Following a loss to number one Alabama the Hokies will face a team that has lost 11 consecutive games. Western Carolina will become the seventh school from the state of North Carolina to play Virginia Tech. It's the first meeting between the two schools. Kickoff from Lane Stadium is at 1:30 p.m. on ESPN3.
FRANK BEAMER COMMENTS FROM TUESDAY'S NEWS CONFERENCE
-A number of players including Kyle Fuller, J.R. Collins, James Gayle, and Tariq Edwards have volunteered to start on special teams after Tech allowed a kick return and punt return for a touchdown against Alabama. Beamer said changes will be made.
-Monday on Tech Talk Live, AD Jim Weaver suggested Tech's sell out streak of 93 consecutive homes games is in jeopardy. Beamer praised Hokie fans and said he hopes they're able to sell it out before the game.
-Tech is playing a lot of young players and when asked if he reflects on why they've reached a point in which upperclassmen aren't the main starting players, Beamer said there are a number of reasons including injuries but he also admitted that the coaching staff has missed on some guys. He said you can find out real quickly if a players has it or not and a few recruits haven't panned out the way they thought they would coming out of high school.
-He said the wide receivers will catch a lot of balls this week in practice. Demitri Knowles, Josh Stanford, and D.J. Coles had a number of drops, estimated anywhere between six and nine, during the Alabama game. Beamer anticipates Charley Meyer will be able to play after sitting out with a nagging hamstring injury.
-J.C. Coleman did not play with ankle injuries in week one. Beamer anticipates Coleman will return for Saturday's game.
-Based on what he said it's unlikely Joel Caleb will see time at running back. "You need your best guys out there and right now Trey Edmunds and J.C. Coleman are those guys," he said.
-A number of FCS teams pulled off upsets and cashed in on playing on the road against FBS teams last weekend:
• Eastern Washington, $450,000 from Oregon State;
• McNeese State, $400,000 from South Florida;
• North Dakota State, $350,000 from Kansas State;
• Northern Iowa, $350,000 from Iowa State;
• Eastern Illinois, $325,000 from San Diego State;
• Towson, $275,000 from UConn;
• Southern Utah, $225,000 from South Alabama
As a result Beamer said he's told his team to not take any team lightly.