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Virginia Tech true freshman wide receiver Isaiah Ford had seven catches for 77 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's 28-21 setback against East Carolina.

The afternoon will be remembered as the day the Hokies likely squandered their chance of making the inaugural college football playoff, but an optimist might choose to perceive it as the first day we saw signs of stardom from the promising Ford. Just how gifted is the 6-foot-1, 174-pounder from Jacksonville? Consider that Hokies' coach Frank Beamer compares him to Antonio Freeman (Freeman, who played nine seasons with the Packers and Eagles, is a former Hokies' receiver). Ford is so athletic that he has aspirations of walking on to VT's basketball team when the football season concludes. A starter from Day 1, Ford now has 13 catches for 146 yards and three scores during VT's 2-1 start.
Sep 14 - 6:38 PM

Virginia Tech redshirt junior QB Michael Brewer passed for 199 yards and two touchdowns in a 35-21 upset win over Ohio State on Saturday night.

He finished 23-for-36 and also threw a pair of interceptions. The final tally doesn't look spectacular, but make no mistake: Brewer played a key role in leading the Hokies' to a victory as a double-digit underdog against a vicious top-10 opponent on the road. The former Texas Tech Red Raider, who won a preseason competition with redshirt senior Mark Leal to replace Logan Thomas, made some critical throws to extend drives. Brewer's 10-yard scoring strike to Bucky Hodges with 8:44 left broke a 21-21 tie and seized momentum from the Buckeyes, who at that point had scored 14 straight points.
Sep 7 - 11:36 PM

Virginia Tech junior linebacker Deon Clarke was named the Walter Camp National FBS Defensive Player of the Week.

Clarke was sensational in Virginia Tech's upset victory over Ohio State on Saturday. He collected 10 tackles, five of which were solo, and two of which were for a loss. He also chipped in a sack. The 6-foot-2, 213-pound defender doesn't have NFL size, but he's a relentless and productive collegiate player.
Sep 7 - 10:44 PM

Virginia Tech signed coach Frank Beamer to a two-year contract extension.

The Hokies' legendary coach is now signed through Jan. 1, 2019. Beamer made $2.54 million in 2013; no word yet on how much the extension will pay him. "We are pleased to be in a position to present Coach Beamer with this contract extension," Tech athletic director Whit Babcock said in a statement. "Announcing before our home opener serves as a tangible show of support for the winningest coach in college football who does it the right way, continues our positive momentum in recruiting, and signals the stability of leadership in our program. His stamp on our football program, and our institution, is indelible. This well-deserved extension is a reward for 27 tremendous years, certainly, but also is based upon my observations and work with him these past seven months. His integrity and work ethic is even better than advertised and he still has that competitive fire and wants to move Virginia Tech forward. I believe in him and support him, his staff, and our team."
Aug 27 - 8:26 PM

Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer compared true freshman wide receiver Isaiah Ford to Antonio Freeman on Monday.

A reporter asked Beamer at Monday's news conference to compare Ford to a previous receiver he'd coached. "Maybe an Antonio Freeman?" Beamer said. "He makes plays. He's got some height to him." Freeman, who played nine seasons with the Packers and Eagles, is a former Hokies' receiver. Ford (6-foot-1, 174 pounds) will start in Saturday's opener against FCS opponent William & Mary. He wants to walk on to VT's basketball team when the football season concludes. "There have been a lot of football guys that wanted to play basketball, but he's the first one I ever thought that actually could play basketball, too," Beamer said. "He's just a gifted athlete, he's got a great head on his shoulders, he's smart, he keeps everything in perspective. I think he's the real deal."
Aug 26 - 7:51 PM

Junior J.C. Coleman and true freshman Marshawn Williams are listed as Virginia Tech's co-starting RBs.

Still hobbled Trey Edmunds is listed as third string behind true freshman Shai McKenzie. "He’s working hard to get there, but I don’t see that burst right now," head coach Frank Beamer said. "But you keep working and you get it back." The school opens against William & Mary.
Aug 25 - 10:52 AM

Virginia Tech redshirt sophomore OT Jonathan McLaughlin "looks like a solid future prospect," wrote TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

"It seems Virginia Tech has hit a speed bump as I predict no early round selections for the foreseeable future," Pauline said as a preface. McLaughlin spent one season at a prep school before Frank Beamer handed him the starting LT gig last year. "McLaughlin looks like a solid future prospect," Pauline wrote. "Sized well, he shows both athleticism and strength at the tackle spot."
Aug 23 - 10:24 PM

Former Texas Tech redshirt junior QB Michael Brewer was named the starting signal-caller at Virginia Tech.

The Hokies kick off next Saturday against William & Mary. Brewer edged out redshirt senior Mark Leal, Logan Thomas' longtime backup. "Both of the guys gave great effort and played very well in preseason, making it a very difficult choice," Frank Beamer said in a statement released by the school. "It was a very close race and we're proud of both of them." VTU offensive coordinator Scott Loeffler told the media that both "would be needed" throughout the season. Brenden Motley is No. 3 on the depth chart.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 23 - 8:10 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline believes that Virginia Tech redshirt senior S Detrick Bonner regressed a bit last season.

Bonner enters his final season of eligibility having already ran up 30 career starts. "I’m a fan of Detrick Bonner, though I thought he played better in 2012 than he did last season," Pauline wrote. "At the top of his game Bonner is a rangy safety prospect with solid ball skills." He has lined up at corner, whip linebacker and safety over the course of his career. Bonner had a 38-inch vertical as a freshman.
Aug 23 - 6:48 PM

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

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