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Virginia Tech redshirt senior S Detrick Bonner possesses "rare athletic traits" and "impressive strength for his size," according to CBS Sports' Derek Stephens.

Bonner enters his final season of eligibility having already ran up 30 career starts. And versatility? This guy has it in spades, having lined up at corner, whip linebacker and safety. "Despite his lean frame, Bonner possesses some rare athletic traits (38-inch vertical as a freshman) and impressive strength for his size (340-pound front squat as freshman), and although he hasn't been a prolific turnover machine, he has posted 15 pass break-ups and three interceptions over two seasons as the team's full-time starter at free safety, demonstrating that he can certainly be a factor in the passing game," Stephens wrote. "Bonner's athleticism and natural range could make him an intriguing prospect for the 2015 draft with continued consistency and growth at the position."
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 18 - 12:33 AM

Virginia Tech senior G David Wang "intelligence, quickness and position versatility should earn him a chance to make an NFL roster," according to CBS Sports' Derek Stephens.

"Wang's intelligence, quickness and position versatility should earn him a chance to make an NFL roster if he's able to stay healthy and continue his consistent play," Stephens wrote. Wang, the brother of former Hokie and NFL player Ed Wang, has 23 career starts under his belt, and has rotated between guard and center over the last two seasons.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 17 - 10:49 PM

Virginia Tech senior DT Luther Maddy's "quickness and natural rush ability from the inside are traits that NFL teams are often willing to spend a high draft pick for," writes CBS Sports' Derek Stephens.

Maddy started all 13 games last season, collecting an impressive 55 tackles, 13.5 for loss, 6.5 sacks and 16 hurries en route to third-team All-ACC honors. "Though his size may be cause for some concern when projecting him to the next level, Maddy exhibits surprising anchoring strength and flashes a good understanding of leverage use to take on bigger blockers in spite of his shorter, lighter frame," Stephens wrote. "Where he excels is as a rusher, exhibiting strong natural burst off the snap, hand quickness to rip opponents away, and agile, light feet to side-step, spin or redirect to create space. When in the clear, Maddy demonstrates strong acceleration and closing burst, and when asked to shuffle laterally, displays the range to be a factor at the edges against the run." The expert believes Maddy must "show better consistency staying low off the snap."
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 17 - 10:48 PM

Virginia Tech senior S Kyshoen Jarrett's draft stock is aided by the NFL's acceptance of "smaller, quicker athletes" at safety, observes CBS Sports' Derek Stephens.

Jarrett ran up 71 tackles, two interceptions and third-team All-ACC honors as a junior. After the stellar campaign, he seriously considered opting for the pros. "Fast, explosive and physical, Jarrett possesses the range to play deep safety, the quickness and strength to man up at the line, and the toughness to move up into the box and play the run," Stephens wrote. "He's still learning how to play the ball, as he'll fail to locate or close with good timing consistenly, but he has shown continual improvement over the course of his college career and possesses all the tools to be a big-time impact player at the next level." At 5-foot-11, 192 pounds, Jarrett's size is a concern, but the analyst notes the NFL has become more accepting of safeties this size, offering Devin McCourty and Jimmie Ward as two examples.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 17 - 8:15 PM

The Washington Post reports that Virginia Tech redshirt senior T Mark Shuman suffered a torn meniscus in his right knee in practice last week, and has now decided to retire.

The 6-foot-7, 315 pound Shuman, happened to tear the meniscus in the same knee in 2011 and again during last year's preseason. The Virginia Tech prospect was on his way to having his best year for the Hokies, but will now be forced to take a medical disqualification for his final season, which allows him to keep his scholarship.
Aug 15 - 10:45 AM

Virginia Tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster mentions that sophomore CB Kendall Fuller is "a little bigger, a little more physical" than older brother Kyle and "he's a lot like" Brandon Flowers.

"I'm hoping in a couple years, he's going to be the best one. He's a lot like Brandon Flowers, a lot like his brother," Foster said. "He's a little bigger, a little more physical, I think, than Kyle can be. So he's kind of in that line with Brandon, being a physical guy at the point of attack. But he has a great IQ." The 6-foot-0, 190 pound Fuller had a freshman All-American season after finishing the year with 58 tackles and a team-high six interceptions, earning ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year honors.
Aug 11 - 4:52 PM

Virginia Tech RB Chris Mangus has decided to transfer.

