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Virginia Tech junior WR Isaiah Ford's "short-area quickness, field vision and production have attracted NFL attention," according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"He isn't a 4.3 track athlete, but is able to use deliberate pauses and body fakes to get behind the secondary," Brugler wrote. "Ford does an excellent job tracking the deep ball and stays focused through the catch to secure contested balls." The 6-foot-1, 174-pound Ford continues to add muscle to his frame, but his narrow frame has relegated him to an existence of slightness. "Ford stays focused at the catch point, but he isn't a strong traffic target and is clearly at his best when given space to work," Brugler wrote. Ford will become Virginia Tech's all-time receiving leader this fall if he tops 1,000 yards again as a junior. Assuming health, that's a lock in new head coach Justin Fuente's uptempo scheme
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 22 - 6:50 PM

Virginia Tech redshirt junior WR Deon Newsome will be used as a safety at times during August camp.

Newsome isn't necessarily transitioning over to the defensive side of the ball full-time, but HC Justin Fuente would like to see how he takes to potential safety work. He should just be happy to be able to take the field at all. The 5-foot-11, 187-pounder was placed on indefinite suspension following his arrest for DUI last October. He was found passed out on a motorized cart in the frozen food aisle at Walmart and taken to the hospital out of concern for alcohol poisoning. Newsome admitted to driving his car to the store at 5:00 a.m. and his DUI charge was eventually reduced to a reckless driving charge. That whole strange incident is now behind him and he should be ready to roll for August camp, having been reinstated to the team earlier this offseason.
Jul 21 - 4:06 PM

Virginia Tech HC Justin Fuente indicated that he yet to settle on a starter for the 2016 season.

Fuente said that he wasn't trying to play psychological games with the media, here. Neither senior QB Brenden Motley nor junior QB Jerod Evans has pulled away to secure the starting gig and Fuente would like to see more of both young gentleman before he makes his final decision. Motley appeared in 10 games last season and threw for 1,155 yards (56.1% completions) with an 11/7 TD/INT ratio. Evans is more of an unknown quantity, as he joined Virginia Tech as a JUCO transfer over the winter. Scout.com ranked him as their No. 10 overall JUCO prospect for the 2016 cycle. Playing for Trinity Valley Community College last season, he threw for 3,164 yards with a 38/3 TD/INT ratio.
Jul 21 - 3:23 PM

Virginia Tech HC Justin Fuente indicated that redshirt junior RB Marshawn Williams (knee) is expected to enter August camp 100% healthy.

Williams' last two seasons have been cut short due to a pair of serious knee injuries. He tore his left ACL in November of 2014 and subsequently underwent surgery, then was forced to undergo a second surgery on that same knee after re-injuring it last October. Rivals ranked the 5-foot-11, 229-pounder as the 29th best running back in the country for the 2014 cycle. In his nine healthy games during the 2014 season, Williams managed 475 yards on the ground at 3.8 YPC while scoring four touchdowns. He could see backup work behind Travon McMillian this coming season, assuming he can maintain his health.
Jul 21 - 3:03 PM

Virginia Tech redshirt freshman DT Harry Lewis will transfer.

The Roanoke Times' Andy Bitter noted that "playing time might have been hard to come by this year [for Lewis]," perhaps one reason for the 6-foot, 270-pounder's decision to feel out his transfer options. Indeed, Virginia Tech is so loaded at defensive tackle (with seniors Woody Baron and Nigel Williams leading the charge) that DL coach Charley Wiles indicated earlier this offseason that it was difficult to find consistent reps for the former three-star recruit.
Jul 19 - 12:51 PM

Virginia Tech suspended redshirt freshman DE Houshun Gaines and sophomore S Adonis Alexander for the opener against Liberty on September 3.

On the positive side, Alexander and Gaines were reinstated to the roster. The duo were both charged with marijuana possession following a late-April arrest and suspended indefinitely. Both received probation and 24 hours of community service, setting the stage for reinstatement.
Source: ESPN
Jul 14 - 7:59 PM

Virginia Tech junior WR Isaiah Ford's 517 deep yards in 2015 were tops among returning Power-5 receivers.

The 6-foot-1, 174-pound Ford is an elite deep threat whose +12.3 Pro Football Focus receiving grade in 2015 ranked No. 12 in the Power-5. "He’ll ease the transition of whoever wins the Virginia Tech quarterback job," noted the site.
Jul 14 - 4:49 PM

Virginia Tech reinstated sophomore S Adonis Alexander and redshirt freshman DE Houshun Gaines.

