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Hokies Journal: September, 2011

Posted at 08:32 PM ET, 09/29/2011

Hokies wide receivers Jarrett Boykin and Marcus Davis will be available to play vs. Clemson

Jarrett Boykin, who missed last week’s game against Marshall, and Marcus Davis, who sprained his foot against the Thundering Herd, will return to the field this week when the Hokies play Clemson.

By Mark Giannotto  |  08:32 PM ET, 09/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:13 PM ET, 09/29/2011

Virginia Tech’s left tackle rotation explained

Left tackles Andrew Lanier and Nick Becton have been rotating all season, but last week at Marshall, Becton got a majority of the snaps.

By Mark Giannotto  |  02:13 PM ET, 09/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:29 AM ET, 09/29/2011

Virginia Tech’s secondary has something to prove against Clemson’s aerial attack

Virginia Tech’s defensive backs face their toughest challenge yet Saturday against Clemson.

By Mark Giannotto  |  11:29 AM ET, 09/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:17 PM ET, 09/28/2011

‘Self-inflicted mistakes’ are slowing down Virginia Tech’s offense

Virginia Tech is averaging more yards and points per game than last season, but the Hokies are shooting themselves in the foot more often than they’d like.

By Mark Giannotto  |  02:17 PM ET, 09/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:05 AM ET, 09/28/2011

Virginia Tech WR Jarrett Boykin hopes to play vs. Clemson

After missing the Hokies’ win over Marshall, senior Jarrett Boykin thinks his hamstring has healed enough to give it a go this Saturday against Clemson.

By Mark Giannotto  |  10:05 AM ET, 09/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:39 PM ET, 09/27/2011

Scott Demler will be Virginia Tech’s starting punter vs. Clemson

After removing redshirt junior Scott Demler from the Hokies’ win at Marshall, Virginia Tech Coach Frank Beamer announced that Demler will punt against the Tigers this weekend.

By Mark Giannotto  |  06:39 PM ET, 09/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Hokies Journal

Posted at 10:39 AM ET, 09/27/2011

Can Virginia Tech’s Bud Foster slow down Clemson’s offense?

Few have been able to stop the spread attack of Clemson’s Chad Morris, but then again, he’s yet to go up against Hokies defensive coordinator Bud Foster.

By Mark Giannotto  |  10:39 AM ET, 09/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:23 AM ET, 09/26/2011

Clemson’s Dabo Swinney says Virginia Tech is the ACC’s best team, and more on the Tigers’ explosive offense

Clemson may be the biggest surprise of the season after two straight wins over ranked teams, but Tigers Coach Dabo Swinney believes their toughest challenge comes this weekend at Virginia Tech.

By Mark Giannotto  |  10:23 AM ET, 09/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:07 PM ET, 09/24/2011

More from Virginia Tech's 30-10 victory at Marshall

A collection of notes and quotes after the Hokies improved to 4-0 on the season.

By Mark Giannotto  |  11:07 PM ET, 09/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:59 PM ET, 09/24/2011

Virginia Tech WR Danny Coale makes his punting debut

With Scott Demler again ineffective, Virginia Tech wide receiver Danny Coale got a chance to put his best foot forward against Marshall.

By Mark Giannotto  |  09:59 PM ET, 09/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:57 PM ET, 09/23/2011

Virginia Tech’s Billy Hite talks about David Wilson’s potential and more

Longtime Virginia Tech assistant coach Billy Hite thinks the Hokies’ new starter at running back could be the best in school history.

By Mark Giannotto  |  12:57 PM ET, 09/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:09 AM ET, 09/23/2011

Virginia Tech football vs. Marshall: Who do you think will win?

The Hokies finish up the nonconference portion of their schedule with their second road game of the season at Marshall.

By Mark Giannotto  |  10:09 AM ET, 09/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:37 PM ET, 09/22/2011

Virginia Tech WR Jarrett Boykin won’t play at Marshall

Virginia Tech senior wide receiver Jarrett Boykin will miss Saturday’s game at Marshall with a hamstring injury.

By Mark Giannotto  |  05:37 PM ET, 09/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:58 PM ET, 09/22/2011

Virginia Tech’s defense is on a roll, and learning fast

Defensive coordinator Bud Foster says his unit’s strong play this year is merely the result of more experience.

By Mark Giannotto  |  03:58 PM ET, 09/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:39 PM ET, 09/21/2011

Virginia Tech football expects more teams to stack the box

With a first-year quarterback and a dynamic running back, the Hokies expect opposing defenses to commit more defenders to stop the run.

By Mark Giannotto  |  12:39 PM ET, 09/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:23 AM ET, 09/21/2011

Virginia Tech punter Scott Demler not discouraged by early struggles

Virginia Tech’s Scott Demler has averaged just 34.6 yards per punt through three games this season, but Coach Frank Beamer has stuck with him so far.

