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Virginia Tech redshirt sophomore TE Bucky Hodges has a "tall frame and surprising speed and agility to beat linebackers down the seam and avoid defensive backs after the catch," writes NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter.

In his first year of eligibility in 2014, Hodges caught 45 passes for 526 yards and seven touchdowns. "He should only get better in 2015," Reuter wrote. The 6-foot-6, 249-pounder is used by the Hokies as more of an H-back than a tight end, but the delineation doesn't at all muddy his NFL projection.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 26 - 5:57 PM

Virginia Tech junior CB Kendall Fuller "might be the best of" the Fuller brothers, notes NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter.

"Despite playing with a fractured wrist for most of last season, Kendall Fuller used his excellent ball skills and tenaciousness to intercept two passes and break up 15 others. His foot quickness and fluid hips keep him in the back pocket of any receiver he's assigned to cover," Reuter wrote. The 6-foot, 190-pound Fuller recorded 54 tackles, including 4.5 for loss and two sacks, earning first-team All-ACC and third-team All-American honors in 2014. Three of Kendall's older brothers Vincent, Corey, and Kyle all play in the NFL.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 22 - 2:51 PM

Virginia Tech HC Frank Beamer doesn’t anticipate sneaking up on Ohio State as the school did a year ago.

"I think we lined up in a lot of one-on-one situations that we got by with," Beamer said of the Hokies’ aggressive defensive scheme. "We probably need to mix up how we do things a little bit more. Now with their experience, if you give them that many opportunities, they’ll hit on some of those balls." Beamer and DC Bud Foster's 2014 strategy flummoxed quarterback J.T. Barrett, who at the time had little experience on the collegiate gridiron. Not only has that changed, but Cardale Jones and Braxton Miller will fight him for starting duties this fall. "I kind of hope they’re all fighting in the end zone before the game," Beamer said.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 21 - 9:32 PM

Virginia Tech edge rusher Dadi Nicolas "has gradually grown into more than just a pass-rush specialist, although at 6-foot-4, 236 pounds that is what his game revolves around," writes Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

"In Bud Foster's creative scheme that brings pressure from all angles, Nicolas, a senior, is a valuable asset, bringing explosiveness off the edge of the Hokies defense," Brown wrote. The scribe ranks Nicolas as the No. 8 defensive ed in the country. Nicolas earned second-team All-ACC honors by posting 72 tackles, 18.5 TFL, nine sacks and 35 quarterback hurries last year.
Jul 14 - 9:48 PM

Virginia Tech redshirt junior edge rusher Ken Ekanem is expected to be healthy for the start of the season despite a shoulder injury which sidelined him in spring practice.

He better be, as Ekanem's presence helps the Hokies have one of the nation's nastiest defenses. In only his first year as starter, the 6-foot-3, 245-pound Ekanem recorded 53 tackles, 14.5 TFL and 9.5 sacks in 2014. "The Hokies finished fourth in the nation in sacks last year, with Ekanem breaking into the starting lineup and quickly becoming one of the ACC's best pass rushers as a sophomore," Sports on Earth's Matt Brown wrote. "While a shoulder injury sidelined him in spring practice, Ekanem will be ready to play a big role for a loaded Hokies defensive line that will be among the best in the country." Brown pegs Ekanem as the No. 15 defensive end in the land.
Jul 14 - 1:14 AM

Virginia Tech sophomore RB Marshawn Williams (knee) believes he'll play in the opener against Ohio State.

"My knee is fine," Williams said. "I’m getting better, getting stronger. I’m able to run almost full speed. I would say I’m 80, 85 percent in my mind. I don’t know what they’d [the sports medicine staff] say. But I should be ready, hopefully." Williams tore his ACL last November and has been rehabbing since. He thinks he'll be one of the lucky athletes who can make it back in nine months. "I’m doing everything – speed package [a series of conditioning drills], 110s [110-yard sprints]," he said. "I’m doing everything trying to get ready." Williams rushed for 475 yards and four touchdowns on 124 carries in nine games last year.
Jul 13 - 10:17 PM

Virginia Tech junior CB Kendall Fuller was named to the 2015 Jim Thorpe Award watch list, given to the nation's top defensive back.

Last season, the 6-foot, 190-pound Fuller finished sixth in the nation with 15 pass breakups while adding two interceptions, earning first-team All-ACC and third-team All-American honors. Kendall is the brother of Kyle, who was a 2014 first-round selection of the Chicago Bears. With another solid season under his belt, Kendall could be a first round selection in the 2016 draft.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 13 - 3:03 PM

Virginia Tech junior CB Kendall Fuller "could end up the best of the Fullers, and if you know anything about football you know that's high praise," writes ESPN's Mel Kiper.

