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Virginia Tech redshirt junior S/LB Mook Reynolds has looked "very good" at Tropicana Bowl practices.

Reynolds (6'0/185) didn't play in 2018 after being arrested for selling and distributing marijuana, but Reynolds was very effective in his two seasons prior, picking up 134 tackles and 18 tackles for loss. Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline reports that scouts are impressed with his play, and he's going to continue impressing to get NFL looks after not playing this entire past season.
Jan 13 - 11:27 AM

Dismissed Virginia Tech redshirt junior DL Trevon Hill wrote to Twitter that he hopes to play college football in the fall.

Hill (6'3/245) was dismissed from Virginia Tech near the end of September. In a lengthy Twitter post released on Monday night, the redshirt junior attempted to explain his boot from the team, describing a "heated exchange" with a staff member at halftime of the Hokies' contest against Old Dominion in the third week of the season (a game which the team ultimately lost) which was followed almost immediately by his ignominious exit from the program. Our main takeaway from his post -- it would appear that Hill, though draft-eligible, will not be trying for the NFL this spring, but will instead be looking to reestablish himself in the collegiate ranks. We'll keep our eye on this one moving forward.
Jan 8 - 12:15 PM

Virginia Tech HC Justin Fuente told reporters after the Military Bowl that redshirt senior DT Ricky Walker left the game with a hamstring injury.

Walker didn't play in the second half, and was seen without shoulder pads on the sidelines sitting on a cart. His time with Virginia Tech is over, but hopefully he'll be healthy enough to participate in the East-West Shrine Game in January; an event he's accepted an invitation to.
Mon, Dec 31, 2018 04:06:00 PM

Virginia Tech redshirt sophomore Damon Hazelton caught six passes for 57 yards in a 35-31 loss to Cincinnati on Monday in the Military Bowl.

Hazelton was Ryan Willis's top target in the contest, and while he didn't find the end zone, his catches set up several rushing touchdowns and a pair of field goal attempts for the Hokies. A transfer from Ball State, Hazelton ends the year with 802 yards and 51 catches while scoring eight touchdowns. Expect even better numbers for him in his junior year -- especially if Virginia Tech gets more consistent quarterback play.
Mon, Dec 31, 2018 04:03:00 PM

Virginia Tech redshirt sophomore RB Deshawn McClease ran for 102 yards on 13 carries in a 35-31 loss to Cincinnati on Monday in the Military Bowl.

Virginia Tech might -- and should -- look back on this one and kick themselves for not getting the ball to Deshawn McClease more often. The tailback became the bell-cow after Steven Peoples left with an undisclosed injury, and he gashed the Bearcats' defense throughout the day. McClease has battled injuries, but the talent is clearly there for him to be a starting tailback for a good ACC team. Expect him to get that chance again in 2019.
Mon, Dec 31, 2018 04:00:00 PM

Virginia Tech redshirt junior QB Ryan Willis completed 20-of-31 passes for 219 yards with two touchdowns and an interception and ran for a touchdown in a 34-31 loss to Cincinnati on Monday in the Military Bowl.

With the loss, the Hokies finish with a losing record at 6-7. Willis became the starter late in September after Josh Jackson suffered an injury, and there were some moments of brilliance with some moments that left your head scratching. That was true again in the bowl, as his interception was a silly decision that ended the chance to win the game. He'll likely battle Jackson for the starting job, assuming the former is healthy.
Mon, Dec 31, 2018 03:57:00 PM

Virginia Tech redshirt senior DT Ricky Walker has left the Military Bowl on Monday against Cincinnati with an undisclosed injury.

Walker went back to the locker room before the end of the first half, and he is now back on the sideline with no shoulder pads and wearing a sweatshirt. It's a big loss for the Hokies -- literally and figuratively considering his 6-foot-2, 300-pound size -- as he's one of the top defenders on the defense, and is participating in the East-West Shrine Game in January.
Mon, Dec 31, 2018 02:18:00 PM

Virginia Tech senior RB Steven Peoples limped off the field after scoring a touchdown during Monday's Military Bowl against Cincinnati.

People was able to get into the end zone, but was clearly shook up and had to be held up by teammates on the sideline to get to the training area. If he's unable to return, Deshawn McClease should see the majority of carries for the Hokies.
Source: ESPN
Mon, Dec 31, 2018 01:20:00 PM

Virginia Tech redshirt freshman QB Hendon Hooker is not playing in the Military Bowl on Monday against Cincinnati.

Hooker joins Josh Jackson on the sideline, meaning the two quarterbacks for the Hokies on Monday will be Ryan Willis and Quincy Patterson. He appeared in three games this year and didn't complete a pass while rushing for 77 yards with a touchdown.
Mon, Dec 31, 2018 11:30:00 AM

Virginia Tech redshirt sophomore QB Josh Jackson (leg) is not dressed for Monday's Military Bowl against Cincinnati.

Jackson returned to practice in early December, but was considered an extreme long shot to play against the Bearcats, and this confirms that the redshirt sophomore won't be on the field on Monday. We'll see Jackson again in 2019, and he might have to battle for the starting quarterback position.
Mon, Dec 31, 2018 11:28:00 AM

Virginia Tech senior T Yosuah Nijman accepted an invitation to the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.

Nijman has been a four-year contributor for the Hokies since enrolling early in 2015, and 6-foot-7, 314-pound offensive lineman has been the starting left tackle for Virginia Tech whenever he's been healthy enough to do so. Nijman was given a sixth-round grade coming into the year by Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline because of his ability and movement skills, but he did suffer a lower-body injury in 2017, and wasn't as effective in 2018. He currently projects as a late-round pick, but there's potential for more if teams believe he's healthy.
Wed, Dec 26, 2018 07:06:00 PM

Virginia Tech redshirt senior DT Ricky Walker has accepted an invitation to play in the East-West Shrine Game.

Walker (6'2/300) accounted for 49 total tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss, two sacks and two forced fumbles for the Hokies this season. An honorable mention All-ACC selection in 2017, the redshirt senior defensive tackle is ranked 42nd among draft-eligible defensive tackles by Walker will look to improve his standing in the eyes of NFL scouts and executives on the postseason all-star game circuit.
Sat, Dec 22, 2018 02:55:00 PM

Virginia Tech signed four-star 2019 WR Jacoby Pinckney.

Pinckney (6'2/206) is the No. 38 wide receiver and No. 258 overall recruit in ESPN's top-300. The four-star receiver has ideal size and "above average speed" but can improve on his route running in the Virginia Tech program. Pinckney should be a starter sooner rather than later with his excellent measurables.
Source: ESPN
Wed, Dec 19, 2018 08:16:00 PM

Virginia Tech received a verbal commitment from 2019 three-star DT Joshua Fuga.

Fuga (6'1/301) will stay home in Virginia and join the 2019 Virginia Tech Class. The defensive tackle checks in as the No. 38 prospect in Virginia and the No. 113 defensive tackle in the nation on 247 Sports' 2019 rankings. Before committing to Virginia Tech, Fuga planned on attending Temple University.
Sun, Dec 16, 2018 01:36:00 PM

Virginia Tech HC Justin Fuente told reporters on Monday that it's unlikely that redshirt sophomore QB Josh Jackson will play in the Military Bowl.

Jackson has returned to practice, but he's been out since late September because of a broken fibula, and he hasn't done enough to suggest that he'll be able to play in a game. There's a chance this changes with the game not taking place until New Year's Eve, but right now, it appears very likely that Ryan Willis will be under center against the Bearcats for the game.
Mon, Dec 3, 2018 05:30:00 PM

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