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Defensive players down
One of the keys to camp is to make it out with the majority of your players healthy.
Virginia Tech is having a problem with players staying healthy to begin the preseason. The two injuries that are concerning the coaches the most are to linebacker Tariq Edwards (stress fracture) and wide receiver D.J. Coles (torn PCL).
However, head coach Frank Beamer isn't panicking (via Mark Giannotto of The Washington Post):
We’ve got three weeks here and we’ll see where we are when we go through that. I know [head athletic trainer] Mike Goforth has got a plan going into how much work they should do and so forth. It’s two really quality players that can’t do things full tilt right now. .
Edwards finished the year with 71 tackles and two interceptions, while Coles caught 36 passes for 480 yards and three touchdowns.
Beamer is going to continue to coach
Frank Beamer is the winningest active college football coach with 251 victories to his name. However, at the age of 65, having coached the program since 1987, he is no longer a spring chicken.
Nevertheless, Beamer recently put any talk of retirement to rest (via Marty Hudtloff of NBC29.com):
I'm going to coach as long as my health is good and I got a good quarterback. Said Beamer. I'm well aware of when's a right time to step down. Right now, I like our kids. I think we've got great kids in our program.
Cody Journell is back on the field
Cody Journell was one of the best kickers in the country last season, nailing 14 of his 17 field-goal attempts and 43 of his 44 extra points. However, he ran into a little trouble with the law after being arrested late in the season for breaking and entering (via HamptonRoads.com).
Since then, he has been reinstated on the football team and will continue his duties as the starting kicker for the Hokies with coach Beamer's support (via Mark Giannotto of The Washington Post):
“He made terrible judgment. He’s a good person; he’s got a good family. I want him to come back and learn from what happened, which he certainly has.”