Alexander and Gaines were charged with marijuana possession following a late-April arrest. Tech subsequently hit both players with indefinite suspensions. They were sentenced to probation and 24 hours of community service at the end of June, though, which cleared the way for reinstatement. The pair will serve a one-game suspension and sit out Virginia Tech's season-opener against Liberty on September 3. HC Justin Fuente's crew should be able to manage that one well enough without the services of Alexander and Gaines, but both gentlemen are expected to play contributing roles for the Hokies in 2016.
Jul 13 - 4:01 PM

Pro Football Focus' Steve Palazzolo says that despite Virginia Tech redshirt junior G Wyatt Teller's struggles in pass protection "the arrow is still pointed up."

Teller has been a dominant run blocker since his redshirt freshman season, surprising for a converted defensive lineman. He had a top-20 run block ranking in 2014 and finished No. 7 overall in 2015. As a pass blocker, however, Teller has graded negatively in his career. "There’s room to grow," Palazzolo wrote. Pro Football Focus pegs Teller as the No. 75 overall player in the sport.
Jul 9 - 3:19 PM

Virginia Tech sophomore S Adonis Alexander and redshirt freshman DE Houshun Gaines were sentenced to probation and 24 hours of community service for their possession of marijuana charges.

Alexander and Gaines were arrested in late April and faced misdemeanor marijuana possession charges (with Alexander also facing a possession of alcohol charge). With the matter now officially settled, all eyes turn to HC Justin Fuente, who said at the time of the arrest that the plan was to take a "wait-and-see" approach before doling out punishments. For the time being, the pair remains in indefinite suspension limbo.
Jun 30 - 2:01 PM

Virginia Tech sophomore LB Carson Lydon will transfer.

No word as to where Lydon might take his talents, but he won't be suiting up in Blacksburg this fall. He ranked as ESPN 300's No. 39 outside linebacking prospect for the 2015 cycle. The 6-foot-2, 237-pounder saw 11 games worth of action -- mostly on special teams -- last season, finishing the campaign with four tackles (1.0 for loss). Assuming he transfers to another FBS program, Lydon will have three years of eligibility remaining starting in 2017.
Jun 24 - 4:00 PM

The Orland Sentinel's Matt Murschel predicts Virginia Tech junior WR Isaiah Ford's numbers will jump in new HC Justin Fuente's system.

The 6-foot-1, 174-pounder rolled up 1,164 yards on 75 receptions with an ACC-best 11 touchdowns last year to earn all-conference honors. That was in Frank Beamer's conservative vision. Expectations are obviously sky high as Ford enters an up-tempo spread scheme.
Jun 9 - 6:35 PM

The Roanoke Times' Andy Bitter relays that Virginia Tech HC Justin Fuente will take a "wait-and-see" attitude toward the indefinite suspensions of sophomore S Adonis Alexander and redshirt freshman DE Houshun Gaines.

Per Bitter, Fuente is stepping aside by degrees to allow the legal process to take its natural course with Alexander and Gaines. The pair were arrested for marijuana possession in late April. Both young men face misdemeanor possession charges on that front, while Alexander has been additionally charged with possession of alcohol. Fuente will reevaluate the situation once the dust clears. Alexander registered 55 tackles and four interceptions in 2015 and was expected to start this coming season.
May 24 - 2:21 PM

CBS Sports draft analyst Rob Rang wrote that Virginia Tech redshirt junior TE Bucky Hodges is "as raw as sushi now."

With the 2016 draft behind us, analysts must use the summer to sharpen their metaphors, comparisons and analogies. "As raw as sushi now" is a nice May effort from Rang. The analyst believes that the 6-foot-6, 244-pound Hokie has the requisite athleticism to take a step up in his development this coming season and ranks him as his No. 10 underclassman prospect for 2017. Last year, Hodges caught 40 passes for 530 yards and six touchdowns.
Source: CBS Sports
May 21 - 6:34 PM

Virginia Tech HC Justin Fuente said, "I try not to make too much out of one practice" following a sluggish spring performance from his offense.

Virginia Tech's offense narrowly eeked out a "win" over the defense in the spring game, with a final score of 20-15. Such scores were routine matters under HC Frank Beamer, but Fuente's motus operandi is points points points. "I don’t know about the stats and all that kind of stuff. I’m not really concerned with that," Fuente said. "I’m concerned about how many times we were going where we were supposed to with the football and how we operated it. We’ll look at the film and see how it goes." Patience is probably fair, here, as this offensive transition from Beamer to Fuente is a monumental one just in terms of scheme.
May 13 - 8:54 PM


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