By Mark Giannotto  |  10:23 AM ET, 09/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:26 PM ET, 09/20/2011

Virginia Tech will pay tribute to victims of 1970 Marshall plane crash

With the Hokies making their first visit to Marshall in more than 70 years this weekend, Virginia Tech will pay tribute to the victims involved in Marshall’s 1970 plane crash.

By Mark Giannotto  |  04:26 PM ET, 09/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:53 AM ET, 09/20/2011

Virginia Tech’s Shane Beamer discusses recruiting, South Carolina allegations

Virginia Tech’s running backs coach talked about the impact ACC expansion will have on the Hokies recruiting and addressed allegations against his former employer, South Carolina.

By Mark Giannotto  |  09:53 AM ET, 09/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:37 PM ET, 09/19/2011

Virginia Tech AD Jim Weaver open to further ACC expansion

Virginia Tech Athletic Director Jim Weaver said Monday he’d be ‘okay’ with a 16-team ACC.

By Mark Giannotto  |  04:37 PM ET, 09/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:58 PM ET, 09/19/2011

Virginia Tech Coach Frank Beamer says ACC expansion is ‘the right thing’

The Hokies football coach reacts to the ACC’s decision to add Syracuse and Pittsburgh, two of Virginia Tech’s old rivals in the Big East.

By Mark Giannotto  |  01:58 PM ET, 09/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:49 PM ET, 09/18/2011

Virginia Tech Coach Seth Greenberg’s reaction to ACC expansion

Virginia Tech’s men’s basketball coach believes Syracuse and Pittsburgh will ‘add quality’ to the ACC.

By Mark Giannotto  |  06:49 PM ET, 09/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Hokies Journal

Posted at 11:12 PM ET, 09/17/2011

Virginia Tech football hit by injuries in win over Arkansas State

Wide receiver Dyrell Roberts broke his left arm on the opening kickoff and is likely out for the season, while starting left tackle Andrew Lanier suffered a sprained MCL in his left knee.

By Mark Giannotto  |  11:12 PM ET, 09/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:04 PM ET, 09/17/2011

More on Virginia Tech’s 26-7 win over Arkansas State

Notes on Logan Thomas’s bounce back performance, cornerback Jayron Hosley’s two-interception day and ongoing concerns about Virginia Tech’s punting situation.

By Mark Giannotto  |  11:04 PM ET, 09/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:18 PM ET, 09/17/2011

Virginia Tech AD Jim Weaver does not deny reports of Syracuse, Pitt interest in ACC

Virginia Tech Athletic Director would not deny reports that Syracuse and Pittsburgh have applied for admission to the ACC.

By Mark Giannotto  |  02:18 PM ET, 09/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:26 AM ET, 09/16/2011

Poll: How will Virginia Tech football fare vs. Arkansas State

The Hokies look to improve to 3-0 this season when they face Arkansas State on Saturday at Lane Stadium.

By Mark Giannotto  |  10:26 AM ET, 09/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:57 PM ET, 09/15/2011

Virginia Tech cornerback Cris Hill finally finds his role

Virginia Tech cornerback Cris Hill, who was a highly regarded recruit out of high school, is finally seeing extended action on the field.

By Mark Giannotto  |  02:57 PM ET, 09/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:07 PM ET, 09/14/2011

Despite gaudy numbers, Virginia Tech RB David Wilson vows to improve

Hokies running back David Wilson ranks fifth in the country in rushing yards, but promises the best is yet to come.

By Mark Giannotto  |  05:07 PM ET, 09/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:01 AM ET, 09/14/2011

Virginia Tech’s Logan Thomas: ‘I played better than my stats showed’

Logan Thomas’s statistics may have not been pretty against East Carolina, but he and the Hokies’ offensive coaches think it was better than it appeared at first glance.

By Mark Giannotto  |  11:01 AM ET, 09/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:01 PM ET, 09/13/2011

For a number of reasons, Hokies’ defense excelled vs. ECU

The Virginia Tech defense may have known what was coming on Saturday in a dominant performance against East Carolina.

By Mark Giannotto  |  12:01 PM ET, 09/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:54 PM ET, 09/12/2011

Virginia Tech could have a new punter vs. Arkansas State

After two subpar showings by punter Scott Demler, Virginia Tech Coach Frank Beamer says there could be a new starter for Saturday’s game against Arkansas State.

By Mark Giannotto  |  02:54 PM ET, 09/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:56 PM ET, 09/10/2011

More on Virginia Tech’s 17-10 win over East Carolina

The Virginia Tech defense showed its mettle by stifling an East Carolina attack that has often been prolific.

