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ESPN's Mel Kiper says Virginia Tech QB Jerod Evans' lack of starting experience will hurt his draft stock.

Kiper told the media on Thursday that Evans is no better than the sixth-best QB prospect in the Draft and not heading towards Rds. 1 or 2. He went on to say that the NFL will punish him for not having started more in college (Evans was a one-year starter the FBS level). The industry consensus on Evans at the moment is a Rds. 4-6 developmental prospect. Like fellow ACC gunslinger Brad Kaaya, Evans should have returned to school.
Jan 19 - 2:48 PM

Former Virginia Tech HC Frank Beamer has been added to the College Football Playoff selection committee.

The selection committee has filled all three of their vacant seats. In addition to Beamer, Ohio State AD Gene Smith and Robert Morris President Chris Howard will also be helping to sort out the Playoff over the next three years. "To join a group with so many great minds and such a diverse range of experience, I just want to pull my weight," Beamer said. "The committee has an important role, and I’ll do everything asked of me to help rank the best teams in America for the right to compete for the national championship."
Jan 17 - 1:12 PM

Virginia Tech OT Jonathan McLaughlin accepted an invitation to the East-West Shrine Game.

McLaughlin started all 12 games for Tech this season, giving him 47 career starts. His work in 2016 earned him a spot on the third-team All-ACC squad.
Jan 14 - 9:47 AM

Virginia Tech OT Jonathan McLaughlin accepted an invitation to the East-West Shrine Game.

McLaughlin started all 12 games for Tech this season, giving him 47 career starts. His work in 2016 earned him a spot on the third-team All-ACC squad.
Jan 13 - 3:19 PM

Virginia Tech graduate RB Shai McKenzie will transfer.

McKenzie expects to earn his degree from Virginia Tech by the summer. He will be eligible to play immediately for another FBS program in 2017. The 5-foot-11, 221-pounder had himself his fair share of wobbly times at Virginia Tech. He tore his ACL in September of 2014 and, during the 2015 offseason, was sentenced to 15 days in jail for having consensual sex with a minor. He exits stage left at Virginia Tech having rushed for 395 yards (4.6 YPC) and four touchdowns.
Jan 12 - 8:30 PM

Kansas sophomore QB Ryan Willis announced he will transfer to Virginia Tech.

We think Willis must sit out the 2017 season due to NCAA transfer regulations, as he only spent two years with the Jayhawks. He has a career 11 to 17 touchdown to interception ratio for his career. This won't immediately quench the loss of Jerod Evans.
Jan 12 - 8:37 AM

Virginia Tech redshirt junior CB Brandon Facyson will return to campus for his senior year.

Facyson was projected in the Rds. 3-4 range. He started all 14 games this past season, finishing with 48 tackles and seven TFL. Facyson is making a good decision. He could be a Rd. 2 or even a Rd. 1 pick with a big senior campaign.
Jan 9 - 2:31 PM
AJ Bush - QB - Hokies

Former Nebraska redshirt sophomore QB A.J. Bush transferred to Virginia Tech.

Bush bounced from Nebraska to Iowa Western Community College for the 2016 season, now onward to Virginia Tech. Prior to his JUCO transfer in August, he had not attempted an in-game pass with the Cornhuskers. The 6-foot-4, 225-pounder failed to impress at Iowa Western, throwing for 602 yards with a 3/8 TD/INT ratio. Bush also lost seven fumbles. Given his current track record, it would be unlikely for him to take over as Hokies starter in 2017, even with Jerod Evans out of the picture. At the time of his Cornhuskers transfer, he was fighting it out for the No. 3 quarterback role behind Tommy Armstrong and Ryker Fyfe.
Jan 6 - 6:53 PM

Virginia Tech junior QB Jerod Evans will forego his final season of collegiate eligibility to enter the 2017 NFL Draft.

Justin Fuente has his work cut out for him on offense, as he will have to replace three key contributors in TE Bucky Hodges, WR Isaiah Ford and now QB Evans. On the statistical front, Evans put forth nothing but brilliance in 2016, throwing for 3,552 yards (63.5% completions) while accounting for 41 total touchdowns. Many expected him to return to school in 2017, though. Following his draft announcement, Rotoworld's Josh Norris called Evans a "real surprise entry."
Jan 2 - 6:30 PM

Virginia Tech junior WR Isaiah Ford will forego his final season of collegiate eligibility to enter the 2017 NFL Draft.

