Summer summary: Virginia Tech
August, 26, 2011
By ESPN.com staff | ESPN.com
Not paying attention? Tsk tsk. Here's your cheat sheet for what has happened at Virginia Tech this month:
- As expected, running back David Wilson stole the show offensively. He averaged about eight yards per carry in the three scrimmages, and was as good as advertised. As long as he stays healthy, he’s going to be a dynamic back. His preseason has been everything the staff had hoped for.
- Quarterback Logan Thomas has looked good at times, but there have also been times when he missed open receivers and looked as if he never started a game before -- which he hasn’t. He is going to have some growing pains, but will be helped by the fact he will be surrounded by four senior offensive linemen, a senior tight end, and three senior wide receivers.
- Defensively, James Gayle has had a stellar summer camp. He had six tackles for loss and four sacks against the No. 2 offense in the Hokies’ last scrimmage. The entire starting defensive line has looked good and should be a true strength. There’s not a lot of depth, though, as evidenced by two true freshmen backups at tackle.
- Scott Demler won the starting punter job and averaged close to 40 yards per punt during the preseason. Receiver Danny Coale could still be used as needed, but the staff wanted a fresh leg out there. Coale is just too important on offense, and he’s also a backup punt returner.
- The Hokies have missed starting right tackle Blake DeChristopher all preseason, but it has given Michael Via and Vinston Painter important reps with the first team. DeChristopher is expected to be fully cleared on Monday.
- Virginia Tech’s secondary has a chance to be very good with Jayron Hosley, Antone Exum, Eddie Whitley and Kyle Fuller. Opponents should have a hard time throwing on them, and they’re good enough that they’re interchangeable. Whitley will play rover after starting 13 games at free safety last season, and Exum will start at free safety after spending spring practice at rover.
- The staff really likes its freshman class, and the Hokies will probably dress five true freshmen on defense for backup situations: Corey Marshall, Luther Maddy, Boye Aromire, Ronny Vandyke and Kyshoen Jarrett. On offense, it’s possible the Hokies won’t dress any true freshmen, with the possible exception of center Caleb Farris, a January enrollee.
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