NCF Nation: Chris Hazley

Typical start for Hokies -- slow

November, 13, 2010
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Virginia Tech has trailed in four games this year and won three of them. They're on a similar path today. For the most part, Virginia Tech's offensive line has been fending off the Tar Heels and giving Tyrod Taylor plenty of time to throw. But on a drive that went as far as UNC's 22-yard line, the Hokies went backwards with an eight-yard sack, a 10-yard holding penalty and a blatant drop by Jarrett Boykin around the five yard line. Fortunately for Virginia Tech, kicker Chris Hazley has a strong, accurate leg and was able to make a 52-yard field goal. Hokies trail 7-3.

Hokies start off ACC play with a win

September, 25, 2010
Somebody give kicker Chris Hazley the game ball. Hazley kicked four field goals to give the Hokies a 19-0 win over Boston College in Chestnut Hill. Virginia Tech snapped its two-game losing streak at BC, and for the first time since 2002 managed to score an offensive touchdown. BC's defense was good, but it wasn't enough as the Eagles had two interceptions and one lost fumble.

Virginia Tech didn't get off to the start it wanted to this season, and its national title hopes have long since disappeared, but the conference title is still up for grabs. The Hokies took the first step by winning on the road at a venue they've struggled in, and they did it without injured running back Ryan Williams.

Unfortunately for Virginia Tech, NC State looked better today, and that's where the Hokies are headed next. If Virginia Tech is going to stay in the conference race, it has to turn those field goals into touchdowns in order to keep up with Russell Wilson & Co. next week.

Weekend rewind: Scrimmages

August, 23, 2010
Here's a quick look back at the weekend scrimmages, thanks to reports from the schools' sports information offices:


Sophomore quarterback Mike Marscovetra was perfect, going 12-for-12 for 90 yards and a touchdown. Dave Shinskie went 14-for-19 for 116 yards, but threw an interception. True freshman Chase Rettig was 2-for-4 for 13 yards.

Sophomore Clyde Lee and true freshman Bobby Swigert led the receivers with five catches each. Lee had a game-high 43 yards, and Swigert went for 29 yards and a touchdown.

Redshirt freshman kicker Nate Freese made a 51-yard attempt that hit the crossbar and went through, and he made another from 39 yards. He missed a 47-yarder that hit high off the left upright.

Sophomore linebacker Luke Kuechly led the defense with six tackles, and junior safety Dominick LeGrande recorded five tackles and an interception.


The Seminoles went through what amounted to a full-scale dress rehearsal, as they did their pre-game routine, returned to the locker room, then returned to the field for a three-hour scrimmage. Offensive coordinator James Coley and quarterbacks coach Dameyune Craig were in the press box, along with defensive ends coach D.J. Eliot and a graduate assistant. They helped call the plays on headphones, and there weren't any personnel or clock-management issues.

Junior college transfer Mike Harris earned some high praise from coach Jimbo Fisher:

“Mike’s a good player; he’s a real good player,” said Fisher. “He breaks on the ball. He’s almost like a quiet assassin. You never hear him out there, but he’s always in the right place."

Statistics weren't included in the team's scrimmage report, but sophomore Willie Haulstead played well, and Fisher used a tailback-by-committee approach with Jermaine Thomas, Ty Jones and Chris Thompson. Defensively, former cornerback Ochuko Jenije started at safety.


First, the injury report: Backup receiver Xavier Boyce sprained his left MCL and will have an MRI, backup linebacker Lorenzo Williams sprained his right foot and will have an MRI, and punter Brian Saunders bruised his right ankle. According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, linebacker Barquell Rivers will not play against Boise State, and Bruce Taylor will start in his place. Starting field corner Jayron Hosley is still out with a hamstring injury.

Offensively, Tyrod Taylor completed 7 of 9 passes for 95 yards, a touchdown and an interception. Ryan Williams was the leading rusher with 46 yards on nine carries, including a 2-yard touchdown run. David Wilson added 38 yards on six carries and scored on a 12-yard run. Defensively, Eddie Whitley led the way with seven tackles and a pass break-up. Kicker Chris Hazley made field goals of 43 and 47 yards, but missed his first field goal in a preseason scrimmage when he was wide left on a 48-yard attempt. Cris Hill blocked two punts.

You can find more on the Hokies' scrimmage here.