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Virginia Tech redshirt junior OL D’Andre Plantin announced last month that he will transfer.

Plantin is planning to graduate in December and will then transfer as a grad. That means he'll be immediately eligible to play wherever he winds up. Plantin had hoped to replace departed first-team All-ACC selection Wyatt Teller at left guard, but alas Virginia Tech has cycled through Kyle Chung, Zachariah Hoyt and Lecitus Smith at the position. Plantin is from Norcross, Georgia.
Nov 20 - 12:06 PM

Virginia Tech redshirt freshman LB Rico Kearney will transfer.

Kearney hasn't played much, but he's flashed when he has. Mostly a special teamer, Kearney posted 18 tackles while filling in for Rayshard Ashby against Boston College, the most a Hokies defender had recorded since 2003. But even with that output, he has only 35 tackles on the year. The 6-foot, 228-pounder is a former Miami commit.
Nov 20 - 12:01 PM

Virginia Tech sophomore WR Sean Savoy will transfer from the team.

Savoy was not a big part of the passing offense this year, registering just eight catches. It's still a surprise, but possibly could be doe to his roll diminishing as the season progressed. He'll have to sit out the 2019 season if he doesn't leave with his degree/transfers to an FBS team.
Nov 19 - 2:34 PM

Virginia Tech announced Sunday that it has agreed to potentially host a game at Lane Stadium against Marshall on Saturday, Dec. 1.

The key word being "potentially." This is the first regular season college football scheduling contingency we can remember seeing, but here goes: VT and Marshall will play on Dec. 1 in Blacksburg, but only if Virginia Tech beats Virginia this weekend to improve to 5-6. That would open up the possibility of winning a sixth game to go bowling. If Virginia Tech loses on Friday to fall to 4-7, officially eliminating the Hokies from the postseason, then the game against Marshall will not take place. Each of these teams had a game canceled on Sept. 15 due to hurricane conditions. Virginia Tech was originally scheduled to host East Carolina that day, while Marshall was slated to play at South Carolina. If VT beats UVA and then Marshall, the Hokies will extend their 25-year bowl streak.
Nov 19 - 11:46 AM

Virginia Tech sophomore TE Dalton Keene caught three passes for 33 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 38-14 loss to Miami.

Keene (6'4/246) hauled in a 15-yard touchdown pass just after kickoff, but the Hokies failed to hang as the game progressed. For the season as a whole, the sophomore tight end has put together an 18-257-3 receiving line across eight games played. UVA shows next on the schedule as the Hokies prepare to close out the regular season in Week 13.
Nov 17 - 7:45 PM

Virginia Tech redshirt junior QB Ryan Willis completed 18-of-36 passes for 216 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions in Saturday's 38-14 loss to Miami.

Not much doing here for the Hokies. Willis did connect on a 15-yard touchdown pass to Dalton Keene just minutes into the contest, but Miami would assert their will and then some as the contest wore ever-onward. This was very much a comedown performance by the redshirt junior signal-caller, but he's played well this season, for the most part. Willis had thrown for three touchdown passes in each of his last two games -- and multiple touchdown passes in each of his last his six games -- before the Hurricanes curtailed his efforts on Saturday. Virginia Tech will finish out the regular-season campaign against Virginia next Friday.
Nov 17 - 7:36 PM

Virginia Tech redshirt sophomore RB Deshawn McClease (undisclosed) is in uniform for Saturday's game against Miami.

McClease missed last Saturday's game against Pittsburgh but was able to practice during the week. His workload was dwindling the past four games prior to last week with a combined 25 touches. He will likely rotate in occasionally and receive only a handful of touches.
Nov 17 - 3:30 PM

Virginia Tech junior WR Eric Kumah (undisclosed) has been ruled out for Saturday's game against Miami.

It's not immediately clear what Kumah is dealing with -- he is coming off a sharp 6-80-2 showing versus Pitt -- but he won't be out there versus the Hurricanes. This will be a thin, thin receiving corp, as they're dealing with attrition even beyond the junior.
Nov 17 - 3:27 PM

Virginia Tech freshman WR Hezekiah Grimsley (undisclosed) has not been cleared medically to play in Saturday's game against Miami.

Grimsley (6'0/185) caught two passes for 11 yards in Virginia Tech's November 10 loss to Pittsburgh, and on the season he's produced a stat line of 25-279-0. With fellow wideout Eric Kumah also ruled out due to injury, Virginia Tech will be without two of its top three pass-catchers Saturday afternoon.
Nov 17 - 3:25 PM

Virginia Tech HC Justin Fuente said redshirt sophomore RB Deshawn McClease (undisclosed) practiced Tuesday and will practice Wednesday.

McClease missed Saturday's game against Pittsburgh with the undisclosed injury. It's a good sign that he was able to return to practice on Tuesday. Virginia Tech plays Miami on Saturday.
Nov 14 - 1:09 PM

Virginia Tech redshirt junior DE Houshun Gaines will miss the remainder of the season due to a torn ACL.

Gaines (6'3/235) tore his ACL in Saturday's loss to Pittsburgh. He won't play against Miami or Virginia to close out the regular season, nor would he be available for bowl work if the 4-5 Hokies can sneak into postseason proceedings over the next two weeks. The redshirt junior ends his 2018 season having recorded 22 tackles (5.0 for loss), 4.5 sacks and a fumble forced across nine games played. While HC Justin Fuente expressed optimism that Gaines will be back in full-force next season, whether that would be at the collegiate or pro level is an open question. Gaines is eligible to declare for the draft this winter. He should be considered a borderline Day 2 prospect.
Nov 13 - 4:30 PM

Virginia Tech HC Justin Fuente said redshirt sophomore RB Deshawn McClease (undisclosed) would not be able to play against Miami if the game was being held on Monday night.

McClease missed Saturday's game against Pittsburgh with an undisclosed injury. Consider him questionable for Saturday's game against the Hurricanes.
Nov 12 - 1:32 PM

Virginia Tech junior WR Eric Kumah caught six passes for 80 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's 52-22 loss to Pitt.

Kumah (6'2/210) led the Hokies in receiving in what was arguably his best game of his career. The junior hauled in 29- and 5-yard touchdowns, but he also was able to convert a two-point conversion as well. It's been a quiet season despite some offseason buzz coming from his coaching staff, but let's see if he builds on the late-season jump in production. It is worth noting that Kumah looked to be in some pain near the end of the game.
Nov 10 - 9:43 PM

Virginia Tech redshirt junior QB Ryan Willis completed 22-of-34 passes for 231 yards and three touchdowns in Saturday's 52-22 loss to Pitt.

Willis (6'4/223) couldn't keep up with Qadree Ollison and the Pitt Panthers, despite throwing three touchdowns and rushing for a team-high 65 yards. The Hokies were once in the top-15 but the wheels have fallen off. If they are to gain bowl eligibility, Willis will need to lead Virginia Tech to wins against Miami and Virginia. It appears to be an uphill battle, but Willis should continue to fill the stat sheet.
Nov 10 - 9:35 PM

Virginia Tech junior WR Eric Kumah registered six catches for 35 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 31-21 loss against Boston College.

Kumah didn't have a huge yardage total, but he was able to secure his third receiving score of the season. He also has three or more catches in five of the past six contests. He will try and do something he has never done in his college career next week - score in consecutive games - when the team travels to Pittsburgh.
Nov 3 - 9:41 PM

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