Virginia Tech Football: Latest News, Injuries and Team Updates
The Hokies didn't hold a spring game this season, but overall they had a solid spring that answered a few questions about their team. Now they'll take these next few months off before fall camp arrives and they prepare for the regular season that kicks off on September 9 against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.
The Hokies once again enter the season as one of the favorites to win the ACC and return to a BCS bowl for the fifth time in six years.
Here is the latest Virginia Tech Hokies news and updates as we inch closer to the 2012 season.
The Hokies Land Deon Newsome
Deon Newsome had a father that went to Virginia Tech, so it was only right that it was the school he ended up picking as well. Newsome is the son of former Hokie great, Myron Newsome, who was a second-team All-Big East linebacker back in 1996.
Newsome is an athletic player that really has no idea what position he'll end up playing for Virginia Tech.
"They want me to come in as an athlete," he said. (Via The Daily Press)"So I guess when I get there, we'll choose what position I'll play."
Newsome is 5'11", 175 pounds and has played nearly every position in high school, including linebacker, running back, wide receiver, cornerback, and special teams. He also had an offer from the Virginia Cavaliers on the table, but in the end he went with the school his father had went to.
"I think his dad let him make his mind up," Hampton coach Mike Smith said. "He really didn't get in the mix too much. But I think he had those bloodlines in him." (Via The Chicago Tribune)
Virginia Tech Ranked No. 19 in New ESPN Poll
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Despite Virginia Tech losing a majority of the starters on the offensive side of the ball, the Hokies are still ranked in the new ESPN preseason poll released last week. In fact, Frank Beamer's club is ranked inside the top 20, at No. 19, one spot above the Ohio State Buckeyes.
The only other ACC teams ranked in the Top 25 are Florida State at No. 7 and Clemson at No. 18.
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This article will be updated throughout the off-season and through the fall with any injury updates, position battles or any other breaking news concerning the Virginia Tech Hokies.