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The Roanoke Times' Andy Bitter relays that Virginia Tech HC Justin Fuente will take a "wait-and-see" attitude toward the indefinite suspensions of sophomore S Adonis Alexander and redshirt freshman DE Houshun Gaines.

Per Bitter, Fuente is stepping aside by degrees to allow the legal process to take its natural course with Alexander and Gaines. The pair were arrested for marijuana possession in late April. Both young men face misdemeanor possession charges on that front, while Alexander has been additionally charged with possession of alcohol. Fuente will reevaluate the situation once the dust clears. Alexander registered 55 tackles and four interceptions in 2015 and was expected to start this coming season.
May 24 - 2:21 PM

CBS Sports draft analyst Rob Rang wrote that Virginia Tech redshirt junior TE Bucky Hodges is "as raw as sushi now."

With the 2016 draft behind us, analysts must use the summer to sharpen their metaphors, comparisons and analogies. "As raw as sushi now" is a nice May effort from Rang. The analyst believes that the 6-foot-6, 244-pound Hokie has the requisite athleticism to take a step up in his development this coming season and ranks him as his No. 10 underclassman prospect for 2017. Last year, Hodges caught 40 passes for 530 yards and six touchdowns.
Source: CBS Sports
May 21 - 6:34 PM

Virginia Tech HC Justin Fuente said, "I try not to make too much out of one practice" following a sluggish spring performance from his offense.

Virginia Tech's offense narrowly eeked out a "win" over the defense in the spring game, with a final score of 20-15. Such scores were routine matters under HC Frank Beamer, but Fuente's motus operandi is points points points. "I don’t know about the stats and all that kind of stuff. I’m not really concerned with that," Fuente said. "I’m concerned about how many times we were going where we were supposed to with the football and how we operated it. We’ll look at the film and see how it goes." Patience is probably fair, here, as this offensive transition from Beamer to Fuente is a monumental one just in terms of scheme.
May 13 - 8:54 PM

Virginia Tech redshirt junior Devin Wilson will join the football team.

Wilson has not played football since high school, catching 41 touchdowns at that level. He will play receiver for the Hokies after starting 67 games at guard over three seasons. A Baylor basketball player, Rico Gathers, was just selected in the sixth round despite not playing football at the collegiate level.
May 13 - 8:55 AM

Muskegon High School HC Shane Fairfield compared Virginia Tech 2017 ATH commitment Kalil Pimpleton to Texas Tech WR Jakeem Grant.

"The guy I always relate [Pimpleton] to is Jakeem Grant at Texas Tech, who just went to the Dolphins," Fairfield said. The obvious reason for the comparison comes in Pimpleton's size. Like Grant, he is a bit on the diminutive side, measuring out at 5-foot-7, 160 pounds. While Rivals does not rank him in their top-250 and do not assign him a star rating, Fairfield is not concerned, saying, "I think what is going to be the separator is that he’s got a little chip on his shoulder, and those are the kind you want. No one has told him ‘you’re going to make it.’ Everyone has always told him, ‘you’re good, but you know… your height.’"
Source: Rivals
May 10 - 11:36 PM

Virginia Tech junior QB Jerod Evans soundly outplayed junior Brenden Motley in the spring game.

If the hype surrounding Evans, the nation's No. 1 JUCO QB recruit, is a bonfire, his spring showing (104 yards and a score) had the effect of drenching Blacksburg with gasoline clouds. Motley (4-for-10 for 19 yards with three sacks) will get no credit in this competition for his seniority, not with new sheriff HC Justin Fuente in town. Guess who Fuente's top recruiting target was when he was named to replace Frank Beamer? The same 6-foot-4, 225-pound dual-threat JUCO wunderkind he had been courting to Memphis to replace Paxton Lynch. "He’s got an NFL arm," Evans' JUCO HC Brad Smiley said. "But what makes him extremely dangerous is he can take off and hurt you with his legs too. So I think that’s something that I know Fuente has always had success with is guys that have a tremendous amount of opportunities to throw the football, put it in the air, full-field reads, run an NFL style offense with a passing game."
May 10 - 1:37 PM

Giants signed Virginia Tech TE Ryan Malleck.

Malleck (6'5/247) made 32 starts for Virginia Tech, totaling 62 career catches for 658 yards (10.6 YPR) and four touchdowns. A passable athlete for his size, Malleck runs 4.81 with a 34 1/2-inch vertical and 10-foot-1 broad jump. Although he needs to continue adding strength, Malleck is a quality in-line blocker with growth potential as a possession receiving threat.
May 1 - 1:26 AM

Chiefs selected Virginia Tech OLB Dadi Nicolas with the No. 203 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft.

