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Virginia Tech tabbed senior J.C. Coleman as the school's starting RB.

Coleman won the job over Trey Edmunds. 2014 was Coleman's best season on the field, but he only rushed for 533 yards (5.0 yards per carry) and three touchdowns, starring in the last four games. As a whole, Virginia Tech did not crack 2,000 yards rushing.
Aug 31 - 11:37 AM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang describes Virginia Tech junior CB Kendall Fuller as "athletic, physical and instinctive."

"Fuller may prove an even more exciting prospect than older brothers Vincent, Corey and Kyle - each of whom currently play in the NFL," Rang wrote. The 6-foot, 190-pound Fuller posted 54 tackles, with 4.5 for loss and two sacks, earning first-team All-ACC and third-team All-American honors in 2014. Fuller has posted 26 passes breakups and eight interceptions in two seasons of play with the Hokies.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 24 - 2:35 PM

Virginia Tech freshman S Adonis Alexander was drawing physical comparisons to Seattle Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor from coaches on Thursday.

When word of the high praise returned to Alexander, he understandably called it "music to [his] ears." Defensive coordinator Bud Foster said that the 6-foot-3, 193-pounder would be a "big-time rover for [Virginia Tech]" once the mental side of the equation catches up to the physical side. Foster also noted that Alexander has some "freaky skill sets," specifically mentioning his 4.5 time in the 40 and his 41-inch vertical leap.
Aug 20 - 7:23 PM

Per NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter, Virginia Tech redshirt sophomore TE Bucky Hodges is "only going to get better" as he learns the intricacies of the tight end position.

The 6-foot-7, 249-pound Hodges, who caught 45 passes for 526 yards and seven touchdowns last year, actually arrived in Blacksburg as a highly rated quarterback. He redshirted that first year to get his feet wet at tight end (he also practiced as a QB). There's a whole lot of clay to mold here; Hodges is a sort of answer to what might have happened had Virginia Tech converted Logan Thomas to TE early in his career. Reuter grades him as the No. 5 third-year sophomore draft prospect. TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline, meanwhile, stamped him as a Rd. 3 prospect.
Source: NFL.com
Aug 17 - 4:06 PM

If healthy, Virginia Tech redshirt sophomore CB Brandon Facyson "will terrorize receivers and quarterbacks in the typical Hokie fashion," observes NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter.

Facyson, who missed last season with tibia and fibula injuries, is graded by Reuter as the No. 9 third-year sophomore draft prospect. TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline stamped him as a second-round prospect.
Source: NFL.com
Aug 17 - 12:00 AM

Per NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter, Virginia Tech junior CB Kendall Fuller blends an enticing combination of "excellent ball skills and tenaciousness."

"His foot quickness and fluid hips keep him in the back pocket of receivers, so look for his interception total to increase with two healthy wrists this season," Reuter wrote. The analyst ranks Fuller as the No. 9 overall junior draft prospect. Incredibly, Fuller shrugged off a fractured wrist last season to finish sixth in the nation with 15 pass breakups.
Source: NFL.com
Aug 16 - 7:21 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reports that Virginia Tech redshirt sophomore TE Bucky Hodges will leave for the NFL after this season if he has a big year.

The 6-foot-6, 249-pound Hodges caught 45 passes for 526 yards and seven touchdowns. "The athletic redshirt sophomore displayed dominant big play abilities last season as well as a large degree of consistency," Pauline wrote. "His upside is enormous and despite the fact I’ve stamped him as a third round prospect, Hodges has first round potential. People close to the program tell me Hodges will bolt for the NFL if he puts together a productive campaign in 2015." The analyst stamped him as a Rd. 3 prospect.
Aug 10 - 12:03 AM

Virginia Tech redshirt sophomore CB Brandon Facyson "looked brilliant on film during the 2013 campaign and is reported to be back at full health," notes TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

Facyson missed last season with tibia and fibula injuries. The analyst stamped him as a second-round prospect. Should the 6-foot-2, 184-pound Facyson stay healthy this year, that grade seems pretty reasonable.
Aug 9 - 7:33 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline is "not in love" with Virginia Tech redshirt senior edge rusher Dadi Nicolas and "feel[s] he’s overrated by many, even area scouts."

