Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Hokies To Black Out Boise State

Nike unveiled the 2010-2011 set of Nike Pro Combat uniforms, and among the teams to receive a new set of uniforms is Virginia Tech.


View Uniforms Here


Personally I am liking the divergence from the usual orange and maroon uniforms and I think this will provide a big spark to our swagger heading into the Boise State game. A lot of people have vehemently opposed the radical uniforms, but like them or not, they are going to be worn on Monday night at FedEx Field.

Leave a comment and tell us what you think of the uniforms!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Updated Rankings For Virginia Tech Running Backs

After having watched the spring practices, there are some updated scores regarding Virginia Tech's running back situation.

1) Ryan Williams (9.6/10): What can be said about this extraordinary running back? He is explosive and very physical and is only a sophomore. It is pretty safe to say that if Williams has a season like he did last year, he will likely be a first round draft pick in the 2011 NFL Draft.

2) David Wilson (8.7/10): Simply put, Wilson is a bullet on the field. He is lightning fast and very elusive and is set to give defenses fits. It is likely he won't be the second string running back for Virginia Tech this year, but he deserves to be. This kid is going to be special.

3) Darren Evans (8.1/10): Evans is a very good running back but will likely play a supporting role to Williams this season. I had Evans ranked ahead of Wilson before the spring practices but after seeing them practice, it's obvious that Evans isn't the same player as before. He is still a good back, but no where near as dominant as he was.

4) Tony Gregory (7.3/10): Gregory is young and still has some time to develop his skills. As a redshirt freshman, he will get time to work on his speed and strength a bit, but he is a decent running back until that point.

5) Zac Evans (6.0/10): The lesser of the two Evans' on the team is a redshirt sophomore and in all honesty probably won't see much playing time in his time at Virginia Tech. With Gregory, Wilson, Evans and Williams all in front of him, Evans will likely be a bench-warmer for the time being unless something big happens.

Monday, August 16, 2010

What We Know So Far About Men's Basketball Schedule

Let me start by saying, I know I should be focusing on football right now but the news of another out of conference game for the Hokies has me very excited.

From what we know currently, Virginia Tech will host Purdue (Ranked number two in Andy Katz's Preseason Poll) as a part of the Big 10/ACC Challenge.

New news though indicates that Virginia Tech will be traveling to Kansas State as a part of ESPN's College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon. Kansas State is ranked number five in Andy Katz's Preseason Poll.

This is exciting because these two games already top the difficulty of any of Virginia Tech's out of conference games last season. I have previously written why Virginia Tech was left out of the NCAA Tournament and that was because of their weak out of conference schedule.

It appears that the higher ups for the Hokies have either read my articles (not likely) or that they have wised up and realized what we have all seen for a while now. This is looking promising for Virginia Tech, especially with the expanded NCAA Tournament.

Here is a link to Andy Katz's Preseason Poll: Click Here

Monday, August 9, 2010

Ranking Virginia Tech's 2010 Football Team By Position-- WR

Time for another installment of the rating system! Today we will cover Wide Receiver!

1) Jarrett Boykin (8.6/10): Boykin is Tech's best returning receiver. The best part is that Boykin was a starter last year so he will already have some experience on the college level, but he is only a junior so there is still room for improvement. Boykin isn't the tallest receiver at 6'2 but his speed makes up for that.

2) Xavier Boyce (8.2/10): Boyce is a redshirt sophomore with a lot of height at 6'4 and again, another returning starter from last year. Tech's receiving core was very young two years ago but they now have two experienced starters. Boyce isn't as fast as Boykin but his height makes him a good second string.

3) D.J. Coles (6.2/10): As you can see, there is huge drop-off from two to three. The reason for this is because Coles is completely foreign to the WR position only playing on special teams last year (and in scarcity too). It remains to be seen whether or not Coles can be a legitimate starter.

4) E.L. Smiling (5.3/10): Smiling is a freshman coming out of prep school so we don't know a lot about Smiling. He is 6'3 and from what I can tell he is pretty darn fast. Smiling will likely not see a lot of balls this year because of the running back situation and Boykin/Boyce.

