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Virginia Tech moved from No. 16 to No. 13 in the latest release of the Amway Coaches Poll.

With all of the top 10 teams in the poll securing victories on Saturday, there was not much movement at the front of the pack beyond USC and Penn State swapping No. 4 and No. 5 spots. Matters grow much more interesting lower in the poll -- Virginia Tech is now creeping on the top-10 at No. 13, while TCU earned themselves a five-spot jump to No. 15. The biggest riser was Mississippi State, who received a whopping 11-spot rise to No. 19 courtesy of their victory over LSU. The Tigers, meanwhile, tumbled from No. 11 to No. 23.
Source: USA Today
Sep 17 - 2:28 PM

Virginia Tech redshirt freshman QB Joshua Jackson completed 24-of-31 passes for 372 yards and five touchdowns in Saturday's 64-17 bludgeoning of ECU.

Jackson has already shown off an impressive running ability this season, but he actually was not able to get much of anything going on that front against the Pirates. Instead, he just lit them on fire through the air. The 6-foot-1, 203-pounder was particularly lethal in the second half, when he fired off four of his five touchdown passes. Jackson should have an easy time with Old Dominion next weekend. We cannot wait to see how he performs in conference play once the Hokies hit the meat of their ACC schedule.
Sep 16 - 8:17 PM

Virginia Tech senior WR Cam Phillips caught 14 passes for 189 yards and three touchdowns in Saturday's 64-17 win over ECU.

The Hokies found themselves in an unexpected dogfight early after ECU jumped out to a 17-7 first-quarter advantage. They then brought out the B-52 bombers and turned the game around. And then some. Phillips started his own personal fireworks show with a 10-yard touchdown grab early in the second quarter, then picked up scores of 31 and 45 yards after halftime. The 6-foot-9, 199-pounder owns a 27-417-5 receiving line through three games. He figures to be able to light up Old Dominion next weekend. He figures to be able to light up most opponents. It's turning into one of those kinds of seasons for the senior wideout.
Sep 16 - 8:13 PM

Virginia Tech junior CB Adonis Alexander is not traveling with the team for Saturday's game against ECU.

Alexander is staying behind due to an unspecified violation of team rules/standards. In a statement, Hokies HC Justin Fuente said, "Integrity, trust, and teamwork remain the foundation of this program and that will not change. Adonis has not lived up to our expectations at Virginia Tech." With Virginia Tech down their starting right corner, look for Brandon Facyson to see an increased role when the team kicks off against ECU at 3:30 PM EST on Saturday.
Sep 15 - 8:00 PM

Virginia Tech sophomore LB Tavante Beckett has been indefinitely suspended following his Monday arrest on drug charges.

Beckett (5'10/221) faces charges of conspiracy to sell/distribute marijuana and possession of marijuana. While the latter charge is a mere misdemeanor, the former charge is a Class 5 felony. All of this stems from an incident which occurred back on August 23. The sophomore linebacker has played in both of Virginia Tech's games this season while backing up Andrew Motuapuaka. Sean Huelskamp will slide into Beckett's backup role while he is out on suspension.
Source: Daily Press
Sep 13 - 5:25 PM

Virginia Tech senior WR Cam Phillips caught seven passes for 138 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 31-24 win over West Virginia.

Phillips hauled in a 32-yard scoring toss from Joshua Jackson in the third quarter. It's encouraging that the 6-foot-9, 199-pounder posted strong numbers even in this, what was Jackson's first start. Presumably, those two should continue to work well throughout the season. Phillips caught 76 passes for 983 yards and a quintet of touchdowns during the 2016 campaign.
Sep 4 - 12:33 AM

Virginia Tech redshirt freshman QB Joshua Jackson completed 15-of-26 passes for 235 yards and a touchdown while rushing for 101 yards on 11 attempts in Sunday's 31-24 win over West Virginia.

Jackson tossed a 32-yard touchdown pass to Cam Phillips with about two minutes remaining before the end of the third quarter to give the Hokies a 24-17 lead, but his most impressive work came as a runner. He found particular success on draws up the middle, scoring from five yards out in that fashion just before halftime and also busting a huge 46-yard run in the second half which almost went for a touchdown. On that play, he was upended and landed in scary fashion on his neck, but bounced up with the confidence of a young man. Virginia Tech was slow to start in this one but they looked noticeably sharper in the second half. They face cupcake Delaware next Saturday in what should be an easy win.
Sep 4 - 12:29 AM

Virginia Tech CB coach Brian Mitchell said that redshirt senior CB Brandon Facyson (wrist) is "100 percent" healthy.

