of Stephan Virgil's academic ineligibility for the Chick-fil-A Bowl. But with...

By Mark Viera  |  March 30, 2010; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Looking to spring football at Virginia Tech

Let's start this Tuesday off with some Virginia Tech reading. The Hokies open spring football practices on Wednesday, but there are already some known position changes. Most notably: running back Josh Oglesby was moved to fullback and linebacker Jake Johnson...

By Mark Viera  |  March 30, 2010; 8:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Position changes for Virginia Tech spring football

Virginia Tech kicks off its spring football practices in earnest on Wednesday, and a few Hokies players will be in different positions when they take the field for the first time in 2010. Among the most notable changes were the...

By Mark Viera  |  March 29, 2010; 7:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Spring football begins at Virginia Tech

Happy Monday. This is the unofficial start of Virginia Tech spring football, so let's get right to some reading. Frank Beamer, the coach of the Hokies, will be addressing the news media on Monday afternoon, kicking off spring football. Virginia...

By Mark Viera  |  March 29, 2010; 9:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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