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Virginia Tech sophomore CB Kendall Fuller's hand fighting helps to overcome other weaknesses in his game, according to Scout Inc.'s Steve Muench and Kevin Weidl.

"He doesn't sink well enough in his backpedals, and it hinders his ability to transition forward," they wrote. "However, he's an effective hand fighter with the instincts, strength and balance to make life difficult for receivers." Kendall's brother Kyle is a Chicago Bear drafted in the first round last year. The 6-foot, 190-pound Kendall Fuller earned freshman All-American and ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year honors last season and didn't slow down in 2014.
Dec 20 - 7:26 PM

Virginia Tech junior DE Dadi Nicolas' matchup against Cincinnati LT Eric Lefeld "will be a match-up pro scouts watch closely," wrote CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"A junior considering the jump to the NFL Draft, Nicholas doesn't have an imposing body type, but his athleticism and production rushing the passer earned him Second Team All-ACC honors this year," Brugler wrote. "He led the Hokies in sacks (9) and tackles for loss (17.5) in 2014 and proved to be more than simply a pass rusher, setting the edge and accurately playing the run as well." Nicolas might be better off returning to school and attempting to pack meat onto his lithe 6-foot-3, 218-pound frame.
Source: CBS Sports
Dec 17 - 6:45 PM

Virginia Tech redshirt senior S Detrick Bonner accepted an invitation to the East-West Shrine Game.

Bonner has spent most of his four seasons of eligibility on the field. He's lined up at corner, whip linebacker and safety while on campus. "Bonner's athleticism and natural range could make him an intriguing prospect for the 2015 draft with continued consistency and growth at the position," CBS Sports' Derek Stephens wrote. CBS sees Bonner as a Rd. 7 or UDFA prospect.
Dec 10 - 7:37 PM

Virginia Tech sophomore CB Brandon Facyson suffered a broken left fibula and tibia during practice on Sunday.

He has already undergone surgery. The school announced that Facyson will miss the Military Bowl against Cincinnati Dec. 27, and ruled him out of spring practice as well. Facyson has a history of problems with his left leg, which is why he hadn't played since Week 3 this season. The school will file an appeal for a medical redshirt. It seems likely to be approved, so expect Facyson to retain three seasons of eligibility beginning next season.
Dec 9 - 9:02 PM

Virginia Tech senior S Kyshoen Jarrett intercepted a pass over the weekend in a win against Virginia.

The triumph made the Hokies postseason eligible at 6-6. Jarrett seriously considered opting for the pros after earning third-team All-ACC honors as a junior. Jarrett's draft stock should be aided by the NFL's acceptance of "smaller, quicker athletes" at safety, believes CBS Sports' Derek Stephens. Fast, explosive and physical, Jarrett possesses the range to play deep safety, the quickness and strength to man up at the line, and the toughness to move up into the box and play the run," Stephens wrote. At 5-foot-11, 192 pounds, Jarrett's size is a concern, but Devin McCourty and Jimmie Ward offer two examples of players who have made do with a similar frame.
Nov 30 - 9:50 PM

Virginia Tech head athletic trainer Mike Goforth announced that freshman RB Marshawn Williams has torn the ACL in his left knee and will miss the remainder of the season.

Williams is expected to be out through spring practice. He suffered the knee injury in the team's win over Duke. Virginia Tech has had incredibly bad luck at the running position this season. Starter Shai McKenzie was lost to a torn ACL earlier this season and Trey Williams was knocked out with a broken clavicle. Because of circumstance, (Marshawn) Williams was leading the team in rushing with 475 yards on 124 carries in nine games.
Source: ESPN.com
Nov 18 - 4:55 PM

Virginia Tech true freshman WR Isaiah Ford said that "when [he] stepped on the field for the first day, [he] had every intention of playing right away."

Ford leads Virginia Tech with 41 catches for 522 yards and five touchdowns. Prior to coming to Blacksburg, he worked with his high school coach on route running and strength training in order to improve his chances of playing at the start of the season. "One of the biggest things coming in is I knew that's what I wanted to do so I prepared myself all summer," Ford said. Head Coach Frank Beamer compared the 6-foot-1, 174-pound freshman to former Hokie Antonio Freeman.
Source: ESPN.com
Nov 13 - 10:08 PM

An anonymous coach of a Power 5 team said that "you can't do that" when asked if Virginia Tech HC Frank Beamer should be fired.

