The Virginia Tech football team hardly lit up the scoreboard in the White team’s 7-3 victory over the Maroon squad in the program’s spring game, but there were still a few players that distinguished themselves on the day.
While the staff opted to pit the first and second teams against each other in previous spring games, the coaches chose to mix up the teams this time around.
Starting quarterback Brenden Motley and most of the team's starting receivers worked with the White team, while redshirt senior Mark Leal and the starting offensive line as well as running backs worked with the Maroon team.
Head coach Frank Beamer had previously claimed that both quarterbacks would be fair game for the defense to hit in this one, but each passer’s lingering injuries meant that they wore the yellow no-contact jerseys instead.
The defense also featured a mix of starters and backups. The starting secondary mostly worked on the Maroon side, while the starting linebackers and defensive line took the field for the White team.
All of this jumbling led to a bit of a disjointed affair on both sides. While evening out the teams certainly made the game more competitive, it also didn’t really give viewers a good sense of what to expect from next year’s squad.
Nevertheless, some players did manage to stand above the crowd on offense and defense.
It may be slightly disconcerting for Hokies fans that neither Motley nor Leal was among the game’s top performers, but four other players did step up and make a good impression.