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Virginia Tech signed four-star QB Joshua Jackson.

Michigan native Jackson received interest from the likes of Air Force, Boston College and Bowling Green prior to National Signing Day, but he ultimately chose to join HC Justin Fuente's new Virginia Tech attack. The 6-foot-1, 203-pound dual-threat gunslinger ranks at No. 185 on the ESPN 300, with the outlet offering a comparison to the athletic profile of Ohio State's J.T. Barrett in that he can run, but he picks and chooses his spots. The Hokie faithful can look forward to monitoring Jackson's progress this spring, as he's already enrolled at the university. It's unlikely he wrests the starting job away from senior QB Brenden Motley, but at the very least he'll earn some nice seasoning.
Feb 7 - 1:51 PM

Virginia Tech signed four-star WR Divine Deablo.

Deablo also drew early interest from Clemson, Duke and Florida, but committed to the Hokies over the summer and held true to his word on National Signing Day. When he initially committed, the 6-foot-4, 205-pound wideout said, "[Virginia Tech] told me what I would be doing when I get there, the environment is great, they have a great environment they have great fans. I have been to a couple of games and coaches and players treat you like family."
Source: Journal Now
Feb 6 - 4:55 PM

CBS Sports draft analyst Dane Brugler notes that Virginia Tech edge rusher Dadi Nicolas "simply doesn't have that type of core strength or power to hold up in the trenches."

During the Senior Bowl practice week, Brugler's interested to see how the Jaguars coaching staff uses Nicolas given that he's listed as a defensive end on the roster. The CBS analyst doesn't believe the 6-foot-4, 236-pounder's a natural fit on the defensive line, noting that his best attributes are his nimbleness and ability to work in space. Nicolas is also looking to patch up his reputation after he posted 45 tackles (7.0 for loss) and 2.5 sacks this past season, this after putting up 18.5 for loss and 8.5 sacks as a junior. In December, ESPN's Mel Kiper called him a "physical freak," but the bloom's off the rose for some experts at this point. We'll see if the rose can re-bloom. Entering the season, Nicolas was viewed as a potential first-round selection.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 26 - 9:09 PM

Virginia Tech redshirt sophomore TE Bucky Hodges has "great potential" but had a "disappointing season" in 2015, according to TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline.

The 6-foot-7, 241-pound Hokies tight end was thinking about jumping to the NFl, however, he has decided to return for his junior year. The ALL-ACC second-teamer hauled in 40 receptions for 530 yards and six touchdowns in 2015, but could use another year to develop. Hopefully, another season as a focal-piece in Justin Fuente's offense will help Hodges stock.
Jan 14 - 2:06 PM

Virginia Tech redshirt sophomore TE Bucky Hodges will return to school for his junior season.

Hodges kicked around the prospect of early entry and may have been swayed into the decision he ultimately made after receiving a "return to school" grade from the NFL Draft Advisory Board. The 6-foot-7, 241-pounder earned second-team All-ACC recognition by the league's coaches this fall for posting 40 catches for 530 yards and six touchdowns. While clearly tempted by entering a weak TE class, Hodges is making the right call here. He's tremendously gifted but remains raw. Now, he has another season to develop and will get to show off his stuff in a far better system for his talent. Hokie first-year coach Justin Fuente can install his up-temp, spread scheme quickly with Hodges joining WRs Isaiah Ford and Cam Phillips as skilled perimeter players. It wouldn't be a surprise if Hodges makes a huge leap both statistically and on draft boards in 2016.
Jan 13 - 6:18 PM

Virginia Tech hired Memphis DC Galen Scott to serve as their linebacker coach.

And with that, HC Justin Fuente's filled out his coaching staff. Scott had been with Memphis for the last six seasons. He started out as a LB coach there, too, prior to being promoted to defensive coordinator and assistant head coach for the 2015 season. In a released statement, Fuente said, "Galen has been instrumental in developing opportunistic defenses and award-winning players throughout his career. I know he’s excited to help build on the tradition of great defense that has been established at Virginia Tech." Bud Foster retains his role as DC, while Brad Cornelsen's been brought on as the OC.
Jan 4 - 4:23 PM

Virginia Tech redshirt sophomore TE Bucky Hodges received a "return to school" grade by the NFL Drfat Advisory Board.

[It’s] definitely motivation," Hodges said prior to the school's bowl game against Tulsa. During the contests he caught four passes for 38 yards, which followed in line with the rest of his season. Many considered Hodges one of the more talented prospects at the position prior to the season, but the opportunities were not there. He could stay and play under offensive minded head coach Justin Fuente or go against the board's decision and jump to the NFL.
Sun, Dec 27, 2015 12:54:00 PM

Virginia Tech sophomore WR Isaiah Ford caught 12 passes for 227 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 55-52 win over Tulsa in the Camping World Independence Bowl.

Unexpected shootout alert! Ford accounted for 227 of QB Michael Brewer's 344 yards passing. This yardage haul included a 75-yard touchdown catch with just under 12 minutes remaining in the first quarter. On the score, he hauled in a short pass, then bolted the distance for glory. While Saturday's output was his best of the season, it's not coming out of the blue. In his final three games of the 2015 campaign, the 6-foot-1, 174-pound sophomore caught a combined 26 passes for 503 yards and three touchdowns.
Sat, Dec 26, 2015 10:28:00 PM

Virginia Tech redshirt freshman RB Travon McMillian rushed for 82 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries in Saturday's 55-52 win over Tulsa in the Camping World Independence Bowl.