By Mark Giannotto  |  10:56 PM ET, 09/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:51 PM ET, 09/10/2011

Virginia Tech offensive lineman David Wang goes down with broken foot

Reserve offensive lineman David Wang will miss eight to 10 weeks after a foot injury in Saturday’s win over East Carolina.

By Mark Giannotto  |  09:51 PM ET, 09/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:09 PM ET, 09/09/2011

Cleaning out the notebook, starting with Hokies WR Jarrett Boykin’s record-book weekend

A compendium of notes and quotes from this week, including a closer look at the receiving records senior Jarrett Boykin could break against East Carolina.

By Mark Giannotto  |  02:09 PM ET, 09/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:28 PM ET, 09/09/2011

Poll: How will Virginia Tech football fare vs. East Carolina this weekend?

Virginia Tech travels to Greenville, N.C. for its first road game of the season against East Carolina.

By Mark Giannotto  |  12:28 PM ET, 09/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:54 PM ET, 09/08/2011

Hokies DE James Gayle emerging as a pass-rushing force

After a breakout spring, Virginia Tech’s James Gayle looks like he’s on the verge of becoming the Hokies’ best sack artist this season.

By Mark Giannotto  |  12:54 PM ET, 09/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:03 AM ET, 09/08/2011

Virginia Tech CB Jayron Hosley comes full circle vs. ECU

Last season, junior Jayron Hosley was suspended for the Hokies’ win over East Carolina. A year later, he makes his long awaited debut against the Pirates as one of the country’s top cornerbacks.

By Mark Giannotto  |  10:03 AM ET, 09/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:42 AM ET, 09/07/2011

Virginia Tech QB Logan Thomas prepares for first-ever road start

New quarterback Logan Thomas faces a test with his first road start, at East Carolina on Saturday.

By Mark Giannotto  |  11:42 AM ET, 09/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:39 PM ET, 09/06/2011

Virginia Tech Coach Frank Beamer’s new contract includes retirement provision

Frank Beamer’s newly signed contract extension includes a mechanism in which he would move into an administrative role for eight years whenever he decides to stop coaching.

By Mark Giannotto  |  03:39 PM ET, 09/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:32 PM ET, 09/06/2011

Virginia Tech’s nickel defense makes its return

After an offseason spent talking about using a base package more this year, Virginia Tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster will turn to his nickel defense again this weekend.

By Mark Giannotto  |  12:32 PM ET, 09/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:59 PM ET, 09/05/2011

Hokies Coach Frank Beamer discusses David Wilson’s records and ECU’s ‘frenzy’

Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer revealed his new starting running back set a couple unusual records this past weekend as the Hokies move onto their first road game of the season.

By Mark Giannotto  |  04:59 PM ET, 09/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:18 PM ET, 09/03/2011

First start goes off without a hitch for Hokies QB Logan Thomas, and some more notes

Thomas got his first career start Saturday against Appalachian State, but didn’t seem fazed by the moment.

By Mark Giannotto  |  09:18 PM ET, 09/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:36 PM ET, 09/03/2011

Virginia Tech Coach Frank Beamer signs new contract through 2016

By Mark Giannotto  |  07:36 PM ET, 09/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:13 PM ET, 09/02/2011

Cleaning out the notebook, plus Virginia Tech’s two-deep chart

Some odds and ends heading into Virginia Tech’s season-opening game against Appalachian State Saturday.

By Mark Giannotto  |  02:13 PM ET, 09/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:16 AM ET, 09/02/2011

Poll: Will the Hokies start Frank Beamer’s 25th season with a win?

Coach Frank Beamer begins his 25th season at Virginia Tech on Saturday, but he hasn’t won a season-opening game since 2007.

By Mark Giannotto  |  10:16 AM ET, 09/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:28 PM ET, 09/01/2011

Healthy again, Virginia Tech RT Blake DeChristopher is ready to ‘dominate’

DeChristopher missed much of training camp with a strained pectoral muscle, but he’s 100 percent healthy for the Hokies’ season opener.

By Mark Giannotto  |  01:28 PM ET, 09/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:23 AM ET, 09/01/2011

What to expect from Virginia Tech QB Logan Thomas

There’s a lot of hype surrounding the Hokies’ new starting quarterback, but nobody is quite certain just what to expect from a first-year starter who has thrown 26 career passes.

By Mark Giannotto  |  11:23 AM ET, 09/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:26 PM ET, 08/31/2011

Virginia Tech’s offense is ‘winging it’ this week

With Appalachian State debuting a new 3-4 scheme, the Hokies coaches aren’t exactly sure what to expect.

By Mark Giannotto  |  04:26 PM ET, 08/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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