Kiper ranks Fuller as the third-best underclassmen cornerback prospect in the nation. "An NFL-looking talent since he stepped on the field as a freshman, he'll probably be there in the fall of 2016," Kiper wrote. Fuller finished sixth in the nation with 15 pass breakups last season and added two interceptions, earning first-team All-ACC and third-team All-American honors. The 6-foot, 190-pound Kendall is the brother of Kyle, a first-rounder of the Chicago Bears.
Jul 12 - 6:42 PM

Virginia Tech redshirt sophomore G Wyatt Teller "gives the Hokies a powerful blocker at left guard who could play a pivotal role in ending the running game's recent slump," observes Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

Teller showed up to campus as a defensive lineman, but was swiftly moved to the offensive line. After redshirting his first season, Teller showed great promise in 2014 at his new position. "Last year, he started the final six games, showing promise for an offensive line -- and offense as a whole -- that has desperately needed an infusion of reliable talent up front," Brown wrote.
Jul 10 - 3:20 PM

The Roanoke Times' Cameron Austin reports that Virginia Tech sophmore RB Shai McKenzie was sentenced to spend 15 days in jail and 50 hours of community service after being found guilty of having consensual sex with a minor.

"The allegations stem from an incident in February where McKenzie, 19, and fellow Virginia Tech student, Devin Gavion, 18, allegedly met with two underage girls at a house in Christiansburg where "it was revealed" they "had sexual intercourse" between Feb. 11 and Feb. 15, according to search warrants filed in Montgomery County court," Cameron Austin wrote. Virginia Tech HC Frank Beamer indefinitely suspended McKenzie when the charges became public back in March. Before tearing his ACL, McKenzie was the Hokies' second-leading rusher in 2014, with 269 rushing yards.
Jul 10 - 2:28 PM

Virginia Tech edge rusher Dadi Nicolas "will be a polarizing prospect before the draft," believes NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein.

"icolas has very good upfield burst and his long, easy strides mean he can close on a quarterback quickly," Zierlein wrote. "When he gets a running start on a twist, he can be extremely difficult for an interior lineman to pick up on time. So, what is the problem? He's very thin through his lower body and plays with a high pad level. When you add that combo together, you get a player with zero play strength." The analyst ranks Nicolas as the No. 10 edge rusher in the country. "Nicolas is tossed around by quality tackles on far too many plays. He has traits teams will love, but development of strength and his pass-rush skills are essential this season," he wrote.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 7 - 7:59 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein believes it's hard to match Virginia Tech junior CB Kendall Fuller's "confidence level on the field."

"It's hard to match Fuller's confidence level on the field. He loves to make plays, which is why he's more than willing to feast on unsuspecting quarterbacks. Fuller has terrific start/stop quickness, which is what makes him such a ballhawk on short and intermediate throws, and coaches love that he almost never leaves the field," Zierlein wrote. The Virginia Tech prospect posted 54 tackles, with 4.5 for loss, two sacks, two interceptions, with 15 pass breakups and a forced fumble in 2014. Fuller's NFL blood lines run deep and the 6-foot, 197-pounder could be the best of the Fuller clan.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 6 - 3:58 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein advises readers to monitor Virginia Tech redshirt sophomore TE Bucky Hodges because "you will be hearing much more about him this season (and in 2016)."

"Hodges is a terrific athlete who can hit turbo to separate from defenders and who can go get the tough catches," Zierlein wrote. "Despite transitioning from the quarterback position that he played in high school, Hodges showed clean hands and toughness after the catch. He needs to add more muscle to his frame, but his numbers could be some of the best in the country from this position." Despite pointing out that the Hokies use Hodges as more of an H-back than a tight end, Zierlein ranks Hodges as the No. 4 tight end in the nation.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 28 - 10:26 PM

Sports on Earth's Matt Brown is impressed by the game of Virginia Tech junior CB Kendall Fuller, which he defines as "physical and instinctive."

Fuller has eight interceptions and 26 pass breakups across two seasons of eligibility. He finished sixth in the nation with 15 pass breakups last season. Fuller, you probably know, has three older brothers who played at Virginia Tech and went on to get drafted: S Vincent Fuller went in Round 4 in 2005, WR Corey Fuller went in Round 6 in 2013 and CB Kyle Fuller went in Round 1 in 2014. "Fuller, the youngest, has a chance to be as good or better than any of them," Brown wrote.
Jun 25 - 5:21 PM

Virginia Tech redshirt sophomore CB Brandon "has above average physical ingredients for the cornerback position to match up with large targets," CBS Sports' Dane Brugler observes.

"Facyson has above average physical ingredients for the cornerback position to match up with large targets and be a consistent run defender. He needs fundamental refinement in some areas, but the biggest question mark for Facyson moving forward is his ability to stay healthy and on the field to develop his skills," Brugler wrote. The Virginia Tech prospect dealt with injuries (tibia and fibula fracture) in 2013 and was awarded a medical redshirt for the 2014 season. If the 6-foot-2, 184-pound Facyson can stay healthy this year, the Hokies should have the best starting CB tandem in the nation with Kendall Fuller starting across the way.
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 24 - 4:01 PM


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