McMillian scored on a 51-yard run shortly after the opening kickoff and scored his second touchdown a quarter later. That was of the more modest one-yard species. The 6-foot, 194-pound redshirt freshman averaged 5.1 YPC in helping to send HC Frank Beamer out in high-scoring style. He rushed for at least 80 yards in each of the Hokies' final eight games and finished the 2015 season with 1,042 yards and seven touchdowns.
Sat, Dec 26, 2015 10:13:00 PM

Virginia Tech redshirt junior QB Michael Brewer completed 23-of-37 passes for 344 yards, a touchdown and an interception in Saturday's 55-52 win over Tulsa in the Camping World Independence Bowl.

Brewer and the Hokie offense started off like gangbusters, scoring 24 points in the first quarter and 45 for the first half as a whole. They would score just 10 in the second half, but had banked enough to pull out a victory for HC Frank Beamer in his final game. The 6-foot, 200-pound Brewer's lone touchdown pass went to Isaiah Ford. It was of the 75-yard variety, with Ford doing most of the work after catching a short out. Brewer missed five games due to the broken collarbone he suffered against Ohio State in the season-opener, but still managed to accumulate 1,703 passing yards with a 13/7 TD/INT ratio. It'll be interesting to see what kind of numbers he posts under new HC Justin Fuente next season.
Sat, Dec 26, 2015 09:58:00 PM

Virginia Tech has suspended senior LB Deon Clarke, senior WR Kevin Asante and senior WR Demitri Knowles in advance of Saturday's Camping World Independence Bowl.

HC Frank Beamer will coach his final game when Virginia Tech tangos with Tulsa on Saturday, but a trio of Hokies won't be suiting up for him. Clarke and Asante were suspended for unspecified reasons following the first night at the bowl site, while Knowles didn't even travel with the team after demonstrating dereliction in showing up for meetings on time. Said Beamer, "To me, all those little things are a sign of this game is important or not important. That's me."
Source: ESPN.com
Fri, Dec 25, 2015 04:57:00 PM

Virginia Tech will play Tulsa in the Camping World Independence Bowl on Dec. 26.

The Hokies are currently 14-point favorites in what will be head coach Frank Beamer's last game. It's a rather large spread for a pair of 6-6 schools meeting up during bowl season. Like most of Beamer's teams, this Hokie incarnation plays strong defense (No. 28 by S&P+) and struggles to move the ball (No. 81 by S&P+). Virginia Tech is strong against the run and features a good pass rush from an active front led by Luther Maddy, Dadi Lhomme Nicolas and Ken Ekanem. Tulsa's strengths and weaknesses are flipped. The Hurricanes' defense is an abomination, ranking No. 115 in S&P+'s rankings. But the offense, which ranks No. 1 in plays per game and No. 14 in yards per game, puts points up in a hurry. Rookie HC Philip Montgomery, a former Baylor offensive coordinator, installed a breakneck, QB-friendly system that helped Tulsa QB Dane Evans put up 3,958 yards with a 22/8 TD/INT rate.
Source: SB Nation
Thu, Dec 17, 2015 10:01:00 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes the "potential is there" for Virginia Tech junior CB Kendall Fuller "to be a starting corner in the NFL."

"Fuller has the agile, coordinated footwork to mirror with receivers off the line and stay in their hip pocket down the field, using his body position and length to make plays on the ball. He has terrific ballskills with the read/react skills to quickly diagnose and attack. Fuller is still learning what he can and can't get away with and his game requires refinement, but the potential is there to be a starting corner in the NFL," Brugler wrote. Prior to Fuller's knee injury, he was considered a potential first rounder. With NFL bloodlines running deep in the Fuller family, it's been often said that Kendall could me the most talented of the Fuller brothers.
Source: CBS Sports
Thu, Dec 17, 2015 02:05:00 PM

Virginia Tech redshirt sophomore TE Bucky Hodges has filed for an evaluation from the NFL Draft Advisory Board.

Hodges posted similar production in 2015 (36-492-6) as he did in 2014, but it just shows the limited use of tight ends in college football if one of the more talented players at the position his held to those totals. Many evaluators will look at Hodges' traits and believe he will have a better pro than collegiate career. However, he might want to stay another season and play under Justin Fuente.
Thu, Dec 17, 2015 11:13:00 AM

In a statement, Virginia Tech HC Frank Beamer said that "Virginia Tech is better because the Fuller brothers were Hokies."

Junior CB Kendall Fuller told Beamer his intention to enter the 2016 NFL Draft, prompting the head coach's statement. Said Beamer, "The Fullers [Vinny, Corey, Kyle and Kendall] are what college football players should be." He praised their collective intelligence and character, as well as their competitiveness. Brother Kendall's currently rehabbing from September knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus. Where he lands in the draft will depend on medical exams this spring, but he was considered among the better corners in the country prior to being waylaid by the knee.
Tue, Dec 15, 2015 04:31:00 PM


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