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Virginia Tech redshirt senior WR C.J. Carroll is still not at full speed.

Carroll (5'8/167) battled a foot injury during his junior campaign, which limited him to just 10 catches for 124 yards and a touchdown. The Hokies need Carroll to be healthy, as he is the team's most experienced pass catcher. HC Justin Fuente wants the Hokies to have eight rotational receivers, but Fuente expressed concern that this year's team could meet his goal. Junior Eric Kumah and sophomores Sean Savoy, Hezekiah Grimsley, Phil Patterson, and Sam Denmark will be a part of the receiver rotation.
Aug 12 - 4:18 PM

Virginia Tech redshirt junior QB Ryan Willis was splitting first-team reps with Josh Jackson on Monday.

This is at least somewhat surprising, as Jackson played respectably as a 13-game starter last season. Willis transferred over from Kansas in January of 2017 and subsequently sat out the most recent campaign in order to satisfy NCAA transfer regulations. We'll continue to monitor this situation, but it's somewhat difficult to see Willis -- who put up an 11/17 TD/INT ratio with KU -- seriously pushing Jackson for his starting job barring unforeseen circumstance.
Aug 7 - 12:32 PM

The Athletic's Andy Bitter reports redshirt sophomore WR Damon Hazelton returned to practice on Monday.

After sitting out for periods of spring practice with an undisclosed injury, concern was starting to grow about Hazelton. Tuesday's practice was the best sign possible as he not only practiced but was working with the first-team offense. Hazelton sat out all of 2017 after transferring from Ball State where he recorded a 51-505-4 receiving line as a freshman. He figures to play a big role in the offense as long as he's healthy.
Aug 6 - 8:43 PM

Virginia Tech redshirt sophomore QB Joshua Jackson is splitting reps with junior QB Ryan Willis.

After being cleared of a potential academic issue, most assumed Jackson would retain his starting role after turning in a solid 2017 campaign. This doesn't seem to be the case at the moment as Willis is splitting reps with Jackson. This is something to monitor over the next few weeks. If Willis continues to hang around and draw first-team reps there may be more of a competition than we thought.
Aug 6 - 6:30 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline gave Virginia Tech junior T Yosuah Nijman a sixth-round grade.

Pauline notes that he is someone who "really impressed" him and could rise up draft boards if he turns in a healthy season in 2018. He continued by saying "Nijman has terrific size while showing great agility and movement skills in his game. He has growth potential and is much more than a small-area blocker." Nijman was sidelined with a lower-body injury in 2017 but was solid when he played. He should be drafted as long as he can stay healthy.
Aug 5 - 1:05 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline gave redshirt sophomore DE Trevon Hill a third-round grade.

Hill is currently the top-ranked draft prospect for the Hokies. Pauline said Hill "is very much like recent edge rushers from the Hokies program; undersized but quick, athletic and explosive. He plays with great pad level as well as balance and can bend off the edge and create havoc up the field." Hill has big shoes to fill with the departure of this year's No. 16 overall selection, DE Tremaine Edmunds. He will look to improve upon his 5.5 sacks from 2017.
Aug 5 - 12:55 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline writes that Virginia Tech redshirt senior DT Ricky Walker reminds him of former Virginia Tech DT Tim Settle.

Walker (6'2/300) isn't as big as Walker, but they have similar styles of play according to Pauline. "Walker is an explosive tackle with nice size and athleticism," writes Pauline, "but needs to properly condition himself off the field or else he will drop down draft boards -- just like Settle did." He currently grades Walker as a fifth-round grade, but that could go up if he addresses the issues Pauline mentions.
Aug 3 - 5:50 PM

Virginia Tech OC Brad Cornelsen said that redshirt sophomore WR Damon Hazelton (undisclosed) is expected to be ready for the team's opener.

Hazelton (6'2/209) transferred over to the Hokies after spending his first year of collegiate action with Ball State, where he logged a 51-505-4 receiving line. He sat out the past season in Blacksburg while satisfying the NCAA transfer regulation. An undisclosed injury concern sidelined him for spring practice earlier this offseason. While the team seems confident he'll be healthy when time comes to do battle with Florida State on Sept. 3, they're going to be working him along slowly in preseason camp this month, especially at the start.
Aug 2 - 1:47 PM

Virginia Tech freshman DT Cam Goode will transfer.