Nicolas (6'3/235) made 26 starts for Virginia Tech, earning second-team All-ACC as both a junior and senior despite playing 2015 with a broken hand. He finished his career with 36 tackles for loss and 17.5 sacks. Nicolas had a hit-or-miss Combine, registering an absurd 41-inch vertical but running 4.74 with a 9-foot-8 broad jump. An undersized college end with fantastic length (35 1/4-inch arms), Nicolas' future is at outside linebacker and on special teams. On defense, Nicolas' best NFL role may be in usage similar to Bruce Irvin's with Seattle.
Apr 30 - 4:56 PM

Redskins selected Virginia Tech CB Kendall Fuller with the No. 84 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

Fuller (6'0/187) made 28 starts before a torn meniscus ended his 2015 season after just three games, tallying eight career tackles for loss, 35 pass breakups, and eight INTs. He made second-team All-ACC as a true sophomore before the lost junior year. Microfracture surgery on Fuller's right knee prevented him from working out before the draft. The younger brother of NFLers Vincent (S), Corey (WR), and Kyle (CB), Kendall is an instinctive and aggressive ballhawk when healthy, but has questionable speed and may ultimately fit best at safety. Due to his knee recovery, Fuller can't be expected to contribute much as a rookie.
Apr 29 - 10:54 PM

Virginia Tech has indefinitely suspended sophomore S Adonis Alexander and redshirt freshman DE Houshun Gaines following their arrests for marijuana possession.

According to an online database for the Montgomery County General District Court, Alexander and Gaines were arrested for marijuana possession on April 24. They are facing misdemeanor charges, with Alexander also being charged with possession of alcohol. The 6-foot-3, 193-pound Alexander was an expected starter for 2016. Last season, he recorded 55 tackles (0.5 for loss) while intercepting four passes.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 26 - 10:17 PM

Virgina Tech TE Ryan Malleck is "not big enough to be a 'Y' (blocking TE) and not really fast or a threat as a receiver," an NFL scout said.

"He knows how to find holes but he's not going to beat anybody worth a damn in man coverage," the scout told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "If he makes it you're looking to do better." A second scout was more generous with Malleck, who existed in the shadows of Bucky Hodges the past few years: "He's a good player because he does everything right. He's not flashy. He's steady."
Apr 23 - 2:17 PM

CBS Sports draft analyst Rob Rang noted that Virginia Tech CB Kendall Fuller could "develop into a reliable NFL starter like his older brother Kyle."

"Although his game still needs refinement in areas," Rang wrote, "Fuller has very good short-area quickness with the controlled footwork and natural feel in coverage [necessarily for continued development]." The analyst thinks that younger brother Kendall has more upside than older brother Kyle. While Rang floats the 5-foot-11, 187-pounder as a potential option for the Panthers at No. 30, Fuller has also drawn interest from the Titans. He visited them earlier this week. Tennessee is unlikely to use pick No. 15 on the Virginia Tech product, but they also hold pick No. 33 in the second round, which could reasonably be used toward the corner. Tennessee has more flexibility than a gymnast when it comes to what angle they might take on the draft in a week.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 21 - 5:31 PM

Virginia Tech EDGE Dadi Nicolas visited the Falcons on Tuesday.

The Redskins, Cardinals, Steelers and Dolphins have also hosted Nicolas, who is purely a speed rusher at this point in his career. Many were optimistic about Nicolas' long term future a couple of seasons ago, but his game never developed. Right now, he is a one track rusher who struggles when his momentum is stopped.
Apr 20 - 9:25 AM

The Titans have scheduled a late visit with Virginia Tech CB Kendall Fuller.

NFL Media insider Ian Rapoport relayed this one to the masses. Apparently, the Titans want a Fuller visit following his encouraging results at medical rechecks in Indianapolis on Friday. At the time, Rapoport reported that the 5-foot-11, 187-pounder is expected to be ready for training camp and possibly even mini-camp. He is currently rehabbing from microfracture surgery which he underwent in September. If a team is feeling frisky on Fuller, they could take a first-round flier, but the Titans could easily be eyeing him as a potential second or third round selection. They hold six of the first 76 picks.
Apr 19 - 4:13 PM

Virginia Tech CB Kendall Fuller visited the Jets last week and is scheduled to travel to the Jets and Panthers this week, according to Aaron Wilson.

Fuller received positive feedback from his medical recheck last week, according to Ian Rapoport. That is great news, as Fuller dealt with multiple knee issues during his final collegiate season. Fuller is likely viewed as a top 50 prospect by many and will be targeted in round two or three.
Apr 18 - 10:29 AM


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