Virginia Tech Football Training Camp: Injuries, Analysis and Position Batttles
We know that the Virginia Tech Hokies are going to be a terrific defensive team in 2012, with the ACC squad returning nine starters on that side of the ball.
However, an offense that is missing eight starters from a year ago is not something to brag about.
It's a good thing that Virginia Tech has a couple of weeks to prepare for the regular season and figure a few things out in fall camp. Head coach Frank Beamer usually has his team well prepared by the time the season begins and this season should be no different.
With the season right around the corner, here are the latest updates, injuries, news and more involving your Virginia Tech Hokies.
August 15, 2012
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Receivers ready to step up
While the Hokies only return three offensive starters from a year ago, players on that side of the ball must step up. But you don't have to tell them twice that Virginia Tech was below average in throwing the football last season. (Via Andrea Adelson of ESPN)
I’m taking this as an opportunity to show not only fans but the coaches and everybody else that even though we lost those guys, there’s still something here. Marcus Davis said in a recent phone interview. There is something special we can do here.
Davis will likely be the No. 1 target in this offense after catching 30 passes last season for over 500 yards. D.J. Coles is also a receiver who had a solid year in 2011, but he is still recovering from an injury he suffered last year that is still limiting him in practice.
Dyrell Roberts, who has been consistent throughout his career, was also hobbled by injuries last season.
Virginia Tech has the experience at the receiver position and the players can't wait to get onto the field to make up for such a sub-par year.
Offensive lineman Nick Acree is out for the season after suffering an ACL injury. Linebacker Tariq Edwards will miss the remainder of the week as he continues to recover from a knee injury.
August 13, 2012
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Wide receiver D.J. Coles continues to recover from a torn PCL he suffered last season. While he is making progress, Coles isn't sure if he will be ready to go by the time the regular season begins.
“If I’m still on the pace I’m at right now, I should be available,” he said. “When the time gets here, we’ll see what happens.” (Via Mark Giannotto of The Washington Post)
Linebacker Tariq Edwards knee injury doesn't seem to be getting any better, as doctors will soon look at the knee to see if a screw needs to be removed to speed up the recovery process. And to make matters worse, left tackle David Wang sprained his ankle during the weekend, which has earned him a no-contact jersey.
August 9, 2012
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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.”
This article will be updated throughout fall camp to provide you with the latest news, injuries and everything else that involves your Virginia Tech Hokies.