For the third time in the last four years, Virginia Tech opens with a quote, un-quote 'big' game. This time it's Georgia Tech Monday night. The Hokies shooting for a better result than previous losses to Boise State and Alabama.
Georgia Tech's option offense always presents a challenge but because they're in the same ACC Coastal Division as the Hokies, Frank Beamer knows what to expect. "They may add a wrinkle or two but they're not going to change that and I don't think they're going to change their defense. This is Coach Al Groh's what third year there and so you feel like you know now. There will probably be some special blitzes you haven't seen and so forth but the foundation of their offense and defense, I don't believe that's going to change," Frank Beamer said Thursday.
Practices have been physical because that's how the Yellow Jackets play. "They're going to try to come out and run the ball, pound it down. Practice-wise we're having two Tuesday practices this week which usually are tougher days. We go middle, and we're hitting and popping," senior linebacker Jeron Gouveia-Winslow said.
Junior quarterback Logan Thomas was asked, coming off two losses to Clemson and Michigan, does that make it harder to get ready for this season opener? "Absolutely not," he said. "It makes it that much easier, makes us want to come out and work in the summer, makes us want to get better in spring and I think we've done so and having Georgia Tech as the first game is awesome because we get to play a really meaningful game the very first game of the season."
As for Thomas and his sore arm that he had earlier this preseason, he's said he's fine now. He also noted that he usually gets sore at least once during preseason practice but it usually happens two or three practices in but this summer he threw the ball a lot so it didn't happen until later in camp.
· Virginia Tech's Dadi Nicolas is back with the team. "I have reviewed the matter and reinstated Dadi Nicolas as an active member of the Virginia Tech football team," said Jim Weaver, Virginia Tech Director of Athletics.
Nicolas was suspended following his arrest on grand larceny stemming from a May bicycle-stealing incident. The Virginian-Pilot reported Nicolas' charge was reduced on Thursday from a second-degree felony to a misdemeanor.
· Beamer awarded Trey Gresh, a redshirt sophomore from Blacksburg H.S., a scholarship for this season. He's their holder on field goals and he's the third string quarterback.
· Former Hokie Danny Coale was cut from the Dallas Cowboys roster on Thursday.
· Beamer reaffirmed that all the special teams positions are set per the latest depth chart.