Ford is fresh off his second consecutive 1,000-yard season with the Hokies. In 13 games during the 2016 campaign, he caught 79 passes for 1,094 yards and seven touchdowns. Over the summer, CBS Sports draft analyst Dane Brugler noted that while the 6-foot-1, 174-pounder doesn't necessarily possess run-out-of-socks speed, he makes up for that with "deliberate pauses and body fakes" in order to get open. Ford should land comfortably on Day 2, but could potentially draw some late first-round love.
Jan 2 - 5:59 PM

Virginia Tech received a verbal commitment from four-star 2017 LB Nathan Proctor.

"The whole ‘Lunch Pail’ defense. I love where [C]oach Foster is taking that defense. I love the way [C]oach Fuente is changing the offense around and making them a championship team," Proctor said. In Fuente's first season at the helm of the Virginia Tech ship, they made the ACC Championship Game and overcame a 24-0 halftime deficit to Arkansas in the Belk Bowl. Proctor finds himself in a nice spot, coming in on the relative ground floor, here. Said the 6-foot-3, 217-pounder, "I fit in perfectly. It’s just like what I’ve been doing in high school, rushing the quarterback, dropping into coverage, and just roaming." Rivals recruiting analyst Adam Friedman notes that " you can’t teach his size and knack for making plays behind the line of scrimmage." He ranks as the outlet's No. 28 OLB prospect in the 2017 class.
Source: Rivals
Jan 2 - 2:56 PM

Virginia Tech redshirt junior TE/WR Bucky Hodges will enter the 2017 NFL Draft.

Hodges played receiver for the Hokies this year, but likely shifts to a receiving tight end in the NFL with size to grow into an inline role. Hodges entered his collegiate career as a quarterback and quickly shifted position, ultimately ending with 133 catches, 1,747 yards and 20 touchdowns. He received a "return to school" grade following the 2015 season, meaning it was a third-round or later evaluation.
Sat, Dec 31, 2016 11:36:00 AM

Virginia Tech junior WR Cam Phillips caught six passes for 115 yards in Thursday's 35-24 win over Arkansas in the Belk Bowl.

Phillips led the Hokies with his 115 yards receiving, averaging a slick 19.2 yards per catch along the way. The 6-foot, 199-pound junior can now look back on a 2016 campaign in which he caught 76 passes for 983 yards and five touchdowns over the course of 14 games played. This has been the best statistical campaign of his three-year Virginia Tech career.
Thu, Dec 29, 2016 09:55:00 PM

Virginia Tech junior QB Jerod Evans completed 21-of-33 passes for 243 yards, two touchdowns and an interception while rushing for 87 yards and two touchdowns in Thursday's 35-24 win over Arkansas in the Belk Bowl.

Virginia Tech trailed 24-0 when they hit the locker room at the half. Whatever HC Justin Fuente said proved beautifully effective, as the Hokies would come roaring back from that hefty deficit. Evans got the comeback started via a four-yard touchdown run with just over one minute gone off the second-half clock, then followed that up with a three-yard touchdown pass to Sam Rogers and a five-yard scoring toss to Chris Cunningham before the close of the third quarter. That Cunningham touchdown drew Virginia Tech to within 24-21. They would take the lead (and subsequently maintain it) on a short Travon McMillan touchdown run early in the fourth quarter. Evans finishes the campaign having accounted for a stellar 41 total touchdowns over the course of 14 games played.
Thu, Dec 29, 2016 09:49:00 PM

Virginia Tech junior RB Shai McKenzie (undisclosed) has been ruled out for Thursday's Belk Bowl showdown with Arkansas.

McKenzie made the trip to Charlotte, but with his arm in a sling. It is uncertain when he sustained the undisclosed injury. The 5-foot-11, 221-pounder has managed 76 yards and a score on 20 carries, making his loss here a depth blow more than anything else.
Mon, Dec 26, 2016 12:06:00 PM


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