5) Corey Fuller (???/10): To be honest, I can't find any information on Corey Fuller. He is a junior so I'm going to assume he's a walk on, but until further notice, I can't say anything for sure.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Ranking Virginia Tech's 2010 Football Team By Position-- RB

Time for another preview of Virginia Tech's football team. Today, I will go over the running back position!

1) Ryan Williams (9.5/10): What can be said about this extraordinary running back? He is explosive and very physical and is only a sophomore. It is pretty safe to say that if Williams has a season like he did last year, he will likely be a first round draft pick in the 2011 NFL Draft.

2) Darren Evans (9.0/10): Evans is a very good running back but will likely play a supporting role to Williams this season. Evans isn't nearly as fast as Williams but shares the same physicality and will probably be the leading rusher for the 2011-2012 season.

3) David Wilson (8.1/10): Simply put, Wilson is a bullet on the field. He is lightning fast and very elusive and is set to give defenses fits. Once he gets a little more age on him, he will likely be a very good running back for Virginia Tech.

4) Tony Gregory (6.9/10): Gregory is young and still has some time to develop his skills. As a redshirt freshman, he will get time to work on his speed and strength a bit, but he is a decent running back until that point.

5) Kenny Lewis Jr. (6.2/10): Lewis had his shot in the big time but he blew it. Lewis has a big fumbling problem and once Evans and Williams came along, Lewis was forced out of the spotlight and out of the action.

6) Zac Evans (5.8/10): The lesser of the two Evans' on the team is a redshirt sophomore and in all honesty probably won't see much playing time in his time at Virginia Tech. With Gregory, Wilson, Evans and Williams all in front of him, Evans will likely be a bench-warmer for the time being unless something big happens.

Stay tuned for the next rating post, Wide Receivers!

Monday, August 2, 2010

Ranking Virginia Tech's 2010 Football Team By Position-- QB

First off let me apologize for the long lapse in articles but the Summer is pretty dry for sports as you all know. I have decided to go position by position and rank Virginia Tech's players.

Today I will start at the head position, quarterback.

1) Tyrod Taylor (8.8/10): Taylor is a very mobile quarterback and coming into his senior season, he has taken huge strides as a passer as well. Taylor has his flaws in decision making and isn't the most accurate quarterback but his dual threat aspect makes him lethal in the backfield.

2) Ju-Ju Clayton (7.1/10): Clayton has issues with his arm strength and accuracy but if Taylor got knocked out, I think Thomas would probably get the nod at quarterback instead. Clayton is a redshirt sophomore and his extra year of experience helps him as far as ratings go.

3) Logan Thomas (6.8/10): Thomas may only be a redshirt freshman but he has a lot of raw potential. Thomas, who played tight-end in high school, has a good bit of speed and his size is ideal for a quarterback. That being said, Thomas has little to know experience as a QB and if asked to step in this season could be beaten around.

4) Mark Leal (5.3/10): Leal is a freshman from this previous class so we don't know much about him. From what I can tell, Leal has a lot of potential as a pocket passer which is different from what Virginia Tech has been used to in the recent past. With some time Leal could prove himself a valuable resource for the Hokies.

5) Ricardo Young (5.0/10): Young is another freshman similar to Leal except he has a weaker arm but is more mobile in and out of the pocket. Young resembles the more prototypical option for Virginia Tech in the future but only time will tell.

6) Trey Gresh (4.6/10): Gresh is yet another freshman, but in my opinion he is the weakest of the four freshmen (Including Logan Thomas). Gresh lacks in mobility and also struggles in arm strength. Gresh has a powerful arm though which could prove useful down the road.

Check back soon for more position ratings! Next up, Running Backs!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Virginia Tech Recruiting Update

Today, Defensive Tackle Corey Marshall announced his decision to attend Virginia Tech and play football.

Marshall is considered one of the top-10 players in Virginia and is rated number 250 nationally by Rivals.com.

The decision came down to UVA and Virginia Tech and on CSN Washington today, Marshall made his decision to come to Blacksburg.

Virginia Tech was among, UVA, West Virginia, Tennessee and Michigan in the running for Marshall.
 
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