Mangus announced his intentions to bolt Blacksburg on the same day that the Hokies announced starting RB Trey Edmunds, the school's leading rusher in 2013, was finally returning to the practice field after breaking his leg in the final regular season game of 2013 against Virginia. A former three-star recruit, Mangus was rated as the No. 30 running back in the country when he came out of high school in 2012.
Aug 5 - 5:13 PM

Virginia Tech T Brent Benedict will miss the 2014 season due to an unspecified medical condition.

It seems likely that the "unspecified medical condition" is the clotting in both his heart and lungs that formed after Benedict suffered an ankle injury this spring. Benedict started six games last season. "Brent Benedict has been a great teammate at Virginia Tech, and we will miss his toughness," Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer said in a statement released by the school. "We wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors, and he will always be a Hokie."
Aug 4 - 7:53 PM

Virginia Tech redshirt sophomore RB Trey Edmunds has been medically cleared to participate with no restrictions in fall camp.

Edmunds suffered a broken tibia in his right leg in December. He's not back to 100-percent, but has been ramping up his physical activity in recent weeks. Edmunds led Virginia Tech with 675 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns last year, adding 155 receiving yards and two more scores.
Aug 4 - 7:32 PM

Virginia Tech has reinstated redshirt junior WR Kevin Asante.

Asante was not with the program last year. He was running with the second team after 2013's spring ball, but only has two catches for 18 yards to his name.
May 28 - 3:03 PM

Virginia Tech T Brent Benedict could miss the 2014 season due to clotting in both his heart and lungs.

Benedict suffered an ankle injury this spring and complications arose that could put his career in jeopardy. If doctors do clear him for future play, Benedict could apply for a medical redshirt season. Obviously his health is the most important factor. Benedict started six games last season.
Source: 24/7 Sports
May 26 - 10:51 AM

Arizona has confirmed Virginia Tech's Logan Thomas will be a quarterback in the pros, and HC Bruce Arians said his accuracy issues were "easily correctable."

ESPN's Bill Polian is amongst the leaders of the group that believe accuracy is not fixable. If it can be, though, Arians and assistant head coach Tom Moore are two teachers needy students would seek out. The Cardinals grabbed Thomas with the No. 120 pick, decent range to swing for the fences on otherworldly physical talent. "When you are convinced you have the franchise quarterback, you take him in the first round," GM Steve Keim said. "If you think a guy can be a franchise quarterback, you take a chance later in the draft." Thomas will be stashed as the No. 3 QB while Arians and Moore go to work on a 6-foot-6, 250-pounder that tested as the class' fastest, highest-leaping, longest-jumping and strongest-armed QB.
May 11 - 5:37 PM

Giants signed Virginia Tech DE James Gayle.

Gayle (6-foot-3 3/4, 259) is the nephew of ex-Bears Super Bowl DB Shaun Gayle. A 39-game starter for the Hokies, Gayle compiled 40.5 career tackles for loss and 22 sacks. He ran 4.7-flat at the Combine with a 10-foot-2 broad jump and 37-inch vertical, displaying top-notch athleticism. A liability versus the run, Gayle is a speed rusher with a relentless motor who would work best in a rotation in the pros.
May 11 - 2:49 PM

Ravens signed Virginia Tech DT Derrick Hopkins.

Hopkins (6-foot, 309) made 40 starts for the Hokies, ringing up 26 tackles for loss, 13 sacks, and three forced fumbles. He was a second-team All-ACC pick by the conference's coaches as a senior. Hopkins ran a 5.06 forty with an 8-foot-5 broad jump and did 25 bench-press reps at Virginia Tech's Pro Day. An undersized gap shooter without elite pass-rushing tools, Hopkins projects as a workmanlike rotational tackle if he makes the Ravens.
May 11 - 2:32 PM

Vikings selected Virginia Tech CB Antone Exum with the No. 182 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.

Exum (5-foot-11 5/8, 213) tore his right ACL in January of 2013, and his final college season was marred by ankle woes. He was a standout performer when healthy, earning second-team All-ACC honors during a five-interception junior year. Exum saw action at safety, outside corner and slot corner for the Hokies. He projects best to the former position after clocking 4.59 at the Combine with a 35-inch vertical. Exum figures to focus on special teams as a rookie, but could eventually develop into a contributor on defense.
May 10 - 4:02 PM


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