"That'd be like firing Bill Snyder," the coach said. Since the end of 2011, the Hokies are 19-17. Beamer's team is 4-5 this season, but had an early signature win against Ohio State. Since then, the team has suffered a rash of injuries including season-ending hits to starting RB Shai McKenzie, DT Luther Maddy and CB Brandon Facyson. Given Beamer's stature in Blacksburg, any talk of his job security seems out-of-place.
Nov 12 - 9:48 PM

Virginia Tech redshirt sophomore OT Jonathan McLaughlin will miss the remainder of the season after undergoing ankle surgery.

McLaughlin injured his left ankle against Boston College on November 1. The sophomore had started all 23 career games in which he had played. Head Coach Frank Beamer said, ""We are where we are...Your level of experience is where it is. And that’s just being realistic." Virginia Tech's been hit by a rash of injuries this season and are currently out their starting running back (Shai McKenzie) and a starting defensive tackle (Luther Maddy). They'll go with Division III transfer Wade Hansen in McLaughlin's spot against Duke on Saturday.
Nov 11 - 4:36 PM

Virginia Tech redshirt senior QB Mark Leal left the team in order to pursue a job in medicine.

Leal was the No. 2 quarterback on the roster. On Tuesday it was revealed that he was leaving for a "professional opportunity." It turns out that this opportunity may be in the medical sales field. Running backs coach Shane Beamer said that whatever the opportunity was, it was Leal's "dream job." In his college football career, Leal attempted 59 passes for the Hokies.
Source: Daily Press
Nov 6 - 6:35 PM

Virginia Tech backup redshirt senior QB Mark Leal has left the football program.

Leal is leaving to pursue a "professional opportunity." We are guessing this means Leal is focusing on academics and finding a job unrelated to football. The quarterbacks so a few snaps every year during his time with the Hokies.
Nov 5 - 10:35 AM

Virginia Tech senior DT Luther Maddy will sit out the remainder of this season and will seek a medical redshirt.

Maddy announced he needed another surgery after undergoing a knee operation just one month ago. The senior tore the meniscus in his right knee, and it obviously did not heal appropriately. Expect him to be granted the extra year of eligibility.
Oct 21 - 9:51 AM

Roanoke.com reports that Virginia Tech freshman RB Marshawn Williams (ankle) will not play in Thursday’s ACC game against the Pittsburgh Panthers

The 5-foot-11, 229-pound Williams sprained his ankle against North Carolina on Oct. 4th. The Hokies were hoping Williams would be ready to return after their bye last weekend, but Williams will not be able to give it a go. Virginia Tech will look to running backs, J.C. Coleman, Joel Caleb and Sam Rogers collectively to fill in at the RB position. Between all three backs, they have a combined 42 carries for 177 yards and two touchdowns on the year. Through six games this year, Williams leads the Hokies in rushing yards with 337 and has three touchdowns on the ground. Unfortunately for the Hokies, in the last two games they have lost their top three running backs in Shai McKenzie (torn ACL), Trey Edmunds (broken clavicle) and now Williams (ankle).
Source: Roanoke.com
Oct 15 - 3:23 PM

Virginia Tech redshirt sophomore RB Trey Edmunds is expected to miss 6-8 weeks due to a broken clavicle.

The Hokies are cursed at running back this season. Freshman Marshawn Williams underwent X-rays for an ankle injury during the win over UNC, which was ultimately diagnosed as a sprained ankle. The team will likely turn to J.C. Coleman and Joel Caleb.
Oct 6 - 11:13 AM

Virginia Tech sophomore CB Kendall Fuller returned an interception 47 yards for a touchdown in Saturday's 34-17 win over North Carolina.

Fuller cut in front of Bug Howard to steal redshirt freshman Mitch Trubisky's quick pass with 1:01 before halftime. He glided down the right side unabated to push the Hokies' lead to 24-3. The 6-foot, 190-pound Fuller earned freshman All-American and ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year honors last season after finishing with 58 tackles and a team-high six interceptions. He's one of college football's best sophomore corners.
Oct 5 - 6:48 PM


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