Facyson has been taking part in non-contact drills during preseason camp while continuing to recover from offseason wrist surgery. If he is, indeed, healthy enough for the opener against West Virginia on Sunday, he will work in a three-man rotation with fellow corners Alexander Adonis and Greg Stroman. Facyson recorded 48 tackles in 14 games last season.
Aug 29 - 8:01 PM

Virginia Tech HC Justin Fuente said that redshirt senior CB Brandon Facyson (wrist) "should be ready for the opener."

"He's been wearing a cast. That thing should come off this week," Fuente said, adding that Facyson has been taking part in all non-contact drills in camp. The 6-foot-2, 189-pounder is on the mend from offseason wrist surgery. Last season, he registered 48 tackles (7.0 for loss) in 14 games played. Virginia Tech opens against West Virginia on Sunday, September 3.
Aug 20 - 3:56 PM

Virginia Tech OC Brad Cornelsen singled out the camp work of freshman WR Hezekiah Grimsley.

Cornelsen referred to Grimsley as one of the surprise performers in camp to date. Rivals ranked the 6-foot, 165-pounder as the No. 27 wideout in the state of Virginia for the 2017 cycle. Even with his early strong impression in camp, it would probably take a few injuries for him to see extended playing time during the coming season.
Aug 14 - 2:01 PM

Virginia Tech redshirt freshman QB Joshua Jackson has been named the starter for the coming season.

Jackson (6'1/211) took the lead over JUCO transfer A.J. Bush and true freshman Hendon Hookier via a strong spring for the Hokies. He carried that momentum into camp and will now have the honor of taking over starter duties for the departed Jerod Evans. Jackson was a four-star recruit in the 2016 class and ranked as Rivals' No. 23 dual-threat quarterback prospect coming out of high school.
Aug 14 - 1:36 PM

Virginia Tech redshirt senior CB Brandon Facyson (wrist) is not yet up to full speed in practice.

Facyson's status for the season-opener against West Virginia is currently up in the air. He is recovering from offseason wrist surgery. Said CB coach Brian Mitchell, "We’ll see. I have no idea. It’s gonna be based off what our trainer says, what Coach Fuente feels comfortable with and what Brandon is able to do." Thus far in camp, Facyson has been participating in non-contact drills. A potential Day 2 selection in next spring's draft, the 6-foot-2, 189-pounder recorded 48 tackles (7.0 for loss) over the course of 14 games played last season.
Aug 10 - 7:57 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline says Virginia Tech redshirt junior S Terrell Edmunds "is a tough, downhill safety with top-notch cover skills between the numbers."

"I don’t project Terrell as a true free safety yet feel he’d do well in a zone system," Pauline wrote. The little brother of star linebacker Tremaine Edmunds, Terrell was ranked as Mel Kiper's No. 5 underclassman safety over the spring. Edmunds (6'2/210) earned All-ACC honorable mention following the 2016 season.
Aug 9 - 3:53 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline has seen "flashes of dominance" out of Virginia Tech redshirt senior CB Brandon Facyson that "override the risk of his pitfalls."

"Facyson offers terrific size (over 6-foot-1), next-level speed (mid 4.4s 40-yard dash) and enough ball skills to vault into the second day of the draft if he stays healthy and plays well in 2017," Pauline wrote. The analyst lists Facyson as a Rd. 3 prospect. Facyson started all 14 games this past season, finishing with 48 tackles and seven TFL.
Aug 9 - 2:33 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline sees Virginia Tech junior OLB Tremaine Edmunds as a second-rounder with the potential to work his way into Round 1.

"The junior is an explosive three-down defender with outstanding size," Pauline wrote. "Forceful up the field, Edmunds stacks well against the run while also impacting games on the blitz. He’s athletic, covers a good amount of area on the field and makes plays in coverage as well as pursuit." Over the spring, 247 Sports' Barton Simmons ranked Edmunds as the No. 25 overall draft-eligible prospect in the country and Rotoworld's Thor Nystrom listed Edmunds as a potential Rd. 1 "riser." Edmunds piled up 18.5 TFL last year, No. 6 among linebackers nationally. "I love Edmunds' versatility and ability to play multiple linebacker spots in a variety of schemes and feel his upside is immense," Pauline wrote.
Aug 9 - 12:32 PM


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