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Hokies football players in dunk contest

You've seen the dancing couple Quick Change switch wardrobes with twirl. You've seen the unicycle-riding lady who stacks bowls atop her head by kicking them off of her foot. But you won't want to miss the halftime show on Wednesday night.

During intermission of Virginia Tech's meeting with North Carolina State at Cassell Coliseum, there will be the finals of the university's intramural dunk contest, and two Hokies football players have made the competition, according to Brent DiGiacomo, the director of sports marketing.

Jarrett Boykin and Marcus Davis, both wide receivers, will join the finalists competing for bragging rights as Blacksburg's best dunker. At least, Blacksburg's best dunker who is not already on Virginia Tech's team.

Each participant will have 45 seconds. to make their best dunk. The winner will be decided by crowd applause.

I haven't been able to scout the others involved in the contest, but I am familiar with both Boykin's and Davis's athletic ability. Allow me to handicap the matchup between the two gridiron teammates.

Boykin is listed at 6 feet 2 and has shown his hops and ability to position his body when going into the air. A good example of his body control was when he soared over 5-8 Duke cornerback Leon Wright and ripped the ball away from him for a touchdown in the Hokies' win over the Blue Devils on Oct. 3. And Boykin's not-so-secret weapon might be his hands, which have been described as meat hooks, meat hands and boat oars by his teammates. I'd imagine his ability to palm the ball and manipulate it any which way will only help his cause.

While Davis doesn't have paws the fit into 3XL gloves, he does have a size advantage. At 6-4, Davis is naturally closer to the rim, so he will need to elevate less than Boykin does in order to get good height for a dunk. This could be a big advantage for Davis. And Davis has also shown his athletic ability as he came on late in the year as a target for quarterback Tyrod Taylor. The Hokies coaches have lavished praise on Davis for is remarkable athleticism, and he looks to have a much bigger role in the offense next season.

I've never seen either of those guys dunk -- or anyone else involved in the competition -- so I won't make a prediction. But it should be a show worth watching.

By Mark Viera  |  March 2, 2010; 10:00 AM ET
 
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