Goode (6'0/315) signed on with the Hokies as a three-star recruit over the winter, but the program clearly just wasn't the right fit for him and he now takes his leave just prior to the start of preseason camp. Rutgers and Virginia were among the other programs nipping for his pledge during the past cycle, and both would represent options that would keep Goode close to home if he's looking to stick around the area. He hails from Washington D.C..
Jul 31 - 11:45 AM

Virginia Tech HC Justin Fuente said that the "door's closed" on the possibility that dismissed redshirt junior S/LB Mook Reynolds could return to the team.

Not an ounce of wiggle room coming from Fuente on this one. Reynolds was arrested a week ago Monday and subsequently hit with a felony charge of selling and distributing marijuana and/or the possession of marijuana with the intent to sell or distribute. The program moved to dismiss him immediately following that arrest -- felony charges are almost universally going to get players kicked out of school. Over the past two seasons, Reynolds has posted 134 total tackles, 18.0 of which went for loss. Devon Hunter, a sophomore, could potentially be in line to step up as starter in place of Reynolds with a strong August camp.
Jul 18 - 4:33 PM

Dismissed Virginia Tech redshirt junior S/LB Mook Reynolds is facing a felony charge of selling and distributing marijuana or for the possession of marijuana with the intent to sell or distribute.

Reynolds (6'0/185) was dismissed from the Hokies this past Monday, with no details available as to the reason why. Looks like we have our reason, now. Earlier on that same day, the redshirt junior had been arrested on the above felony charge. He's set to appear in court on July 27. It's been a turbulent offseason even beyond this last nail in his Virginia Tech coffin, as the program had suspended him for the spring semester for unspecified reasons even before his exit was hastened by this week's arrest. In terms of the on-field deficit now faced, it's a notable one, as Reynolds had logged a total of 134 tackles (18.0 for loss) over the past two campaigns. The Hokies will address his depth chart vacancy -- along with that of the just-drafted Adonis Alexander -- in August camp. Va Tech HC Justin Fuente is going to have his work cut out for him as he looks to piece together a team from what is a somewhat gnawed-over roster between graduations and offseason departures.
Jul 14 - 3:06 PM

Redskins selected Virginia Tech CB Adonis Alexander with a sixth-round pick in the 2018 supplemental draft.

The Redskins will surrender a 2019 sixth-rounder. Western Michigan CB Sam Beal was taken in the third round by the Giants, and Beal had clearly separated himself from Alexander as the draft's top prospect. Alexander stands 6'2/195 but ran a 4.60 forty at his Pro Day with a 35.5-inch vertical and just nine bench-press reps. He had a number of off-field issues in college and was ruled academically ineligible before declaring for the supplemental draft. He's merely a late-round flier who should get at least one year to stick at the end of the roster. Alexander is unlikely to make a rookie-year impact barring injuries.
Jul 11 - 2:16 PM

Multiple outlets are reporting that the Washington Redskins have selected Virginia Tech CB Adonis Alexander in the sixth round of the 2018 supplemental draft.

Earlier on Wednesday afternoon, the Giants selected Western Michigan CB Sam Beal with a third-round supplemental selection. Alexander (6'2/195) is next off the board, with the Redskins forfeiting their sixth-rounder next spring in order to acquire him. While he has nice size, the Virginia Tech product is not a super-explosive athlete. He's at least worked to try to clean up his reputation, having reportedly tested clean over the past eight months -- including a test last week -- after being popped for marijuana possession in 2016.
Jul 11 - 2:07 PM

NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reports that Virginia Tech CB Adonis Alexander passed his drug test last week.

Even more encouraging than the result of this solitary test, Garafolo passes along that Alexander has been in the clear on drug tests over the past eight months, as he's looking to convince NFL teams that his arrest for marijuana possession in April of 2016 was an anomaly, rather than the tip of the iceberg. The 6-foot-2, 195-pounder is tracking toward a possible mid-round selection in Wednesday's supplemental draft after earlier this summer declaring following his being ruled academically ineligible for the upcoming college season.
Jul 10 - 7:41 PM

Virginia Tech redshirt junior S/LB Mook Reynolds has been dismissed from the team.

No reason has been given for the dismissal, other than that Reynolds was ""dismissed from the team effective immediately in accordance with Virginia Tech Athletics Department policies" according to a statement from the school. It's a big loss on the field for the Hokies, who earlier dismissed cornerback Adonis Alexander; who is expected to be drafted on Wednesday in the supplemental draft. The hybrid defender has 134 tackles over the last two seasons, with 18 going for loss. He could look to transfer, but we'll have to wait to find out the reason he's no longer with the program before speculating further.
Jul 9 - 11:02 AM


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