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Virginia Tech senior RB Steven Peoples rushed for 41 yards on 14 carries in Saturday's 22-19 win over North Carolina.

It was tough sledding for Peoples on Saturday. The 5-foot-9, 218-pounder had his lowest yardage total and his lowest yards per carry (2.92) of the year. Peoples hasn't been as good since Joshua Jackson went down with his leg injury, but he will get the bye week to fix up the issues. The Hokies will play Georgia Tech on October 25th, which is a Thursday evening.
Oct 13 - 11:26 PM

Virginia Tech sophomore WR Sean Savoy caught six passes for 58 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 22-19 win over North Carolina.

Savoy (5'9/192) had just eight receptions going into the night, so it was a breakout game for him. The sophomore receiver had a huge stiff arm (link to video below) after catching a ball in the flats that he then took in for a 13-yard touchdown. That score brought the Hokies to within three points, and then quarterback Ryan Willis led the team on a game-winning 98-yard touchdown drive. Virginia Tech will return from their bye for a game against Georgia Tech.
Source: ESPN
Oct 13 - 11:14 PM

Virginia Tech redshirt junior QB Ryan Willis completed 20-of-36 passes for 221 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions in Saturday's 22-19 win over North Carolina.

With six minutes remaining down five points, Willis (6'4/223) led the Hokies on an 18-play, 98-yard touchdown drive to steal a win from North Carolina. Willis used his legs multiple times on the game-winning drive since it was working for most of the night. The redshirt junior finished with 88 rushing yards and a score on his 15 carries. Willis is now 2-1 (he lost to Notre Dame last week) filling in for the injured Joshua Jackson. He'll try to lead the Hokies (4-2) to another win against Georgia Tech on Thursday, October 25th.
Oct 13 - 11:06 PM

Virginia Tech redshirt freshman RB Terius Wheatley did not travel with the team for Saturday's game at North Carolina due to an undisclosed injury.

Wheatley (6'0/197) hasn't seen many reps at running back this season, rushing for 83 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries. But he has been an option in the return game for the Hokies, and that area is where his absence will have the greatest impact.
Oct 13 - 7:13 PM

Virginia Tech redshirt senior WR C.J. Carroll (foot) has retired.

Carroll (5'8/167) has been dealing with a lingering foot injury since last season and had not recorded a catch for the current campaign. The former walk-on wraps his career the owner of a 33-415-1 receiving line. Given that the Hokies have soldiered on this far without contribution from the wideout, his decision to walk away doesn't figure to have any real tangible impact on the on-field product in Blacksburg.
Oct 12 - 12:21 PM

Virginia Tech redshirt sophomore WR Damon Hazelton caught 12 passes for 131 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 45-23 loss to Notre Dame.

Hazelton (6'2/222) served as primary target for QB Ryan Willis as he put together his first game of double-digit receptions for the campaign. He's now topped 100 yards in three of five games this season. On the whole, the redshirt sophomore is working to a 27-479-5 receiving line. He has found the end zone in every game this year and will try to hit pay-dirt once more against UNC next weekend.
Oct 7 - 12:30 AM

Virginia Tech redshirt junior QB Ryan Willis completed 31-of-52 passes for 309 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in Saturday's 45-23 loss to Notre Dame.

Willis (6'4/223) made some nice throws in spots and got there with the yardage total on volume of attempts, but he also made several costly mistakes. In addition to the interception, he fumbled in the second quarter, a fumble which was promptly returned for a touchdown. While this wasn't the shiniest of end results, there have been positives to take away from Willis' work in his first two starts since taking over for the injured Joshua Jackson. He's thrown for 641 yards with 5/1 TD/INT ratio in that short space. A home date with North Carolina shows next for Willis and company.
Oct 7 - 12:25 AM

Virginia Tech redshirt sophomore FS Divine Deablo (undisclosed) was not medically cleared to play in Saturday's game against Notre Dame.

This is a big development for Virginia Tech, which struggled mightily against the pass in its 49-35 loss to Old Dominion September 22 without the injured Deablo (6'3/220). As a result, redshirt sophomore Tyree Rodgers received the starting nod at free safety.
Oct 6 - 8:28 PM

Virginia Tech is "pondering contingencies" to play a makeup game on December 1st if they aren't in the ACC Championship Game, according to the Daily Press' David Teel.

