Virginia Tech at Boston College

Saturday, October 18, 2008

When: 8 p.m.

Where: Alumni Stadium, Chestnut Hill, Mass.

Records: Hokies 5-1, 2-0 ACC; Eagles 4-1, 1-1.


Radio: WWXT (92.7 FM), WWXX (94.3 FM). WGRQ (95.9 FM), WTEM (980 AM), WAGE (1200 AM).

RECEIVER REVERSAL: Virginia Tech altered its depth chart, moving Jarrett Boykin to split end and Danny Coale to flanker. Dyrell Roberts, a starter earlier in the season, is now a backup flanker. Former quarterback Cory Holt backs up at split end following the suspension of Ike Whitaker. The Hokies' coaching staff is not satisfied with the way the passing game has worked during the first half of the season.

NO RETURNERS AT RETURNER: In the span of two games, Virginia Tech lost both kick returners, Davon Morgan and Kenny Lewis, to season-ending injuries. Roberts and Cris Hill have received time during practice, and Macho Harris and Jahre Cheeseman also figure to be potential solutions. Coach Frank Beamer always has a plan when it comes to special teams, so the drop-off likely will not be severe. It is, however, worth watching considering the Hokies seem predisposed to playing close games this season.

10 FOR TYROD?: Virginia Tech sophomore Tyrod Taylor is 9-0 as a starting quarterback. Boston College Coach Jeff Jagodzinski compared Taylor to former Hokies standout Michael Vick. With Lewis injured, Taylor must continue running like Vick to keep the ground game effective. The Eagles saw some of Taylor last season, but not as much as Sean Glennon, who won MVP of the ACC title game against the Eagles.

-- Zach Berman

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