"I’m sure the haters will be out in full force," Pauline began, knowing full well that his stance flies in the face of consensus opinion. That being said, he still gives Nicolas a second-round grade, so the point is not that he possesses no value, but that Pauline doesn't see him as the slam dunk first-rounder that some others do. "He’s a very effective but undersized college pass rusher," Pauline wrote. "Though reported to have run the forty in the mid 4.5’s, I don’t see that sort of player on film or a defender who shows great speed in lateral pursuit, something he’ll be required to do at the next level." The 6-foot-4, 236-pound Nicolas had 72 tackles, 18.5 TFL, nine sacks and 35 quarterback hurries last year.
Aug 9 - 2:37 PM

Virginia Tech junior CB Kendall Fuller "has long been labeled the most talented of the Fuller brothers and shows the ability to shut down opponents," notes TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

Pauline grades him as a Rds. 1-2 prospect. Fuller finished sixth in the nation with 15 pass breakups last season and added two interceptions, earning first-team All-ACC and third-team All-American honors. The 6-foot, 190-pound Kendall is the brother of Kyle, a first-rounder of the Chicago Bears.
Aug 9 - 12:33 PM

Virginia Tech sophomore RB Shai McKenzie has been suspended for the first game of the season.

McKenzie is being suspended following his sentencing for having consensual sex with a minor. The sophomore was reinstated to the team on Friday and will be able to practice as the Hokies ramp up for the start of the season, but he'll sit out the squad's opener against Ohio State. McKenzie's college career is off to a bit of a checkered start, as he also tore his ACL five games into his freshman season in 2014.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 7 - 7:23 PM

Virginia Tech senior DT Corey Marshall boasts an intriguing combination of "hustle, quick feet, and strong hands," writes NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter.

"Marshall redshirted in 2013 after taking time away from the team for personal teams early in the year -- and opponents wished he would have stayed away for the 2014 season as well," Reuter wrote. Marshall (6-foot-2, 262 pounds) had 9.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks in 2014. "The second-team All-ACC pick (league coaches) has marginal size right now, but should be able to add weight to play five-technique/third-down nose to challenge offensive linemen," Reuter wrote.
Source: NFL.com
Aug 3 - 3:53 PM

Virginia Tech redshirt sophomore TE Bucky Hodges has a "tall frame and surprising speed and agility to beat linebackers down the seam and avoid defensive backs after the catch," writes NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter.

In his first year of eligibility in 2014, Hodges caught 45 passes for 526 yards and seven touchdowns. "He should only get better in 2015," Reuter wrote. The 6-foot-6, 249-pounder is used by the Hokies as more of an H-back than a tight end, but the delineation doesn't at all muddy his NFL projection.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 26 - 5:57 PM

Virginia Tech junior CB Kendall Fuller "might be the best of" the Fuller brothers, notes NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter.

"Despite playing with a fractured wrist for most of last season, Kendall Fuller used his excellent ball skills and tenaciousness to intercept two passes and break up 15 others. His foot quickness and fluid hips keep him in the back pocket of any receiver he's assigned to cover," Reuter wrote. The 6-foot, 190-pound Fuller recorded 54 tackles, including 4.5 for loss and two sacks, earning first-team All-ACC and third-team All-American honors in 2014. Three of Kendall's older brothers Vincent, Corey, and Kyle all play in the NFL.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 22 - 2:51 PM

Virginia Tech HC Frank Beamer doesn’t anticipate sneaking up on Ohio State as the school did a year ago.

"I think we lined up in a lot of one-on-one situations that we got by with," Beamer said of the Hokies’ aggressive defensive scheme. "We probably need to mix up how we do things a little bit more. Now with their experience, if you give them that many opportunities, they’ll hit on some of those balls." Beamer and DC Bud Foster's 2014 strategy flummoxed quarterback J.T. Barrett, who at the time had little experience on the collegiate gridiron. Not only has that changed, but Cardale Jones and Braxton Miller will fight him for starting duties this fall. "I kind of hope they’re all fighting in the end zone before the game," Beamer said.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 21 - 9:32 PM


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