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Virginia Tech freshman RB Shai McKenzie will miss the remainder of the season after tearing his right ACL late in Saturday’s win against Western Michigan.

McKenzie confirmed the news on his official Twitter account on Sunday. The running back previously injured the knee during his senior year in high school. McKenzie finishes his first season with 269 yards and three touchdowns across five games. Marshawn Williams, who had shared carries with McKenzie, will now be tasked with a larger role in the offense.
Sep 29 - 1:30 AM

Virginia Tech redshirt senior S Detrick Bonner had an interception in Saturday's win over Western Michigan.

Bonner is one of the Hokies' most experienced veterans, as he came into the season having already run up 30 career starts. He's lined up at corner, whip linebacker and safety while on campus. Bonner had a 38-inch vertical as a freshman. "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 last month.
Sep 27 - 7:01 PM

Virginia Tech HC Frank Beamer said he's considering shutting down sophomore CB Brandon Facyson.

Facyson has appeared in three of Virginia Tech's first four games, but he's still suffering from a lingering knee injury he sustained in spring practices. Because he isn't 100-percent, and is still inside the window (he can't compete in 30-percent of the season or three games, whichever is greater) that would allow him to retain a season of eligibility, VTU is considering pulling the plug on his 2014 campaign. "Well, we're trying to get him well, but if it doesn't come along, we're getting to a stage where we've got to determine do you play him or not play him and try to get a medical redshirt year," Beamer said. "You know, he's not the same self." The HC added: "Out there in practice, he had a play and Bud Foster was right beside him, and he made a statement, he's just not running like he used to, and it's just true. He wants to, he's trying to, but he just‑‑ it's not the same as last year."
Source: SB Nation
Sep 24 - 6:12 PM

Virginia Tech senior DT Luther Maddy will miss 2-4 weeks after undergoing knee surgery.

The surgery is to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee. Maddy initially suffered the injury against ECU and was limited throughout the following week. The defensive tackle then played 48 snaps against Georgia Tech, seeing numerous cut blocks. Sophomore Nigel Williams is expected to fill in for Maddy.
Sep 22 - 9:24 AM

Virginia Tech true freshman wide receiver Isaiah Ford had eight catches for 114 yards in Saturday's 27-24 setback against Georgia Tech.

This was Ford's first career 100-yard game. The Virginia Tech coaching staff has gradually increased his usage rate over the first four contests, to the point where he's now probably the Hokies' go-to receiver. It's not a big surprise. VTU coach Frank Beamer compares him to Antonio Freeman, a former Hokies' receiver.
Sep 21 - 5:09 PM

Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer announced redshirt sophomore Joshua Stanford has been granted a leave of absence from the team.

Stanford is dealing with a personal issue that Beamer justifiably wouldn't discuss. It's important to note that he isn't being disciplined. Stanford ranked third on the Hokies in 2013 with 40 catches for 640 yards. He has started 13 of the Hokies’ 16 games over the past two years.
Sep 17 - 7:42 PM

Virginia Tech true freshman wide receiver Isaiah Ford had seven catches for 77 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's 28-21 setback against East Carolina.

The afternoon will be remembered as the day the Hokies likely squandered their chance of making the inaugural college football playoff, but an optimist might choose to perceive it as the first day we saw signs of stardom from the promising Ford. Just how gifted is the 6-foot-1, 174-pounder from Jacksonville? Consider that Hokies' coach Frank Beamer compares him to Antonio Freeman (Freeman, who played nine seasons with the Packers and Eagles, is a former Hokies' receiver). Ford is so athletic that he has aspirations of walking on to VT's basketball team when the football season concludes. A starter from Day 1, Ford now has 13 catches for 146 yards and three scores during VT's 2-1 start.
Sep 14 - 6:38 PM

Virginia Tech redshirt junior QB Michael Brewer passed for 199 yards and two touchdowns in a 35-21 upset win over Ohio State on Saturday night.

He finished 23-for-36 and also threw a pair of interceptions. The final tally doesn't look spectacular, but make no mistake: Brewer played a key role in leading the Hokies' to a victory as a double-digit underdog against a vicious top-10 opponent on the road. The former Texas Tech Red Raider, who won a preseason competition with redshirt senior Mark Leal to replace Logan Thomas, made some critical throws to extend drives. Brewer's 10-yard scoring strike to Bucky Hodges with 8:44 left broke a 21-21 tie and seized momentum from the Buckeyes, who at that point had scored 14 straight points.
Sep 7 - 11:36 PM

Virginia Tech junior linebacker Deon Clarke was named the Walter Camp National FBS Defensive Player of the Week.