Virginia Tech had its game with ECU canceled due to Hurricane Florence. But ECU itself is no longer a match to make up the game because they agreed to play NC State on Dec. 1 (NC State had its game against West Virginia canceled due to Florence). Hokies athletic director Whit Babcock said he doesn't want to play another FCS team (the Hokies played William & Mary last month). Other FBS teams who could be looking to schedule a makeup game include UCF (who, barring an enormous upset, will be playing in the AAC title game on 12/1), UNC, West Virginia, Southern Mississippi, Appalachian State, Marshall and South Carolina. Virginia Tech-West Virginia is by far the most attractive of these options, an old rival who would stoke heavy local interest and also draw a national TV audience. "I hope to have some more clarity by the middle of October," Babcock said. Look for this decision to be made during VT's bye week after the UNC game on Oct. 13.
Source: Daily Press
Oct 4 - 1:29 PM

Virginia Tech redshirt junior QB Ryan Willis completed 17-of-27 passes for 332 yards and three touchdowns in Saturday's 31-14 win over Duke.

Willis (6'4/223) was named the starter for the injured Joshua Jackson, and he made the most of his opportunity. Willis' 332 passing yards were the most by a Hokies quarterback against a Power Five opponent since 2016. The former Kansas starter's elite 12.3 yards per attempt can be explained by a 67 yard touchdown from a screen pass, but he still would have had a 10 YPT average if we remove the big gain. If Willis is as good as he looked tonight, the Hokies have a chance to survive Jackson's injury. Things will be tougher next game against No. 8 Notre Dame.
Sep 29 - 10:41 PM

Virginia Tech freshman WR Tre Turner was in full uniform for Saturday's game at Duke after missing the team's Sept. 22 loss at Old Dominion.

Turner did not travel with the Hokies to Old Dominion due to an undisclosed injury, but he's returned for the team's second ACC game of the season. Turner gives the Hokies another body at wide receiver, but he may not see many targets as he's caught just two passes for 41 yards this season.
Sep 29 - 7:30 PM

Virginia Tech DC Bud Foster expressed optimism Wednesday that redshirt sophomore CB Divine Deablo will be available for Saturday's game at Duke.

"Hope so, yes, and that was big," Foster said when asked about Deablo's status and the impact that his absence had on the Virginia Tech defense in its 49-35 loss to Old Dominion Sept. 22. ODU QB Blake LaRussa came off the bench and torched the Hokie secondary for 495 passing yards and four touchdowns, with 11 of his 30 completions going for 20 yards or more. Getting the 6-foot-3 redshirt sophomore back in the secondary will give Virginia Tech a much-needed boost.
Sep 26 - 6:41 PM

Virginia Tech redshirt junior QB Ryan Willis has been named the Hokies' starting quarterback following Josh Jackson's injury.

Willis will be Tech’s starting quarterback on Saturday night at undefeated Duke. Willis, who ever-so-briefly started at Kansas a few years ago, transferred over in January 2017. The 6-foot-4, 223-pound redshirt junior has completed 13-of-25 passes for 195 yards and a touchdown in limited action this year. Jackson is potentially done for the year, so this will be Willis' show as long as he plays well. If he doesn't, Hendon Hooker is lingering behind him.
Sep 24 - 1:54 PM

Virginia Tech redshirt sophomore QB Josh Jackson will undergo surgery on Tuesday to repair a broken left fibula.

He suffered the injury in Saturday's devastating 49-35 loss to Old Dominion. At the time he went down early in the fourth quarter, the game was tied 28-28. Per HC Justin Fuente, Jackson could return "maybe at the end of the year, maybe not," which sounds a bit ominous. Ryan Willis will get the first opportunity to replace him. Also keep an eye out for redshirt freshman Hendon Hooker, who could take over if Willis struggles.
Sep 24 - 1:12 PM

Virginia Tech redshirt sophomore edge rusher Emmanuel Belmar could be in for a significant increase in snaps following the dismissal of defensive end Trevon Hill.

Belmar has just nine career tackles. But he could become a critical defensive piece going forward following the dismissal of Hill. With Hill's 20 career TFL out the door, the Hokies need to find another edge rusher on the roster capable of providing disruption. Belmar may be the first candidate looked at. Belmar made the switch from outside linebacker to the defensive line over the offseason.
Source: ESPN
Sep 24 - 12:05 PM


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