Clarke was sensational in Virginia Tech's upset victory over Ohio State on Saturday. He collected 10 tackles, five of which were solo, and two of which were for a loss. He also chipped in a sack. The 6-foot-2, 213-pound defender doesn't have NFL size, but he's a relentless and productive collegiate player.
Sep 7 - 10:44 PM

Virginia Tech signed coach Frank Beamer to a two-year contract extension.

The Hokies' legendary coach is now signed through Jan. 1, 2019. Beamer made $2.54 million in 2013; no word yet on how much the extension will pay him. "We are pleased to be in a position to present Coach Beamer with this contract extension," Tech athletic director Whit Babcock said in a statement. "Announcing before our home opener serves as a tangible show of support for the winningest coach in college football who does it the right way, continues our positive momentum in recruiting, and signals the stability of leadership in our program. His stamp on our football program, and our institution, is indelible. This well-deserved extension is a reward for 27 tremendous years, certainly, but also is based upon my observations and work with him these past seven months. His integrity and work ethic is even better than advertised and he still has that competitive fire and wants to move Virginia Tech forward. I believe in him and support him, his staff, and our team."
Aug 27 - 8:26 PM

Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer compared true freshman wide receiver Isaiah Ford to Antonio Freeman on Monday.

A reporter asked Beamer at Monday's news conference to compare Ford to a previous receiver he'd coached. "Maybe an Antonio Freeman?" Beamer said. "He makes plays. He's got some height to him." Freeman, who played nine seasons with the Packers and Eagles, is a former Hokies' receiver. Ford (6-foot-1, 174 pounds) will start in Saturday's opener against FCS opponent William & Mary. He wants to walk on to VT's basketball team when the football season concludes. "There have been a lot of football guys that wanted to play basketball, but he's the first one I ever thought that actually could play basketball, too," Beamer said. "He's just a gifted athlete, he's got a great head on his shoulders, he's smart, he keeps everything in perspective. I think he's the real deal."
Source: NFL.com
Aug 26 - 7:51 PM

Junior J.C. Coleman and true freshman Marshawn Williams are listed as Virginia Tech's co-starting RBs.

Still hobbled Trey Edmunds is listed as third string behind true freshman Shai McKenzie. "He’s working hard to get there, but I don’t see that burst right now," head coach Frank Beamer said. "But you keep working and you get it back." The school opens against William & Mary.
Aug 25 - 10:52 AM

Virginia Tech redshirt sophomore OT Jonathan McLaughlin "looks like a solid future prospect," wrote TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

"It seems Virginia Tech has hit a speed bump as I predict no early round selections for the foreseeable future," Pauline said as a preface. McLaughlin spent one season at a prep school before Frank Beamer handed him the starting LT gig last year. "McLaughlin looks like a solid future prospect," Pauline wrote. "Sized well, he shows both athleticism and strength at the tackle spot."
Aug 23 - 10:24 PM

Former Texas Tech redshirt junior QB Michael Brewer was named the starting signal-caller at Virginia Tech.

The Hokies kick off next Saturday against William & Mary. Brewer edged out redshirt senior Mark Leal, Logan Thomas' longtime backup. "Both of the guys gave great effort and played very well in preseason, making it a very difficult choice," Frank Beamer said in a statement released by the school. "It was a very close race and we're proud of both of them." VTU offensive coordinator Scott Loeffler told the media that both "would be needed" throughout the season. Brenden Motley is No. 3 on the depth chart.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 23 - 8:10 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline believes that Virginia Tech redshirt senior S Detrick Bonner regressed a bit last season.

Bonner enters his final season of eligibility having already ran up 30 career starts. "I’m a fan of Detrick Bonner, though I thought he played better in 2012 than he did last season," Pauline wrote. "At the top of his game Bonner is a rangy safety prospect with solid ball skills." He has lined up at corner, whip linebacker and safety over the course of his career. Bonner had a 38-inch vertical as a freshman.
Aug 23 - 6:48 PM


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